April Theme:  Financial Literacy

12 months of math

April’s 12 Months of Math theme is Financial Literacy. Financial literacy includes banking, accounting, spending, budgeting, and saving money. Math skills are essential to managing your money wisely now and over time. Aside from basic addition and subtraction, long term planning involves higher levels of math as well, as it requires identifying patterns and trends. Financial literacy will allow you to act with confidence when buying a car, building credit, planning a trip, or saving for college.

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Parents’ Corner

Math Talk

Topic:  Money Math and More.

How do you feel about money? Does is motivate you? Does it make you anxious? Money is more than credits and deductions to your bank account. The way you feel about money is developed over time from the first time you were handed a quarter or maybe the first time you asked to buy something at the store. Financial literacy is your ability to develop healthy feelings about money and confidence in smart spending, saving, and planning of your money.

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Counting money involves complex number sense skills as students are usually taught to organize coins, counting from the highest value to the lowest value. This method involves counting by 25s, then switching to counting by 10s, then counting by 5s and finally counting by 1s. As many ways as we learn to count, we can learn to count money. Often we “skip count” money, which works to a point. Below are a few suggestions on practicing to count coins. View ideas for counting coins Here.

Many adults have a challenged relationship with money. If this is true for you, you may have a hard time teaching financial literacy to your children. Foundations to financial literacy can be learned at any time, HERE are some exercises you can practice at home.

Events and Daily Activities

Math in Financial Literacy Event

Fidelity Investments Financial Literacy Workshops

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 1-2pm and 2-3pm

What children know about money at a young age can shape the way they manage money in adulthood. Join Fidelity Investments in an interactive learning day designed to teach kids and families how money works and why financial literacy is an essential life skill. Fidelity Investments associates will present age appropriate activities on earning, spending, saving, and growing money along with interactive finance exhibits.

Location: Explora – 1701 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

Fidelity Investments will host 2 sessions of financial literacy workshops for children and families. Register Now


2nd Annual Julia Robinson Math Festival

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 12:30-4pm

Julia Robinson Math Festivals are celebrations of great ideas and problems in mathematics. This one is held once a year at UNM and offers students in grades 5-10 the chance to interact with mathematicians and find the fun (yes, FUN!) in math! Learn more

Daily Math Activities

Central New Mexico (CNM) offers a dual credit course for high school students in and around Albuquerque, NM. Learn more

Career Connections

Math in financial literacy is money management and so much more.

  • Accountant
  • Loan officer
  • Bank teller
  • Investor
  • Retirement planner
  • Economist
  • Buyer
  • Inventory specialist
  • Import/exporter

View Careers at Fidelity Investments

Career Spotlight

 Learn how these professionals use math in their careers:

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Mindy Koch, Intel NM
Corporate Services Site Manager

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Ron Eppes, Intel NM
Community Engagement Manager 

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Daniel Mcculley, Intel
Corporate Affairs

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Brian Cappleman, Intel
Mechanical Facilities Engineer

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