I picked up the fall Consumer Informaton Catalog from the credit union today and discovered a free CD called "Hands on Banking." Then I checked out the CIC website and found that "Hands on Banking" is available on the web!
Wow! What a thorough tutorial on banking, budgeting, and personal finance in general. The site is available in both English and Spanish, and there are four interactive tutorials to choose from: Kids (4th-5th grade), Teens (6th-8th grade), High School, and Adults.
There are downloadable teachers' guides for each level and even an online or downloadable financial dictionary. The site is closed captioned, and the narration may be turned off if desired.
Under "User Options" you'll also find a loan calculator and a savings calculator to help you with "what if" questions.
According to the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, the average high school student answered only 52.3 percent of questions correctly on their 2004 survey! You can read the complete press release in Word format here.
Students love money! And I'm sure they'd love learning about personal finance with interactive sites like those listed above.