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Home educators have some great choices when it comes to economics. While textbook-based courses from publishers such as A Beka, School of Tomorrow, and BJU Press are good, you might find it much more interesting to create your own course. One option might be to begin with Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? Next, read Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson. Use Money Matters for Teens for "personal economics." Use The Myth of the Robber Barons to make interesting connections between economics, history, and government.

Ray Notgrass's Exploring Economics course combines many of these elements from my "do-it-yourself" course (and works well for independent study) and Basic Economics Fourth Edition also combines some of these elements and online resources with their outstanding textbook for another great option.

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Uncle Eric series on economics and government

Richard Maybury, under the guise of "Uncle Eric," teaches basic concepts in both economics and government in language that children and teens can understand. Each book is written as a series of letters from Uncle Eric to Chris, who could be either his niece or nephew. Maybury has a gift for translating what sounds like tedious information into very personalized examples. Each letter is reasonably brief, so students will not be overwhelmed with too much information at once. You should begin with Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? with children anywhere from about sixth grade level through high school. A simple, entertaining introduction to economics. Penny Candy begins by talking about economics where it touches us most—continuing increases in the cost of things. Uncle Eric explains the economic facts of life simply, adding interesting historical tidbits along the way. Doses of economic theory in each letter are just enough to prod thinking without overload.

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