I get it. The words multidisciplinary and multisensory sound jargony. What do they mean? And, how does this approach set iPiggiBank apart from others in the space?
First, Multidisciplinary means that iPiggiBank uses a number of different academic disciplines, math, ELA, art, music and more to engage our students and teach Money Management 4 Kids curriculum.
Second, iPiggiBank uses Multisensory approaches to reinforce financial literacy learning through picture books (visual), experiential learning (play) with faux coins (manipulatives) and more to ensure that we are reaching all different types of learners in the classroom.
So, why do we tackle financial literacy with these approaches?
Because I started iPiggiBank to teach finance to my young son who was struggling with learning challenges. I knew that if he needed a different approach to learn about finance -- so did other children. By incorporating visuals, manipulatives, play and acting into iPiggiBank’s curriculum, we are now able to successfully reach a larger audience of kids with financial know-how.
This approach sets us apart from others teaching this topic. Our teachers are State Certified teachers trained on iPiggiBank’s curriculum and can differentiate lessons on-demand in the classroom. While some students can sail through calculations on how to save money, others need more visual support. For example, we can teach how to save money in a month with 4 visual circles (aka 4 weeks) on paper and then ask students to put 10 cents (manipulatives) in each circle. That’s 4 weeks of saving! Now, how many months in a year? How much can you save in a year with just 10 cents? Then, we discussed larger amounts. The ah-ha moment kicks-in! Students start chatting excitedly as the amount adds up.
Our program adapts quickly to meet additional needs of our kids like, a student struggling with writing responses in their workbook can open their iPiggiBank art supply bag and take out color pencils to draw or explore their answer in their workbook. Everyone has their own fingerprint and we embrace it in our program.
This past year, iPiggiBank developed a music component to support our money management tenets of Save, Shop and Share. Each week students added to their songs and the class performs their song at the final class. We may have found aspiring American Idol winners!
What successes are we having by leveraging Multidisciplinary and Multisensory?
Reaching a larger audience of students in general and special education.
Students are participating and engaging because of an adaptive classroom environment.
Schools are able to embrace iPiggiBank’s unique approach because it is aligned to common core.
We fundamentally believe that financial literacy is a critical life skill that all students/learners need. Making finance relatable at an early age starts students on the path to financial stability habits.
What do you think of our approach? Does your K-8 school(s) teach financial literacy in a creative way? We’d love to hear about it. Comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.