Schoolhouse Review ~ Roman Roads Media – Economics for Everybody #hsreviews

Roman Roads Media ReviewWhat is your first thought when you hear “economics”? BORING? YAWN? NUMBERS? Well, I am super excited to share about an item we had the opportunity to review…Roman Roads Media Economics for Everybody. (This curriculum is recommended for middle school students and up.)

Curious about the company? Roman Roads combines ‘technical expertise’ with ‘classical education’ to create video courses and resources mainly focused toward the homeschooler. What does this mean for you? QUALITY CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOLING RESOURCES! (Curious what “classical education” is? Click HERE to find out more.)

Roman Roads Media ReviewEconomics for Everybody is a video based curriculum that comes with a study guide. R.C. Sproul, Jr. is the teacher who speaks on the video – he is entertaining and educational! Although we have not yet completed the course, we have thoroughly enjoyed what we have done so far.

This curriculum consists of 12 lessons. Each video lesson runs 15 – 30 minutes. The study guide is the same size as the DVD and fits in the same box. It is 236 pages and has an outline of each lesson from the DVD, followed by some multiple choice questions and discussion questions. (See more on this below as the “Scope and Sequence.”)

Honestly I don’t know if I ever took an Economics class…if I did it was apparently so boring I don’t remember it. But I CAN tell you that the thought of an Economics class makes me {yawn}. What I can also tell you is that is NOT what this set does! RC Sproul, Jr speaks in a manner that keeps your attention, he also moves his hands around so your eyes are drawn to the screen.

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Throughout each lesson there are multiple pictures shared which helps to keep your eyes and thoughts drawn to what is being shared as well. Most of the pictures we’ve seen so far are “olden type” pictures like shown below. These, to me, are very interesting as they also are showing the history that this class is trying to convey. Nice touch!

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Most importantly and probably what sets this completely apart from other Economics classes is that it is BIBILCALLY BASED! What does that mean? It means that it is all brought back to God and what His overall plan is.

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Economics for Everybody is designed to be the base of a one-semester economics class for homeschool high school students. If followed as shared, it will good for one-half credit in economics. The course can be used in two ways: by itself as a lighter study to introduce basic economics concepts (9th/10th graders), or used together with another economics textbook as a more in-depth study for students with worldview training (10th to 12th graders). If you choose to do the latter, it is recommended that you purchase Basic Economics, Third Edition by Carson and Cleveland. We did choose to purchase this book and plan to do this as a semester class this coming school year. I will say that this book is not nearly as fun as the video but that it too ties everything back to Scripture.

For the purposes of this review, we watched one video per week followed by answering the questions in the study guide and reading SOME of the Basic Economics book we purchased. Just the video would have been perfect for “summer break” time but I wanted to see how the other book (we chose to purchase…you do NOT have to buy it if you don’t want to) fit in with it. If you are only watching the video and doing the study guide you could EASILY do more than one lesson a week. The reading in the additional book was quite a bit so a week would be better for that route.

Here is a link to the Scope and Sequence / Study Guide Answer Key which provides complete details for teaching the class.

I am SO EXCITED we found this Economics class!

If you are looking for a little more information, you can download three FREE lessons HERE.

And to wrap it up…cost. The two DVD set with the study guide runs $45.00. Or you can get the set (which includes the additional book Basic Economics) for $85.00. I would like to quickly share that Compass Classroom is having a sale RIGHT NOW (from August 4 – 11, 2014) so this would be a GREAT time to make a purchase if you are interested!

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Read more Roman Roads Media reviews (which cover much more than just this Economics curriculum!) from the Schoolhouse Review Crew!

Here’s praying you have fun learning!

 

 

 

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