As of yesterday, more than twenty-six states had announced school closings, affecting more than 29 million children, according to Education Week Magazine. With schools shut down, millions of parents and caregivers are finding themselves in a new role – home school educator.
While school systems are helpfully equipping parents with online curriculum, parents are left with the task of keeping kids busy, engaged, and learning – while also managing their own full-time jobs.
If you are looking for something to spice up your at-home curriculum, how about inserting a very timely and relevant subject – personal finance!
Fortunately, there are many reputable sources that offer easy to use financial literacy education resources – for students of any age. And you just might learn something in the process!
1) Jump$tart Clearinghouse: A comprehensive online library of financial education resources – for teachers, parents, and students. You can search by grade level, resource type (video, lesson plans, games, etc.) to find what works best for you and your family!
2) CFPB’s Money as You Grow: The lessons in Money as You Grow were based on more than a year of research, and drawn from dozens of standards, curricula, and academic studies – plus they use easy to understand language – effectively meeting you – and your child – where you are! Access fun age-appropriate activities or visit the bookshelf for reading recommendations.
3) NextGen Personal Finance: NGPF’s mission is to revolutionize the teaching of personal finance in all schools in order to improve the financial lives of the next generation of Americans. They make it easy for teachers (or parents!) to engage students providing ready to go curricula. Check out their Arcade for fun online games, interactives, and quizzes!
4) FDIC Money Smart: Their “young people” innovative standards-aligned curriculum can be incorporated into subjects such as English language arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies. It also offers real-life exercises and examples and options for online games that can reinforce understanding.
5) NEFE’s High School Financial Planning Program: Got a high schooler? This program “empowers students to map their future.” The program has six online modules that money management, borrowing, earning power, investing, financial services, and insurance. Students will learn how to chart and adjust their route as their values and life circumstances change.
Tell us! What other resources are you using to teach financial literacy to your kids?