April is Financial Literacy Month, or National Financial Capability Month. The current economic downturn makes it more important than ever to educate students about money matters, so we've assembled a list of free financial literacy resources that you can use in the classroom or at home.
Free financial literacy lessons and activities for K-12 students:
The U.S. Mint website offers lots of fun, engaging activities for K-12, including the game “Change Mixer,” which challenges students to skip, slide, gallop, run, and jump as they add coin values.
The U.S. Treasury has a dynamic four-lesson curriculum for middle school students called “Money Math: Lessons for Life.”
The PBS lesson "Needs Vs. Wants" asks students in grades 1-2 to consider the relationship between consumer goods and happiness.
Junior Achievement's JA Personal Finance® curriculum for high school students focuses on spending money wisely through budgeting, saving and investing, using credit cautiously, and protecting personal finances.
Teach Children to Save, geared to K-8, is a national program sponsored by the American Banking Association (ABA) Foundation. It offers tips to help parents talk to their kids about money, and more.
CashCourse, from the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), is a complete postsecondary curriculum that also includes articles and self-guided tools for secondary students.
Free financial literacy resources for grown-ups:
Need a refresher on how to best manage your personal finances? Brush up on your skills by taking Smart About Money courses by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE).
The FDIC’s Money Smart for Adults provides practical knowledge, skills-building opportunities, and resources to manage finances, can be downloaded by module.
Money as You Grow: Help for parents and caregivers, developed by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), is a great resource for parents. It includes tips and activities to encourage children's money skills, habits, and attitudes. The CFPB also provides school librarians with Money as You Grow bookshelf and outreach materials.
Financial Literacy Month hashtags:
- financial literacy
- tips for parents