How to Lead a Dream Big Financial Education Read Experience


This short video demonstrates the basic Dream Big Financial Education Read Experience. You will find an outline of steps below.

You can add or delete steps at your discretion. On average this experience takes approximately 30 minutes.

To lead this experience you will need a copy of the storybook Sammy’s Big Dream! The storybook is perfect for 2nd and 3rd graders. However, with a few adjustments in reading style and discussion it can also be used with K, 1st and 4th graders.

Sammy’s Big Dream is a catalyst for discussion on saving, big dreams, working hard and more. Click here to find a list of additional discussion topics.

If you elect to include a sing along as a part of the experience, you will find the music and lyrics to the song ‘Get in the Habit’ online at

Have fun with a purpose. Be a source and force of joy and knowledge. Remember, Sammy says: “You can do it!”

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Read the inspiring stories of leaders who use Sammy resources to talk to and teach kids about great money habits and life skills.

Outline of Steps

  • Introduction
    • Introduce yourself to kids
    • Introduce the story; Sammy’s Big Dream
      • Ask students to raise their hand if they have a big dream
      • Share one of your dreams – perhaps a dream to go to and graduate from college
  • Read the story
  • Review key points of the story
    • Saving is a great habit (Have students repeat the phrase after you. Use hand signals)
    • Hard work, saving, planning, and goals pay off
    • Giving feels good
  • Discuss the story. Ask:
    • If they have a big dream
    • If they are willing to work hard and get in the habit of saving to help make their dream come true
  • Optional: Sing Along: Get in the Habit
  • Have students recite the Dream Big Pledge (It’s in the back of the story book)
    • Take it two or three words at a time
    • Repeat after me… “I promise….


What Kids Will Learn

  • Saving is a great habit!
  • Working hard pays off.
  • Do not give up.
  • Click Here to see more lessons the story book can be used to teach

Reading Aloud to Kids. It Pays Off

Reading aloud is a wonderful strategy to bond with kids and build their literacy skills. It promotes langauge and comprehension development. It provides a chance to travel to places and think about situations, experiences and language kids may not have been exposed to. Here are some more ways reading aloud to children pays off. Kids get an opportunity to:

  1. Improve their listening and communication skills
  2. Improve their vocabulary
  3. Increasing their attention span
  4. Strengthen their thinking skills
  5. Work on their oral presentation and feedback skills
  6. Create a positive association with books and reading
Sammy's Big Dream

Checkout Sammy’s Big Dream!

1 storybook. 16 conversations and lessons on great money habits!

“In order to save more, I chose not to buy some of my favorite things, like ice cream, candy, and
baseball caps. Keep saving! I told myself…”

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This is one in a series of financial literacy education videos and blogs from Sam X Renick and Sammy Rabbit intended for parents, teachers, and community leaders on how to teach groups of kids about a variety of basic money concepts.

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