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Sammy's Big Dream

Sammy’s Big Dream

Sammy is determined to make a big dream come true. He wants to ride the world’s first outer space rollercoaster. Can he earn and save enough money to do it?

Sammy’s Big Dream is a catalyst for conversation. It is intended to ignite kids’ imaginations, inspire their dreams, and make it easy to talk to and teach them about the great money habits and life skills that will position them for lifelong success. The story can be used to spark discussion and learning on at least 16 different topics!

  1. Saving money. Saving is a great habit!
  2. Earning money
  3. Work hard. Give effort. Nothing’s free. Opportunity cost
  4. Preparation
  5. Big dreams and goal setting
  6. Spending smart
  7. Giving
  8. Measure your progress
  9. Money advice
  10. Thinking and planning
  11. Determination. Grit. Don’t give up too easily
  12. Self-confidence. “You can do it!”
  13. Collaboration and team work
  14. Responsibility. Self-leadership
  15. Great habits are powerful
  16. Make your choices count

16 Lessons

Saving money. Saving is a great habit!

Saving pays off. Make saving a habit starting today! The sooner you start saving the sooner you will reach your goal. The sooner you start saving the more time and opportunity you give your money to grow and compound.

Questions

Name one or two reasons why saving is a great habit?

– The habit of saving money gets our money to grow so we can get what we want.
– The habit of saving money gives us time to think about and make better choices with our
money.

Cross Referenced to Pages in Storybook

Pages: 9, 10, 11, 13, 20, 21, 22, 24, 28

Cross Referenced to Dream Big Steps

Sammy Dream Big Steps #2 and #5

Earning money

Earning money gives us more freedom, independence, and choices. Earning money helps make dreams come true. Earning money is fun to do. Earning money requires effort, energy, and time.

Cross Referenced to Pages in Storybook

Pages: 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 24

Cross Referenced to Dream Big Steps

Sammy Dream Big Step #9

Work hard. Give effort. Nothing’s free. Opportunity cost

Hard work and effort pay off. It helps make dreams come true. Hard work prepares us to get what we want and need. Hard work helps distinguish us. It helps gets us ahead. Pursuing one opportunity requires us to sacrifice other opportunities.

Questions

How did working hard pay off for Sammy?

– Sammy was able to make a dream come true. He rode the world’s first outer space roller coaster.
– Sammy was able to give money to a friend to help them ride the roller coaster.
– Sammy proved to himself, his brother and everyone he could accomplish a hard and challenging goal.

Cross Referenced to Pages in Storybook

Pages: 4, 5, 7, 9, 13, 14, 18, 21

Cross Referenced to Dream Big Steps

Sammy Dream Big Steps #10

Big Dreams and Goal Setting

Big dreams can motivate and inspire action. Big Dreams can help us discover who we are and what we are capable of accomplishing.

Questions

Cross Referenced to Pages in Storybook

Pages: Cover, 5, 7, 28

Cross Referenced to Dream Big Steps

Sammy Dream Big Steps #1 and #7

Set Goals

Goals give dreams definition and timelines. They help organize and prioritize our time.

Cross Referenced to Pages in Storybook

Pages: 13, 14, 17, 18, 22, 23, 28

Cross Referenced to Dream Big Steps

Sammy Dream Big Step #2

Thinking and Planning

Having a written plan and strategy makes it easier to achieve dreams and goals. It also makes it easier for others to assist you.

Cross Referenced to Pages in Storybook

Pages: 5, 13

Cross Referenced to Dream Big Steps

Sammy Dream Big Step #3

Spending Smart

Making good money choices helps us get what we want.

Cross Referenced to Pages in Storybook

Pages: 5, 8, 13, 14, 16, 18

Cross Referenced to Dream Big Steps

Sammy Dream Big Step #4

Give your all enthusiastically!

Putting forth our best effort and working hard can make us successful.

Cross Referenced to Pages in Storybook

Pages: 9, 11, 12, 14, 18, 20, 21, 24

Cross Referenced to Dream Big Steps

Sammy Dream Big Step #10

Determination

Determination, grit, and not quitting too easily are qualities that help us overcome obstacles and have more success.

Cross Referenced to Pages in Storybook

Pages: 6, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21

Cross Referenced to Dream Big Steps

Sammy Dream Big Step #11

Self-Confidence. “You can do it!”

Believe in yourself. Have confidence. Remember, “you can do it!”

Cross Referenced to Pages in Storybook

Pages: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 18

Cross Referenced to Dream Big Steps

Sammy Dream Big Step #12

Preparation

Opportunity is fleeting. Being prepared pays off. Preparation allows you to overcome obstacles and allows you to take advantage of opportunities.

Cross Referenced to Pages in Storybook

Pages: 3, 7

Cross Referenced to Dream Big Steps

Sammy Dream Big Step #3

Measure Your Progress

Measure your progress. We have a better chance to get what we want when we keep track of where we’re at and where we’re going. It is something Sammy forgot to do.

Cross Referenced to Pages in Storybook

Pages: 15, 22

Cross Referenced to Dream Big Steps

Sammy Dream Big Step #8

Money Advice

Get advice on money and other important choices from the right people.

Cross Referenced to Pages in Storybook

Pages: 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 24, 28

Cross Referenced to Dream Big Steps

Sammy Dream Big Step #4

Collaboration and Team Work

Learning to collaborate and work as a team has advantages.

Cross Referenced to Pages in Storybook

Pages: 6, 16, 24, 28

Cross Referenced to Dream Big Steps

Sammy Dream Big Steps #6 and #9

Giving

It is a great habit.

Cross Referenced to Pages in Storybook

Pages: 9, 24

Cross Referenced to Dream Big Steps

Sammy Dream Big Step #4

Responsibility. Self-Leadership

Take responsibility for managing our feelings and behavior. Show your family the way. Lead by example.

Cross Referenced to Pages in Storybook

Pages: 6, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17

Cross Referenced to Dream Big Steps

Dream Big Steps #6 and #10

Great Habits are Powerful

Habits are powerful. Habits do not discriminate and their outcomes are predictable. If you get in the habit of exercising, you can predict your health will improve. If you get in the habit of reading, you can predict your knowledge will grow. If you get in the habit of saving money, you can predict your freedom will grow and your security will increase.

Questions

What makes habits powerful? Why is saving a great habit? Name some great habits that will help you make big dreams come true.

Cross Referenced to Pages in Storybook

Pages: 10, 13, 28

Cross Referenced to Dream Big Steps

Sammy Dream Big Step #2

Make Your Choices Count

Whether small or big, our choices make a difference. Basic economics reveals the fewer resources one has the more important it is to make good choices with them. Small choices made repeatedly over time can have large consequences.

Questions

What were some of the important choices Sammy made in the story? Did Sammy make his choices count?

– Sammy’s first choice. Page 9. Earn, save and pay for half the space trip
– Sammy’s second choice. Page 13. Argue or think, plan and set goals
– Sammy’s third choice. Page 14. Work toward his goal and dream or play.
– Sammy’s fourth choice. Page 16. Work together or work alone and complain
– Sammy’s fifth choice. Pages 17 & 18. Ask for, listen to, and follow advice from people with more experience or work and think alone and possibly give up
– Sammy’s sixth choice. Page 21. Spend or keep saving toward his goal
– Sammy’s seventh choice. Page 24. To give or not to give

Cross Referenced to Pages in Storybook

Pages: 9, 10, 13, 14, 16

Cross Referenced to Dream Big Steps

Sammy Dream Big Step #4