Washington students welcomed Bethel Park High School Child Development II and III students into their classrooms to teach them about entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness on JA Day.
Junior Achievement created this grade-appropriate curriculum that can be delivered to elementary students by high school students. Mrs. Dzanaj's Child Development students at Bethel Park High School have been presenting this program at Franklin for the past four years, and this is the first year this fun, hands-on learning experience has been offered at Washington.
The high school students work in groups of three and are assigned a specific classroom, where they spend the day as "teachers," guiding the younger students through five lessons/activities. Many of the high school students plan to pursue a career in education and this activity provides them with the opportunity to explore what it's like to teach.
Kindergarten students used storybook characters to learn about the roles that people play in the economy, and the importance of saving.
First Grade students learned more about family members' jobs, as well as the difference between needs and wants.
Second Grade students used posters and games to learn about businesses, jobs and taxes.
Third Grade students learned about money management, while Fourth Grade students learned how to be entrepreneurs by operating a fictional hot dog stand.
The program gave the elementary students an introduction to the importance of financial literacy and provided them with positive role models in the high school students. The high school students got valuable teaching experience and an opportunity to interact in a positive way with the younger students.
The program will also be offered this year at Penn and Franklin. Please click here
to see some photos from JA Day at Washington.