Junior Achievement’s elementary school programs include grade-specific themes for kindergarten through fifth grade students. Elementary school programs teach students the basic concepts of business and economics and how education is relevant to the workplace. The sequential activities of elementary school programs build on studies from each preceding grade and prepare students for secondary and lifelong learning.
Students are introduced to personal economics and the choices consumers make to meet their needs and wants. They learn about the role of money in society and gain practical information about earning, saving, and sharing money.
By focusing on the roles people play in their local economy, students learn the importance of work and entrepreneurship. They become aware of how families earn money to pay for their needs and wants.
Through hands-on activities, students see how citizens benefit from and contribute to a community’s success. Various jobs and their required skills are identified to demonstrate how the work people do positively affects a community’s economy.
City life comes into sharp context as students explore the importance of money and the different ways people pay for goods and services. Students consider the contributions that financial institutions make to a city and how they help businesses and people achieve their economic goals.
Am I an entrepreneur? Students explore entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs use natural, capital, and human resources to produce goods and services. They examine traits of successful entrepreneurs and apply them to their own skills and abilities.
Students gain practical information about the U.S. free market system and how it serves as an economic engine for businesses and careers. They learn that entrepreneurial and innovative thinking are required for high-growth, high-demand careers in a global economy.
In addition to the aforementioned elementary school programs, Junior Achievement offers an after-school experience for students in grades 3 through 5.
After School Program: JA More than Money®
What good is earning money if young people aren’t taught how to save, spend, and share it? Students learn these essential financial skills and how entrepreneurial thinking and being money savvy can turn an idea into a successful business in their community.