Elementary School Programs

Students face a host of challenges in today’s world. The images they see on television and other media show a world where money is free-flowing and where high-paying jobs are the norm. How do they develop the skills to manage finances and prepare themselves for their own workplace future?

Junior Achievement’s Common Core-aligned curriculum for elementary school students begins a lifetime of learning about financial and career success. It offers teachers a turnkey solution for financial education, college preparation and work readiness skills.

JA elementary school programs offer parent and community volunteers the perfect opportunity to bring their knowledge and experience to young students, through in-school curriculum.

JA Elementary School Curriculum

JA's curriculum offers grade-specific lessons. Ideally, a student can expect to receive the complete elementary school curriculum with progression every year. JA's elementary school curriculum introduces a preliminary understanding of money and the basic principles of earning, spending, and saving, including:

  • Kindergarten: JA Ourselves - Students' first look into economics of life
  • 1st Grade: JA Our Families - Learning about needs and wants
  • 2nd Grade: JA Our Community - Demonstrates how communities work together
  • 3rd Grade: JA Our City - Inspires exploration of successful jobs and businesses
  • 4th Grade: JA Our Region - Helping others succeed
  • 5th Grade: JA Our Nation - Creating enduring success

JA Volunteer Experience

You join students in the classroom and deliver the easy-to-follow JA curriculum that is provided. The curriculum is activity-based and grade-specific. You are invited to bring your real-world experience and perspective to the conversation.

While volunteers have autonomy to lead the JA lessons, the teacher is always present to assist. To ensure that you are prepared for the day, JA provides training a few weeks prior to the event. Each JA volunteer receives training to prepare for their classroom experience, including orientation time with their specific JA program kit. Training takes approximately one hour and is held at the volunteer's office (when a group of 10 or more volunteers can congregate), the JA office, or some other convenient location.

What to Expect

  • Elementary school kids are wonderful, curious, and ready to learn
  • JA curriculum is “plug and play.” Simply show up, open the volunteer guide book, follow the prompts, and inject your own personality and experience.

Sponsor a JA Elementary School Program

Your company can bring the JA elementary school curriculum to a school in your community. To sponsor a class, a grade level, or an entire school, contact Joanne Kahl at 206-296-2614 or joanne@jawashington.org.