Explore these free ways to learn about bankers, the community helpers that are liaisons to our bank accounts and manage our money for safekeeping.
This post is part of the Getting to Know Community Helpers Series
The moment my son made this one suggestion was the day I knew I needed to teach my son about banks and what bankers do.
I remember telling him that I didn’t have money, and he told me just to take my card to get money from the lady at the bank.
I am pretty sure he thought money was just given out for free, or he was confused at the very least.
From there, I knew I had to start teaching my kids all about money, what banks were, and how they worked. I definitely did not want him to think all I needed to do was ask the banker for money and they would give it to me with just a please and thank you.
We started from the basics. We did a few money counting units and had fun practicing counting money.
I then tried to teach them about what money was. The Mint website was great for this.
We then moved on to learning about banks and bankers, writing checks, and budgeting.
This was one of those units you teach your kids and are relieved later that they have grasped. These are life skills kids will actually use when they become adults.
I explained to my kids that banks are companies that hold money for us, whether it be to save or borrow. A customer’s money is placed in a bank for safekeeping like a piggy bank.
The word bank came from the Italian word banco meaning bench. It came from the 12th and 13th century when Italian merchants in the Renaissance made deals to lend and borrow money beside a bench.
It does seem that the first banking systems occurred even before this in Babylon in around 1,800 B.C. Back then, moneylenders gave loans to people or even kept a part of a seller’s cargo.
The lenders kept their cargo safe while the sellers traveled to sell valuable things like metals, salts, gems, and spices.
Today’s banking systems have evolved much since then, but one thing is for sure. Banks couldn’t really function without the help of bankers to liaise with the customers.
Many times we see careers and do not think they are community helpers until we really stop to think of their roles and how they actually help people.
In our lessons, we talked about what a banker does, what tools a banker needs, and why a bank and banker are important to our community. My kids came up with many ways why they help the community and us as a family.
Since my husband started his construction business, I have grown to know my bank tellers well. They greet me by name and just help me feel at ease even if I have a zillion errands to run that day.
They help me so much, and how they count money so fast, I will never know.
My thoughts are that if you are a banker, you want to help the public. Their role in our community is essential to protecting, investing, and lending money to the people.
Bankers have a stake in our life decisions like saving for college, purchasing our forever homes, and planning for business and future retirement.
Explore these free ways to learn about bankers, essential helpers in the community.
Community Helpers . . . I’m a banker! | Kindergarten Schmindergarten
Bankers Are Community Helpers | Blendspace
Community Helpers Banker Adapted Books [ Level 1 and Level 2] | Mrs Ds Corner
Teaching ATM Bank From Learning Resources | Mommy Katie
Learn about Coins with the Community Helper for B – Banker | Live with Moore Babies
FREE Interactive Banking Quiz | Quizlet
50+ Banking Activities for Kids (Plus How to Create a Family Banking Day) | Money Prodigy
Teaching Kids About Bank Accounts | Tangerine
MyKidsBank.com (artificial banks for educational purposes)
How Banks Work | The Mint
Bankaroo THE VIRTUAL BANK FOR KIDS
How Banks Work (Ancient Moneylenders) | Cool Kid Facts
Bank Facts for Kids | Kids.Kiddle
Provide kids with these free banker games and activities:
FREE Banker Game (Counting Pennies & Nickels) | What’s The Buzz In First
Montessori Banker FREE Game Cards Ready to Print | Montessori Infinity Street
Let visual learners explore videos about bankers and what they do:
What is a Bank? Lessons in Money for Kids (Video) | Chad Schiel
Teaching Money to Kids and How Banks Work (Video) | KidsMakingMoney
Bank Story for Kids – Teach Kids to Save Money in Bank | BitMore
Banking 101: What is a Bank? | Easy Peasy Finance for Kids and Beginners
Make a dramatic play bank center so kids can play bankers themselves:
FREE Printable Play Checks | Pre-Kinders
Dramatic Play Center Signs | Kaitlin K
FREE Printable Play Money Template | Freebie Finding Mom
Printable Play Money FREE | Pre-Kinders
Banking Hours? Dramatic Play in K! | Inquiring Minds Kindergarten
FREE Kids Play Credit Card Printable | Six Time Mommy
Banker FREEBIE (Wallet) | Kindergarten Schmindergarten
Use these activities to teach kids about money:
Activities to Teach Kids About Money
FREE Worksheets That Teach About Money
25 Fun Money Activities for Kids | Play Ideas
Money Flip Book FREEBIE | Kindergarten Boom Boom
Fun Ideas For Creating A Money Unit Study | Life Over C’s
Money Activities for Kids | Education.com
FREE Fold & Read American Coin Books | This Reading Mama
How to Teach Kids About Money: 19 Tips and Activities | Meraki Lane
50 Fun and Creative Ways to Teach Kids About Money | Penny Pinchin’ Mom
Teach Kids About Money with Board Games | Artsy Fartsy Mama
Guidelines for Teaching Kids About Money (FREE Money Printables) | Thirty Handmade Days
Teach kids how to count money:
Counting Money Puzzles (FREE!) | Math Geek Mama
Silver Dollar Diner: FREE Money Math Pack | Math Geek Mama
FREE Coin Value – Counting Coins Games | 123 Homeschooling 4 Me
Money Matters – 6 FREE Printable Money Counting Worksheets | Miniature Masterminds
FREE Printable Hands-On Activities for Counting Money | Teach Me. I’m Yours
(Subscriber FREEBIE) Set of 24 Matching/Memory Money Task Cards | Sum Math Fun
FREE Counting Money Worksheets | Superstar Worksheets
Counting Money FREE Task Cards 2nd Grade Math Review Centers Digital Activities | Promoting Success
FREE Printable Money Matching Game: Counting Coins | Life Over C’s
Counting Coins Money Games FREE Printables | Fantastic Fun and Learning
Teach older kids how to write checks and balancing a checkbook given by banks:
Printable Checks for Students | Activities for Kids
FREE Printable Pretend Checks for Kids | Printables 4 Mom
Printable (FREE and Customizable) Play Credit Cards | The Crazy Craft Lady
How to Write A Check: The Ultimate Guide To Writing A Check | Bible Money Matters
Get Some Practice – Balance Your Checking Account FREE Interactive Activity | The Mint
Writing a Check – FREE Interactive Activity | The Mint
Teach your kids all about managing, saving, and budgeting their money:
How to Encourage Kids to Budget Their Money | Self-sufficient Kids
Allowance & Money Management Tool (FREE) | Money Trail
How to Teach Kids to Manage Money with this Object Lesson | Sweet Frugal Life
Budgeting for Kids: Teaching Your Child to Create a Budget | Grace for Single Parents
Teaching Kids to Save Money (+ FREE Printable to Help Them Reach Their Goals!) | Fun Cheap or Free
FREE Financial Literacy Printables – Teaching Kids How to Manage Money | Learn in Color
Budget Worksheet for Kids (FREE) | Hess Unacademy
Bankers as community helpers are important to our lives and are seldom thought of as such. However, if we think for a moment how much we work to save money, then we will see the significance of the community helpers that help us keep that money safe.
Check these free resources below to add to your community helper units:
FREE Community Helpers Printables
Printables About Community Helpers
FREE Community Helpers Guided Drawing
Writing Prompts About Community Helpers
FREE Community Helpers Handwriting Practice
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!
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