JA Our Families®

JA Our Families<sup>®</sup>

JA Our Families introduces students to entrepreneurship and learning objectives for first-grade social studies, including families, neighborhoods, money, and needs and wants.

Following participation in the program, students will be able to describe similarities and differences in families; begin to understand that families must earn money to pay for the things they need and want; recognize the importance of entrepreneurial businesses to the neighborhood; identify goods and services provided by local businesses; and explain one of the entrepreneurial characteristics: Satisfy a Need or a Want.

JA Our Families is recommended for students in first grade. The average time for each of its five sessions is 30 minutes. Materials are packaged in a self-contained kit that includes detailed plans for the volunteer and materials for 30 students.

The program correlates to state social studies, English, and math standards and to Common Core State Standards in English/language arts and mathematics.


Pillars of Student Success Entrepreneurship:  Financial-Literacy:  Work-Readiness: 
Program Implementation Program Grade-Level
Classroom-Based Elementary School
Program Concepts Program Skills
Business, earning, economic incentives, employment, entrepreneurship, family, fill a need, goods and services, income, job, money, needs and wants, neighborhood, scarcity, shelter, skills, spend, symbols, work Analyzing information, creative thinking, decision making, differentiating, drawing, following directions, listening and responding, making observations, map reading, math calculations, reading, recognizing and interpreting symbols, verbal communication, working in pairs

Program Sessions

Session One: All Kinds of Families

Students discover how families are alike and different and how they can work together to create a strong economy for the neighborhood.

Session Two: Money for Needs and Wants

Students become aware that all families need food, clothing, and shelter to live and must earn money to pay for these needs.

Session Three: Businesses All Around the Neighborhood

Students learn how the needs and wants of people in a neighborhood create an opportunity for entrepreneurs to start businesses.

Session Four: Jobs All Around the Neighborhood

Students learn that entrepreneurs create businesses, which provide jobs for families and make the neighborhood where they live better.

Session Five: A New Business

Students think like entrepreneurs and help advertise a new business needed in the neighborhood.