I grew up in a very budget-conscious household where I learned a lot about wise money management. I’ve tried to pass along that wisdom to my children, as well.
However, I never officially studied the vast subject of economics–why prices matter, how free trade benefits the economy, the importance of a competitive market, and so much more.
It goes without saying, then, that I’ve been intimidated about the idea of teaching economics to my teens. Stewardship? Yes. Economics? No way!
I recently discovered a Christian economics curriculum that has completely changed my perspective on teaching and learning economic principles.
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Christian Economics Curriculum for Homeschool
The Institute for Faith, Work & Economics has developed an excellent Christian economics curriculum, Biblical Foundations for the Economic Way of Thinking. This course teaches the principles of free market economics from a Biblical perspective.
The curriculum has four main components:
- Student textbook – 17 modules with assignments, study questions, family (or group) learning activities, and mid-term and final exams
- Teacher’s guide with grading rubric and suggested answers
- Resource book – Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity
- Extensive list of online reading and video links
Why I Like IFWE’s Christian Economics Curriculum
1. It has a solid Christian perspective.
Let’s face it–nearly all economics courses are based on a very humanistic worldview. This is NOT something I want my teens to be immersed in.
IFWE’s Christian Economics curriculum presents everything in the light of the Bible. In fact, the course focuses on teaching the Biblical foundations for economics in order to help students make wise decisions that glorify God.
This practical, real-life understanding of economics is exactly what I want my teens to gain from their study.
2. It is suitable for independent study.
My older children strongly prefer independent learning–in fact, they almost insist on studying on their own. This curriculum is perfectly suited for working independently. Students can complete the assigned reading, videos, and study questions on their own.
All the teaching is done for you. Don’t be surprised, though, if the assignments spark some discussions between you and your teen!
3. It clearly explains economic principles.
I admit that I always thought economics was a very complicated subject. And yes, it is complicated–but IFWE has made it understandable.
Both the textbook and the resource book do a remarkable job of explaining economic principles clearly. There is no fancy terminology or confusing jargon–just straight-forward writing that students can actually understand.
4. It includes an extensive list of outside reading and videos for assignments.
The reading list is quite impressive, with dozens of articles written by knowledgeable authors. The videos are high quality and very engaging. I love having so much of the course’s content available online in bite-size chunks–much more manageable than a huge, overwhelming textbook!
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