Our family has been watching the news a lot, lately. There are so many changes happening in America since our new President has taken office and we like to stay informed about what’s going on. It’s normal that whenever one political party takes over for another, there are all sorts of policy shifts that take place. But it seems like we are on the brink of some pretty large financial transitions since this latest election, and now is the perfect time to take a homeschool economics course to help us better understand what’s going on.
I am no economics expert. My husband and I have taken various Dave Ramsey courses to help us understand how to better handle our own money. And I’m fairly comfortable with these concepts. But when it comes to how our government handles money, what causes inflation, and understanding the free enterprise system, I’m a lot shakier.
I certainly don’t feel comfortable teaching this subject without a guide. And fortunately, I’ve found one that is working well for my boys. The program I’ve found is by a company called Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum (PAC).
I received this product for free and was compensated for my time, but all of my opinions are honest, and I was not required to post a positive review.
The Principles and Precepts of Economics by PAC is a straightforward and simple way to teach economics to your students. In fact, a teacher isn’t even necessary when it comes to learning the PAC materials. The books are designed in such a way that our students can read the material, answer the questions after each section, and take quizzes and tests along the way.
Just looking at the books, you might think, “Ugh, a boring textbook.” But honestly, the material is very engaging and interesting. I was pleased to see that the chapters were broken down into manageable sizes. And I was surprised at how readable the material was. We are NOT textbook people around here but we are enjoying the PAC lessons. They read like a regular book!
PAC uses relevant, up to date examples in their text. (View sample) We loved how the things we were learning in the course were so readily applicable to what’s happening in the world around us.
The Principles and Precepts of Economics coursework includes the following:
- Three booklets for the student to read
- Three activity booklets which contain questions to answer
- A teacher’s resource kit which includes quizzes, tests, and answer keys. PAC also allows you to download a digital version of this kit, making it easier to print quizzes and tests for multiple students.
Benefits of the Principles and Precepts of Economics
- Students can work through the materials at their own pace
- Encourages independent learning
- No lesson planning or outside materials necessary
- Engaging materials keep students interested
- Audio versions are available if desired
Working homeschool moms or families with lots of children would definitely appreciate the autonomy that PAC materials provide to their students. Although this course is designed for students in 12th grade, it’s very accessible to younger high school or even junior high students as well.
PAC materials are secular, however, they are friendly to Christian beliefs. They “address religious and moral issues and practices while trying not to cross the line on religious dogma.” This means that even though they are written from a secular worldview, they are respectful of religious matters and they don’t shy away from mentioning the role of traditional families, religion, principles and virtues in America. So that’s a good thing.
This course makes sense. It’s practical. It’s understandable. And it’s accessible to students without a lot of hand-holding from us homeschool moms. These qualities make it easy for our older students to learn about economics independently without being held back by a lack of knowledge on our part.
And from March 1-July 31, PAC is generously offering 10% off and FREE shipping on all Full Course Kits if you use this coupon code “10ANDFREE.” Not valid with any other offer. Shipping via USPS Media Mail.
Besides Principles and Precepts of Economics, PAC also has many other courses from which you can choose for 7th through 10th graders. For more information, check out their site, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.
Have your older kids used any of the PAC course material? Have you found any other companies which provide classes which are designed for independent study? I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.