As we were nearing the end of the last semester, I happened to read a review on another blog about a introductory economics course for high schoolers. I checked it out and figured it would be a good text to have on hand for Landon and someday for Kennady. As it turned out, Landon decided to do this half-credit course in second semester, and finished it almost two weeks ago.
Simply Put: A Study in Economics by Catherine McGrew Jaime is a high school level primer in economics written specifically for homeschoolers. The thirty-six chapters are concise and clear, and present the principles and theories of economics in an easy-to-read format. Each chapter is followed by a set of review questions. There is also a midterm exam and a final exam.
I purchased a pdf version of the study, and had it printed at the office supply store, and still paid much less than a traditional textbook!
Because the reading for each lesson was brief, Landon was able to keep up with this course and liked that it got straight to the point and he could easily retain the information. I particularly liked that the course was clearly written by a fiscal conservative with respect for Christian values.
Although the course didn't require massive amounts of time or effort, it was an excellent introduction to economic theories and principles, and I noticed more than once that Landon was willing to comment quite knowledgeably on current events and on the economy-related portions of our Social Studies because he was getting solid background from this book.
I don't remember studying economics when I was in high school, at least not as a separate course. I know we learned about some of the concepts as a part of our regular Social Studies classes, but in hindsight I wish a good introductory course like this had been available.
I chose to purchase the pdf version of this course from CurrClick (at the time of writing, it is on sale for $6.99), but a paperback version is available for $25 (at the time of writing) at Creative Learning Connection. You may also visit the author's website.
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