Teachers crave parent helpers. So when my eldest son's eighth-grade Algebra teacher found out that I write about investing, she enlisted my help teaching her teen students about stocks.

Accepting was a no-brainer. Here at the Fool, we've spent years loudly bemoaning the state of financial education in the U.S., and for good reason. Research strongly suggests that millions of Americans lack even the most rudimentary form of financial literacy. Teaching our children better habits is key to solving the problem, I think.

The following slideshow is my attempt to help not just my son and his peers but also any teen better understand stocks and investing. Please read and comment, since we can all benefit from ideas for helping our kids growing up smarter about money.

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