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JA Our Families®

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Elementary School
High School
Classroom Based
After School

Pillars of Student Success
Entrepreneurship High Entrepreneurship
Financial Literacy Moderate Financial Literacy
Work Readiness Moderate Work Readiness
JA Our Families introduces students to entrepreneurship and learning objectives for first-grade social studies, including families, neighborhoods, money, and needs and wants.

Following participation in the program, students will be able to:

-- describe similarities and differences in families.
-- begin to understand that families must earn money to pay for the things they need and want.
-- recognize the importance of entrepreneurial businesses to the neighborhood.
-- identify goods and services provided by local businesses.
-- explain one of the entrepreneurial characteristics: Satisfy a Need or a Want.

JA Our Families is recommended for students in first grade. The program is volunteer-led and kit-based, and is available in Classroom-Based and Remote Classroom implementation. It includes five 45-minute sessions, with additional extended learning activities and optional digital assets offered throughout.

JA Programs support national and state standards in reading, mathematics, social studies, work and career readiness. Please see below for more information on alignment with national and state standards.

Program Concepts

Business, earning, economic incentives, employment, entrepreneurship, family, fill a need, goods and services, income, job, money, needs and wants, neighborhood, scarcity, shelter, skills, spend, symbols, work

Skills Students Learn

  • Analyzing information
  • creative thinking
  • decision making
  • differentiating
  • drawing
  • following directions
  • listening and responding
  • making observations
  • map reading
  • math calculations
  • reading
  • recognizing and interpreting symbols
  • verbal communication
  • working in pairs

Virtual Implementation

Remote classroom is available for JA Our Families.

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