Do you have kids in grades 3-6 that would love to learn how to start their own business? My fifth grader was happy to learn about entrepreneurship with The Complete Starter Kit from The Kingdom Code. You can explore entrepreneurship for kids too with this fun resource.
What’s The Kingdom Code?
The Kingdom Code is a 34-week program to teach kids about money, character, and entrepreneurship from a biblical worldview. It is ideal for kids in grades 3-6.
With a fun medieval theme, this program uses a hands-on approach to teach kids financial literacy and responsibility
The program is structured to be taught twice per week for about 45 minutes per session, but it is flexible enough for you to fit into your ideal schedule.
You could teach multiple kids in your family with this resource and they could all work on a business idea together. You would purchase additional Student Packets for more than one child, but they could share the Textbook.
What’s in The Complete Starter Kit?
We were sent The Complete Starter Kit which includes:
- Student Packet
- Teacher’s Guide
The Textbook is a full-color spiral bound book that is attractive and is written to the student in a narrative style. This can be shared with multiple kids.
- Key terms & definitions
- True business stories to illustrate the point of the lesson
- Reminders when to complete worksheets
- Bible verses to emphasize the lesson’s theme
- color illustrations
- Discussion questions
- Letter from Aunt Jimmi to personalize the lesson
- “On Your Own” Instructions which specify which activity pages or tasks to complete
The Student Packet is consumable worksheets and attractive full-color activity pages that go along with the lessons. The worksheets are mostly for note taking during the lesson, with fill-in-the-blank or short answer format.
The activity pages help students work through the hands-on tasks such as:
- researching a business
- financial planning
- how to make sales calls
- writing thank you notes
- math practice related to place value, decimals, interest, and rounding
- analyzing data for trends
- using their ledger to complete income statements
- and more!
Additional items included in the Student Packet are:
- receipt book
- card stock flashcards of all the key terms for this program
- forms needed to build the business
Once you get used to the layout of this program, the Teacher’s Guide will give you the step-by-step plan you need to help your kids get started. The publisher has said that Lessons 1-8 take the most parent involvement and the longest time to complete, as this is the foundation of their business. Once your kids reach lesson 9 and on, it looks like the parental participation can decrease.
I didn’t find that one-on-one in my homeschool I needed to do all the activities recommended in the teacher guide, but if you want to use this resource in a co-op or with a group of students, then the Teacher’s Guide will be invaluable to keep your class on track. Answers to student worksheet and activity pages are included in this Teacher’s Guide as well.
What will my kids learn?
Of course your kids will be walked through the step-by-step path of starting their own business. Entrepreneurship for kids is a great life skill to include in your homeschool!
But the way this resource is crafted from a Christian worldview that emphasizes character and Scriptural principals makes it a truly unique curriculum.
My 11 year old son and I started using TKC and we were able to progress to the point where he worked for his dad and me. Since he decided his service based business was primarily targeted to his parents for now (unfortunately, in our rural area, this was his only option), we could skip some of the exercises related to advertising, marketing, and competition at this time.
Because of starting to work through TKC, he started a service based business called Seth’s Services. He was excited to be able to make some extra money this summer helping me with my own product-based business and also helping his dad with extra jobs around the house and yard.
This is the first time he has learned the specific terminology of economics, other than hearing words like “consumer, market, or supply” used by adults in his life.
It has been interesting for him to read the true historical stories of men and women who have found a need in the marketplace and started a business.
Lessons 1-6 are the foundation of this course that set your kids up for business success. Once they complete these lessons, they will be ready for the practical work of their service business.
Lesson 7 begins with “How to Make a Sale” and covers everything from making sales calls to scheduling appointments.
TKC included a KCK Ledger and complete explanations and images showing kids how basic accounting works. This is an excellent life skill usually not taught until much later, but with this resource geared toward your upper elementary students, they will have a great foundation in financial literacy from using TKC.
Christian parents will be glad to see the topic of tithing explained and covered in lesson 9. The theme of biblical stewardship is throughout this curriculum. Kingdom Code Kids are encouraged to give 10% toward their tithe.
The next several lessons explain how to divide up the rest of the income from their service business. TKC advocates giving 5% to others to encourage biblical generosity. 10% is earmarked for education savings, 60% is for your child, and the final 15% is for savings.
Even though 60% seems like a lot for the “free money to spend category,” which is what I initially thought, this curriculum does break down the thought process really well for kids to understand the best uses of this hard-earned money:
- buy things to meet your needs
- buy things you want
- save for a big item that costs alot
This kids entrepreneurship curriculum discusses needs versus wants and how to make the best decision as a consumer.
Lessons 16-18 dive into the nitty-gritty of small business finances with discussions of fixed and variable expenses, complete examples of ledgers, and instruction on how to analyze your business data with income statements. This curriculum clearly explains the difference between gross income and net income and why it matters.
Lesson 19 describes how banks work and includes explanations and illustrations of banking terms. Students are also encouraged to visit a bank.
Lesson 20 includes another look back to review the previous section of lessons before diving into the topics of marketing, macro-economics and micro-economics.
Character qualities like self confidence, positive work ethic, initiative, perseverance, and integrity are continually reinforced and encouraged throughout all the lessons.
The publisher recommends this resource for grades 3-6, and I would generally agree.
It is definitely written to be used by a teacher with a group of students, and I think it would be most fun done in a homeschool co-op or other group of multiple kids.
It is flexible enough to be done by one child at home or in homeschool, and the more motivated your child is to start a business, the better the outcome will be!
You can check out a free sample lesson at The Kingdom Code.
Be sure to use coupon code 10TKC01 for 10% off TKC products.
My five year old enjoyed the KCK Coloring book that was sent to us! It’s a great resource to use with your youngest kids so they don’t feel like they’re missing out when the older siblings work on TKC.
The Kingdom Code also graciously provided a JR KCK Budget Kit to give away to one of my readers! This is helpful to teach budgeting to your younger kids who are not quite ready for the full KCK program yet. If you want a chance to win the JR KCK Budget Kit, click below to enter. (U.S. addresses only, please!)
I invite you to read more reviews from the Homeschool Review Crew about this entrepreneurship for kids resource!