Sunday, March 24, 2013

{Review} FamilyMint Money Management Certification Program

Do you have a child who wants to spend their money the minute they receive any?  Do you have a child that is always asking you to spend your money on them?  Do you feel it is time for your child to learn money management so that they will have a better understanding on how to provide for themselves once they are adults and out on their own?  Then the FamilyMint Money Management Certification Program is for you and your family.

I received the 60-page workbook and access to the online software.  I chose to use this program with Dude, 10, and Lil Red, 8, but we did not use the online part of the program.  My kids spend more time online than I would like and I really desire the face-to-face teaching so we used the workbook only.  Chubbles, 5 followed along with some of the activities using actual money but she did not use the workbook.  The creators, Mr. Masterson and Mr. Eusebio included a note that says that you do not have to worry if you do not have access to the internet.  The workbook is complete and self-contained. 

Taken from the FamilyMint website:

FamilyMint's Money Management Certification Program combines a 60-page step-by-step workbook with a fun online money management application for kids.  Kids that complete the 2 month program develop key money habits that will benefit them the rest of their lives.

The workbook consists of four chapters, an introduction, instructions for the parent, worksheets and forms, an answer key and parent checklist.  FamilyMint has a Special Introductory Bundle Offer from $29.99 and includes the workbook and a lifetime subscription to FamilyMint Premium (the online application).

The first thing I noticed about the workbook was the cute animated pencil character that is found throughout and guides the student with instructions.  The workbook is black and white and very full of information but organized simply so not to overwhelm boys and girls.

Each chapter includes sections to be read, vocabulary, short written assignments and fun money facts.  Dude's favorite activity was when the program asked them to do something physically with their money like counting and sorting.  Lil Red's favorite part was getting to fill-out the practice checks and deposit slips. 

Pros: This program is very easy to implement.  It is also simple to read and follow.  My kids enjoyed learning more about money and it really worked for us.  The online program includes the forms and activities that are included in the workbook.  The forms online can be used for a lifetime.

Cons: I did not find anything that I did not like but my kids did struggle with the information on interest but after a few tries they began to understand.  I think their struggles had more to do with their maturity levels and not the program itself  The program is originally intended for students in grade 5 and up.

If you would like to order your own program of FamilyMint's Money Management Certification Program for $29.99, then please visit their site above.
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