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Biz Kid$

Biz Kid$ is a national financial education initiative based on an Emmy Award-winning public television series about kids, money, and business. The series includes 65 episodes and reaches one million viewers per episode. 

Using a clever blend of entertainment and education, each Biz Kid$ episode shows kids how to make and manage money by introducing concepts of financial literacy and entrepreneurship. To keep young viewers engaged, the series includes a fast-paced mix of direct education delivered by young actors, sketch comedies, animation, and stories featuring real life young entrepreneurs. The show is complemented by a resource-rich website, free lesson plans mapped to state and national standards, outreach activities, a Facebook site, and a book for teens and tweens titled “How To Turn $100 Into $1 Million.” 

Biz Kid$creative team is best known for creating and producing ‘Bill Nye the Science Guy’. Bill Nye was a popular science series produced in the 1990’s, and is still being used to teach science in classrooms across the US today. The series received 26 National Emmy Awards (including two for Outstanding Children’s Television Series), and the National Science Board Public Service Award, among others. Over the past decade, the producers have also created more than 475 episodes for PBS in the areas of ‘How-to’ and ‘Natural History’. The team has worked on projects for NBC, CBS, ABC, The Food Network, General Electric, General Motors, Microsoft, National Geographic, and President Bill Clinton. 

Biz Kid$ has received the status of “recommended educational resource” by the State Boards of Education in Virginia, Florida, California, Illinois, Iowa, Idaho, Wisconsin, and Texas. The series is in the process of achieving that recognition in New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, Michigan, Ohio, and Massachusetts.  It also received the Parent’s Choice Gold Award in 2012.

Biz Kid$ received the Council of Economic and Financial Education commendation for “Outstanding Contributions to Financial Education” in May 2011. The series also received a silver 2011 Parent’s Choice Award in the category of Children’s Television Programming. 

Biz Kid$ has aired on over 338 public television stations, reaching 98% of the country, including all of the top 75 markets. The series is available to over 271 million people, and attracts more than one million viewers per episode. Biz Kid$ has aired over 146,450 times and been watched by almost 36,000,000 people. The series has delivered 65 episodes and an hour-long documentary on social changemakers to public television stations. 

Outreach sources conclude that over 9 million people were exposed to the Biz Kid$ initiative, including 1 million students and teachers in 2009, and has continued to build that impact into schools throughout 2010 – 2015. 

Biz Kid$ has been adopted by Ernst & Young to use in their education outreach programs, “EY Connect Day” for middle schools, and “College Map” for high schools. 

Biz Kid$ Episode 401, “A Word Without Taxes,” is being used by the Internal Revenue Service as part of their educational outreach program, and is also being used by the National Disability Institute for their educational outreach. 

Biz Kid$ is the basis for a Financial Literacy Camp launched by Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union in the summer of 2009. 9,000 young people from Tampa, Florida participated in the first year of the six-week camp, which has continued to grow in size and impact every summer since. 

AE Money Quests

AE Money Quests is dedicated to teaching basic financial literacy. Curriculum ready, easy to read books are available for K – College. Award winning “Key to the Front Door” is an educational reality money game for grades 5 up. Everyone can learn through play!

The best gift we can give our children is to teach them great money skills!

Elementary Books & Games

Bella Buys a Big Blue Bike!

Bella Buys a Big Blue Bike! is an introduction to financial literacy for elementary age students. Join Bella on her journey from her first ‘want’ of a new bike, through valuable lessons involving money choices, to finally saving enough money to buy her bike one wonderful sunny morning. 

Curriculum aligned for K – 2. Chapter activities will help your students learn the importance of money management while you discuss:

  • Want’s vs. Needs                                     
  • Planning
  • Making a Budget
  • Identify ways to earn income
  • Consider charitable giving
  • See how human capital is related to work
  • Distinguish between spending and savings
  • Producers, consumers and profit for a small business
  • And finally, success and owning a bike!  Come along for the ride!

For more information and other age appropriate financial literacy textbooks, visit: www.aemoneyquests.com

Also available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1516961617/ref=cm_sw_su_dp 

Money Quest

Money Quest is a curriculum ready textbook for grades 3 and 4. Complete with assignments, class discussions, worksheets with answers, fun mazes, crosswords and word find puzzles, this book is designed to fulfill the financial literacy components for 3rd and 4th grade. 

Follow Princess Heidi and young lad Alexander on their quest to learn about money, business, responsibility, loans, interest, work, profits, saving, spending, giving, supply and demand and much more! 

While young Alexander wants to have an alligator sales business, he must start with puppies. After speaking with the King, and a little research, he realizes that quest must be changed. How can he achieve his dream? 

Princess Heidi takes on the responsibility of a puppy, but the King surprises her when he insist she pay him back for the supplies from the Dragon and Pet Supply Store! She is aghast! What will she do? 

Journey with the Royal Family as the King helps them learn and understand the many aspects of money. Enjoy your trip to the village of Dezeret!  

Available at www.aemoneyquests.com 

Also available on Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Money-Quest-Debra-P-Avara/dp/1983567515/ref=sr_1_24?ie=UTF8&qid=1534177759&sr=8-24&keywords=Debra+Avara

Key to the Front Door (board game) Ages 8+. 

An Award Winning Educational, reality money game. Core Curriculum/TEKS aligned. 2 – 6 players, Age 8+. Perfect for home, ESL, G&T, Life Skills, transition classes and helps meet the financial literacy requirements for schools! Homeschool.com, Lekotek/abelplay approved! The goal of the game is to furnish your apartment, all while paying your bills, saving for emergency, college/retirement and vacation, maintaining your budget, make wise shopping/buying decisions choosing wants vs needs and much more! This game comes in English and can be ordered in translation packs of English/Spanish, English/Chinese, English/French and English/Vietnamese.

Available at www.aemoneyquests.com

Also available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Key-to-the-Front-Door/dp/B00UB4ZPTG/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=key+to+the+front+door&qid=1570170108&sr=8-1

Money Mountain (board game) Ages k – 3 

Money Mountain is an educational board game. An excellent introduction to money for your little ones! Navigate the board, pay your bills, avoid detours, and correctly answer money word problems to receive a bonus. There are two winners: 1) first person to cross the finish line and 2) person who has the most money when game is over. Have fun while learning about money!  Perfect for school, home and after school programs. Cards designed for k and 1st grade, 2nd and 3rd grade, so all can play together. 

(Game board comes in a plastic sleeve bag.) 

Only available at www.aemoneyquests.com 

Middle school – or 5th – 8th grade Books

The Money Maze 2nd Ed.: Don’t Get Lost in the Middle!

Do you love a good maze? I love a mirror maze at the fair or a corn maze around Halloween. You can go in, make a wrong turn, laugh, and you have to turn around and try again. Oops – another block, try again – over and over until you get from Point A to Point B. Great fun! 

But do we really want to hit all those wrong turns when we’re talking about the Money Maze? No, of course not. If there was a rope or a line on the floor, that is what we would follow. We don’t want to make wrong turns because we know it could be a very expensive mistake to go back to the beginning and try again. 

The Money Maze, Don’t Get Lost in the Middle! is your rope, your line on the floor. Grab the rope before you even start, learn now how to get from Point A to Point B. The Money Maze provides you with some basic information on how money works so you can get from cents to dollars without making all the wrong turns people usually make. With a little knowledge and a little discipline, you can navigate through the Money Maze and arrive at Point B successfully! 

See you at the End!! 

Available at www.aemoneyquests.com

Also available on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Money-Maze-2nd-Ed-Middle/dp/1981240950/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1534176305&sr=8-9&keywords=Debra+Avara

High School 9 – 12th grade Books

Money – Personal Financial Literacy for High School Students, student edition. 

An excellent book that covers the necessary requirements for your financial literacy classes! This book includes chapters on: Compound Interest, Individual Retirement Accounts, 401(k) Plan and Transfers, Budgets, Credit and Debit Cards, Paychecks and W2s, Income Tax, College and Financial Aid, Buying a Car, House Buying and Mortgages, and Insurance and Wills. With hands on activities, this easy to read text will give your student the necessary tools to proceed in life!  

Available at www.aemoneyquests.com

 Available on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/Personal-Financial-Literacy-School-Students/dp/1976142482/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1534176305&sr=8-5&keywords=Debra+Avara

This book is also available as an independent project on Udemy.com. (no teacher grading, this is built in!) 

https://www.udemy.com/course/money-personal-fiancial-literacy-for-high-school-students/?couponCode=SAVEMONEY 

Money – Personal Financial Literacy for High School Students, teacher edition. 

The teacher’s guide has the answers to the worksheets, along with chapter learning objectives to work hand in hand with “Money – Personal Financial Literacy for High School Students”.  An excellent book that covers the necessary requirements for your financial literacy classes! This book includes chapters on: Compound Interest, Individual Retirement Accounts, 401(k) Plan and Transfers, Budgets, Credit and Debit Cards, Paychecks and W2s, Income Tax, College and Financial Aid, Buying a Car, House Buying and Mortgages, and Insurance and Wills. With hands on activities, this easy to read text will give your student the necessary tools to help them proceed in life! 

Available at www.aemoneyquests.com

Available on Amazon at:  https://www.amazon.com/Personal-Financial-Literacy-School-students/dp/1976144280/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534176305&sr=8-1&keywords=Debra+Avara

College level book

Just The Basics Please! Book 1s: Money

Whether you are still in high school, fresh out of high school, or in college, this book was written for you. Do you have the knowledge and skills for a successful money future? 

Just The Basics Please! Book 1s: Money, is a guide and handbook for everyone who wants to take control of their money! Start with a good budget! Learn the basics behind credit cards – and good credit! Don’t make mistakes with your debit card! 

What’s the secret of turning $150 a month into a million dollars? Need a car? Learn how to get the best deal. Buying your first house? Learn how to save thousands off your interest over the life of the mortgage.

Be in control of your money from the start!  

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”  Lao Tzu

Available at www.aemoneyquests.com

Also available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Just-Basics-Please-Book-1-s/dp/1514766043/ref=sr_1_27?ie=UTF8&qid=1534177759&sr=8-27&keywords=Debra+Avara

Special Needs Book

My Money, Financial Literacy for Exceptional People

My Money, Financial Literacy for Exceptional People, is an intro

duction to basic money management. Perfect for Life Skills Classes!  

Exceptional People, Parents and Teachers can use this book as a guide to better understand the basics of handling money. This book will introduce you to websites and calculations that could help lead you to successfully manage your money. Help your exceptional individual be more independent and successful with their money!

Complete with lesson plans and social activities! 

     This book will introduce you to and help you:

  • Make and balance a budget
  • Paychecks and W2s
  • Balance a checkbook
  • Debit cards
  • See how credit card interest really works
  • Save thousands when buying a house
  • Buying a car
  • Learn why you must start saving early – compound interest
  • 401k savings
  • Roth IRAs

Available at www.aemoneyquests.com

Also available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Money-Financial-Literacy-Exceptional-People/dp/1515374017/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1534176305&sr=8-12&keywords=Debra+Avara