Give your patrons a deeper understanding of money management using a curriculum offered by Practical Money Skills. Here you’ll find lesson plans for students of all ages – from preschoolers and elementary school students to teens and college students. We also offer course materials for students with special needs.
Topics range from the basics for the very young, such as “What is Money?” and “Spending Plans” to more comprehensive courses for young adults who are about to venture off into financial independence. These more advanced courses cover everything from budgeting and bill paying to the influence of advertising and issues of consumer privacy.
Here, educators will find everything they need to teach a class on personal finance. Our lecture guides, worksheets and even quizzes and tests are free to download and ready to use.
Attached documents include a program template, program ideas, financial literacy resources and a calendar for planning events month by month.
*The programming template is highly recommended for pre-planning.
Resources compiled by Jan Haines, Library Development Consultant, State Library of Ohio, to support public libraries in helping community members make better money-management choices, become better savers and investors, and reach their financial goals.
Compiled list of programming from libraries across the U.S.
Find government resources for seniors on money, housing, health, consumer protection, and more.
Financial Literacy for the youngest of users
Program ideas for public libraries to help increase community members' financial literacy.
H&R Block Dollars & Sense partnered with WeAreTeachers to collect the nation’s best personal finance lesson plans. Teachers who authored the winning lesson plans split $5,000 in grants to further their personal finance curriculum. Chosen by teachers and Dollars & Sense staffers, below are all 14 lesson plans tabbed as finalists, including the selected top three.
Use the concepts below (originally found at: http://money.cnn.com/2013/05/01/pf/kids-money.moneymag/) to develop and measure financial literacy programming for children and young adults.
Do your patrons love games? Host a financial literacy themed gaming program.
Challenge attendees to make the most money, save the most money, keep a balanced budget, invest in stocks, manage a business, etc.
Here are just a few samples of games to consider:
Whether you teach in a classroom, mentor students in an afterschool program, or are a homeschool parent, The Stock Market Game (SMG) is the right tool for you to help your students build a fundamental understanding of investing while providing them with real world skills practice in math, English Language Arts, economics, social studies, and other subjects.
Visa's Financial Soccer: This is a fun way to quiz a group of young people after attending a financial literacy program.
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Financial Football: This is a fun way to quiz a group of young people after attending a financial literacy program.
Buy and sell properties, build houses and collect rent. Monopoly is a great money game for kids learning how to count money and make decisions. Play the classic Monopoly with paper money or the new Monopoly with Electronic Banking.
In Payday kids learn to have a job, lend money, pay bills and interest, and deal with unexpected expenses.
Kids will decide how to reach success in the Careers board game. As in real life, you must try to figure out what is the best way for you to reach your final goal. It is a great way for kids to learn the value of not only money, but where other aspects fit in to achieve what you want.
Two different games are included in Moneywise Kids, one for making change and the other for budgeting money. Players must account for food, clothing, and housing in the play option focused on money management.
And here are a few websites with more ideas: