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Move over piggybank, Moonjar is here in the UK – A new way to teach kids about money

Posted 9th March 2010.

The Moonjar financial educational program for children encourages them to shoot for the moon, to not only go after their dreams and goals but to learn good money habits along the way. Moonjar was initially launched in 2001 by Eulalie M. Scandiuzzi, a native of Seattle, but it is now found in homes and schools around the world. Central to the Moonjar approach is a whole new style piggy bank. Instead of the old one-slot icon we are all familiar with, the award-winning Moonjar has three compartments that remind us of the choices we can make with our money. One each for: Saving, Spending and Sharing. A host of games, books, teaching aids and other materials rounds out the program for a wide range of age groups.If you are looking for positive tools and resources to help teach some basic money concepts to your children then look no further.

Brent Dobson, Canada, is passionate about the program and said I know how important money is in peoples lives, but most of us get off to a bad start, he explains. I wanted my own children to grow up with a healthy attitude towards money, so I went looking for something we could use as a family to open up conversations about allowances – about sharing with others – about making smart financial choices and saving for things you really want or need. Sarah White, Director of Cocoboat said "The Moonjar moneybox provides you with a creative way of teaching financial literacy to young children. This program makes money matters easy to grasp as it is so visual. And it is a cool way to open discussions about money.

The Moonjar range available online from Cocoboat includes:
the classic Moonjar three compartment moneybox
the family kit with; lesson plan, 1 classic moneybox, ‘Conversations To Go’ about Money, ‘How The Moonjar Was Made’ storybook and two felt characters
‘How the Moonjar was Made’ storybook (8×8 paperback)
‘Conversations to go’ range of conversation starters – over 100 questions in each box. Choose from; life, money or travel.
Moonjar were Winners of the Global Learning Initiative Award for Educational Excellence, National Parenting Center Seal of Approval and the Adding Wisdom Award.

Moonjar products are available in the UK at www.cocoboat.co.uk

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