Thursday, October 28, 2010

Take a look at what the blogaholic said!

I recently wrote a post on how to get your kids excited about fundraising and giving back to the community. Today I’m going to tell you exactly how we got Logan saving up for his favourite charities. Our secret? The Moonjar Moneybox.
This is a great tool for teaching kids about finances. It’s never too early to start talking to your kids about money and the importance of saving. In my opinion, the Moonjar Moneybox is the best place to start – earning its PTPA seal of approval.
The Moonjar is a set of three canisters that helps kids separate their money into categories: saving, spending and sharing.
This system helps kids learn how to budget (something even I could use some help with). It also comes with a passbook, which helps kids track their money by having them document what comes in, how it’s allocated, and what goes out (again, something I should really be working on myself). And finally it comes with a guide to help walk parents through talking to their kids about money (phew).
It’s a complete tool for teaching kids about finances and one that I think all kids should have. So many adults are atrocious at budgeting their money (think Til Debt Do Us Part) so kids should be taught the basics at an early age.
When we first sat down with Logan, he didn’t really have a good understanding of finances – I’m not sure how many six-year-olds do. That was until we received the Moneybox to test.When we gave him the Moonjar, he immediately wanted to put 90 per cent of his allowance into the sharing tin (bless his heart). While we want him to be generous, it wasn’t exactly a realistic financial plan for the long-term. We walked him through the guide and it helped him see how he should be prioritizing his money. We helped him set financial goals and discussed what he wanted to save up for as well as how much he should allocate to savings and charity. Suze Orman would be proud.
Now he has a better understanding of how finances work in the real world (instead of just passing GO and collecting $200) and it’s all thanks to the Moonjar Moneybox. I think I even learned a thing or two in the process.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Getting The Word Out!

Today was a great day for Moonjar! We started by opening the package with our new award from AEP (Association of Education Publishers). We won for our Classroom Kit and new math curriculum K-5. It is an amazing feeling to work so hard with our little team and then to watch as the larger world responds so positively to our work. Thank you AEP! We are so proud.

The next step today was an appearance on NEW DAY NORTHWEST talking about kids and money with our friend Sheri Storm from Verity Credit Union. It was so exciting to see the reaction from people who had never heard of a Moonjar Moneybox and once again to realize that our best marketing effort is through the kids and families who use the Moonjars.It is your stories that carry us on. I am always excited when a child comes into the office to get a Moonjar and he or she tells me why the Moonjar is important to him or her. Those stories are what we carry into the moments when we get to speak about money on television! Today I had the story of a little girl who wanted a Moonjar for the SHARE BOX. She wanted to share with her friend by getting her a new zoo pass. The passion she had for making sure her friend got to go back to see the penguins was inspirational to me. The other story I carried into this interview was about my daughter when she was almost 10 years and I brought home a Moonjar. She cut out about 20 pictures of a red car and taped those pictures all over her SAVE box as a visual goal for her savings plan. My daughter is almost 16 now and although it might not be a new car she could very well have saved enough to consider that conversation.

The third great moment today was when we took a look at a map of all the wonderful Credit Unions who reach out to teach kids about money. There are so many amazing efforts afoot to raise financially fit kids. We are proud to be among these forward thinkers. We signed up for the Jumpstart Educators Conference today which is a great place to learn all the latest steps in financial literacy on a governmental level. We are also preparing Standard Moonajrs to make a showing at the National Youth Involvement Board annual meeting later this month. This is a group that exsists to
share ideas around Credit Union Youth efforts. Today was a big day.

So as you enjoy the summer please remember to help us spread the word about Youth Financial Literacy and Moonjar! Thank you as always for your support!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Moonjar on TV

Moonjar is going to be part of the PBS show BIZ KIDS!!

We are so excited that the producers of Biz Kids asked us for families who use the Moonjar to talk about money. The segment is about allowance and how a familiy works together and individually to create goals for the money and the family budget.

Please watch!
The Biz Kid$ episode with Moonjar and the Kerr Family, 304 - Where's My Allowance, airs this Saturday, April 24th at 10:30am on KCTS, channel 9.

We will have the segment on our site after it airs!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

How to Teach Your Kids to Save, Spend and Share in 2010

We were recently asked to give an update in the JUMP$TART NEWSLETTER and we said:

Imagine how different the economy would be today if every child knew the basic pillars of financial money management, saving, spending and sharing, as commonly as “stop, look and listen.”

For more than eight years, Moonjar (, the leading international provider of children’s financial literacy tools, has helped children and families learn the three basic principles of money management: saving, spending and sharing, through a line of creative products aimed at helping parents and children take the first steps towards a healthy financial future. We must not forget that our as role educators, business leaders, and parents is to provide students with the best of both worlds: a strong and challenging academic curriculum, and a full infusion of the 21st-century skills students will need to succeed.

Starting a conversation about money with kids can be tricky. We have developed six tips for parents to teach their kids to save, spend and share their allowances—even at a young age.
1. Start with a visual tool. Most children, beginning at age 4 or 5, are visual learners, so using a hands-on tool like the Moonjar Moneybox, a bank with three compartments—one each for saving, spending and sharing, can better help them learn responsible money management through critical problem solving.
2. Make money a “yes” conversation. Use pictures to help your kids visualize their goals and then prioritize what they are saving for, what they want to spend their money on, and with whom or with what they want to share their money.
3. Discuss wants vs. needs. As you set goals, identifying objects that represent “wants” and “needs” helps to overcome the desire for instant gratification.
4. Allow mistakes. Children, like adults, learn from making mistakes. From time to time, allow your child to buy a toy you believe will not be enjoyed very long, for example. Sure, they may be disappointed in a few weeks, but many lessons can be learned from this experience. Encourage them, without guilt, to plan their future purchases, weigh the cost and the benefit of their choices and to think twice next time, even sleep on it.
5. Encourage philanthropy. Help your children understand that they are part of a larger world community through discussions about sharing their money and/or donating time to causes of their choosing. Volunteering as a family is a great activity for all to participate, learn and grow.
6. Be a good role model. Make sure your children see you doing the things that you are teaching them. Let them in on your bill paying, savings and investment plans and charitable giving. Discuss your attitudes and philosophies about money and tell them your dreams for how your money can fuel your passions.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Moonjar is happy to announce that we are being BLOGGED about! Please check out this mom's blog and get a chance to win a Moonjar FAMILY KIT. The family kit includes everything you need to get that Money Conversation going at home- a lesson plan, a couple of Moonjars, a Conversations to Go game, a How the Moonjar was Made book and our felt characters to keep it a living story!!

It is a busy time at Moonjar! We are taking part in the DECA even - ROAD to RICHES where we will be one of several companies there to encourage these students to be financially wise. The topics will range from early learning and budgeting (that's us) to college loans, credit and identity theft. The event takes place Feb 24 at the Auburn City Hall please join us if you can.

We are also pleased to announce our FACEBOOK PAGE! Please become our friend and fan. We would love to see our facebook page emerge as a forum for discussion on allowance, family mission, budgeting, and many other money conversations.!/pages/MOONJAR/300535442318?ref=search&sid=820379166.3382258552..1

Moonjar will be speaking at the Annual PEPS Luncheon on March 4th in Seattle. PEPS is an amazing place where parents come together to learn all sorts of things about parenting and they do it with other parents who have children the same age and who live in the same general community. For me PEPs was a support group when my children were small - it was insurance that I was going to get out of the house! We are going to talking about allowance. It should be a great event!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Great Time to Give Carefully

We all want to reach into our pockets and give everything we can when we hear the news today but we have to remember to be mindful of how we choose to give and where.

Helping kids understand how to discover great ways to give is as important as helping them understand that SHARING is part of the whole money picture along with SAVING and SPENDING !

At Moonjar, we share as a team and we also share as individuals, here are some tips we would like to pass on when it comes to choosing where to give:

1. Look at the experience the charity has with similar situations.

2.Watch out for those Charities that push too hard to get your $ . Including those that promise that 100% of the funds will go directly to the cause. (even Charities have overhead)

3. If you have time, the very best is to go to the Charities Website to see their past work and successes.

We would love to hear from you about ways you and your family are using your SHARE box and how you have made your choices around giving!

Thank you! And thank you for your concern about financial literacy.