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What about older kids? Good question!! I think this is
actually a great age to work with doing notebooks. Let me share
how you can use this method with your older kids based on what
we've been doing lately. My then 14 year old son and I had been
reading through 'Whatever
Happened to Penny Candy?' written by
Richard Maybury. We are also working through other books on
Money Management and Free Market Economics. The Book
Whatever Happened to Penny Candy, however, is our main text
book. It is probably one of the best books to read with your
kids on economics. I never understood deflation, inflation or
the economy till I read this book. Each day we have been
reading a chapter in the book. Then I give my son something to
write. I've used
Dinah Zike's Big Book of Books or
Big Book of Projects for different types of folds and
booklet type manipulatives to make. My son then writes about the
given subject. It has been very rewarding. Here is some of what
we've done with our study on
Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?.
IDEAS for Whatever Happened to Penny
Chapter one: We made a half
folded sheet of paper with two lift up flaps - on one flap he
wrote "coins" on the other wrote "tokens" on the inside of the
flap he described what the difference was between the two.
Chapter Two: We folded a
sheet of colored paper in half length wise - then cut half into
8 lift up tabs. On the outside he wrote the different words
like: "Tanstaafl", "Base Metal", "Double Digit Inflation" etc.
Then under the flap he wrote the meaning. By the way TANSTAAFL
means: There Aint No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. This really
helped my son understand how the Welfare system is completely
out of control. Randy also made another Manipulative - a two
flap lift up fold that described Subsidies and the Welfare
Chapter Three: Randy made a
Sort of Three page fold (again from
Zike's book) and decried Inflation - the top part lifts up
for a description of the Law of Supply and Demand but on the
front there are drawings of dollar bills with a sort of cycle he
developed to explain what Inflation really is. This helped
Randy to visualize what he was learning and really grasp how
President Bush's little extra tax back check this past fall was
nothing more than injecting the economy with more funds -
inflating the economy with more money.
Chapter 4 & 5: He made a
folded piece of colored paper into a three lift up tab
manipulative to show the differences between: Silver
Certificates, Federal Reserve notes and then what the Legal
Tender Law was (This is very interesting).
Chapter 6: We made a layered
booklet type manipulative with three colors of paper. Under
each layer he described Wages, Prices, Spirals and Controls.
This helped him again to understand exactly what is happening in
the economy when prices go up or down. It helped him solidify
in his mind that Inflation isn't just a random chance thing that
happens to unfortunate people. Inflation is caused by the
government inflating the economy.
Chapter 7: Randy made a
manipulative that is a shutter type fold with four doors that
open and on the bottom he labeled "Business Cycle". Under each
door he described: Inflation, Recession, Depression, Deflation.
Chapter 8: Randy just wrote
out on simple notebook paper what Velocity was and how it works.
The last few chapters we read through and he wrote out
different things like a quote of Thomas Jefferson's on
Government debt (too bad our government didn't value that
thought today). He also wrote out the US Constitution article 1
section 10 (wonder how come we don't abide by this article
today? - I think that is a worthy question for him to our
Senator and Congressman) , He made a booklet describing
Gersham's Law too. Probably the most unique thing he made was
this huge timeline that shows the federal debt at intervals from
the early 1600s to today. It also shows when there were
recessions and depressions and how much money was circulating in
the economy. It is so incredible. He obtained this information
from the Study Guide to Whatever Happened to Penny Candy.
This is very hard to see but it the
Time Line Randy Made of the American Economy.
PICTURES ARE COMING SOON
If Randy hadn't done all this "stuff", I don't think he
would remember it as well. But now as we are going on to study
more and more about the economy and economics he can plug in
what he has internalized from this study into everything he
reads and it makes sense to him. What more could I hope for
from this study? My goal was that he would own this information
and that it would help him to make wise decisions about money
for the rest of his life. We aren't done with the study yet -
we are still exploring and reading more of
Richard Maybury's books and learning about the industrial
revolution and the Great Depression etc. I've learned a lot
too. Once we are done we will put all these written pieces and
manipulatives into some sort of book.
I've learned so much from
Dinah Zike and others about putting together what we've
learned and are learning into something tangible and relevant to
my children. Something they can go back to again and again. I
cannot recommend more highly this method. It is not dry and
I pray that this will become a jumping board for you to
see what you can do with any theme or subject that your child
may be interested.