[Surfnetkids: 18 Apr 2012] Money Smarts

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#1. April 18, 2012

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

Having just returned from a 28-day trip (San Diego –> Paris –> Amsterdam –> Tel Aviv –> Jerusalem –> Tiberias –> San Diego) my mind is buzzing with all sorts of post-trip excitement. On my blog, I shared a few of my loosely-related thoughts on packing. You can read it here: Post-Trip Packing Lessons.

Do have any having packing tips to share? I’d love to read them. Just go to my blog post (see the above link) and post a comment.

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

#2. Money Smarts

by Barbara J. Feldman

Money Smarts Printable (** for premium members only)

Whether you use chocolate chips, monopoly money, or actual coins, it’s never too early to start learning about money. This week’s roundup of sites offer games and interactive tools to help kids and teens gain financial literacy.

Count My Beanz
At three to eight years old, your child may be too young to manage an actual bank accounts but this doesn’t mean they can’t start learning about them. With a Beanz account, kids receive a virtual currency controlled by a parent. They can then put their Beanz into a savings or checking account and watch it grow. This is a fun way to reward kids for doing their chores or being on their best behavior. If you choose to, you can later reward kids by redeeming their Beanz for money or other rewards.

Have you ever fought with your kids to stop playing video games and to go do something educational instead? The fight is over! There are plenty of educational video games that very young kids enjoy that teach them how to count or read, but not much that captures older kids’ imaginations. Gazillionaire enables kids to start their own interplanetary trading company. While they compete with cool characters (and their own friends) to earn the most, they learn about supply and demand, borrowing, saving, taxes, and being an entrepreneur.

Planet Orange
With cool animation, bright colors, and fun games, kids will be entranced. However, in order to earn “obux” to “purchase” games, they must explore Planet Orange, which means watching animated lessons and taking quizzes about money, saving, and spending. The animations help make concepts like wages clear while maintaining children’s interest.

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#5. Surfing the Calendar

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Apr 15-21, 2012

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Pet Owners Day
Apr 18, 2012

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National Park Week
Apr 21-29, 2012

John Muir’s Birthday
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Lyrids Meteor Shower
Apr 21-22, 2012

Earth Day
Apr 22, 2012

Ecology Games for Earth Day
Apr 22, 2012

Endangered Species for Earth Day
Apr 22, 2012

National Playground Safety Week
Apr 22-28, 2012

Shakespeare’s Birthday
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Hubble Space Telescope Launched by Space Shuttle Discovery
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Italy Liberation Day
Apr 25, 1945

World Penguin Day
Apr 25, 2012

#6. Quote of the Week

“Education costs money, but then so does ignorance.” ~~ Claus Moser ~~ Click here for more education quotes.

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