Our 7th Sisters have been asking, so here is it: A Financial Literacy Suggested Syllabus. We firmly believe that there’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school, but sometimes it is nice to have a sample syllabus as a starting point.
This is the syllabus for 7Sisters’ popular Financial Literacy from a Christian Perspective. You and your homeschool high schoolers can adapt this freebie syllabus for individual studies. Also, co-op teachers can adapt it for their classes.
The fourty-two-page syllabus covers thirty or thirty-seven weeks of learning and activities for a full homeschool high school Financial Literacy or Consumer Math credit.
(BTW- We periodically update the links for the Financial Literacy curriculum. Download this freebie for updated links.)
Encourage yourself as you launch your teen’s Financial Literacy course with:
- The helpful information in our Authoritative Guide to Financial Literacy post
- This Homeschool Highschool Podcast episode about Financial Literacy
- Many homeschooling families do 7Sisters Financial Literacy, Career Exploration and Apologetics. Did you know you can save a lot of money when you purchase together in the Curriculum Bundle to Prepare for Independence?
- View an excerpt from the tests in the Financial Literacy curriculum at this link.
Here is a glimpse at the Financial Literacy Suggested Syllabus:
From the introduction of the syllabus (after the introduction are charts for the thirty-week and the thirty-five week assignments).
At the request of numerous parents and teachers over the years, 7Sisters has now mapped out TWO suggested syllabi for Financial Literacy from a Christian Perspective:
1) 37 weeks, 4 days per week
2) 30 weeks, 5 days per week.
Will either syllabus fit your scheduling needs perfectly? Probably not. Will each days’ assignments require equal amounts of time to complete? No, though approximate time requirements for each assignment were considered in the scheduling. Yet, these syllabi will provide a framework for setting up your own syllabus to fit your teaching schedule and the needs of your students.
May I make three suggestions?
1) Although not included in these syllabi, you may want assign note-taking whenever textbook or internet-source reading is required. The amount of reading is often not lengthy, but the act of taking notes will reinforce understanding substantially.
2) While working through Chapter 6, your students will learn how to make entries in a check register and reconcile a check register and bank statement. These exercises require attention to detail. Students may need extra room to work, a span of uninterrupted time, and, if necessary, your guidance. Some students can feel overwhelmed by the numerous steps involved. Your willingness to work with them on these assignments, using the step-by-step instructions provided, will help them achieve both a ‘can do’ attitude for the test and, more importantly, a skill for adult life.
3) Chapter 9 can also be challenging – your students will be completing numerous U.S. federal income tax returns. As you would expect, these exercises also require attention to detail, extra workspace, uninterrupted time, and, often, your guidance. Step-by-step instructions are provided for the first assignment in each of the three sets of exercises, and I would highly encourage you to work with your students on these exercises.
Many students will be able to complete the remaining returns in the first two sets on their own. The third set of returns is challenging enough that your students may want to work with you through both assignments. Since one of the purposes of this chapter is to give students a confidence that they CAN, in many cases, complete their own tax returns rather than hiring a professional, it is very important that each student receives the help he or she needs in order to successfully complete these assignments.
Additional time is allotted in the syllabi for the completion of the tax return assignments, hopefully eliminating time pressures that could increase both frustration and errors.
We hope you find these syllabi helpful and wish your students much success on their journey to financial literacy!
Sara Hibbard Hayes