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Using Children's Literature to Teach Financial Literacy

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 4:15pm to 6:15pm

Location: Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C) - 155 N. Third St. - DeKalb, IL 60115 (Lower Level)

Presenter: Dr. Mary Beth Henning, Co-Director of NIU's Center for Economic Education & Associate Professor of Social Studies Education

Learn how to teach key economic and personal finance concepts through the use of award-winning and popular children’s books, including several STEM informational text selections.  From scarcity to opportunity cost, decision making to exchange, children can discover real-world economic concepts and practice essential literacy and math Common Core skills.  Students can apply these concepts to making real-world economic decisions.  Educators will engage in interactive lessons for immediate use with students.


Northern Illinois University's Financial Literacy Collaborative is excited to be partnering with the DeKalb County Ca$h Coalition to bring the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's national Money Smart Week program to the community. This collaboration is bringing together many organizations across DeKalb County including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies, and the media.

Different collaborative representatives, coalition members, and members of the community will be presenting on different topics throughout DeKalb County during the week of April 5-12th. Programming covers all facets of personal finance from establishing a budget to first time home buying, estate planning, couponing, and much more.

NIU students, faculty, staff as well as community members are all welcome to attend all sessions.

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