Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Junior Achievement: Our Community

Our classroom welcomed Mrs. Hewins on Tuesday, a volunteer with the Junior Achievement program. Please visit this link to learn more about the program. She will visit us Tuesday afternoons for the next several weeks to teach the class about community, jobs, needs vs. wants, goods and services and spending/saving money. This is fantastic exposure to financial literacy for our second graders. The essential learning targets for this program include: Students understand that money is earned and used to buy goods and services. Students understand the concept of saving money for the future.
Mrs. Hewins works at a medical supply company called Solstice Corporation located in the Knightville neighborhood. She is also a proud resident of South Portland and lives within the Skillin neighborhood. During her first lesson, she defined the key terms they will be using in this program (community, jobs, volunteer, skills) and engaged the students in differentiating between goods and services provided by our local businesses (Willows, Idexx, the mall, etc.). They also played a Tic-Tac-Toe game which involved listening to a job description and identifying the job that went with it. It is always exciting when someone new visits and we are already looking forward to next week!