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Text over illustration of sky and clouds - Time4Learning and Fun for everyone: Online education for PreK-12th
Looking for a curriculum that makes learning fun? You'll find it in Time4Learning's PreK-12 grade online homeschool curriculum.
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Federal Reserve Free Resources for Personal Finance and Economics  (YMOT)
Econ Lowdown is a FREE platform with online courses and videos for K-12 students that teaches the fundamentals of personal finance and economics. To access, create an Instructor account and choose "home school" or "other organization." Browse and filter the Resource Gallery to build a classroom and enroll students in the lessons you select. You can track their progress and scores on activity assessments

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

Teacher Resources: Insurance Curriculum for Middle & High School Teachers  (M,T)
To increase the knowledge of insurance among the youth, The Zebra has created the following presentations and activities for use in your classroom. This lesson plan introduces students to a broad overview of insurance. At the end of the lesson, students will be familiar with basic insurance terms and concepts. This will provide supplemental information for a Social Studies unit on Personal Finance. The lesson can be covered in two 50-minute class periods.

Articles, Money Management Unleash Your Savings Plan  (O)
Power Over Life has useful online Life Skills training for all ages, a perfect resource for home schooled students. This Article walks the readers through how to create a savings plan so that they can save money for their future. It's comprehensive and includes a saving money tips list as a bonus!

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.

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

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

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)
The Importance of Educating Young Children of Sun Safety Practices. 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, 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.

Buying a Car lesson plans and worksheets  (O)
From lesson planet. This site comes with a ten day free trial.

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

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!

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