Life Skills

by Mary Ann Kelley

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Online Social Studies Lessons
With A Student-Paced Approach
Promote a can-do attitude toward learning
with online social studies lessons that
combine technology and fun!
  • Get history, geography, civics & more
  • Teaches concepts with a sense of humor
  • Available to elementary & middle schoolers

Biz KID$  (M)
A television show from PBSKids where kids teach kids about money and business and is just about the perfect maturity level for any 11 year old. Each episode focuses on one aspect of business and money management such as credit, the art of negotiation, wise spending, budgeting, and more. The website contains accompanying lessons and activities for each episode. Some of the materials are clearly meant for classroom teachers but there can easily be adapted for home use. Episodes are available to watch on the website.

AME Program  (O)
AME is the Apprenticeship, Mentorship, Entrepreneurship program sponsored by CHEC, the Christian Home Educators of Colorado. "AME connects young homeschooled students and graduates to professionals, businessmen, and entrepreneurs to provide a life-integrated work experience focused on the character and future of that young person. Through our website database, seminars, and more, we help connect young people to prospective mentors in various business and ministry fields." Participation is not limited to Colorado residents.

Drivers Ed Guru  (O)
Driver's Ed Guru is a high-quality resource for new teen drivers and their parents. They offer nearly 100 free articles on driving, free instructional videos, and free DMV practice tests, among other useful resources. The site is attractive and easy to navigate and offers a step-by-step curriculum for teaching your teen to drive.

Wise Bread  (O,T)
Personal finance and frugal living forums

Homeschool-Entrepreneur.com  (O)
Give Them a Running Start! High School is the perfect time to learn how to start a home business, especially if you home school!

Henry the Hand  (Y)
Hand Awareness to reduce preventable infectious disease events throughout our society: Health Care, Food Service, School Health, Employee Health and general Public Health. Welcome to the MOST comprehensive Program in the WORLD for Infection Prevention for respiratory and gastro-intestinal diseases!

Sun Safety Alliance for Kids  (Y,M,O,T)
Parent and kids activities. Learn how to block out the sun, not the fun!

The Dollar Stretcher  (T)
From ways to save money homeschooling to how to find the best rate on a credit card, Dollar Stretcher covers it all. This site has been around for many years and covers so many topics in such depth that it would take days to go through it all. If your budget is tight or if you just want to save more, you will find lots of helpful resources on the Dollar Stretcher. Don't miss their message boards and e-zine if you want to keep up with the latest updates to the site.

The Simple Dollar  (T)
The Simple Dollar is for those of us who need both cents and sense: people fighting debt and bad spending habits while building a financially secure future and still affording a latte or two. Our busy lives are crazy enough without having to compare five hundred mutual funds - we just want simple ways to manage our finances and save a little money. From investment tips to baking bread at home, the Simple Dollar has content to help you live a life that is sensible while still enjoying life's little pleasures.

Fact Checked  (O,T)
"We're overwhelmed with messages every day, many of them attempts to persuade us to do or buy something.Our aim is to help students learn to be smart consumers of these messages, to see through the deceptions that they encounter daily, to dig for facts using the Internet and other resources, and to set aside prejudice and weigh evidence logically... The materials on this site, then, are tools to teach them to see through spin. Under the heading Tools of the Trade we've outlined a five-step framework for analyzing information and avoiding deception. That process is the essence of what we do at FactCheck.org, where we have been de-bunking false and misleading claims in politics since 2003." Brought to you by the the Annenberg Public Policy Center supported by a grant from the Flora Family Foundation.

Money Math: Lessons for Life  (T,O)
Money Math is a four-lesson curriculum supplement for middle school math classes, teaching grade 7-9 math concepts using real-life examples from personal finance. The 86-page book is a teacher's guide with lesson plans, reproducible activity pages, and teaching tips. A teacher needs only one copy of Money Math to teach several classes of students.

123 Sort It  (Y,M,O,T)
Created by professional organizer Julie Signore, 123 Sort It has the answer for your business and home clutter. From your attic to your laundry room, Julie has articles with tips to help you reclaim your home. Her business organizing section covers desktops (and I don't mean on your computer), filing, mail, office design and layout, and more. Tame that mess monster before the holiday chaos starts!

Life Prep for Teens: The Car Purchase Project  (O)
Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers is a curriculum that teaches teenagers skills and values they'll need in the adult world they're about to enter. It walks them through processes like researching a place to live, figuring out health insurance and understanding budgets.

Living on a Dime  (T)
No matter what your income level, this site will challenge you to think about how your money is spent. Founded by two women who each paid off an extraordinary amount of debt on income that is close to the poverty level. Great for teaching kids about budgeting!

Get Organized Now  (T)
This site will help you to analyze your space and get it organized, whether your space is a desk or a room or an entire house. Get Organized Now has a newsletter (archives can be viewed on the site), articles, and a forum where you can connect with others

Practical Money Skills  (Y,M,O,T)
Practical Money Skills is a comprehensive website which includes not only resources for budgeting and consumer math, but lesson plans for teachers divided by topic and age group. Look under For Educator for lessons for preschool through college. You must register (free) to use the lessons. From VISA

MoneySKILL®  (O)
MoneySKILL®, a personal finance course sponsored by the members of the American Financial Services Association, is a highly interactive, reality-based Internet curriculum. "Its purpose is to educate students to make informed financial decisions. The course consists of 34 "How To" modules on income, money management, spending and credit, and saving and investing. The modules are designed to be approximately 40 minutes in length." The course is free and has a built-in grading program so the educator can view the student's progress. Registration is required. Gr 9-12

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