Once upon a time (as all good stories begin), Sara’s 3rd son was just a year away from completing high school and was just itching to stretch his wings and leave the nest! Sara wanted to be sure said son was equipped to handle his finances wisely and not fall into the pitfalls befalling many young people first venturing out on their own.
(Nothing worse than falling into a pitfall befalling others!)
So what did she do? She called her friend Maureen, another homeschool mom (and Sara’s 1st son’s Consumer Math/Financial Literacy teacher from years before).
High School Financial Literacy Curriculum
This, my friends, was the conception of what would become Financial Literacy from a Christian Perspective – a truly unique, interactive, life-skill-building, rich and FUN etext for high school students. (It’s available in our ebookstore for $34.99.)
“Maureen,” Sara asked, “What curriculum did you use?”
(Isn’t it wonderful when homeschoolers help one another out?)
Maureen gave her info and as many pointers as she could. Then Sara embarked on her first year of teaching Consumer Math/Financial Literacy at her local homeschool day school. Sara’s third son (and numerous other students) graduated that year with a good foundation for facing the realities of financial decision-making in their lives.
But the story doesn’t end there!
The class continued on each year at our local homeschool umbrella school (click here to see what other cooperative classes we’ve taught with success in our local community), and Sara found herself modifying the curriculum in various ways.
– First, the curriculum wasn’t from a Christian perspective, and since handling financial matters is such a big part of life (and God says SO much about it!), Sara began supplementing the curriculum with Christian principles.
– Then, Sara noted that the curriculum her class was using sometimes only lightly covered topics which she believed would be more beneficial to teens if covered a bit more in depth. She sought out resources that would shore up these weak spots for her students.
The years passed (as they always seem to do), and Sara continued teaching Consumer Math/Financial Literacy, making improvements and corrections to the course each year. One day, Sara looked at her curriculum and realized that her ‘changes’ had evolved into a course of her own with an exclusive focus on Financial Literacy!
The topics are the same as those in most Financial Literacy courses, but the angle of approach is quite different.
– First, God’s perspective is considered in every topic, from setting up a budget to understanding the principles of insurance to paying taxes.
– Next, as a homeschooling mom herself who understands how important it is to parents to be able to share their values with their children, Sara included numerous assignments asking students to discuss with their parents financial topics which might not otherwise come up in day to day life.
– Finally, realizing that this generation of students will turn to the internet to have their financial questions answered, Sara’s curriculum utilized reputable sites to reinforce financial literacy topics. Articles, videos, and interactive sites provide varied activities throughout each chapter.
With a ‘hat tip’ to the painstaking work of 7 Sisters’ editing team and a grateful prayer of thanks to the Lord for His unfailing faithfulness, 7 Sisters is pleased to offer to you Financial Literacy from a Christian Perspective.
(and we’ll all live financially-literate-ly ever after!)
What resources have you used thus far to help your teen become financially literate?
Here’s a free taste of Financial Literacy from a Christian Perspective – download “What’s the REAL Cost?” worksheet and answer key from the ebookstore as our gift to you!