1st Semester: Economics
“Economics is not about things and tangible material objects; it is about men,
their meanings and actions.” Ludwig von Mises
Economics may be the most exciting and relevant course your high school student ever takes! The Economic principles will be explained to the student through instruction, engaging videos and discussion oriented classes.
Is capitalism healthy? What is inflation? Should you care if your country is in debt? What causes a recession? How does the government use our money? We will discuss the answers to these questions and more as we research prosperous societies vs. those who remain in poverty; job creation and innovative products and services; failing government programs and polocies.
Economics flows from common sense observations and insights into everyday life. It also determines today´s social and political landscape, and students who understand these principles are well-positioned to take on leadership in business, government and society.
2nd Semester: Personal Finance
The goal of teaching Personal Finance is to provide the student with all the insights of their own financial life. Each student will gain a broader knowledge of the different aspects of how the financial world operates and how to manage personal finances. Business people from the community will also visit our class to give a perspective. In 2006 the Texas legislature passed a bill requiring publichigh school students to be taught the following 12 topics:
- Balancing a Checkbook Renting to Buying Transition
- Understanding Credit Understanding Insurance
- Bankruptcy Starting a Small Business
- Home Ownership Types of Loans
- Saving for Retirement Investment Options
- Types of Accounts Giving to Charities
Class Time: 1 1/2 hours.
Grade/Age of Students: 11-12
Number of weeks: This is a two 16-week semester, 8 month, class.
Maximum # of students: 12
Preferred Day(s) of Week: (subject to availability), Wednesday or Thursday Preferred Time of day:
(subject to availability) late morning or early afternoon Length of each class session: 1 ½ hours
***************************************************************************** Materials fee: The
usual for copying for materials supplied by the teacher.
Curriculum/ ISBN & Costs: Curriculum needed: Student Guide to Economics in a Box with Student
DVD/CD set, Money Greed & God, Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?, Common Sense Economics, and the
student workbook for Foundations in Personal Finance.
Location preferred: (subject to availability) Special requirements: none
“If you want 1 year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If
you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.”
Class Time: 1 1/2 hours. This is a two 16-week semester, 8 month, class.
As a graduate of UT at Austin with a B.S. In Education, Martha has taught in both public and private settings, but was led by the Lord and her family to pursue homeschooling. She has been blessed to teach her two children Emma, 17 and Peter, 13 for the last 9 years and to be part of supportive homeschooling communities in California and Oregon. She is now thrilled to be a part of the Center for Home Education here in Texas. She has a keen interest in preparing students for their financial future. Seeing the importance of being fiscally sound, she hopes to lead students in understanding the value of the free market system and their role in the marketplace. She hopes her students will gain the tools to be responsible consumers and generous givers!