The Personal Financial Literacy module is designed according to the AES course framework, which includes four phases:
- Learn & Practice
Below you'll discover how AES can help you teach your students about personal finance according to these four phases.
Phase 1: Explore
Activity: Determine Living Costs
In this activity, students will begin to understand the idea of salaries and the cost of living for adults as they see costs for rent, food, transportation, insurance, etc.
Phase 2: Learn & Practice
Unit 1: Earning Income
In this unit, students will learn about: how real-life decisions impact financial opportunity and growth via The Earning Potential Game. Then students learn about forms of income.
1. Earning Potential
2. Types of Income
Unit 2: Managing Your Money
In this unit, students will learn about: life skills such as reading pay stubs, balancing bank registers, writing checks, budgeting, and making informed purchasing decisions.
1. Reading a Pay Stub
2. Introduction to Banking
4. Informed Purchases
Unit 3: Using Credit
In this unit, students will learn about: consumer credit and borrowing money through loans and credit cards.
1. Consumer Credit
2. Borrowing Money
Phase 3: Reflect
Activity: Reflection Questions and Discussion
In this activity, students will journal about possible career choices that would fit lifestyle and interest goals, budgeting, and credit score. A class discussion can follow.
Phase 4: Reinforce
In this activity, students define budget, discuss whether or not they have ever budgeted, determine the purpose of a budget and create a budget.
Activity: Current Event
Students will review articles for information related to a topic in the module. Once an article is found, students complete a Current Event form.