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.
During this second semester of our school year, I knew that the kids needed to learn economics. I had picked something at random and we had been using it but we realized it just wasn’t a good fit. I was excited to try out the Economics Online Course Bundle from Boundary Stone.
I am not the strongest in Economics, as a subject. I have been grateful to learn more about it this semester along with the kids.
This bundle has so many things included to really help learn the subject. What was included was Basic Economics, a textbook, as well as online access to the main course as well as a mini course about budgets. The PDF of the Teachers Guide was included as well.
The Teachers Guide is filled with everything you need to help you through the course. The Lesson Plan included is done by week as well as by day. I love that it is color coded. That makes me happy. But when a lesson plan is included in curriculum, I am all over it.
I will say that we changed up the schedule a bit at the beginning just to get a feel for the course. What we did was take Monday through Thursday to read the book and anything else involved in the lesson. On Friday then, we devoted time to do the study guide and any homework listed.
The Activity section lists two different activities. I would give each child one to do. That seemed to work out. You may choose to have your child to do both!
I wouldn’t mind getting on the Lesson Plan schedule though, just to make sure we complete it all in the correct order.
Also included in the Teachers Guide are all of the quizzes, tests, and answer keys. Everything is set up so nicely and very easy to use. The Lesson Lists section has little boxes that you can check off when you are done with that lesson. You can print any part of the Teacher Guide that you want.
As you are logged into the course, each lesson is set up on your dashboard. As you finish each lesson, you can mark it complete.
For an example, this is the beginning of one lesson. It tells you what to do and in what order. As you scroll down there is a matching activity as well as some questions to answer.
This video happened to include snippets from the movie Wall-E, which I love. The speaker in this video was great at getting his point across in an easy to understand way. I like when speakers know their audience and use real life examples to that audience. Each lesson has a variety of videos. You aren’t bored with the same stuff each time. The next video was John Stossel.
Also included on this lesson page is the PDF of the study guide that is also included in the book. It is very easy to make this course your own!
This is the book that was included. It is 379 pages and it includes a glossary and index at the end. Each chapter isn’t very long. The writing is easy to understand. It isn’t just economics jargon throughout, I liken it to a written speech. It would be easy to understand if read aloud.
The book is Biblically based and it starts out strong with talking about the book of Genesis. I appreciate that it did a sort of back story at the beginning.
There is a big project that covers the whole course and it involves a budget. Make that two budgets! The general idea is to make one budget for $25K and one that would be whatever minimum wage is. They also suggest that instead of one you could use the salary of the job that the child wants in the future.
Kyle is actually excited about doing this! We did something on an easier scale years ago when we first started homeschooling, but this one is actually realistic. He already commented that can’t imagine how someone can survive on minimum wage, but I am going to see how creative he can get.
This project goes through the whole course, like I mentioned. Each section of the course brings up another item that your child will have to think about budgeting for.
All in all I think this is the best course on Economics that we have seen. The online portion is set up to be very user friendly, and the combination of that with the book and the Teachers Guide make it very complete.
I like that fact that you can print things out, like the lesson plan, as I love to have tangible things in my hand. Ahhh, tangible, that’s talked about in the course! Ok, I admit, I am learning along with the kids!