HAWORTH, N.J. -- Haworth resident Shara Nadler created the iPiggiBank money management program as a way to teach her three young boys about responsibility and healthy financial habits.
The program has grown in less than two years and is now offered in school (e.g., Haworth Public School) and after-school programs (e.g., Cresskill's Edward H. Bryan after school program).
Now, it is expanding its curriculum to reach middle school students.
iPiggiBank Money Management for Kids, designed for grades 2-4, is an enrichment program where students learn the fundamentals of money management through an interactive, hands-on program.
iPiggiBank.com helps busy families manage chores and allowance using a reward-based system that teaches motivation, responsibility and basic money management.
Building on the core principles of Save, Shop and Share, iPiggiBank helps parents convey the importance of healthy financial habits in a way kids can understand.
It uses multi-sensory learning -- art, writing, literacy and experiential play -- to teach this critical content to all learners.
Each class offers take-home material to bridge class learning to family conversations.
Teaching responsibility and healthy financial habits early is a lifelong lesson kids will carry with them from their mudroom to their college dorm and to their own home one day, Nadler said.
Nadler said her family's goal is to "get kids started on the path to responsible, healthy financial habits early."
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