Posts Tagged ‘saving’

Literature-Based Finance Lessons for Kids

September 3rd, 2014


It’s Wednesday, September 3, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


Wise Pockets


Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)


Note: Although this website is designed for students ages 8-11, older students and adults may benefit from the information here as well.
This website is provided by the University of Missouri. It is designed to help classroom students in grades 3-6 become more knowledgeable about personal finance including saving, investing, and using credit. The lessons and activities can be easily adjusted for homeschool students.
What is unique here, is that personal finance concepts and lessons are taught through the use of children’s literature. Wise Pockets has selected books with themes that relate to money, and developed lesson plans and activities that extend the learning to help students become better money managers. There are 13 book titles in all that include:
  • The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble With Money by Jan and Stan Berenstain
  • The Leaves In October by Karen Ackerman
  • Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
  • Not for a Billion Gazillion Dollars by Paul Danziger
  • Meet Molly, An American Girl by Valerie Tripp
  • From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  • and more!
Click on any title and a new page opens with a free, printable, classroom lesson containing objectives, detailed instruction procedure steps, activity sheets, and extension/enrichment recommendations.

Free Energy Lessons, Printables, & Activities for K-12

December 3rd, 2013

Hi! It’s Tuesday, December 3, 2013, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Energy Kids

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision )

This website, sponsored by the Energy Information Administration, provides free energy-related lessons, printables, games, and activities 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 grades K-3, 4-7, 6-9, and 9-12
  • Teacher Guide with tips on extension activities
  • Career Corner to explore jobs in the Energy field
  • Science Fair Experiments
  • Field Trips with ideas for taking trips to power plants, etc.
  • Related Links to 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 its 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.

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:

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.

Try Science with Experiments & Adventures!

August 6th, 2013

It’s Tuesday, August 6, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Try Science

Age Range: 5-18 (Designed for grades K-12, with parental supervision.)

Sponsored by the New York Hall of Science, this website provides science activities for families worldwide. If offers a search engine that helps you find local science museums, nature centers and botanical gardens, zoos, aquariums, and more. Best of all, when you get to the site you can explore the three main features that include:

*Experiments – Enjoy fun and engaging online and offline science activities in Earth Sciences, Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Space Sciences, Technology & Engineering, Chemistry, Social Sciences, Medicine and Health, and more!

*Field Trips – Use the search engine on the home page to find science-themed field trip destinations near you. Or, take a video field trip to enjoy interactive exhibits at five different science museum.

*Adventures – If your kids enjoy video games, they’ll love this feature that allows them to become virtual Star Trek cadets and explore engineering at the Starfleet Academy. They can also virtually compete in the Extreme Challenge that includes seven courses in four sports – mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing and snowboarding. Apply the science behind the sport to beat the challenge time and earn each course medal.

Be sure to click on “The Teacher Page” to get tips for using the site with students and to access “PowerUp” an environmental 3-D Game that “allows students to experience the excitement and the diversity of modern engineering while saving the earth from disaster.”

These fun hands-on science activities are based on national science and mathematics education standards to promote science literacy through four key ideas:

  1. Science education is for every child.
  2. Science is around you in your life every day.
  3. Parents and families can make a huge difference helping their children with science education.
  4. Science is a lot of fun!


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March 14th, 2013


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Videos to Explain Daylight Saving Time & More!

October 27th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Thursday, October 27, 2011, and time for Social Studies at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Grey’s Blog

Age Range: 8-18 (with parental supervision)

We don’t normally feature blogs, but you definitely don’t want to miss this one by C. G. P. Grey, an American living in England. He cheerfully shares his insights on history, politics, and more, by means of illustrated videos.

These videos are surprisingly fun to watch, well-made, and highly informative. Many have full transcripts available. They are all YouTube videos, so they are less than six minutes each. Even if you find yourself disagreeing with some of them, they are still good launching points for discussion and further study.

When you get to the site you’ll see the featured videos including one that explains Daylight Saving Time!  Just click on it and a new page opens. IMPORTANT:  Scroll down the page a little to click on the image and launch the video. The full transcript is printed below the video screen.

Once you understand Daylight Saving Time, go back to the home page. You can click on more of the featured videos that include:

  • What are Continents – A humorous look at how many continents there really are, and why.
  • The Difference Between the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England (You may want to watch this one more than once.)
  • The True Cost of the Royal Family
  • How Scotland Joined Great Britain
  • History of the Union Jack (British flag)
  • Gerrymandering Explained
  • Coffee – Go ahead and enjoy a hot mug of “Joe.”

You’ll also find non-videos that include:

  • Various maps of the United States – graphics and commentary
  • Ayn Rand Loves Torture (for the intensely curious) – Find out the number of times each word occurs in “Atlas Shrugged,” a book by Ayn Rand.

As always, parents should preview the site and the videos to determine suitability of content, and supervise all Internet use.