It's Not What You've Got! - Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that It's Not What You've Got! - Dr. Wayne W. Dyer teaches kids about how to positively use and earn money in a practical, kid-friendly way with colorful, happy illustrations. Written and read by personal growth guru and dad Dr. Wayne Dyer, this storybook teaches kids lessons like "Money Does Not Create Happiness" and "Every Job Is Important." The end of the book contains tips on how kids can use affirmations as they develop a healthy relationship with money.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- reading comprehension
- perspective taking
- labeling feelings
Responsibility & Ethics
- fiscal responsibility
- making wise decisions
Engagement, Approach, Support
This is the right length of book to start kids thinking about money without overwhelming them, although it could use a few more interactive elements to maximize engagement.
This book approaches the topic of money management in concept-building, affirming ways. It helps kids learn vocabulary words, phrases, and concepts related to finances, work, and goal setting.
Three easy-to-use modes: Auto Play, Read to Me, and Read It Myself. The digital book offers some good suggested extension activities as part of its storyline.
What's it about?
Kids choose from Read to Me (listener must flip pages), Read It Myself (for kids who can read without voice-over) or Auto Play. Words are highlighted in red as they are read and the story in It's Not What You've Got! rhymes. At the end of the story, kids get thoughtful questions about money and work, as well as positive affirmations.
Is it any good?
IT'S NOT WHAT YOU'VE GOT! is the right length of book to start kids thinking about money in their lives without overwhelming them or making them think that money is an "adults only" topic. Kids expect interactivity, so this book would easily be a five-star app with just a few more interactive elements added: How about a quiz added to the end to see what kids have learned? Or a page for kids to draw their own vision board within the book after that topic is discussed?
Although there is, of course, talk about purchasing and having things -- in other words, being a consumer -- it's all framed in healthy messages, like only buy things you have the money to buy, some of the best things in life don't cost money, and don't be jealous of what others have. Overall the app is a great primer on money management and attitudes for elementary school-age kids.
Families can talk about...
Read the questions at the end of the story to your kid and answer them yourself, too. Discuss together.
Help your kid create a vision board for a goal they've set for themselves.