Thursday, April 1st, 2010 10:13:48

Money Flows

Imagine explaining how money moves through the economy to second graders? You must be kidding — but they got it.

This was the final week of a five-week volunteer Junior Achievement program in my child’s second-grade class. Their favorite lesson involved dividing the class into two teams, with one using an assembly line to make doughnuts, the other using unit production. When they were done, they ate real doughnuts. My husband volunteered that week; the other four weeks were mine.

This week, we covered how money flows through the economy. Having once served as a Chartered Financial Analyst review teacher in economics, I remember how hard it was to cover the banking system, and I was wary of attempting this with second-graders.