Building on the popularity of Money Habitudes, we’ve just released The Good Credit Game. It’s a credit curriculum kit that makes it fun and easy to teach credit classes. The Good Credit Game covers credit reports, credit scores and credit cards.
One of the things that financial educators like about Money Habitudes is that it’s fun and hands-on – so we built those important parts into this new credit curriculum. We wanted it to be a credit curriculum that financial educators would want to teach. But we also wanted students in financial education classes to find it fun to learn about credit reports, credit scores and credit cards.
The Good Credit Game uses a variety of hands-on credit games and activities. That way, you don’t have to rely on lectures, PowerPoint and worksheets. And because the credit curriculum was designed to be collaborative and use group activities, students find it engaging.
The Good Credit Game was designed to be a flexible credit curriculum. There are six main modules. Each of these units can be used on its own or combined with other units. Doing the entire credit curriculum and all of the credit games takes about 2 hours, but a financial educator may choose to omit some or shorten others. For example, you can choose to just use the credit board game for an hour. Or choose to just use the Cost of Credit Calculators for 10 minutes.
The credit curriculum is designed so that you can teach credit classes that are more basic. Or you can choose to teach a credit class using more advanced questions and topics. Choose from 39 different credit topics.
A big challenge to teaching credit classes is that credit is a complicated topic. Therefore, The Good Credit Game takes a “teach-out-of-the-box” approach. This means you don’t have to be a credit expert to teach credit classes that are fun and effective. The teacher’s guide has complete financial lesson plans that are easy to read, set up and understand. Within the credit curriculum you’ll find pre-written explanations about credit reports, credit scores and credit cards that are easy to use. You can teach yourself or read the explanations to the credit class when necessary. Also, the activities largely run themselves.
Participants in a credit class can be very diverse. The Good Credit Game’s student materials are all written at 5th-grade reading level or below. We’ve also included a glossary of the bigger, more complicated financial terms that you may run across in a credit class. It’s also applicable to people with a range of experience using credit – it can even be used as a training tool for credit educators.