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Penny Saved

Penny Saved

Taking Your Work Skills Home

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Neale Godfrey's Money Doesn't Grow on Trees flew to the top of the bestseller list by helping parents teach their kids the value and uses of money. In her latest national bestseller, A Penny Saved, Godfrey builds on those basic concepts -- for preschoolers through teenagers -- and gives parents a concrete structure to teach values and essential life skills.
Parents want their children to grow up with healthy self-esteem, sound judgment, self-discipline, and the ability to take care of themselves in an uncertain world. They want their children to learn the positive lessons of honesty, responsibility, cooperation, and ethical behavior. By teaching children to understand what money is, how to use it, and what it can -- and can't -- do, parents prepare their children for life in the real world.
Worksheets, quizzes, teaching games, and age-appropriate exercises give kids hands-on opportunities to hone their practical skills.
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  • Touchstone | 
  • 240 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780684824802 | 
  • May 1996
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Chapter 1

Money as a Life Skill

Magic Plastic Cards and Little Silver Coins


The first things little children learn about money are (a) it can get them things they want; and (b) their parents always seem to have it. In fact, if we're not careful, money can take on a magical quality to them. When Rhett was three, we were out together one day, and he saw a toy he wanted. Naturally he asked me to buy it for him.

I told him I didn't have any money with me -- which was true. Like any other parent, I'm capable of saying the first thing that comes into my head in certain moments of weakness, but I never lie about... see more

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