Why Can't I Have Everything? Teaching Today's Children to Be Financially and Mathematically Savvy


Alexander Used to Be Rich
by Jane Crawford

Do you want your children to be financially and mathematically savvy? This resource for grades preK–2 is a must-have for parents and teachers. It provides more than forty activity-rich lessons to help children be financially and mathematically savvy at a young age. The activities embrace the following questions:

  • What is money?
  • Where do we get our money?
  • Do we have enough money?
  • Why can’t we have everything?
  • How do we earn money?
  • Should we spend, save, or share?
  • Where do we keep our money?

Great literature—from Where the Sidewalk Ends to Pennies for Elephants—is used to situate these seven economic themes in a context that helps young learners make sense of these abstract ideas. Parents will find tailored suggestions at the end of each lesson; teachers will find reproducible letters for parents to go with each lesson. In addition, the lessons include formative assessment ideas, suggestions for differentiating instruction, and correlations to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

Jane Crawford
272 pages

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Alexander Used to Be Rich
by Jane Crawford

Author Bio
Jane Crawford is uniquely qualified to write a resource about finance for young children, as her career is a fusion of education and business. She is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics, a Math Solutions consultant, and the author of Math By All Means: Money; she also taught in the Kalispell School District in Montana for more than ten years and has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. Prior to classroom life, Crawford worked for Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, and Idaho First National Bank Trust Department; her business experiences include processing securities and commodity trades, transferring stocks and bonds, collecting and disbursing dividends and interest, purchasing commercial paper and treasuries, and managing a family farm.
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