We recently finished our second business math/finance block for the year. As strange as it sounds, this was my third time going through this block and I still really enjoy it! I am far from business minded so I originally felt out of my comfort zone when teaching this block many years ago. However this time around, everything fell into place very nicely. We read a lot of books to go along with this block including “Whatever Happened to Penny Candy,” “The Year Money Grew on Trees,” “Bamboo People,” “The Not so Great Depression,” and “Striker Jones and the Midnight Archer.” Sawyer and Parks also worked through the Simply Charlotte Mason Pet Shop book to work on business math.
Overall, we covered a lot of topics! Needs versus wants. Entrepreneurship (which we still have a 4H block to do on also). Resources. Investments. Substitutes and Complements. Recessions. Revolutions. Inflations. The history of money. We also looked at how these concepts influenced US History to tie into our US History blocks.
Another wonderful addition to our blocks at home was a finance block in our 4H group. In the co-op, the kids used the USDA high school finance curriculum. Parks thought that it required way too much thinking, but Sims and Sawyer really learned a lot from it. The hands on activities at the co-op thoroughly solidified many of the concepts that we had learned at home too. I love it when things coincide without planning it!
We also have a block on entrepreneurship coming up in the spring with our co-op so I am sure even more concepts will come together!