Economics Resources for Parents and Students

Economics Resources for parents and students

  • Aplia Econ Blog: News for Econ Students
    This economic news blog is a place to explore current events.
  • College Countdown
    Provides students, parents, and educators with the most innovative programs, from the top college experts, for getting into and suceeding in college. Innovative new web-based college resources and cutting-edge tools are also available.
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) of Greater Chicago
    Adult education focused on debt management, budgeting, purchasing a home and foreclosure prevention.
  • FederalReserveEducation.org
    This site includes fun activities for students and educational information about the Federal Reserve system; games and simulations (i.e. "FedVille"), Fun Facts and information on student competitions. Also, information on public tours, links to economic indicators, and much, much more! Start by clicking "Public Resources."
  • Federal Trade Commission: You Are Here
    Youth in grades 5-8 will learn to be smarter consumers by visiting this virtual mall. Play interactive games, design ads, chat with customers and store owners and more. 
  • Financial Literacy Now
    An initiative to raise awareness about the critical importance of financial literacy and provide greater access to financial literacy training, services and information. Information about: debit cards, budgeting, credit scores, renting vs buying, refinancing; games and tools; dictionary of financial terms - and much, much more.
  • Foundation for Teaching Economics
    A non-profit organization providing leadership in economic education. Summer Economics For Leaders programs around the U.S. for high school students, help develop leadership skills and a better understanding of our economic world. Start by clicking "Student Programs."
  • Freakonomics Collection
    A collection of Freakonomics columns by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt for the New York Times.
  • Investor Protection Trust
    Dedicated to non-commercial Investor Education. Includes a section on learning about investing, and a section on protecting against investment fraud.
  • It All Adds Up
    Personal finance for teens (sponsored by the Council on Economic Education and Fed Ex).
  • The Mint.org
    An integrated website designed for middle school and high school students, their teachers and their parents.
  • Money$mart Week
    Money Smart Week (MSW) is a series of free classes and activities designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Teachers, parents/guardians and students will all learn how to be money smart in these tough economic times. Money Smart Kid! essays are due in March!
  • MV=PQ: A Resource for Economic Educators
    Ideas and discussions about economic and financial literacy issues at all levels.
  • MyMoney.gov
    The U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission provides financial education resources for all Americans. This web site includes links to 20 federal agencies, as well as information on topics such as Budgeting & Taxes, Credit, Paying for Education and Saving & Investing. Site available in Spanish. Students will find interesting games and activities by clicking on the "KIDS" link.
  • NYSE Euronext
    NYSE Euronext presents credible resources for basic financial education to help people better understand and manage their personal finances.
  • Practical Money Skills
    Lessons, games, calculators for elementary, middle and high school students and parents. Spanish language materials included. The site also correlates lessons to Illinois State Standards in English, math and social studies.
  • ReadWriteThink
    Students engage in online literacy learning using interactive tools to accomplish a variety of goals - from organizing their thoughts to learning about language - all while having fun!
  • SMG Afterschool Program
    Everyone has the potential to be a great SMG teacher! The challenge is finding the teaching materials appropriate for your teaching environment whether afterschool, homeschool, other out-of-school and alternative teaching situations.
  • STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
    Links for the NIU camps, homework help, games and activities, information & news as well as studying STEM fields at NIU after high school.
  • Thinkfinity
    This web site provided by the Verizon Foundation is a free, comprehensive digital learning platform built upon the merger of two acclaimed programs, Verizon MarcoPolo and the Thinkfinity Literacy Network. In addition to a wealth of teacher resources, Thinkfinity.org also provides a wealth of educational and literacy resources for students, parents and after-school programs.
  • Thrive by Five™: Teaching Your Preschooler About Spending and Saving (English and Spanish)
    Children learn about money from many sources. Long before they enter school, they observe adults using money and buying things. They watch television daily and see thousands of commercials each year. Like it or not, money is a part of your preschooler’s life. The simple activities and other resources are parent-and-child tested, and are meant to give you ideas for teaching how money works and what it can do; talking about how your family uses money; and modeling good money management. From Credit Union National Association.
  • Understanding Taxes
    The Internal Revenue Service has developed an interactive, instructional tax program to provide high school, community colleges and the general public with a technology-based instructional tool.
  • Wise Pockets
    A great place for kids, parents and teachers to learn about managing money. Produced by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education at the University of Missouri St Louis.
  • Wonderopolis
    This is a fun and free educational resource that enables parents and children to join together to nurture a sense of wonder. Parents can share the world with their children through the power of discovery, creativity, learning and imagination. Each day, a visit to Wonderopolis highlights the Wonder of the Day, a simple activity for parents and children to explore. Talk about what makes popcorn pop while preparing a snack for a movie. Go stargazing and chat about where shooting stars come from. Take a break from re-reading the same story and ask a child to create a new one instead!

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