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April 23rd, 2009, 08:07 AM
Nedene's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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With how the Economy is now, and how some people put them selves into a whole by wanting things and buying them on credit and such. I'd like to teach my children the difference from wants and needs. The two small one are to little to understand this but my DSD is 8 and able to start understanding that you Want pizza/new toy/that pink shirt.. you Need food/and clothing and it doesn't matter what kind is as at long as it fills you and cloths you. Anyways many adults in our family don't live like this, and it's a struggle to try to convey this to our children, with everything is working against us.

Does anyone know of any, short corses or fun children's books that address this at about a 2nd-3rd grade level. I'd like something that addresses this issue with out only using the bible as it's reasons not to. It can address the bible, but focuses more on life and consiqunces of all these wants..

I have my DSD all summer as she lives states away with her mother, But i'd like her to understand that there is no reason you need to want everything. And maybe a fun light hearted book, directed at her age would be wonderful, as she's more of your typical ps child who wants nothing to go with school in the summer.

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April 23rd, 2009, 12:10 PM
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Well I found one at Amazon.com (Needs and Wants) but most of what I found was more of a curriculum rather than a single book.
It seems that something like that might best be discussed just as you go about during the summer. Maybe use the book as a jumping off point and then talk about things that you need versus things that you want when you're grocery shopping and running errands, things like that.
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April 23rd, 2009, 01:34 PM
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I remember seeing some lower grade economic stuff for a good price on Rainbow Resource once. I don't remember if it would be what *your* looking for.
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April 23rd, 2009, 02:33 PM
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In the finance/economics course I wrote for the kids, we address needs vs. wants. We're only focusing on that alone for a couple days, though. Mostly it's woven throughout. I googled "needs vs. wants lesson plans" to get some of what I am using. The majority of our teaching our kids about needs vs. wants, though, is done in day to day living. We talk about what they HAVE to have versus what they want or what would be nice to have a lot. They manage their own money and they only have to pay for their wants right now of course since they are 7 and 9, but we've also had a lot of discussions about prioritizing wants and stuff. So much has just happened naturally.

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