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.
This online high school economics course is intended for one semester, but the program access is available for 12 months for one student. The course comes with a Basic Economics 4th edition textbook and a PDF teacher’s guide. Students also have access to a Budget Mini-course. Two additional books are used for the course. The Law by Frederic Bastiat is available online as a free PDF download, and Whatever Happened to Penny Candy, by Richard Maybury can be purchased.
Once the online course was set up, Sam and I went through the orientation module. Although it felt like a lot of information, it was very thorough in explaining the course navigation. Students view online lessons that guide them through the textbook. The lessons include some short youtube videos to illustrate key points. I especially appreciated how the course connected to biblical principals.
As Sam began his first lessons, he was quickly overwhelmed. The material felt unfamiliar to him and his usual fast pace through a subject became more laborious. I have never taken economics, so felt ill-equipped in directing him.
Fortunately, my husband has taken an economics course. He previewed the textbook and orientation module. Although he felt the material was put together in a different order than he had experienced, he felt it was a good course for Sam. He felt some of the course material could be considered college level. He was sure the material would draw Sam’s attention once he pushed through to chapter four.
Using the lesson plan as a guide, Sam worked on the course about three days per week. There was some grumbling through the first three chapters. At chapter four, titled Society and Morality, there was a change. The material had a stronger political connection that grabbed his interest.
Sam is now enjoying the course and glad we encouraged him to persevere. He’s continuing at a slower pace to take time to fully study the material. He especially enjoys the videos that illustrate the key points.
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