One of my goals over the summer was to cover a couple of subjects we normally don’t tackle during the school year, including economics. When I first pitched this idea to my children, it wasn’t met with a lot of enthusiasm. At least, not until after they viewed the first lesson of a video series on the topic by R.C. Sproul, Jr, called Economics for Everybody. Then they didn’t seem to mind at all.
I’d originally planned on just going through this course with my three high schoolers. I expected it to be dry and boring, but figured we would slog through the material to help pad their transcripts and possibly prepare them for taking a macroeconomics CLEP test.
But the videos were way more engaging and entertaining than any of us anticipated, and an interesting thing happened as soon as we plugged in the first one: my younger children (ages 12, 10, 8, and 6) joined us for class.
Not only did they watch all twelve videos, but they participated in our discussions afterwards, as well, quickly and correctly answering many of the review questions given in the chapter summaries.
The title of this course is no exaggeration: Economics really is for Everybody, and R.C. Sproul, Jr. does an amazing job explaining a complex topic in terms everyone can easily understand and making the information interesting and relevant.
But you needn’t take my word for it. You can watch a short clip from Lesson 1 in the following video:
The Economics for Everybody course lays an excellent foundation for the study of economics. For students interested in delving deeper into the topic, the 250-page study guide includes a list of resources for further study.
We originally received a copy of this course free from Timberdoodle in exchange for this review, although that company has since quit selling Economics for Everbody. I have no reason why, as the course still provides a fun and easy way to tackle this topic. We plan to go through it again when my younger children (and grandchildren?) reach high school.
For further study
Whether you’re interested in teaching your kids about economics or rounding out their high school transcript, we have resources to help. For further study, check out these links:
- Children’s Finance Printables – help your little ones learn about saving, spending, and investing with this free, fun print pack
- Bill Payment Checklist – this one page sheet will help older kids and adults alike keep track of their monthly expenses
- Making the Most of High School – more information on earning college credit during HS years by taking CLEP tests
- How to Make a High School Transcript – a free editable template to help you track your homeschooler’s coursework
- Rounding out your High School Transcript – ideas for making your student’s high school transcript more attractive to college admission boards