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From: Julie in NY (74.74.220.65)
Subject:         Uncle Eric materials and other ideas
Date: March 27, 2009 at 7:13 am PST

In Reply to: Suggestion for Economics course? posted by Susan on March 25, 2009 at 10:12 am:

My older son used a more scholarly text: Economics: Principles and Policy from a Christian Perspective by Tom Rose. He also completed Money Matters for Teens. He then joined my husband and I for a course by Crown Financial Services (Larry Burkett) which was good, but needed some balancing.

My younger son is currently using Richard Maybury's "Uncle Eric" series and loving it! (He's a different personality type than his brother and I knew the "dryer approach" wouldn't keep him interested.) Since we switch back and forth between economics and Government (Notgrass), we started with Are You Liberal, Conservative or Confused? and then did Penny Candy as well as Economics: A Free Market Reader. We are using the Bluestocking study guides to go along with the books. We have The Money Mystery, but haven't done that one yet. I also had him read Economics in One Lesson by Hazlitt which he enjoyed at first, but got a bit bored with by the end (complained it became repetitious). Said he likes Uncle Eric books better!

We also have a spiral-bound book that looks very doable called The Ultimate Book of Economic Principles for the Ultimate Teenager by Fred Witzig and Published by Wit 'n Wisdom Education. I have read through a fair amount of it and like its Biblical approach. I will probably have him read through this as well - it's not too long.

The Federal Reserve Bank puts out a series of comic-book style booklets covering various economic topics that are available free of charge. We have the 2002 editions of these, but my son hasn't read them yet, so I can't comment on the content.

Right now is a good time to correlate current events with economics and government. We have read lots of articles (World magazine and various sources and perspectives online) on Obama's stimulas plan, the budget, the economic crisis, etc. (Humm... maybe the current administration should read Uncle Eric....) Anyway, there's lots in the news to make this study relevant to daily life!

Hope this gives you some ideas to choose from.
Blessings,
Julie



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