Today we’d like to introduce you to Victoria Khaze.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Victoria. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
It was funny actually. I kind of fell into it. I helped take care of several children when I was younger, including my little brother and I started noticing them talking about their parents buying things for them more. At the same time, I had friends graduating from college who didn’t know what a credit score was. Suddenly I realized that there might be a connection between early financial education and financial preparedness in life. So I started doing some research both into how young children could learn these kinds of financial habits and if there was anything currently out there to teach kids about money.
To be honest, I was pretty disappointed with what I found; sparse lessons here and these, a few storybooks and mostly financial education for only older kids like those in high school. In my opinion, because finance is such a difficult topic and we need time to create good habits, I just don’t think four short years of high school is enough. Funny thing though, there was researched that backed that up. The more I dug the more I found research that showed that kids could and should start learning about money at the elementary levels. As young as five years old actually!
Naturally, necessity is the mother of invention. While I was on my search to find financial education tools for the kids in my life I came up with ideas of my own. So I started Money Munchkids. I started with an afterschool class, then moved to activity books, then curriculums and other complementary financial education products. Since I started I’ve worked with several educators and parents across the planet to create my products. I also wanted to help teach as many kids as possible so I made sure my products were dyslexia friendly. They’ve also been Autism approved by the Autism Hope alliance as well as reviewed by ADDitude magazine (an ADHD magazine), I swear the time just flew by. One day I turned around and suddenly I had this business with all these products that parents and kids contact us about really, genuinely, excited about our learning about money. It’s kind of surreal.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Every hero’s journey has a few monsters and troubles along the way. I’d say the first few years of my business we’re devoted to R&D. The course, while popular, just didn’t work out enough logistically. Then I had to figure out HOW I was going to write activity books and curriculums. To be honest I HATED writing the curriculums. It was just so big that each book had to be reviewed several times. I must have read every page at about eight times.
Now we’ve got a good line of products for parents and homeschool families who want to teach their kids bout money. One of the other issues I faced was how to make sure my products were good for neurodiverse kids. This is far from my area of expertise so figuring out how to best help as many kids as possible was a bit tricky. I also REALLY wanted to have our products made in the USA. That took a few years to find a god printer who could do it while also keeping the products high quality and affordable for parents.
Please tell us about your business.
Money Munchkids focuses on teaching kids about money. We specialize in helping educate the younger children about money and financial education. One of the big distinguishers for Money Munchkids products is our quality. When I started to make our curriculum I wanted to make sure that it was backed by research and experts in children’s education. That’s why I worked with several teachers both nationally and internationally to ensure that the techniques we used in our financial education curriculum would be the most effective in teaching children the concepts it covers.
Also, I wanted to make sure that we would be helping as many children as possible. Being a twin I knew two kids, even twins could learn differently. So I made sure that every lesson used multiple learning styles. I also sought to make the workbooks easy to read for children which eventually lead to making sure all of our materials were dyslexia friendly. Of course, it’s a slippery sloap when you try to help everyone you can! Now I hope to ensure all Money Munchkids financial education materials are as neuro-diverse friendly as I can!
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
As I mentioned I’ve had some great help from many experts. All of which have bios listed on our website. In addition to them, my husband has been of great support al these years.
- The Money Munchkids financial education curriculum set – $80
- We have financial education games – ranging from $10 – 30
- Digital download activity books – $2.99
- Website: www.moneymunchkids.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/moneymunchkids
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/moneymunchkids