In case you haven’t noticed, delayed gratification is not something that generally comes naturally to small children. Like so many of life’s more difficult concepts, it has to be taught. But how do you make a child understand that saving now can pay off in the long run?
With that goal in mind, JA of Lincoln has launched a new program called Bank on Youth. It’s a simple concept, but one that teaches a powerful lesson. With the help of State Farm, we’re providing a piggy bank to every Lincoln kindergarten class that wants one. It comes complete with a lesson plan about goal-setting, and issues the kids a challenge– pick something that you want to buy for your classroom or school, and then work as a group to save for it! They’ll see first-hand that good things come to those who wait, and will experience the gratification of working to earn something that you want. And because a little extra incentive is always good for motivation, State Farm has also agreed to double the savings of four of the hardest-working classrooms!
We’re always inspired by the creativity of children, and we can’t wait to find out what all the classrooms are saving up for. We’ll keep you updated on how they do!