Thursday, February 12, 2009

Needs and Wants

I teach Junior Achievement to 1st graders, and a major part of the lesson is teaching the difference between needs and wants. It really is pretty funny to hear their explanation for things that are "needs." Like a television and a computer. THESE ARE NEEDS to these kids. They say:
"How will we know the weather?".......Look outside

"How will we know the news?"........newspapers, radio, what did people do 200 years ago?
"We have to play video games...it's a need."

Or sweet little Aiden, who said his dog was a NEED. When I asked why he responded with, "What if you are dying and the only thing that can save you is your dog?"

Okay kid, you've got a point! How do you argue with that?


Well, my dear daughter needs a lesson on needs and wants too.

She seems to think princess movies, dvd players, Finding Nemo, brown sugar pop tarts, and suckers are needs.
The second we get home from daycare she blurts:

"I need a sucker, I need a princess movie!"

Honey, if only you knew how lucky you were to have those as your "needs"!

8 comments:

Sadiebug and her Mom said...

I need a vacation.

That Girl said...

I LOVE brown sugar poptarts so I cant blame her there. My daughter is in 2nd grade and they have been learning this also. Thats what prompted her "what are your needs from each family member talk" this weekend.

Kids these days...lol

Holly said...

She is so cute. I just asked Sophia what she needed, "a cracker, a strawberry cracker, is what I am asking for" -FUN! This is something I am going to be working on with her :) I love this blog, thanks for sharing your family :)

WPMomOf2 (jen) said...

Most of AMERICA needs to learn the difference--which is why most of us are in credit card debt!

tara @ kidz said...

I'm still struggling with this differentiation myself, and I'm well past my 1st grade year! I mean, the logic behind the dog answer.... I totally get that!

CynthiaK said...

I agree with Sadiebug - I need a vacation, too!! ;-)

Thanks for stopping by Crumbs, SITSa!

Lauren Kelly said...

I'm 24 and the Lord is still teaching me about my needs v. my wants, haha!!! :o)

Mammatalk said...

I need a vacation, too. Or just some spare time!!