Why You Should Teach Your Kids About Money

Raising financially literate children can be challenging. In fact, it is among the most difficult lessons to teach especially if kids are prone to tantrums and meltdowns when they don’t get what they want. However, even if it is tough to impart lessons about the value of money, parents need to provide an environment that encourages financial literacy at an early age. Experts note that this is for the children’s own good.

With many young adults having difficulty managing their finances, it is undeniable that financial literacy is of importance and that it must be taught at home and in school. Based on a Forbes report, 34% of millennials are not happy with their financial situation while 18% are extremely unhappy due to all the debts that they have to pay. Experts note that apart from student debt, the financial burden of today’s generation is mostly due to their lack of basic financial literacy. This means that arming children with the right tools to deal with finances later in life are some of the greatest gifts parents can give.

Many qualities make up a successful real estate agent. They must be organized, exhibit people skills, and possess keen negotiation powers. One thing most people don't think about is they also have to rock the numbers game. 

There are a variety of math calculations required of real estate professionals during their daily tasks. Here are six kinds of math that real estate agents do in their jobs.  


Recently I read an article about Natural Math. It is a different way of approaching teaching / learning math for young children. Here is an excerpt of the article:

"The familiar, hierarchical sequence of math instruction starts with counting, followed by addition and subtraction, then multiplication and division. The computational set expands to include bigger and bigger numbers, and at some point, fractions enter the picture, too. Then in early adolescence, students are introduced to patterns of numbers and letters, in the entirely new subject of algebra. A minority of students then wend their way through geometry, trigonometry and, finally, calculus, which is considered the pinnacle of high-school-level math.

But this progression actually “has nothing to do with how people think, how children grow and learn, or how mathematics is built,” says pioneering math educator and curriculum designer Maria Droujkova. She echoes a number of voices from around the world that want to revolutionize the way math is taught, bringing it more in line with these principles."

Dr. Droujkova continues in talking about how play is a key to learning math, and that kids should discover the patters in our world instead of or in addition to doing difficult arithmetic calculations, that are usually obligatory in math classes.

I think this is also the case in physics education. Play with real/physical objects is disappearing from our children's lives while they are spending more time on tablets, phones, and computers.

When you are done your first degree, sometimes it is nice to start work right away. However, sometimes work doesn't seem to be available for your specific field of study. Teaching is an excellent alternative, especially if you like to mold young minds. Not everyone can be an effective teacher, and I don't know how much can be learned in a university classroom. However, in Canada, to be a teacher, you must possess a teaching degree, which enables you to get a teaching certificate. Without a teaching certificate, you cannot teach legally in Canadian schools.

I am working on an adding game for very young kids (2 to 4 year olds). It is based on counting on fingers. Children learn how to add quickly if they start to recognize their hand and finger positions. For instance, children that are good at adding don't need to count if they see three fingers on one hand, they just know it's three. Similarly, it is beneficial for a budding child's faster math skills, for him or her to knows that a full hand of five fingers and the other hand with three is eight, without counting. This game is designed such that the child gets a lot of practice with associating finger positions with the appropriate numbers.

Here are a few games for physics for review...

For Grade 11 physics (Physics 20 in Alberta):


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Teacher pay, by state, is easy to find online. However, some states have higher costs of living than others. For example, $50,000 in California spends much differently than it does in Tennessee. With that in mind, which states have the best- and worst-compensated teachers, given cost of living and taxes?

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