A few years ago, I was working as a volunteer teacher at a Saturday School programme and helping the kids with Maths for a financial literacy project; and while I was looking for teaching resources to help me support their work, I discovered not so much a gap in the market as a yawning chasm.
There was literally nothing suitable for teaching kids about money in the way I wanted. I wasn't trying to turn the children into little Lord Sugars or Gordon Geckos. I just wanted something that'd help to explain the fundamentals in a fun and practical way that they could relate to, but alas, it wasn't to be found.
The creation of the Money Smart Gang series - a set of 10 money story books with awesome illustrations, educational questions about each story, practical tips for reinforcing the key money/moral lessons being taught and delivered in both paperback and ebook (pdf, mobi for kindle or epub for ibook) formats.
The MoneySmart Gang stories are based on the day to day lives of a group of five children with a sense of adventure and on a mission to help young kids everywhere develop their financial awareness and money management skills.
Through a series of fun illustrated stories for children aged five to eight, the Money Smart Gang learn all about basic money management and encourage their readers to develop financial habits that will go a long way. Kids will learn about budgeting, spending wisely, the perils of borrowing, shopping wisely, and so much more......
I know from personal experience that money management is a skill that can be taught and learnt, and that the earlier one masters it, the better. I grew up in an environment with conflicting views on money and how to spend it. Believe me, it can be a tale of 2 very different cities - depending on your approach! Having the skills and confidence to manage money well is a pre-requisite for successful living in today's world - and the earlier these skills are taught, the better.
So, I wanted to create a fun and engaging set of tools that helps all kids understand key money concepts... so they have the best possible start.
Fun Fun Fun...
The Money Smart Gang are a super cool bunch and always off on one adventure or another.
The stories are modern fables designed to be a fun read and also help children improve their literacy and comprehension skills...
We know that the earlier we learn things, the easier it becomes and learning about personal finance with The Money Smart Gang is as easy as it gets...
EVERYONE! who has pledged will get the stretch targets for FREE!!!
Stretch Target 1: If we raise £8,000 - The Money Smart Mobile Game...
As an added incentive to get the kids reading and learning, we're developing a simple mobile game that you can use as a carrot to get the kids involved in the books (not that they'll need one, but it certainly can't hurt). The game will feature characters and art from the books and will feature simple maths puzzles to help them get the grey matter going!
Stretch Target 2: If we raise £8500 – the Money Smart APP – Android
We're currently developing a full feature interactive mobile App for The Money Smart Gang. This colourful slice of code will feature fun activities, audio files and will be THE number ONE place to keep up to date with the gang and their stories.
Stretch Target 3: If we raise £9000 – The Money Smart App for IOS. As above, but for iPhones and iPads.
I've chosen to launch the revised and updated edition of the Money Smart Gang series on Kickstarter because the site offers the ability to reach our number one and favourite audience... the general public. This means we won't need to deal with middlemen, publishers, retailers and other third parties, so we won't need to compromise on quality or hike our prices up to cut everyone in.
Meeting the funding goal will enable us to print at scale, digitise the books and get them into the hands of as many children as possible. I'm really excited about these books and know that children will be too, so please help me reach the funding goal and introduce a child in your life to the MoneySmart Gang today.
Risks and challenges
One of the greatest challenges... completing the series... is one I've already overcome.... I've now got a complete series ready to print. There are 8 more books to convert into various digital formats but I have a wonderful eConversion and book formatting partner to work with. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished products in all their printed glory.
The other big challenge would be if you completely blow us out of the water with your support. I'm already working with our print and digital partners to ensure that no matter how many people pledge, everyone gets their Money Smart Gang rewards quickly after the campaign ends.
If you back this project, I will do my very best to ensure that you get your moneysmart gang rewards as soon as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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