Economics

Do you dread the thought of teaching economics like I do?  My memories of economics class in college are not the best, for this reason, I was pretty positive my children would feel the same way.

Given the opportunity to review Economics for Everybody by R. C. Sproul Jr. from Timberdoodle company however has left me feeling differently about Economics.

R.C. Sproul Jr. didn’t teach my college economics class.  If he would have taught my class I may have considered economics a little more interesting in light of applying Biblical principles to every aspect of it.

I will first introduce you to the program and what is included and then move on to my thoughts and how we used it in our homeschool.  Read to the end for your opportunity to win Economics for Everybody for your homeschool.

Economics for Everybody

Applying Biblical Principles to Work, Wealth, and the World

This homeschool economics curriculum includes a study guide and 2 DVD’s that come in a durable cardboard sleeve to keep them together when storing them.  (this comes in handy if you plan to save it for younger children or to give away in the future)

The 234 page spiral bound study guide contains outlines to go with each of the 12 lessons.  After each outline there are discussion questions and a booklist for further study.

It is suggested that High School Students watch one lesson per week and then read and answer the questions in the corresponding study guide.  There is a list of Textbooks that are recommended and you are encouraged to purchase at least one as specific chapters that go with each lesson are listed in this guide.  It is not necessary to purchase a textbook to complete this course however it is encouraged for a deeper study of economics.

This course could be finished in 12 weeks following their suggestions for high school students.  Economics for Everybody could easily be stretched into a year of coursework if you dig deeper in each lesson reading the extra books suggested.

DVDs

 2 DVDs included that contain 6 lessons each.
  • Lessons 1-5 introduce key economic principles.
  • Lessons 6 and 7 explain the relationship between theology, philosophy, and economics.
  • Lessons 9 to 12 examine the application of economics in real life systems.

The DVDs are mostly R.C. Sprout Jr giving the lecture with short movie clips, graphs and images throughout each lesson.

How We Used this Curriculum

I watched the lessons on the DVD’s together with my 2 boys ages 13 and 16.  Following each lesson we went through the discussion questions together and checked a couple of the books out of the library and I read them aloud. We did a lesson each day in order to finish and write a review however I think it would be fun to spend more time doing one lesson each week and filling in the rest of the week with the literature suggested for each lesson.

Our Thoughts

Watching the lessons each day I figured out why the title needed to be Economics for Everybody for this curriculum.  It is something everybody needs to think about, know and discuss with their children.  It would be perfect for a homeschool coop, followed with very interesting discussion I am sure.  It would also be great for an adult Sunday School class setting or youth group.

I wish my husband would have been home for this because he would have enjoyed it as well and like I said, the discussion that follows is worthwhile.

Each lesson video is 15-27 minutes long and easily holds yours and your families attention for that length of time.

Economics for Everybody is different from the economics course I took, way back when.  This course is very relevant to what we are experiencing in our country right now, all the while teaching about what has happened in history, what we can learn from it and what is expected of us right now as children of God.   We enjoyed learning about economics which is not what I was expecting.  🙂

I will be donating my copy of Economics for Everybody to my church library in hopes that Everybody in my church will get a chance to view it.

Giveaway

Timberdoodle has generously offered me an extra copy of Economics for Everybody to give away to one of my readers.  Enter below for your chance to win!

Timberdoodle has been one of my favorite places to shop for our homeschool since the beginning. They make education fun and I have often wished I could buy everything they offer. They also have Curriculum Kits for each grade level making it easy for you to decide what would work best for your children at their level. Economics for Everybody can be found in the 12th Grade 2016 Timberdoodle Curriculum Kit. You will want to go and check out what else they have to offer for your student.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free product through Timberdoodle in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

2015

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