“Your future just called. It’s cancelled!” It was due to poor financial choices, the letter said.
This is the role play that my 7-10 year-old students came up with, on their own! They were given an assignment as part of their financial education and mentoring, to write a letter to their future selves, at age 40.
Richard said, “That’s so old!” Blake said “40 is ancient, like my Dad!” But surely these students realized that by the time that age 40 is achieved, one is expected to be financially savvy.
They enjoyed dreaming up scenarios of their future families, pets, education, careers and spouses! One young lady said “I will become a lawyer, have two children (twins, so I can have them at the same time) and have a husband who is financially responsible.” Wow.
The students chose among their colleagues (a/k/a “classmates”) to act out their letters. One female student became the President as well as a famous fashion designer whose favorite charity was an animal shelter. Another opened up a soup stand with a bottomless pot of soup to feed the homeless.
The scaffold exercise that accompanied the letters was to create a vision board to represent the substance of each letter.
The amazing part was that the young ones expressed love and individuality in each carefully selected image of their future.
Summer is a time of fun, entertainment and distractions. For some, hot weather means that having fun trumps all. I give the students a lot of praise and recognition for the efforts. Getting praise for hard work improves their attention span and participation. But overall, we have fun together. By combining the fun of summer activities with a solid financial literacy curriculum, we’re changing lives!
We had fun with our self-defined financial plans to “do better, save more” toward the goals in the letters and those shown on the vision boards. It’s all for the best financial future possible.