Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
One thing that I feel is being ignored a lot in teaching kids is the real stuff. The things that help you become an adult. Because pretty soon you will want your own car, or your own apartment, and then it gets real…and fast! I was excited to check out Personal Finance Illustrated® Homeschool Edition from PEM LIFE.
I was excited about two things right away. It is a homeschool edition, which sometimes just makes things easier. And also it is Biblically based.
We were given access to the program for six months.That works out as it is meant to be used over a semester. Since we have been using it, I think six months is great as opposed to just a semester as there is just a lot of information on the site!
There are two suggested ways to go through the course. Have your children take it on their own, or you could be the instructor. I decided to go through it with the kids. Mostly because I was so intrigued at everything offered and wanted to check it out!
When you log in, this is the screen that you see, your dashboard. It is very easy to navigate once you click on the links to see what everything is.
As easy as it is to navigate, there is a lot of information here. I wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to proceed, so the first couple weeks were spent trying to get a game plan. I would have loved to have a suggested schedule included in the curriculum, but I understand why that is not included.
Included in our course was a Student Edition of a book, The Personal Economic Model. This really helped in our figuring out the course more. The graphics included in the book matched the online course. I think it would be great to have a printed version, just because I like having something tangible to look through. I would be interested in sending it out to be printed somewhere, it is 158 pages.
This is an example of the lesson description in Unit 2. It tells you what you can expect from each lesson and the list shows you the order in which to do things. You can click on each link and it will take you exactly where you need to go.
Here is an example of the Resource Library. There was a lot more as well! As you click on each link, a new window opens and brings up something interactive to go along with the course. A lot of these are pretty detailed. We have spent a lot of time on these playing with different circumstances.
As you look at this graphic on the interactive link, you can move the orange dots around and it will add or subtract depending on which way you move it. Just by looking at it you can see how involved it is, showing things that you may not think about as a teen. I like that it mentions tithing and giving, as both of those are important in our household.
Each unit includes at least one video lesson. The speaker explains things very well, and the things that we didn’t catch the first time, it was easy enough to rewind and listen again. Plenty of real life examples are mentioned and talked about in an easy to understand way.
There are a few quizzes in each unit. There is a tab you can click on in your dashboard and follow the progress of any quizzes taken. There are concept quizzes and vocabulary quizzes.
Also in each unit are opportunities to converse with others that are taking the course. This is familiar to them as their college courses are set up like this as well.I think this is a grand idea! Unfortunately my kids were unsure what to say just yet and have skipped it so far. I imagine as they continue, they may be more likely to contribute.
Like I mentioned, the course is meant for one semester, but I am quite thankful for the six month access. We are slow going because of all the information provided in the course. We spend a lot of time doing ‘what if’ questions. Also, the math gets a little tricky as well.
I do highly recommend this course. I think adults would definitely get something out of this course as well! Once we got in our groove it was quite smooth and very informative.
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