Posts Tagged ‘saving’

Fun Budget & Savings Game for Kids

September 27th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Monday, September 27, 2010 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Savings Quest

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:

  • Copy Editor
  • Accountant
  • Detective
  • Archaeologist

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.

Money Lessons, Games, & Activities

June 7th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Monday, June 7, 2010 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

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:

  • Financial Football – Answering financial questions to earn yardage.
  • Road Trip to Savings – Make decisions about income, expenses and savings on a virtual  road trip!
  • Smart Money Quiz Show – Test your money smarts with the Get-Out-of-Debt Quiz Show.

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.

Free Energy Lesson Plans & Activities

December 1st, 2009

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, December 1, 2009 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Energy Kids

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.

Special Message from Diane Flynn Keith

October 25th, 2009

Special Message from Diane Flynn Keith


I have exciting news! The new, second edition of my book, “Carschooling: Over 350 Entertaining Games and Activities To Turn Travel Time Into Learning Time” is now available at my completely revised and updated website,!

To complement the new edition of the “Carschooling” book and website, I have created a brand new version of the “Carschooling Ezine.”

Today, October 25th, is the launch date for the FIRST ISSUE that includes a free, monthly “Carschooling Calendar” for November – so you can learn history on the go! Plus it contains recommendations for terrific resources to help you turn your kids into “Road Scholars”!

To subscribe, go to and enter your name and email address in the blue box form at the top, right corner of the page.

IMPORTANT: Even if you have subscribed in the past, you must re-subscribe to get the new version of the “Carschooling Ezine.”

Those who subscribe, will be rewarded with my free, handy-dandy “Carschooling Games & Activity Chart” with backseat brain-boosters that will bring miles of smiles to everyone in your car! Print it out and tuck it into the glove compartment for instant access to road trip learning fun!

Don’t miss the first issue of the “Carschooling Ezine” that will be published later today.



Diane Flynn Keith, Author of Carschooling

Publisher of ClickSchooling


Are You The Parent of a Preschooler? You’ll Love Universal Preschool’s Learning Calendar! It’s chock-full of fun, easy activities & time-saving resources for learning with little ones all year long! Get your copy today…

ClickSchooling Bonus: FREE Content-Rich Learning K-12

October 23rd, 2009


I know ClickSchooling is supposed to be on vacation, but I just stumbled across a website that I thought you would LOVE to know about NOW – because it can save you loads of time and money when it comes to preparing your course of study for 2009-2010.

PLUS, it’s got great content that will be useful to you forever – regardless of your homeschool or unschool methodology. Really.

Recommended Website:

FREE lessons, podcasts, activities, links to online resources, etc., for all grade levels. A project of Verizon in association with tons of education and research organizations.

I was tempted to write a full review, but I AM on vacation. :) Trust me, go there and check it out.

Oh, and don’t forget that while I’m taking this ClickSchooling break through September 7th you can always access the ClickSchooling archives here: .

Plus if you become my friend on Facebook, I post links to “oldies but goodies” from the ClickSchooling archives regularly – even while I’m on vacation.

One more thing…I am moving foward with my plans to make this free list private and take it off of Yahoo – and I’ll be sending more info about that in the days to come.

Okay, back to our regularly scheduled break…


Book Blog Just for Kids

September 30th, 2009

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 8-13 (As always, parents should preview the site and reading recommendations to determine suitability of content.)

Two women book publishers (with a great sense of humor and love of children’s books) created this website that is designed for young readers. It’s a forum where they talk directly to kids and introduce them to quality books to encourage reading for sheer pleasure in a non-academic mode.

When you get to the site you’ll find a menu that offers:

  • Weekly Themes Get recommendations and reviews for books about historical fiction, book-to-movie adaptations, fantasy series, LOL funny books, mysteries and more.
  • Weekly Podcasts Enjoy a kid-friendly chat featuring Nancy’s and Karen’s book recommendations.
  • Mystery Book Theater Watch a clever video clip every week that provides some animated clues to the “mystery book” of the week. Can you guess what it is?
  • Reviews by You(th) Read kid-submitted book reviews, with peer comments and ratings. Submit your own review!
  • Recommended Reads Enjoy a series of blog posts with long lists of great books to read in a variety of topic/subject categories.

This site offers a clever way to engage kids in the joy of reading for fun and pleasure! Be sure to bookmark it so you can return each week to see the latest posts, podcasts, videos, and reviews.