Financial education resources for teachers and parents
Parents, teachers and financial educators, develop money management skills in kids, youth and adults with the following practical resources available from a variety of providers online or, where indicated, from Oregon State Credit Union.
Online learning: video, activities, educator-learner resources and more.
Financial education makes good sense, whether it's in classes, with online resources or at an Oregon State Credit Union branch. Send an email to our community financial education department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our financial educational modules cover a variety of money management topics. The modules allow self-paced learning and are easy to use.
Play through a fun game to open your very own virtual lemonade stand, save up for a special purchase, and decide how to save and spend the money you make!
- Budgeting basics
- How IOUs can mess with your budget
- Coin and bill recognition
- Emergency savings
- Wants vs. Needs
- Saving for an important goal
Check out our teen modules and test your knowledge! How much do you know about being cyber safe? What is the 50/30/20 budget and will it work for you? You can also run through real life scenarios and decide how you'll manage your paycheck in order to pay rent and other expenses, and have some fun too!
- Basics of loans and credit cards
- Budgeting in high school and beyond
- Digital citizenship
- The cost of college
- How to write scholarship applications
- Income taxes
- Compound interest
Our modules offer resources for parents who want to learn more about how to teach financial literacy at home.
- What to expect when opening your child's first account
- The 3 jar allowance method for kids
- Activities to teach spending, saving and investing to kids
- How the household can work together on financial decision making
For resources in Spanish: Fundamentos Financieros en Español
Are you a parent with a student getting ready to leave the nest, or a teacher looking for an activity that will help your students evaluate their future options? Mindful Money Management, a financial planning workbook that can be used by teachers or parents to educate young adults, helps students learn how physical, mental and financial health are related. With this workbook students will learn whether or not they can create the lifestyle they want while giving themselves “peace of mind” by having money in their savings account. The workbook is designed to be used independently by teens, but if facilitated by a teacher or parent it will open new opportunities for learning and discussion. Watch a video showing workbook steps.
Who can benefit from this workbook? Teachers, parents and financial educators. Young adults: Current high school students, those just out of high school, ready to join the workforce; headed to college or almost done with college and looking for employment. Purpose: The workbook gives students a way to test what life could look like based on education and lifestyle choices. Each page has a series of choices about real life experiences. Based on the education level your student expects to achieve, they receive a "points" budget to spend on lifestyle choices. The workbook can be filled out online or printed for offline use.
What users say about Mindful Money Management
Parent Molly Bell: "I appreciated the experience both of my teens had completing the Mindful Money Management workbook. It led to some great family discussions as they compared their different choices. We appreciate your outreach to students and the community." — Molly Bell
Teen Elise Reese: "The workbook helped show me a good lifestyle that I will be comfortable in. It also showed me that I will not be struggling when I'm older."
Teen user Naia Rasmussen had this to say: "Eating outside of the home costs five times as much as cooking at home...The utilities section made me think about how big a difference keeping all of the lights on can make in the electricity bill...I need to prioritize savings more."
Teacher, Auschere Caufield, Banks High School: “One of the hardest parts of teaching kids how to budget is getting them to realize how many things they have to think about when creating a budget. I love it that the Mindful Money Management workbook goes through all the things that might be included in an adult budget.”
Here are several recommended books available from many online merchants.
A Boy, A Budget, A Dream by Jasmine Paul
Alexander who used to be rich last Sunday by Judith Viorst
How to sell a Rock by BJK Coy
Lily Learns about Wants & Needs by Lisa Bulard
Madison’s First Dollar by Ebony Beckford
Money Plan by Monica Eaton
Rock, Brock and the Savings Shock by Sheila Blair
The Berenstain Bears: Dollars and Sense, & The Trouble with Money, & Get the Gimmes by Stan Berenstain
The Coin counting book by Rozanne Lanczak Williams
The Go-around Dollar by Barbara Johnston Adams
The Original Story of the Piggy Bank: the beginning of a Legend by Lance Douglas
You can’t buy a Dinosaur with a Dime by Harriet Ziefert
Danny Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire – the Lemonade Escapade by Ty Allan Jackson
Economics through Everyday stories from around the world by Elena Fernandez Prados
Grandpa’s Fortune Fables by Will Rainey
Lunch Money by Andrew Clements
Make your own money, How Kids can Earn it, Save it, Spend it and Dream Big by Ty Allan Jackson
Mansa’s Little Reminders by AD Williams & Kendal Fordham
Quest for the Pillars of Wealth by J.J. Pritchard
The Kids’ Money Book by Jamie Kyle McGillian
The Lemonade War Series by Jacqueline Davies
The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merril
I want more Pizza by Steve Burkholder
I will teach you to be Rich by Ramit Sethi
Make your Kid a Money Genius by Beth Koblinger
Mom’s Got Money by Catherine Alford
Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
Smart Money, Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze
Why didn’t they teach me this in school by Cary Siegel
Wired for Wealth by Brad Klontz and Ted Klontz
Your Money or your Life by Vicki Robin
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