Networks Financial Institute at Indiana State University (NFI) is doing great things, creating online curriculum that elementary school teachers can easily work into their math, economics, and reading lessons.
A note from Kids Count –
Site by site, tweet by tweet, click by click…elementary educators throughout the nation are learning how they can introduce the concept of money into their classrooms. On April 16th, Networks Financial Institute at Indiana State University launched the Kids Count™ online curriculum. This free, Web-based resource provides teachers in grades three through five with personal finance lessons that are mapped to reading, math and economics standards in all 50 states. The Kids Counts™ board game provides additional opportunities to integrate financial literacy into classroom lessons.
See what educators and parents think about this first-of-its-kind classroom resource http://www.yourupdate.tv/moneyandfinance/kids_count.htm
Then, take an online test drive of the Kids Count Online curriculum at www.nfikidscount.com.
I checked out the website today. Some highlights –
You can search for units by
- State (NY, NJ, etc)
- Grade (3,4 or 5)
- Subject (Math, Economics, Social Studies, English, Science)
Each unit has Objectives and Applicable Standards and has Step by Step instructions on how to teach the unit with definitions, exercises, etc. It’s easy to download the unit (free registration required) and bring the material into the classroom.
There is also a section to rate the unit. This feature will be useful as educators begin using the curriculum and there is a critical mass rating the units.
Here’s an example, I searched for NYC, All Grades and Math. I selected the Deposits Unit.
- Define deposit, deposit slip, teller, and transaction.
- Determine the right amount of money to deposit.
- Fill in a deposit slip and determine deposit totals.
- Explain ways to save more money.
- NY 3.CN.1 – Recognize, understand, and make connections in their everyday experiences to mathematical ideas
- NY 3.PS.5 – Formulate problems and solutions from everyday situations
- NY 4.1.2 – explain how people’s wants exceed their limited resources and that this condition defines scarcity
- and many more…
I downloaded the material. Here is the Deposits unit.
I am not an educator by training but have done some financial literacy workshops for students in New York City. I am very interested to find out what teachers think of this and if they would have the opportunity to use it in their classrooms.
Kids Count™ is a complete financial literacy program developed specifically for elementary age kids. Students learn the basics of managing money from earning an income to setting spending priorities, from developing budgets to tracking financial accounts, and even the importance of giving to their communities. Each lesson in the Kids Count™ curriculum is mapped to relevant Department of Education Standards, so teachers can effectively meet and exceed learning objectives.