Elementary School Programs

The elementary programs include five sequential, themed lessons for Kindergarten through Grade 5. Students learn the basic concepts of wants and needs, money, and how education is relevant to the workplace. The sequential activities build on studies from each preceding grade and prepare students for secondary school and lifelong learning.

  • JA Ourselves (Kindergarten) uses compelling stories read aloud by the volunteer, along with hands-on activities, to demonstrate helping, working, earning and saving.
  • JA Our City (Grade 3) studies careers, the skills people need to work in specific careers, how businesses contribute to a city, and introduces students to the concept of banking and the flow of money.
  • JA Our Community (Grade 2) explores the interdependent roles of workers in a community, the work they perform, and how communities work.
  • JA Our Families (Grade 1) emphasizes the roles people play in the local economy and engages students with activities about needs, wants, tools and skills, jobs and interdependence.
  • JA Our Nation (Grade 5) provides practical information about businesses’ needs for individuals who can meet the demands of the job market, including high-growth, high-demand jobs.  JA Our Nation also introduces the concept of globalization of business as it relates to production materials and the need for students to be entrepreneurial in their thinking in order to meet the requirements of high-growth, high-demand careers worldwide.
  • JA Our Region (Grade 4) introduces students to entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs use resources to produce goods and services in a community. Students solve problems by weighing risks and rewards.