Welcome K-12 Teachers
FF4Kids was created for Kansas teachers in 2005 to answer the mandate for personal finance and economics in the Kansas standards.
* Please note that Teacher's Guides have been revised so make sure you have the 2020 version.
Watch the tutorial below or follow the steps for new teachers below the video:
TEACHER TRAINING VIDEO
New Teachers -
How to Use FF4Kids
Step 1: Register as a Teacher
Please complete the online registration so we can communicate additional resources and share updates with you. Teacher guides will be revised regularly and those new guides will be sent to registered teachers. Access the online tutorial coming soon so you are aware of all the resources included with this courseware.
We hope that teachers who hear about FF4Kids will share this resource with fellow teachers. If your Kansas district would like free in-service training or other training, please contact
Angela Howdeshell at 316-978-5183 or Email KCEE@wichita.edu.
Step 2: Download the Teacher's Guide
The Teacher's Guides contain time necessary for each episode, video links, suppplemental lesson plans to enhance the learning, standards information and additional resources. Download the teacher's guide (K-2, 3-5 or 6-8) and determine which level is appropriate for your students and their current level of understanding. Many teachers will begin students at a lower level than their grade level if this is their students' first exposure to the concepts. Once you have selected your level,
select the appropriate program/episode. These are designed to build upon knowledge gained and most ideal when presented each year. Most teachers use the videos as the introduction and follow up with the supplmenetal activity and the children's literature connection.
Access the Teacher's Guides Here
Optional Step 2.a: Assign Students the Pre-test Assessment
Have your students take the online assessment as a pre-test for the grade level prior to using resources and repeat as a post-test at the end of using the programs. Be sure to have your students show you their score, use screen capture feature or print the scores since we do not collect individual names or schools. The assessment has also been added to Kahoot if you prefer that method.
Step 3: Select your method for Accessing the Courseware
Financial Foundations for Kids is available to all Kansas elementary and middle schools free-of-charge. The 2005 full interactive version is still available until December 2020 or you can use the video version. Select the appropriate option below:
- VIDEO VERSION ACCESS FOR ANY DEVICE:
Please let us know that you are going to be using this FF4Kids resource so we can share program updates, resource updates and training options for you. Register online now! All videos are hosted on the VIMEO platform so there are no advertisements. You are welcome to imbed the links directly to google classroom documents or share them directly when the students are ready for the individual video. The links are listed in the teacher's guides.
- INTERACTIVE VERSION AVAILABLE THROUGH DECEMBER 2020:
This is available for desktop and non-iPad users. Chrome browsers will still allow flash trhough December. Teachers new to using FF4Kids through the website will need to register as a user first to obtain a password. All students can log in with the same teacher account. Once you have a password, Click here to access FF4Kids via the Internet or select the FF4K LOG IN on the left sidebar of the homepage or under the Teachers tab.
If Chrome is not your preferred method, you can
download the FREE Puffin Academy app or the Puffin Browser. Once the app is open, you will find FF4Kids under the Social Studies/Economics section. Click on the launch button to get to the log-in page FF4Kids.com. Click on the FF4K Log In on the left sidebar of the homepage or under the Teachers tab. Teachers new to using FF4Kids will need to register as an FF4Kids user first to obtain a log in password. All students can log in with the same teacher account.
Step 4: Select a Program and Episode
Each level has multiple programs and each program has multiple episodes. Keep track of what episodes your students have completed using the Program Completion Chart.
Step 5: Present the Episode to the Class
Present the courseware in your classroom using the format chosen from step 3. This will be either the video format or the full interactive version.
Option 1: Have your students work independently through
the assigned lesson(s) on individual computers.
Option 2: Display the lesson from your computer system to the entire
class and work through the materials together.
Step 6: Supplemental Activity
Do the supplemental activity from the Teacher's Guide to reinforce the
concepts covered in the Courseware. If you have not already downloaded the guide then you may print it directly from the website: Access the Teacher's Guides Here
ADDITIONAL FF4KIDS RESOURCES/ACTIVITIES:
Optional Step 7: Post-test after completing all episodes for the level
At the end of the semester or after your students have completed at least 1/2 of the
lessons in their grade level, have your students take
the online Post-Test. Be sure to have your
students print their test results for your records.
Every student in Kansas can use FF4Kids free-of-charge thanks to the generosity of these Kansas organizations:
The program updates have been possible thanks to:
Lattner Family Foundation
Development made possible by:
Office of the State Bank Commissioner
Kansas Health Foundation
Financial Fitness Foundation
Original 2005-2008 Distribution and Teacher Training made possible by:
Office of the State Bank Commissioner
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Federal Home Loan Bank - Topeka, and
the Cloud L. Cray Foundation
Thank you KCEE Contributors!