Business and Personal Finance © 2007
Family ResourcesLetter to Families
Family Web Links
Letter to Families:
Dear Parent or Guardian,
The Business and Personal Finance textbook has been selected for use in your child’s business classroom, and you have every reason to be excited. As your child embarks on a year of growth and discovery, he or she will be working in partnership with a textbook that empowers students to make wise financial decisions; demystifies the financial process; and enables students to become critical thinkers, active listeners, and effective speakers.
You may ask, "How can I too be a partner in my child's learning? How can I help my child learn to manage finances, especially if my own financial knowledge is not as strong as it could be?" The answer is simple: stay active and involved in your child's learning process.
Encourage your child by:
- asking questions about the financial challenges he or she faces,
- listening carefully and being a sounding board for your child's ideas,
- inviting your child to read aloud homework assignments and activities and offering feedback and advice when asked, and
- acting as a role model and demonstrating the value you place on sound money, and management and on managing other resources you use each day, such as your time, knowledge, and skills.
By finding and reading this letter on the Business and Personal Personal Finance Web site, you have already begun to model for your child the process of inquiry and research. We hope that you will take advantage of the other resources available on this Web site. Here you will find an annotated list of Family Web Links on a variety of subjects that have been specifically chosen by Glencoe editors with parents' concerns in mind. For example, some links will help you assist your child in conducting research for writing projects, while others contain family learning activities. Still others address a range of issues, from personal financial management to finding the right college. Consider making your first stop the U.S. Department of Education's Parents Guide to the Internet; the site will help you learn to surf with confidence, knowledge, and awareness.
Thank you for supporting your child's work with Business and Personal Finance .
The Editors at Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
Family Web Links:
Parents Guide to the Internet
This U.S. Department of Education online brochure introduces parents to the Internet's use as an important educational tool. In addition to basic tips, you'll find suggestions for using the Internet for school projects and information about how the Internet can enrich the learning experiences of children with special needs. This site also includes Internet safety guidelines, an Internet glossary, and links to a number of fascinating Web sites that are designed with you and your children in mind.
The New York Times Learning Network
With its "Word of the Day" and crossword puzzles, this site provides vocabulary and spelling practice. In addition, you and your children can reflect on the past with daily historical facts, stay current with news summaries, and test your memory with current-events quizzes.
This online library's more than 24,000 resources are carefully screened to be child-safe, current, and useful. Sites are organized for students, parents, teachers, and librarians. To search the library, click on a topic (or customize your own search) and then view a list of search results categorized by source, such as periodicals, discussion groups, or lists.
This is an invaluable site for Internet research. Not only does it contain the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica, it also has Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary and Online Thesaurus, the Britannica World Atlas, and interactive “Timelines.” Search by topics that include arts, science, travel, and technology.
U.S. Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education Web site contains a wide array of resources including programs, services, publications, products, and information about obtaining student financial aid. Included are links to articles in the education headlines and sections titled “Especially for Students” and “Especially for Parents.”
The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy seeks to improve the personal financial literacy of young adults. Its purpose is to evaluate the financial literacy of young adults; develop, disseminate, and encourage the use of guidelines for grades K-12; and promote the teaching of personal finance. Its Web site provides a searchable database of educational materials for the K-12 age group.
The Northwestern Mutual Foundation has partnered with the National Council on Economic Education (NCEE) to create The Mint.org. The site offers many resources, including “Tips for Parents,” “Ideas for Young Kids,” and a variety of interactive learning activities for teenagers.
Federal Trade Commission
The “Children’s Issues” page on the FTC site contains a wealth of resources including information about credit cards, children’s health, and protecting children’s privacy online. The “Consumer Information” page offers comprehensive guides about everything from buying a vehicle to protecting against identity theft.