Posts Tagged ‘money’

Learn How to Manage Money with this Financial Literacy Course

September 13th, 2021

American Financial Services Association: MoneySKILL

(afsaef.org/)

Grades 7-college, with parental supervision

This website is provided by the American Financial Services Association (the national trade association for the consumer credit industry).

As explained at the website, MoneySKILL is a free financial literacy course 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 course is 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, click on the “Try a Demo!” button to try it out. 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.

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

Save Money & Have Fun with this Book Swap Club!

August 18th, 2021

Rich Pickering/Founder: PaperBackSwap.com

(www.paperbackswap.com/index.php)

Grades 7 & up, with parental supervision

Free online paperback book swap club

Notes from this website on how the club works:

  • List at least 9 or more books in the system to become an active member and receive 3 free credits to get you started trading. List as many books as possible to be more successful in trading.
  • Browse our online list of books posted by club members, and use your credits to order books.
  • Selected books are delivered right to your mailbox, for free!
  • When other members order books that you’ve listed, you mail them from your mailbox and you pay the postage (usually $1.59).
  • You get one credit (good for one book) for every book you mail when it is received by the club member who requested it.
  • List as many books as you like. The more books you mail to other members, the more credits you’ll receive.

Create Your Own Elementary Math Worksheets!

August 16th, 2021

Noetic Learning: Math Worksheet Creator

(www.noetic-learning.com/mathdrill/)

Grades 2-5, with parental supervision

This commercial website sells math programs and also offers FREE math worksheets as well as access to a program that allows you to create your own math worksheets.

When you get to the site, you’ll land on the “Math Worksheet Creator” page. You’ll see a heading that says “Free Elementary Math Worksheets” and a menu below it that includes:

  • Number Sense and Place Value
  • Addition Worksheets
  • Multiplication Worksheets
  • Money Worksheets

Click on any one and a new page opens with a form. Set the parameters you want and click “Generate.” A new page opens with your customized worksheet. The worksheet is interactive so your child can do the drills online, or you can print it out and do the work offline.

DON’T MISS THIS PART – Right above the “Free Elementary Math Worksheets” heading you’ll see “Worksheets by Grade.” Click on this and a new page opens with a menu of math worksheets for grades 2, 3, 4, and 5 – and some are available for free.

Math Video Tutorials

March 22nd, 2021

NRICH

(nrich.maths.org/)

Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision 

This website is a project of the math faculty at The University of Cambridge and provides FREE math games, interesting problems, and helpful materials that are suitable for students of a wide age, ability, and grade range.

Description: Don’t be deceived by the simple look of the home page – this site harbors a rich resource bank with thousands of fun and fascinating math challenges and printable materials that will engage your students while helping to develop problem-solving and mathematical thinking skills. Click on the icon that interests you on the front page or choose from the following from the top menu:

  • Primary Students
  • Secondary Students
  • Early Years
  • Primary Teachers
  • Secondary Teachers
  • Topics

Note: Because this is a UK website, some of the references may be unfamiliar particularly when it comes to money. Parents can easily guide children to substitutions so they can do the exercises.

Bookmark this website – it is updated with new material regularly.

Become a Virtual History Detective

January 28th, 2021

Wessels Living History Farm

(livinghistoryfarm.org/farming-history/)

Grades 3-12, with parental supervision

 

This website is a companion to a real “Living History Farm” in Nebraska, where you and your children can learn about the history of agriculture in America and how technology has changed it.

You can also learn about the man, David Wessels, whose estate made possible his vision of a Living History Farm. One of his major concerns was “that today’s kids – both urban and rural – have almost no idea how farmers went from essentially a medieval system of plowing with horses to huge tractors run by computers with global positioning systems and air-conditioned cabs.” 

The story told on the website, goes back to Native Americans who first cultivated the fields, through the first European immigrants staking out the prairie ground, to boom and bust cycles, and then the incredible technological innovations of the 20th Century. 

When you get to the site you’ll find information on: 

  • Farming in the 1920s
  • Farming in the ’30s
  • Farming in the ’40s
  • Farming in the ’50s
  • 70’s to Today

You’ll see videos and/or graphics and sound for each, along with links to these categories: 

  • Farm Life
  • Making Money
  • Water
  • Machines
  • Crops
  • Pests & Weeds
  • World Events

Listen to interviews on many aspects of farming history as well.

Also, on the left sidebar, be sure to check out the link for Ted Kooser – podcasts from a former U.S. Poet Laureate. And the video link has all the videos in one place.

The Living History Farm seeks to educate everyone about the role agriculture plays in providing nourishment to the world. If you can’t make it to Nebraska to explore the farm in real-time, this is the next best thing.

Practice Foreign Language Skills with Games

January 23rd, 2021

Internet Polyglot

Grades 8-12, with parental supervision

Internet Polyglot offers a variety of free interactive lessons and games to help you practice over 35 languages by memorizing vocabulary words and their meanings along with phrases and simple sentences.

Scroll down to select the language you want to learn. Then choose the translation you want. A new page opens that displays all of the vocabulary lessons (includes audio) that cover topics such as animals, weather, transportation, food, money, shopping, education, entertainment, numbers, colors, clothing, time, and much more. You can also watch pictures of objects and hear the word that describes them pronounced by a narrator. And this is sort of like virtual flashcards: 

  • Picture Game – A word is displayed and you select the correct picture.
  • Guessing Game – A word is displayed and you select the correct definition.
  • Typing Game – A word is displayed and you type in the correct translation.
  • Matching Game – Drag-and-drop the translations that match displayed words.
  • You can play-and-learn all of these games for free on this ad-supported website.

Note: There were not a lot of ads on our visits to the site. However, the ads are randomly generated, so, parents AS ALWAYS should preview the site and supervise its use.

You must register (free) to create your own lessons, save your results, and customize the activities as desired.

As the website explains, Internet Polyglot assumes that users already have some experience and knowledge of a foreign language prior to using the activities at the site. It is intended as a supplement to a foreign language program – not as the sole method for learning a language.

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