Junior Achievement’s elementary school programs include grade-specific lesson themes for kindergarten through fifth-grade students. Elementary school programs teach students the basic concepts of business and economics and how education is relevant to the workplace.
The programs teach young students that people assume roles as individuals, consumers, and workers in their family, community, and the world around them. Sequential activities build on studies from each preceding grade and prepare students for secondary and lifelong learning.
2015-2016 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IMPACT
JA Ourselves® – Kindergarten
The program introduces the economic roles of individuals, by instilling the values of earning, saving, sharing, and working ethically.
JA Our Families® – First Grade
The program emphasizes the roles people play in the local economy and engages students with activities about needs, wants, jobs, tools and skills, and interdependence.
JA Our Community® – Second Grade
The program explores the interdependent roles of workers in a community, the work they perform, and how communities work.
JA Our City® – Third Grade
Students learn about different careers, the skills people need to work in specific careers, and how businesses contribute to a city.
JA Our Region®– Fourth Grade
The program introduces the relationship between the natural, human, and capital resources found in different regions, and explores regional businesses that produce goods and services for consumers.
JA Our Nation® – Fifth Grade
Students learn practical information about businesses’ need for individuals who can meet the demands of the job market.
JA More than Money®– Third through Fifth grade
This afterschool program teaches students about earning, spending, sharing, and saving money, and businesses they can start or jobs they can perform to earn money.