April Returns as Financial Literacy Month

After doing some research on Financial Literacy Month, I’ve concluded that this post may be a week late but it is still quite necessary. There simply isn’t much information out there other than the standard April-is-Financial-Literacy-Month article. That’s a good first step, but often these articles don’t provide any sort of information to improve a reader’s money management skills- just short bits to ‘increase awareness’. If this was a discussion on social media strategies, I’d say that this type of article doesn’t do enough to make the reader get to that next level of involvement; I digress. Without any further advocacy ado, I assure you April is Financial Literacy Month.

Sadly, a majority of us have not been taught how to manage our finances responsibly, which can lead to dangerous financial decisions. It was reported that in 2012, only 13 states required students to take a course on personal finance. Teaching the basics of financial literacy is vital to give low-income adults the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty, especially considering that most of our adult learners have had less schooling than their credentialed counterparts, who themselves most likely have not received formal financial education lessons. That’s why financial literacy has been given its own month, because more needs to be done.

When it comes to being involved with a literacy-based organization, we all learn to work with what we’re given, and we learn to make it work. Naturally, the same can be said for incorporating financial literacy lessons for adult learners. As mentioned earlier, although you may have heard about Financial Literacy Month before, chances are you weren’t given any resources to help improve your money management skills. It becomes evident when searching for financial literacy resources targeted towards adult learners or ESOL students that this can be an even more challenging endeavor than searching for information accessible to the native speaker. So, to help you in your quest for financial literacy resources, I leave you with some resources for your perusal.

  • Financial Literacy Month by Money Management International Geared towards the apple pie loving American, this site provides daily steps towards becoming financially responsible complete with tons of resources from which to choose.
  • Financial Literacy Lesson Plans Want to know what to consider as you’re making a lesson plan for financial education? Check out this article for some insights.
  • Financial Literacy Lessons for ESL Students Here are some already created lessons for you to use with your adult learners, brought to you by San Diego Centers for Education & Technology.
  • Financial Literacy Video Games for Adult Learners Want to mix up your financial literacy lesson? Choose from “Taking a Bite Out of Debt and Spending” or “Rooting Out the Killer Bunnies” which your students can learn while they play a video game!

    *Warning- If you are a Vampire enthusiast, frustration may ensue from the former of the two games due to the flawed logic that Vampires would safely be able to transport to a “Day Club” without dying from the sunlight.*

  • Alley Wallet Wise The financial literacy program affiliated with Alley Bank offers free online courses which cover banking, budgeting, credit scores, and more.

Happy Financial Literacy Month from FLC pt. 2

Lesson Plan 2
I’m no expert on matters having to do with money, but I know where to find one! Check out the blog written by Ashley, at the money talks coaching website and you will start to sound like a pro too!

Making lesson plans for budgeting? Ashley calls “budget”  it the four letter word of personal finance.  I am such an avoider on the subject of money that I rarely use that nasty word.  It does not always work out however, and I have learned that just having a feeling that there is enough money to cover the bills does not trump logic and down to earth money management.   So here are some tips from Ashley’s budget blog  and some tools from the Florida Council on Economic Education to put some muscle on those boney budgets.

Florida Council on Economic Education Worksheets on Budgeting

Happy Financial Literacy Month from FLC pt. 1

Lesson Plan 1

For Teachers, tutors and adult students – take a look at how to make financial literacy a family affair!

Being “Money Smart” goes by many names….

Some people call it financial literacy, personal finance or money management – but at the end of the day, it’s all about making the most of your money.

As April, comes peaking  around the corner, adults are concerned about  taxes, teens about how to pay their first semester in college next year , and kids are making plans for lemonade stands and summer income…here are some fun and informative ideas  to keep  smart  about money  by gaining knowledge  to share with your family.

Money sense for kids

Money sense for teens

Money sense for parents