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Hi! It’s Monday, September 27, 2010 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: 9-14 (younger children and non-readers may enjoy aspects with parental guidance)
Wells Fargo Bank sponsors this free, fun, interactive online game that challenges kids’ math, language arts, and critical thinking skills in order to help them learn about budgeting and saving.
When you get to the site, wait for the game to fully download. Then, take the animated tour to see how the game works.
Select your character to play the game. Then pick an occupation such as a:
During the game, you will have to perform certain math, language arts, and puzzle challenges based on the occupation you select in order to get your monthly paycheck.
You will also select a savings goal – an amount of money that you want to save in order to purchase something (i.e, new laptop, vacation, etc.).
Then, you create a budget that includes your fixed expenses (rent, food, car insurance, etc.) along with an entertainment expense and savings to hopefully achieve your goal.
Each month, after depositing your paycheck, you pay the bills and any unexpected expenses (car repair, computer repair, DVD rental, etc.).
If you get to the end of the game and have saved enough money to achieve your goal – you win! If not, you can try again.
Even if you do win, it’s fun to play each different game by selecting a new occupation. The challenges and tasks are different for each. Plus, you can alter your fixed expenses to accommodate lavish or sensible tastes that will change the outcome of the games too.
Hi! It’s Monday, June 7, 2010 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: 12-22
Do your tweens, teens, and college students treat money like it grows on trees? Do they continuously ask you to “Give me $20″ to go to the mall or the movies?
ClickScholar Cie recommended this website (sponsored by a credit union) that provides free lessons, games, and activities to learn the skills needed to manage money and control spending it.
When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction and some of the featured activities including:
*Calculators – Use free online “needs based” allowance and savings calculators. Watch a video that explains “prepaid credit cards” – great for controlling spending.
*Ask Anne – Get advice from Anne T. Meyers (aka ATM), and learn 20 ways to save money on summer vacation!
*Fun and Games – Play 6 different financial video games that teach kids about money management. Games include:
Those activities will keep you busy, but the real meat of this site is in the horizontal menu at the top of the landing page that includes:
*Educating By Age – Choose the age range that applies (12-15, 16-18, 19-22) and learn about budgeting basics, saving for a car, and developing a spending plan.
*Setting Allowance – Learn how to set and calculate appropriate allowances.
*Managing Money – Discover how to effectively use and manage credit cards, debit cards, and checking accounts.
*Teaching About Credit – Find out how to select a credit card, learn how to establish credit history, and read a credit report.
*Resources – Download free pdf money lessons, get links to websites for further learning, and watch instructional videos on money management.
There is lots of helpful money management content here, so bookmark this site to see it all.
Hi! It’s Tuesday, December 1, 2009 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12)
ClickScholar Annette Hall recommended this website sponsored by the Energy Information Administration, that provides free energy-related lessons, games and activities, and research articles designed for classroom use in grades K-12. (They can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.)
When you get to the website you’ll see a menu under the banner “For Teachers” that includes:
*Lesson Plans for various age and grade ranges including K-3, 4-7, 6-9, and 9-12.
*Teacher Guide with tips on extension activities to learn more.
*Career Corner to find out about jobs in the Energy field.
*Field Trips with illustrated articles about classroom field trips to power plants.
*Related Links to other helpful resources and energy websites.
Once you’ve explored the “For Teachers” section check out the menu in the left margin of the page that offers:
*What is Energy? – Learn energy basics including it’s forms, how it’s measured, and what it has to do with the periodic table of elements.
*Energy Sources – Discover renewable and non-renewable energy, electricity, hydrogen, and the latest energy stats.
*Using & Saving Energy – Learn how energy is used at home, work, in industry, transportation, and more.
*History of Energy – Check out the time line of energy inventions including Coal, Electricity, Ethanol, Geothermal, Hydropower, Natural Gas, Oil, Wind, and more. You can also read biographies of people who developed scientific breakthroughs with energy including Celsius, Curie, Edison, Einstein, Faraday, Joule, Marconi, Newton, Oppenheimer and more.
*Games & Activities – Enjoy riddles, puzzles, science experiments and take a quiz to test your energy IQ.