There are so many fabulous financial literacy resources available today that I just had to build a page for you. Check out these amazing tools. You can never have enough teaching resources as far as I’m concerned!
FINANCIAL LITERACY – GENERAL NON PROFITS
Jumstart.org…The National Clearinghouse for all things financial literacy related.
National Youth Financial Educators Council (NYFEC) – The NYFEC specializes in creating holistic financial education services that serve youth on many levels. We are dedicated to increasing youth financial literacy through live financial education events, financial literacy curriculum, custom programs, educator training and online virtual learning centers.
Junior Achievement – Junior Achievement is a non profit organization that brings the real world to students through hands-on curriculum delivered by a trained classroom volunteer. Our programs inspire and prepare young people around the world for success in a global economy by teaching them the key concepts of workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.
National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) – The National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) is the only private, nonprofit, national foundation wholly dedicated to improving the financial well-being of all Americans.
MyMoney.gov – MyMoney.gov is the U.S. government’s website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. Whether you are buying a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401(k), the resources on MyMoney.gov can help you maximize your financial decisions. Throughout the site, you will find important information from 20 Federal agencies and Bureaus designed to help you make smart financial choices.
Financial Literacy Coalition Central Texas (FLCCT) – We are a non-profit organization that provides free on-site financial education for adults and youth throughout Central Texas.
Maryland Coalition for Financial Literacy – The Maryland Coalition for Financial Literacy aims to further education for youth and adults in areas of budgeting, banking, borrowing, maintenance of credit, spending, saving and investing.
Idaho Financial Literacy Coalition – In 1995 the Idaho Financial Literacy Coalition formed to provide training on personal finance topics to public and private school teachers in consumer economics, family & consumer sciences, business, social studies, math, and professional technical education. In 1996 the Coalition expanded its efforts to include adult audiences.
New Jersey Coalition for Financial Education – The goal of the New Jersey Coalition for Financial Education is to improve the personal financial literacy of New Jersey’s citizens by promoting the teaching of personal finance to people of all ages. The Coalition believes that all citizens of New Jersey must have the financial literacy necessary to make informed financial decisions.
360 Degrees of Financial Literacy – 360 Degrees of Financial literacy is a national volunteer effort of the nation’s Certified Public Accountants to help Americans understand their personal finances and develop money management skills. It focuses on financial education as a lifelong endeavor—from children learning about the value of money to adults reaching a secure retirement.
Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE) – AFCPE is the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education. We’re a nonprofit, professional organization dedicated to educating, training, and certifying financial counselors and educators.
Teaching Financial Education Group – The Teaching Financial Education Group’s critical objectives are the process that transforms information into knowledge used to help students learn financial literacy concepts. Knowledge implies something that is understood by the learner who can readily make use of new data to modify behavior. The application of the newly learned concept is the important link; without relevance to and by the learner few measurable behavioral changes would be noted.
Novadebt – Novadebt, A Garden State Consumer Credit CounselingSM organization, is a non-profit, financial management, social service agency. Their mission is to provide financial education to the public including free housing and credit counseling services to families and individuals in need. Novadebt provides exceptional counseling services that are available to the public regardless of income, financial situation, type of credit card debt or amount of indebtedness.
The Financial Literacy and Education Commission was established under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003. The Commission was tasked to develop a national financial education web site (MyMoney.gov) along with a hotline (1-888-My Money) and a national strategy on financial education.
FINANCIAL LITERACY GAMES AND ACTIVITIES – ONLINE
The Money Game, of course!
Online Games That Teach Kids About Money from the Financial Education Clearinghouse.
Financial Soccer…from VISA
Primary Games – Math games online
Prosperity4Kids Inc – Kids and Money site for parents filled with the necessary resources to teach kids about money.
I Know That – Online Multimedia activities for children
Prongo – Online games for kids
My Saving Quest – Simulated money situations. Ages 8-12. Very good site.
GREAT BOOKS, GAMES, SEMINARS AND OTHER RESOURCES
Rich Dad, Poor Dad…great resources from the Rich Dad Company and Robert Kiyosaki
Bizkids – Activities for teachers, families and young entrepreneurs.
Kids Wealth and Consequences: Ensuring a Responsible Financial Future for the Next Generation by Richard Morris & Jayne Pearl.
Stagecoach Island – Stagecoach Island is an online virtual world created by Wells Fargo. You can explore the island and its hidden secrets, connect with friends and make new ones, and at the same time learn smart money management.
Snigglezoo Entertainment/The Money Mammals – Snigglezoo Entertainment’s award-winning “Money Mammals: Saving Money Is Fun” DVD, the first video created specifically to teach kids about the value of money, was recently highlighted by The Wall Street Journal as a great tool to teach financial literacy fundamentals. The DVD entertains and engages kids and parents via upbeat songs and a story line that illustrates the importance of saving money. The characters and content have grown into The Money Mammals® Saving Money Is Fun Kids Club, a premium youth marketing program available for license by credit unions nationwide.
Money Savvy Generation – At Money Savvy Generation, we believe in teaching money basics at a very early age. Getting in front of the behavior before it has a chance to set is the secret to creating a generation of money savvy, economically literate adults. We’re convinced that the key to wiping out excess personal debt among Americans lies in early childhood education. By giving our children basic economic literacy, we empower them to take control over their financial lives, and their futures. Money Savvy Generation develops and brings to market innovative products to help parents and educators teach kids the skills of basic personal finance. By using our award-winning products, children are empowered to take control over their financial lives, and their futures.
Knowledge Matters Inc – Knowledge Matters is the leading developer and publisher of simulation-based business and personal finance curriculums for high schools. Founded in 1997 by Peter Jordan, with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the company’s simulations have been used by over 1 million students in over 5,000 high schools.
KidsWealth – Kids Wealth helps parents teach kids about money and success; our award winning educational products and programs teach kids money management and the value of money, replacing the allowance and piggybank systems.
It’s a Habit – The It’s a Habit! mission is to offer families, educators, trainers, and organizations wholesome, educational, entertaining, affordable, and easy-to-use tools and services that share strategic habits and important life skills like: getting in the habit of saving money, making smart money choices, setting goals, making plans, budgeting, etc. The purpose of these tools and services are to build and strengthen families around the globe regardless of their social, ethnic or economic background. The organization publishes books, music, lesson plans, training guides and parent guides. It also conducts live, interactive author and character appearances, training and workshops.
Financial Literacy for Youth (FLY) – Financial Literacy for Youth (FLY) is a non-profit foundation founded under the auspices of the National Heritage Foundation in the belief that every kid can grow up to be a millionaire. Its mission is to see that every child in the Unites States is taught everything he or she needs to know about money before leaving high school. This will include what money really is, how to make it, how to save it, how to account for it, how to plan for its use, how to keep from being cheated out of it, how and when to use other people’s money, and how to use money to make more of it. Concurrent with this learning, students will take part in activities that will teach entrepreneurship, strengthen responsibility, and help them set guidelines for the future that will allow them to measure their progress toward reaching their financial goals.
Famzoo – Teach your kids good money management habits with virtual tools
Math Playground – Great place to practice your math skills, play logic games and have some fun
The Money Academy – Gayle Reaume is the founder and CEO of The Money Academy. Gayle founded The Money Academy after noticing that children are often not equipped to manage their money powerfully–now or when they are on their own. Using her experience as a business coach, public speaker, author, and mother, she designed an experiential program that provides this vital piece of education.
INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAMS
National Financial Literacy – The programme is aimed at making our citizens interested in the significance of personal financial planning, budgeting and money management in addition to increasing the awareness of the population about the financial products and services at their disposal.
Money Management International – Money Management International Consumer Credit Counseling Service – Debt Management and Financial Education – Money Management
Financial Literacy for Youth – Financial Literacy for Youth is a group of dedicated individuals in Vancouver, Canada, who have come together to promote financial literacy and responsibility among youths. We are led by a core team of university students and recent graduates from a variety of disciplines. Our team is also supported by a group of high school student developers, a team of teacher reviewers, and a board of directors. We are united in our belief that financial literacy is important to our society, and that the foundation of financial responsibility must be built at a young age. We have therefore created a six-lesson curriculum to teach personal finance in high schools.
ACCELERATED TEACHING TECHNIQUES
Many people think of Accelerated Learning as any activity that speeds up the learning process. Such things as studying in groups and occasional activities may increase learning, but as valuable as these teaching tools may be, true Accelerated Learning methodology is much more than that. Accelerated Learning is a systematic approach to teaching the whole person, containing specific core elements that, when used together, empower students to learn faster, more effectively and joyfully.
New Horizons for Learning – In this area of the website you will find information on some of the best researched and the most widely implemented methods of helping all students to learn more successfully. The information includes a description of how the teaching and learning strategies work, where they have been applied, results, and where to find further information from experts in the field, books, websites, and other resources.
PBS Teachers – PBS Teachers is PBS’ natioCreated by teachers for teachers to offer the best materials for reading and language arts education. The site focuses onlearning language, learning through language and learning about language. Great site for any Language Arts, ESL, or English Teacher.
Read, Write, Think – Created by teachers for teachers to offer the best materials for reading and language arts education. The site focuses on learning language, learning through language and learning about language. Great site for any Language Arts, ESL, or English Teacher.
Smithsonian Education – You can never go wrong with the Smithsonian! There is so much information on every topic. The Smithsonian Education website offers sections for families, students and educators.
Thinkfinity – Looking for some fresh ideas for the classroom? Thinkfinity is the place for you. This site offers thousands of lesson plans and interactives that align to both state and national standards.
Moodle – Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites.
Field Trip Earth – Global resource for teachers, students, and proponents of wildlife conservation.
Apple Learning Interchange – Meet with other teachers and exchange ideas and information. It’s all free. Lessons, activities, movies, podcasts, and special collections are all offered for educators to use in their classrooms.
Eduweb – Students may think they are just playing games, but learning is really what is going on. Grounded in the idea of game-based learning, students work through creative learning games and activities, all the while learning in a fun and engaging environment.
Edutopia – Search by keyword from over 2200 features on this site or browse a collection of over 100 downloadable videos to find the tools needed to help in promoting an interactive learning environment.
Discovery Education – Provides engaging digital resources to schools and homes with the goal of making educators more effective, increasing student achievement, and connecting classrooms and families to a world of learning
Teachers – Articles, lesson plans, classroom projects
Donna M. Phelan – A guide to help educate women with their finances by creating a Sisters Club with stackable income streams to empower retirement security. The site offers a free book chapter from Women, Money and Prosperity.
Mint – At Mint, we believe that money is for living. That’s why we’ve created the simplest and most effective way to manage your money…and why Mint.com is free.
Money Talks – Topical resources about money
Hands On Banking – Hands on Banking® is designed for both self-paced, individual learning and classroom use. Here are resources to help you share this fun, free, and valuable program with groups of any size in four age groups.
Practical Money Skills – Educators, parents, and students can access free educational resources including personal finance articles, games, lesson plans, and more.
403bwise – Books, seminars,and web-based plan information services to help employers and employees alike get wise to their financial affairs.
Turbo Tax’s Free Tax Calculator – Offering a variety of trial calculators including W4, Tax Refund, Life Events, andIRA.
Saving for College – Helpful tips to saving for college
Young Money – As a leading national money, business and lifestyle magazine written primarily by student journalists, YOUNG MONEY specifically focuses on money management, entrepreneurship, careers, investing, technology, and travel.
Young Americans Center for Financial Education – committed to developing the financial literacy of young people through real-life experiences and hands-on programs purposefully designed to enable them to prosper in our free enterprise system
Practical Money Skills – Financial Literacy for Everyone
Money Instructor – Money lessons, lesson plans, worksheets, interactive lessons and interactive lessons
My Reward Board – Your kids will be motivated to do their best everyday. Watch with pride as they grow in responsibility, goal setting skills, money sense and more.
Cool Math – An amusement park park of math and more
MS Money – MsMoney.com provides strategies, tips, and tools to help you on your path to accomplishing your financial goals
Mind Treasures – Mind Treasures programs are designed for everyone regardless of age, nationality or income level. Our vision is to enable mankind to discover and develop its hidden capabilities to become wealthy in various aspects of life.
Money Tool Kits – Money Toolkits was founded through a series of coincidences leading to a group of like minded people meeting. We discovered we all wanted to make a difference through helping young people learn the financial literacy we all felt we should have learned when we were at school. After presenting trainings to teenagers, we realized we also wanted to help parents teach their children the value of money at an early age.
Institute of Consumer Financial Education – The Institute of Consumer Financial Education (ICFE) is a consumer oriented, non-profit, tax exempt (501c3), public education organization based in San Diego, California.
OTHER MISC. RESOURCES FOR KIDS & TEENS
Franklin Virtual Schools – GET GED – Get your GED easily and conveniently online from Franklin Virtual Schools.