FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH

April is National Financial Literacy Month. Join in the fun by exploring the activities and resources below.
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    National Financial Literacy Month

    April is National Financial Literacy Month, which is designed to create awareness about the importance of personal financial education. Over the next 4 weeks, we will be exploring different financial education topics with specific age-minded activities and links, designed for your use at home. 

     

    Financial Literacy Month

    Week 4: Cybersecurity

    It seems that everything we do today relies on computers and the internet. We communicate, we are entertained, we rely on transportation navigation, we shop, we search for general information, and the list goes on. How much of your daily life relies on technology? Do you reach for your smartphone or tablet right away each morning or do you use it only when you have to? It is likely that much of your personal information is stored either on your own device or on someone else’s system (like your credit card companies for instance).

    Because so many people rely on the internet, it is important to be aware of the risks and scams that threaten our online security. How to spot and avoid scams goes along with staying secure online. Providing these “bad actors” with our personal information can lead to unfortunate consequences. This week’s theme is cybersecurity and scams. Learn about precautions you can take to keep yourself and your family safe while online, and learn to recognize what scams are prevalent today.

    Week 4:

    Financial Education Books

    Pre-K to 5th Grade

    • How We Got Cyber Smart by Lisa Rothfield-Kirschner
    • Digital Dan and Cyber City by Lemi-Ola Erinkitola and Ruchi Sharma
    • Hacking's Not a Game by Gregory B. White

    6th to 8th Grade

    • Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens by Nancy E. Willard
    • How to Stay Safe on Social Media by Effie Manolas
    • You Got a Phone! (Now Read This Book) by Elizabeth Englader & Katharine Covino

    9th to 12th Grade

    • Cyber Curiousity: A Beginner's Guide to Cybersecurity by Lakeidra Smith
    • Cybersecurity for Teens: Learn the Terms by Daniel Amadi
    • How to Keep Your Stuff Safe Online by Raef Meeuwisse

    Adult Education

    • Cybersecurity: An Ultimate Guide by John Snowden
    • A Guide to Internet Safety for Children, Teens & Young Adults by Rajesh Laskary
    • Cyber Smart: Five Habits to Protect Your Family, Money and Identity from Cyber Criminals by Brent R. McDonough

    Week 4:

    Printable Activity Sheets

    Week 4: Cybersecurity
    Week 4: Cybersecurity
    Week 4: Cybersecurity
    Week 4: Cybersecurity

    Week 4:

    Book Read-Along

    Wings Financial Education and Youth Programs Manager Trysh Olson reads Chicken Clicking, by Jeanne Willis.

    Week 3: Future Planning

    It is week three of National Financial Literacy Month! This week’s topic is future planning. According to Bankrate.com, a majority of Americans top financial regret is not saving enough for now or for the future. That includes not starting their retirement savings early enough, underfunding their emergency fund, or not saving enough for their children’s education.

    Future planning is like a roadmap, it helps people reach their desired destination. It allows people to identify what is important to them, helps reduce stress, assists in creating balance in their lives and to achieve their goals. It is never too early to begin your future planning.

    Week 3:

    Financial Education Books

    Pre-K to 5th Grade

    • Isabel's Car Wash by Sheila Bair
    • Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst
    • What Can I Be? by Tiffani Teachey

    6th to 8th Grade

    • How to Turn $100 into $1,000,000 by James McKenna
    • Rich Dad Poor Dad for Teens by Robert T. Kiyosaki
    • The Teenage Investor by Timothy Olsen

    9th to 12th Grade

    • The Early Investor by Michael Zisa
    • Work Optional: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way by Tanja Hester
    • Investing for Teens by Alex Higgs

    Adult Education

    • The Simple Plan to Wealth by J.L. Collins
    • Grow Your Money, Learn How Investing Works by Bola Sokunbi
    • How Much Money Do I Need to Retire? by Todd Tresidder

    Week 3:

    Printable Activity Sheets

    Week 3: Future Planning
    Week 3: Future Planning
    Week 3: Future Planning
    Week 3: Future Planning

    Week 3:
    Book Read-Along

    Wings Foundation Education Specialist Jodi Slais reads Curious George Saves his Pennies by Monica Perez, created by Margret & H.A. Rey. Illustrated by Mary O'Keefe Young.

    Week 2: Good Money Habits

    This week’s topic is Good Money Habits. Building good money habits can increase your wealth and help set you up for financial success. When you model this behavior for others, they will likely adopt these habits as well. Good money habits will help you learn how to budget, save money, and work towards your financial goals. Having bad money habits, such as not budgeting your money and over-spending, can leave you vulnerable for unexpected emergencies and can leave you living paycheck to paycheck; not to mention unprepared for retirement.

    Breaking bad habits does not happen overnight, but you can improve your situation by taking small steps to making better money choices. Before you know it, you will be making strides towards good money habits.

    Week 2:
    Financial Education Books

    Pre-K to 5th Grade

    • Money Ninja by Mary Nhin
    • Albert the Octopus Accountant by Lily Verlin
    • A Boy, a Budget and a Dream by Jasmine Paul

    6th to 8th Grade

    • I Want More Pizza by Steve Burkholder
    • Finance 101 for Kids: Money Lessons by Walter Andal
    • Not Your Parent's Money by Jean Chatzky

    9th to 12th Grade

    • More Money Please by Scott Gamm
    • What You Should Have Learned About Money, But Never Did by Sophia Bera
    • Why Didn't They Teach Me This in School? by Carl Siegel

    Adult Education

    • Smart Mom, Rich Mom by Kimberly Palmer
    • Make Your Kid a Money Genius by Beth Kobliner
    • The One Week Budget by Tiffany Aliche

    Week 2:

    Printable Activity Sheets

    Week 2: Good Money Habits
    Week 2: Good Money Habits
    Week 2: Good Money Habits
    Week 2: Good Money Habits

    Week 2:

    Book Read-Along

    Follow along as Wings Foundation Education Specialist Jodi Slais reads Rock, Brock and the Savings Shock by Sheila Bair.

    Week 1: Wings Financial Foundation

    The Wings Financial Foundation believes in the need to build strong communities for people to thrive. Even in a prosperous country like the United States, too many people struggle to move forward and live their best lives. The Wings Financial Foundation focuses on the cooperative spirit of people helping people. We focus on three areas to build stronger communities: Financial Education, Nutritional Needs, and Community.

    This week we will focus on pillar 1: Financial Education. One of the ways the Wings Financial Foundation builds stronger communities is through improving the financial literacy of people of all ages. People with the knowledge and ability to make sound financial decisions and make the most of the money they have, are more likely to thrive.  

    Week 1:
    Financial Education Books

    Pre-K to 5th Grade

    • Money Math by David Adler
    • Arthur's Funny Money by Lillian Hoban
    • Berenstain Bears' Dollars and Sense by Stan & Jan Berenstain

    6th to 8th Grade

    • Financial Literarcy for Teens by Chad Foster
    • Rich Dad Poor Dad for Teen by Robert T. Kiyosaki
    • Not Your Parent's Money Book by Jean Chatzky

    9th to 12th Grade

    • How to Adult: Personal Finance for the Real World by Jake Cousineau
    • Personal Finance for Teens by Carol H. Cox
    • I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

    Adult Education

    • The MoneySmart Family System by Steve & Annette Economides
    • A Simple Guide to Finance & Money Basics for Kids, Teens & Adults by Travis Walker
    • Everyday Millionaires by Chris Hogan

    Week 1:
    Printable Activity Sheets

    Week 1: Wings Financial Foundation

    Week 1:

    Book Read-Along

    Follow along as Wings Financial Education and Youth Programs Manager Trysh Olson reads the Berenstain Bears Visit the Credit Union, by Mike Berenstain.