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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Teaching Saving and Investing Concepts - Resources for Educators

Yesterday Linda Jekel, DFI’s Director of Credit Unions, and I had the opportunity to talk with more than 50 Washington educators about how to incorporate saving and investing concepts into classroom discussions.

Our presentation was part of the 2010 Financial Education and Training Institute, a 4 day financial education training opportunity for Washington educators organized by the Financial Education Public Private Partnership. The 2010 Institute was held at Gonzaga University and most attendees were from Eastern Washington school districts.

The resources we shared were so well received that I decided to summarize and link them from our blog so other educators could use them as well. Feel free to share!


YouTube Funny Money Cartons
Cartoon videos that explain different saving and investing concepts. The videos are from the Investor Education Fund and are on YouTube.

Money Track Videos
Award-winning public television series about investing that empowers people of all income levels to become successful investors. The MoneyTrack website contains online videos that can be used in the classroom. Check with your local PBS station for airtimes.

Mr. Earl Video
A success story of how a parking lot attendant was able to accumulate half a million dollars in wealth through persistent saving and investing.


What’s it take to be a Millionaire? Calculator
Calculator that helps teens understand how becoming a millionaire takes time and saving discipline.

Retirement Ballpark E$stimate Calculator
The Ballpark E$timate is an easy-to-use, online calculator that helps students quickly identify approximately how much they need to save to fund a comfortable retirement. The calculator can be used to introduce concepts such as savings, inflation, wage growth, etc.


Fraud Scene Investigator Game
A fun game that introduces students to the problem of investment fraud. Game includes a resource guide for educators.

Online Games That Teach Kids about Money
Links from the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions to free online games that teach students about money.


Investor Education in Your Community Presentations
Free investor education presentations for high school classrooms and community organizations thanks to the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions, Investor Protection Trust, and Consumer University.

Money Savvy Generation ($)
Money Savvy Kids has developed curriculum and products that can be used in the classroom or at home to help teach kids about money. Money Savvy Generation is best known for the Money Savvy Piggy Bank.

MoonJar ($)
Moonjar moneyboxes are a fun way for students to learn about money management. Moonjar moneyboxes can be used at home or in school.

Find Curriculum

Financial Education Public Private Partnership
The Financial Education Public Private Partnership (FEPPP) has reviewed and linked to financial education curriculum from its website. The programs were assessed by FEPPP as effective tools for Washington classrooms.

DFI’s Financial Education Clearinghouse
Links from the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions to financial education materials and curriculum.

Jump$tart Clearinghouse
Searchable database of financial education curriculum for the classroom.

Visa’s Practical Money Skills
Visa’s Practical Money Skills website contains lesson plans, calculators, games, and resources for K-12 educators. Their financial football and soccer games are a hit in the classroom.

Other Resources

Washington’s Financial Education Class Calendar
A calendar with information about money management classes offered by organizations across Washington.

DFI’s Financial Education Blog
A financial education blog from the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions. Features new resources, developments, and more.