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MN Clearinghouse

The National Jump$tart Coalition Clearinghouse is a database of personal finance resources available from a variety of education providers such as government, business and non-profit organizations. The Clearinghouse provides brief descriptions of more than 600 titles which can be ordered directly from the author or publisher, of these, nearly 250 resources are offered absolutely free.

No registration, sign-in or passwords are required to search the clearinghouse, and the "virtual library" is provided at no cost to the user. Users can search by topic, grade level, type or title of material, key word and language, then they can sort by price and newest entry. The search function makes it easy for users to narrow their choices to those materials that meet their needs.

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Resources on Teaching Financial Literacy in Elementary Education

 The Minnesota Jump$tart Coalition's Board offers the following list of web sites to assist in teaching and talking to elementary aged kids about financial literacy. This list is not exhaustive and the Board recommends perusing the National Clearinghouse (link above)as well to review other resources.    
  • Financial Fitness for Life (FFFL)
    provides high-quality instructional materials for use with students from kindergarten to grade 12. These materials are presented in separate publications for four grade levels (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12); within the grade levels, lessons are clustered in themes. The overarching goal of the materials is to help students make thoughtful, well-informed decisions about important aspects of personal finance, including earning income, spending, saving, borrowing, investing, and managing money.
  • 4-H Consumer Education Materials
    4-H offers consumer education materials. Check out the "Financial Champions" and "Consumer Savvy" curricula provided.
  • Junior Achievement (JA)
    JA offers free learning materials for financial education. "Parent Lessons" and "Money Management Actio Plan" are particularly recommended.

 

 

Free Resources for Parents on Teaching Youth Financial Literacy

The Minnesota Jump$tart Coalition's Parents Work Group has compiled a list of web sites to assist parents in teaching and talking to their kids about financial literacy.   

  • Bank It
    Find free resource that helps parents understand, talk about, and manage money. There are 12 key financial tips to cover with your teen. This web site also has a teen section for helping teens ask their parents questions about finance. 
  • Institute of Consumer Financial Education
    This site offers ways for parents and grandparents to teach kids about money. Also includes money tips for children and young adults.
  • Financial Literacy for Kids & Teens
    Parents and teachers, help kids learn about money -- making it, saving it, and managing it. This web page provides a wealth of free resources and interactive games to make learning money management easier and fun. 
  • How to Teach Kids About Money
    Discover a series of 23 short videos, narrated by Janet Bodner, author of Money Smart Kids, that give advice on how to teach your kids key principles of money and finance. 
  • Financial Fitness For Life: Parent Guide
    Share financial fitness for life with your children at every grade level using this first-time curriculum developed for parents. This resources is applicable for Grades K-5 and Grades 6-12, and is also available in Spanish. Online guides are free, and hard copy guides are available for purchase.
  • Finance in the Classroom
    This web site includes resources for children of all ages, pre-school through teen. Learn how parents can educate their children about personal finance. 
  • The Mint
    Are you a parent dealing with kids and money? This resource gives parents tips and tools for teaching money literacy and helps them assess their ability to model good financial habits.
  • Financial Literacy Books for Parents
    Sometimes teaching can be as simple as using the right tools. These books -- sorted by grade level from preschool to Grade 12 -- guides parents toward books that can help teach financial literacy to their children.

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