Fifteen years ago I worked in a low income school. We were having problems getting students to bring school supplies. Parents kept saying we don’t have time to buy the supplies. The problem was brought up at a campus meeting for discussion. Everyone thought it was a good idea to have a school store, but everyone was too busy to commit to the task. I was as busy as everyone, but I was also tired of buying all of those supplies for my students. I volunteered. Teachers are great at giving advice. One said, ”Get help.” Another one said,” Get the gifted students to help. They’re dependable.” You know how most students like helping teachers. I really didn’t care much for the idea to just let the gifted students work in the store. Just because you aren’t gifted doesn’t mean you won’t be dependable. Besides, some of the most famous business people weren’t gifted. Why not treat this like a real business. Let the students go through the real world process of getting a job, then everyone, gifted, regular ed students, and resource students could all get in on the action and have a chance to work in the store. It took me awhile, one idea led to another idea. Before I knew it I had a full fledge teacher resource book.
A Thought Provoking Book
Elementary Entrepreneurs the Beginning is a how to book and a resource book. It has three key components:
• Instructions on setting up a campus or classroom store and forms to make the store run smoothly.
• Social Skills, hands on ways to teach social skills.
• Lessons to go beyond just running a business.
Elementary Entrepreneurs the Beginning started out as a how to book to show teachers how to set up and run a store. It ended up being much more. Because I am a teacher I know that it is time consuming to search for resources to supplement what you have in your classroom related to economics that reinforce state and national objectives. Reading and math are high priority subjects. Why not reinforce these subjects using business related lessons?
Here are a few of the lessons that use business concepts to help reinforce math and reading skills:
• Biography of Famous Business People (writing and research skills)
• Practice Math (use charts, word problems, math vocabulary)
• World Currency (research skills)
• Parts of Speech ( research business vocabulary)
• Center Ideas using business