Posts Tagged ‘finances’

Free Financial Literacy Course for Ages 11-22

October 21st, 2013

Hi! It’s Monday, October 21, 2013, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

MoneySkill.org

Age Range: 11-22 (middle school, high school, & college with parental guidance)

ClickScholar Michelle suggested this website provided by the American Financial Services Association (the national trade association for the consumer credit industry). As explained at the website, AFSA provides free financial literacy courses to educate middle school, high school, and college students on basic money management fundamentals in the content areas of:

  • Income
  • Expenses
  • Saving
  • Investing
  • Credit
  • Insurance

The site further explains that “the high school and college course is designed to be used as all or part of a course in economics, math, social studies or wherever personal finances are taught. Students can access the modules in the classroom or at home. Built-in quizzes test students’ grasp of each concept.

Two versions are available: High School/College and Middle School level.” 

The courses are free, but registration is required to access them. Completion of the registration process can take up to 2-3 days – so, plan ahead. 

When you get to the site you’ll find an explanation of the MoneySKILL program, and registration information. Use the menu on the left side of the page to experience a demonstration of how the interactive lessons work.  Basically, you’ll see the lesson text, hear an audio narration of it, and then be asked to answer multiple choice questions to test your knowledge of the subject matter.  In addition, “a life simulation module asks students to project their own financial life expectancies in areas such as employment, housing, transportation, education, marriage, family and retirement.” 

Again, the idea here is to provide students with money management skills that will last a lifetime.

Interactive Economics Games

February 10th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Thursday, February 10, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Here are some free, fun, interactive games designed for students of varying ages that teach economics and financial literacy

Recommended Websites:

Mapping Your Future

Age Range: 12-20

This free financial literacy game is designed to help tweens, teens, and college-age students prepare for their futures. The game helps players understand:

  • The Cost of Living
  • Budgeting
  • Difference Between Wants and Needs
  • Importance of Financial Planning
  • Setting Career Goals
  • Value of Higher Education

You can play the game repeatedly choosing different character identities each time, which varies the circumstances, your choices, and the outcome of the game.
 

Economics Jeopardy

Age Range: 9-13 (approximately)

In Economics Jeopardy you can play solo or against your friends and learn about economic principles. This is based on the television game show, “Jeopardy.”
Peanuts & Crackerjacks Baseball

Age Range: 13 and up

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston offers this interactive baseball game that tests your knowledge of economics and pro sports trivia. This game has 9 innings covering all kinds of economic terms, laws, and principles and is very educational.
Econ-o-mania

Age Range: 10 and up (approximately)

In this game, the challenge is to “become the Vice-President of Production in the land of Econ-o-mania.”  To do that, you must create a good or service using available materials. Then you must present your final product through a KidPix slide show, a poster created on the computer or paper, a written proposal, or a finished product. This site offers printable worksheets as students move through each step of the process.

Enjoy!

 

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
http://www.ClickSchooling.com

ClickSchooling Resource: Teach Your Teens How To Manage Money

August 16th, 2009

Dear ClickSchooling List Members,

Do you want to teach your teens “money smarts” but are not sure how or where to start?

During these tough economic times, your teens may be seeing their allowances dwindle along with your 401K’s. Foreclosure, bankruptcy and job loss affect everyone – and you may be wondering how to help your tweens and teens prepare for the inevitable ups and downs of life as adults.

As you know, schools don’t teach how to save, invest, and plan for retirement and many parents are struggling because they were never taught themselves.

Homeschool families are in a unique position to learn money management skills together. And I’d like to introduce you to someone who can help you get the help you need.

Meet published author and money coach Patti Handy. As the founder of TeensCashCoach.com she gives F*REE weekly tips in a fun video format called “The Money Minute for Teens” with fast and easy tips and action items that kids and their parents can implement immediately to improve their money skills.

“Learning how to make, manage, and respect your money will have a large impact on the quality of the life you lead,” says Patti. “As a single mom of a teenager, I wanted to pass down to my son the good advice my parents gave me about money and what I’ve learned from working in various financial fields for 25 years. If something ever happened to me, I wanted to protect him with a good, solid education so that he is prepared for whatever the world throws at him. Today’s struggles are a great tool to show how good planning can help families get through tough financial times.”

In addition to her f*ree video series, Patti also offers an innovative DVD curriculum in a two-volume set called “The Prosperous Teen” that is perfect if you are ready to boost your family’s money management knowledge and skills. It covers diverse topics such as:

  • Spending & Saving Habits
  • Emotional & Peer Pressure Purchases
  • Needs vs. Wants
  • Debit/Credit Cards
  • Compounding Interest
  • Introduction to Credit Scores
  • How To Write a Check & Balance a Checkbook
  • 3 Paths to Financial Freedom & the Mindset of the Wealthy
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Ownership
  • Purchasing/Owning Real Estate
  • Investing in Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds
  • Importance of Giving Back
  • And so much more!

Patti also has a new book “How to Ditch Your Allowance and Be Richer than Your Parents! 9 Wealth Building Tools to make a Teen Rich” – and you can order it now at her website as well.

All of Patti’s products come with a 100% money-back guarantee – so this is a risk-free investment.

Subscribe to Patti’s FREE publication “The Money Minute for Teens,” and learn more about her programs or purchase them at her website today by clicking on this link:

http://www.homefires.com/click?cashcoach

Diane Flynn Keith ClickSchooling

Disclaimer: This “ClickSchooling Resource” email is sponsored by the company whose products or services are recommended and helps provide revenue that enables “ClickSchooling Reviews” to be FREE. The buyer assumes all risk and Homefires, ClickSchooling, and Diane Flynn Keith offer no warranties or guarantees with regard to these products and services.

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NY Times Math Lessons Grades 6-12

September 15th, 2003

Recommended Website:
NY Times Math Lesson Plans

The New York times offers daily lesson plans for teachers in many subject areas. The Math section of this site has lots of interesting math lessons for grades 6-12. When you get to the site you will see a menu of math lesson plans that include a brief description. Some of the titles include:

  • A Weighty Task — accessing the value of standard units of measurement.
  • Mapping Meteorites — using triangulation to locate meteorites in the sky and on land.
  • Nutrients by the Numbers — using math to explore nutrition.
  • Stories That Really Add Up — exploring ways in which children’s stories can be used to teach math and other subjects.
  • Rock On — analyzing trends in Grammy award winners.
  • Capitol Gains — using the Internet to investigate presidential campaign finances.
  • Using Your Melon for Math — applying fraction multiplication and division to recipes.

There are many, many more titles. Click on any one and a new page opens with the objectives, state curriculum standards, materials needed, and instructions for presenting the lesson, along with links to further resources. Most have been designed for classroom use and many can be tweaked for use at home.

Math through Holiday Budgets!

December 10th, 2001

Continuing with our Holiday Curriculum…

At holiday time kids need money to buy gifts or to purchase materials to make gifts. Budgeting money is a skill that is relevant at this time of year. Budgeting will enhance math skills as kids count, add, subtract, multiply, and divide their money. Spending money will help kids become more proficient at money math too. Today’s website offers tips to help kids learn all about earning, saving, spending, and especially BUDGETING money.

Recommended Website:
Family Education — Budgeting

When you get to the site you will see a menu with links to website pages that contain:

  • Lessons — Ways to help children of all ages learn the value of a dollar and a credit card.
  • What Works — Get budgeting tips from other parents including games they have played with their kids to improve their “money smarts”.
  • Calculators — Links to online budgeting calculators to use with your child to determine if he/she can afford to buy a skateboard for their best friend, or purchase glitter pens to make holiday greeting cards.
  • Quiz — Have your teen take an online quiz to see if he/she is ready to handle finances in college.

The menu also has links to other websites with resources for money management.

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