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Financial Literacy for Ages 11-13

These are prime years for teaching the basics of money management. Your kids are gaining a more in-depth understanding of how money works and are still interested in learning from their parents. During this age range, your kids should be ready for a number of mature financial steps.  

Key Money Basics Ages 11-13

Increased intellectual understanding and self-awareness, plus a tween's desire to be viewed as a young adult, make this an ideal time to broaden their financial independence. Youth ages 11-13 should be working to develop these financial literacy skills. 

  • The importance of budgeting (parents can encourage stronger budgeting by paying allowance bi-weekly rather than weekly). 
  • Opening a bank account
  • Earning an allowance and the responsibilities of saving and spending money
  • How small businesses work 
  • The concept of longer-term savings, such as saving for a car or college
  • Performing small jobs to learn the value of earning money
  • The basics of online banking. Using money- and number-based online games, apps, and educational resources to expand digital financial learning. 
  • Preparing for peer pressure to buy things that "all the other kids" are buying. Around age 8 is when peer pressure begins to influence some children. 
  • The importance of giving to others through charitable giving
  • Allow small loans, which teaches how to get out of debt. For instance, if they don't have enough savings now but want a new pair of shoes, loan them part of the cost of the shoes and accept regular repayments for the balance from their allowance. 

Kids Savings

START SAVING

Kids First savings is a special type of savings account and rewards program offered through First National Bank exclusively for youth ages 16 or younger. Stop by any of our locations to open a Kids First savings account. 

A savings account: 

  • Introduces the savings habit early. Saving is central to financial security. Urge them to save part of their allowance or birthday money. 
  • Incentivizes youth to save more. With the Kids First savings account, each person opening an account receives a savings card that gets stamped for every $10 deposit. Once the card is completed, the kid receives a prize (e.g., coupon to a local business, coin bag, piggy bank, or other special prize). 
  • Helps with a big purchase. Kids can use their savings to make a larger purchase than their regular allowance. 
  • Is a stepping stone. Eventually, kids will need a checking account, debit card, credit card, loan, and college savings. A savings account is the first step toward all the other financial tools they will need in the future. 

Learn More About the Special Features of a Kids First Savings Account


BANZAI 

BanzaiFirst National Bank supports financial literacy for middle school students at participating schools through Banzai. Banzai is an award-winning, interactive content platform that teaches financial and life literacy to students ages 8-12. Students learn by doing, like paying rent, working jobs, and making decisions about taxes. It's a virtual world of decision making. 

With Banzai students also get the opportunity to own and operate a lemonade stand. To win the game, they must manage a budget, borrow (and pay back) money, and navigate unexpected scenarios and expenses. 

To find out if your school is participating in the Banzai financial literacy curriculum program, visit Banzai. 


Kids Bank

Kids Bank

Kids Bank is a partnership between First National Bank of Valley Junction and Hillside Elementary in West Des Moines. Kids Bank provides students with hands-on experiences involving the organization and operation of a bank. Students assume different roles in the Kids Bank, such as board members, tellers, and marketers. 

If you are interested in learning about this program and how it could potentially be replicated in a school located in a community near one of First National Bank's branches in Ames, Ankeny, West Des Moines, or Osceola, stop by any of our bank locations and ask to speak to the branch manager.

If you would like to learn more about the program at Hillside Elementary, contact Vice President and Sr. Relationship Banking Manager Lori Short or Valley Junction Branch Manager Jason Keigley.


Hands-on Activities

EXPLORE CHORES AND EARNING

Age appropriate chores help your kids grow, learn, and prepare. By earning a modest allowance for completing their chores, they are also learning about earning an income, spending responsibly, and budgeting so something is left over after receiving their allowance to save. 

Age appropriate chores, Ages 12+

  • Babysit (siblings or neighbors)
  • Clean the house
  • Mow the grass and shovel snow
  • Wash the car
  • Cook small meals
  • Clean the refrigerator
  • Take out the trash
  • Make the grocery list

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