Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Back to School Relief Society Activity

We want to thank all of you who came to our Back to School Activity on Tuesday night. We hope you enjoyed getting to know one another better, we learned that many of us are night owls and a few of us have tried some very interesting foods! We have so many incredible sisters in our was fun learning something new about them. Here are some of the questions we asked below:
Assignment #1: Getting to Know You in a Minute
-What was the best day of the past week for you - why?
- Choose a unique item from your wallet and explain why you carry it around.
-If you were given a million dollars and 24 hours to spend it in, (no depositing it in the bank or investing it) what would you buy?
-If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?
-If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
-What’s your favorite thing to do in the summer?
-If you were an ice cream flavor, which one would you be and why?
-If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why
-Are you a morning or night person?
-What are your favorite hobbies?
-What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
-Name one of your favorite things about someone in your family.
-Tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours.
-If you had to describe yourself using three words, it would be…
-If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?

Sister Williams kept some of the kids entertained with some children's books. Do you have a favorite book?

Assignment #2: ABCD’s of Money Management

This site has great organizational ideas. She did a section on Money Management for kids, go here to find out more.
Important for children of all ages to have some of their own money.
Take the time to inform your children what they can do to earn an allowance and then give them a few simple ideas on how to save/spend their allowance.
Try to let them make some of their own financial decisions first!
Beyond Saving:
Teach your children to save some {or most} their money.
Open some type of savings account for kids
Teach your children that it’s OK to spend their money as long as it’s a thought-out decision and not an impulse purchase.
Encourage kids to donate to a charity or sponsor a child from another country
Calculate Costs:
Do your children know how much you spend on groceries, gas, utilities bills, etc? Probably not…and that’s OK.
Try a fun project to put them “in charge” of their back-to-school shopping. Ask them to estimate how much their supplies might cost. Then help them shop (keeping track of prices) and see if they can stay under budget.
Often kids completely underestimate how much everything costs…this might be a fun and education learning experience for them.
Pay Tithing
Teach children to keep track of all their income, spending, saving, giving etc.
Help children set specific goals and then make plans to reach these goals.
Practicing disciplined spending and delayed gratification NOW, will benefit your children later in life.

School Lunch Ideas:

Simple Organized Living Blog: Simple Sack Lunches

Studio 5- Sack Lunch Notes

Studio 5: In the Bag- School lunches made simple & sleek

Good Things Utah: Save on Snack Foods


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