Teaching High School Economics

A half-year course in economics is required by the state of Florida to graduate from public school. While we homeschoolers don’t have to copy their graduation requirements, it seems like as good a plan as any; so this year, economics was on my teens’ course schedule. But I never took economics in high school, and the courses in micro-economics that I took at the University of Chicago (which is renowned for its economics department with lots of Noble Prize winners) didn’t seem that terribly relevant to the average person. So what should a high school student learn in an economics course? Instead of just picking a textbook and focusing on it, as many schools seem to, I decided to focus first on what I thought an educated adult Continue reading Teaching High School Economics

Economics Lessons

I’d worked through lessons on basic economics with my two oldest children. We’d discussed gross income versus net income and profit, learned about expenses and various other topics. I thought they understood because they could rattle back definitions and general explanations when asked.

Then a parent on our homeschool support group’s Board asked if her son could sell, at one of our meetings, some survival bracelets he’d braided. After discussing it, we designated one meeting where all the kids could sell things they’d made. Thus our Kids’ Bazaar was born.

The kids spent a lot of time busily working on a variety of projects. I taught them to make and can kiwi jam and fiery Cowboy Candy. They made candles and Continue reading Economics Lessons