Teaching Financial Principles to Children

These are ideas on how to teach your children about finances. They are not necessarily endorsed by Global TCK Care & Education but have many ideas to help you find what works for your family/children.

5 Essential Money Principles to Teach Your Kids
When is the best time to begin teaching your children the value and principles of managing money?

15 Ways to Teach Kids About Money
Dave Ramsey shares some helpful ways (according to age groups) to teach children about money.

Get a Grip on Your Money by Larry Burkett
Ages 15 – 21
This book offers practical, Bible-based information on such topics as creating a budget, balancing a checkbook, using credit cards wisely, understanding insurance, writing a résumé, and others. It can be used as an individual study or in a small-class setting. A teacher’s guide is also available.

Money Matters Books

Larry Burkett has written several books to use with children to teach them biblical principles about stewardship.

Surviving the Money Jungle by Larry Burkett
Junior High (limited availability)
This book addresses getting free from money trouble, dealing with money worries/trusting God, and working with integrity. It also deals with contentment, spending, debt, honesty, tithing, sharing, and more. A teacher’s guide is also available.

The ABC’s of Handling Money God’s Way by Howard and Beverly Dayton
Ages 7 and younger (limited availability)
This book follows four children as they try to earn money to buy a puppy. Elizabeth’s mother agrees to help them—if they will let her teach them what God says about money. This book could be used in a family or in a classroom as a social studies project or Bible project. A teacher’s guide is also available.

The Secret of Handling Money God’s Way by Howard and Beverly Dayton
For ages 8–12
Four children ask Josh’s grandfather to help them earn money to go to baseball camp. He agrees to help—if they will let him teach them about the financial principles taught in the Bible. Working through The Secret, children learn about giving, saving, spending, trusting God, and more. A teacher’s guide is also available.