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Remember all those credit card tables lined up on your college campus? So alluring and dangerous, if you don't know what you're doing. Prepare your pre-college attendees for life by offering a lesson on credit management. They discuss credit reports, hidden fees, financial repercussions, and how to make a credit plan to get through college. A very important lesson intended to make savvy consumers.
No one said it was going to be easy to move out and live on your own. Kids find out through personal interview, what life is like when one is out on his own. They interview a parent, ask for advice, and discuss common themes with the class. Suggested interview questions, a PowerPoint, and worksheet are included.
Getting a credit card is a big deal, you need to know what you're getting into before making that big decision. Take your class comparison shopping for a credit card. They'll review and compare a several credit card offers to determine which provides the most information, had the best interest rates, and would best serve a young adult's needs.
Kids get real about moving out and living on their own. They review landlord/tenant laws, discuss housing options and then check the classified ads. They research rent ads to find the most and least expensive housing for several different housing alternatives. They discuss the pro and cons to each type of housing option and what type of housing they'll probably live in first. A real eye-opener for maturing young adults.
How cool, an interactive personal finance game! Young consumers play a real-life scenario game to practice making credit decisions. They play the game then discuss good and bad credit choices. The scenarios revolve around the use of a first credit card for college expenses.
Take the time to teach learners with moderate disabilities how to identify recyclable materials. They learn how to recycle as a mode of social responsibility and community involvement. They practice identifying and sorting recyclable materials, then go to the park and put practice to work. Tip: I've made extra money with my special ed class by taking items to the local recycle center.
After conjuring up images of the ideal lifestyle, upper graders are given a reality check. They take an online quiz and complete an activity that requires them to put their dream lifestyle in a real-world context. They determine how feasible their dream life is and what it would take to achieve their goals.
Good consumer practices such as price comparison can make or break a budget. Youngsters research five different cell phone carriers and the plans they offer. They compile their data and determine which plan offers the best value. They discuss their findings as a class and talk about making choices in life, based on making consumer comparisons.
Kids never think about the cost of medical expenses, because they never think they'll get hurt. To better understand personal financial planning, learners research common medical procedures and their costs. They use a worksheet and the Internet to get a diagnosis, determine the cost of basic procedures, and see just how big a typical medical bill can get. This single lesson is part of a larger unit on health.