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Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool - Review

Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool - Review


Dave RamseyDid you learn how to take care of your own, personal finances when you were in high school? One of the many benefits of homeschooling is having the time to cover life skills in your homeschool, skills your children will need for the rest of their lives! Many homeschoolers turn to Dave Ramsey to help them teach their kids how to handle their finances once they've left the nest.

I love Dave Ramsey's products! Dave Ramsey asked me to do a review for his brand new program, Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool. My good friend, Renita, was kind enough to review a copy on my behalf. Here's what she had to say:
I received Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool by Dave Ramsey to review. I was thrilled and couldn't wait to start on it. I mean who doesn't want to do finances and math, right?!

Seriously though, if I had had this course in high school I might not have had the problems with money that I did. This course is a practical approach to personal finances that is interesting and enjoyable for students.

And it's even a FUN curriculum!
The DVDs are engaging and the material delivered in a way that is fun. The lessons are around 15 minutes each but you will want to watch more than just the one. Really. I didn't expect to have fun while learning about finances. That just doesn't even seem possible but Dave Ramsey and his team have come up with a way to do it.

Renita also says:
I can't recommend Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool enough. Every student NEEDS to go through this course to help them avoid the pitfalls that come from not understanding how to make their money work for them.

Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool would make a great half credit course in personal finance for homeschoolers! You can also get further ideas for promoting financial skills in your homeschool and more in Beyond Academics: Preparation for College and for Life.

Have you always been curious about what Dave Ramsey's homeschool programs are like? You can read more about what Renita thought about this Dave Ramsey program once she tried it out in her own homeschool and why she recommends it so highly by reading the full review on her blog, Homedaze.

Did you learn how to handle your finances back in high school? Are you making it a priority to teach your kids? If you've used Dave Ramsey's programs in your homeschool, let other homeschoolers know how you liked them in the comments!

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Guest - Kim C on Thursday, 09 April 2020 19:23

Thank you Robin. And are there products that will be mailed to his house? What are those products?

Thank you Robin. And are there products that will be mailed to his house? What are those products?
Robin on Thursday, 09 April 2020 20:43

Hi Kim,

I don't know, since it's sold by Ramsy Education. "PDF and Streaming" sounds to me like an online-only thing, but I'm only guessing. I've never purchased their curriculum. If you click on the Ramsy Education link, and then click on "Request Info" you can send a message and ask them all about it. If you have time later, please let us know what you find out.

Robin

Assistant to The HomeScholar

Hi Kim, I don't know, since it's sold by Ramsy Education. "PDF and Streaming" sounds to me like an online-only thing, but I'm only guessing. I've never purchased their curriculum. If you click on the [url=https://www.ramseyeducation.com/k-12]Ramsy Education link[/url], and then click on "Request Info" you can send a message and ask them all about it. If you have time later, please let us know what you find out. :) Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Kim C on Thursday, 09 April 2020 18:32

I want to buy for my grandson, it's $19.99 on sale for Middle Schoolers. But printing out stuff at his house would be an issue. (we're in coronavirus quarantines in our areas so no other options). so would I be wasting my money to get it for him? and altho i was just about to pay, i noticed an address is needed for sending 'products'. since a link and code are provided, exactly what 'products' would he be receiving at his home address?

I want to buy for my grandson, it's $19.99 on sale for Middle Schoolers. But printing out stuff at his house would be an issue. (we're in coronavirus quarantines in our areas so no other options). so would I be wasting my money to get it for him? and altho i was just about to pay, i noticed an address is needed for sending 'products'. since a link and code are provided, exactly what 'products' would he be receiving at his home address?
Robin on Thursday, 09 April 2020 19:02

Hi Kim,

I've never used the curriculum, but I see on the (Middle School page) that the curriculum comes in 2 formats - "PDF and Streaming" or "Print and Streaming" and if you chose PDF, your son could view the PDF worksheets on the computer, and then simply write answers on a notebook with coordinating numbers so you are able to see which questions they apply to. I entered my email in the field at the bottom of the section entitled, "Experience the Curriculum" so I could see a sample lesson. I clicked "Download PDF" under the heading "Student Content". On the pages with questions, many are numbered, but some are not. If your son had a question that was not numbered, he could write the answer in sentence form, so you know what he's answering. For example, on sample page #13, there is a question that is not numbered, but it has blanks to fill in.

It asks, "Personal finance is about 80% ____________, and it’s only 20% _____________. Becoming money-smart involves four things: __________, ___________, ____________, and give." You could have your son write the whole sentence with the "blanks" filled in.

You can click "Request Info" on any of the site pages to contact Ramsy Education with questions.

I hope that helps!

Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Hi Kim, I've never used the curriculum, but I see on the ([url=https://www.ramseyeducation.com/foundations-personal-finance-ms]Middle School page[/url]) that the curriculum comes in 2 formats - "PDF and Streaming" or "Print and Streaming" and if you chose PDF, your son could view the PDF worksheets on the computer, and then simply write answers on a notebook with coordinating numbers so you are able to see which questions they apply to. I entered my email in the field at the bottom of the section entitled, "Experience the Curriculum" so I could see a sample lesson. I clicked "Download PDF" under the heading "Student Content". On the pages with questions, many are numbered, but some are not. If your son had a question that was not numbered, he could write the answer in sentence form, so you know what he's answering. For example, on sample page #13, there is a question that is not numbered, but it has blanks to fill in. It asks, "Personal finance is about 80% ____________, and it’s only 20% _____________. Becoming money-smart involves four things: __________, ___________, ____________, and give." You could have your son write the whole sentence with the "blanks" filled in. You can click "Request Info" on any of the site pages to contact Ramsy Education with questions. I hope that helps! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Laura S. on Friday, 16 May 2014 07:16

This looks good -- Would this be a fit for a consumer economics half credit course?

This looks good -- Would this be a fit for a consumer economics half credit course?
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Saturday, 17 May 2014 10:57

Dear Laura,

Good question! This short blog post talks about figuring credits: Hours in a Credit - http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/hours-in-a-credit

Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Dear Laura, Good question! This short blog post talks about figuring credits: Hours in a Credit - http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/hours-in-a-credit Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Julieanne (website) on Thursday, 15 May 2014 22:09

Our girls attended the regular Dave Ramsey sessions with my husband and I a couple of years ago, and it had a big impact on them, even though they were only 12 and 14. The oldest was a saver already, but the younger needed help in that department. She's totally a saver now!

Our girls attended the regular Dave Ramsey sessions with my husband and I a couple of years ago, and it had a big impact on them, even though they were only 12 and 14. The oldest was a saver already, but the younger needed help in that department. :) She's totally a saver now! :)
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Thursday, 15 May 2014 22:32

I'm so happy that made an impact in such a tangible way, Julieanne!

Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

I'm so happy that made an impact in such a tangible way, Julieanne! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Ann on Thursday, 15 May 2014 18:55

I used Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance for high school with my older two boys, who did the course together, and my youngest boy and I are doing a somewhat abbreviated version now. I consider it an excellent introduction to personal finance. Any young person would benefit tremendously by having this knowledge under their belt before starting college. Yes, I wish I had had a course like this, as I didn't start learning and comprehending some of this stuff until I was well into my fifties! (Thankfully, my husband was an economics major and is pretty conservative financially, so I have learned a lot from his example).

The videos are entertaining as well as packed with useful knowledge and counsel, but that's not all there is to the course. Perhaps one of the most valuable aspects of the course is the many hands-on activities that apply the theme of the lesson to real-life learning challenges (such as comparison shopping online, learning how to write checks and practice balancing a checkbook, shopping for your first automobile). Case studies provide an opportunity to apply the principles of personal finance to situations in the lives of fictional people. Practical application exercises like these help cement the concepts in the students' minds. This practical facet of the course is often best done with a partner or group. Dave also provides valuable financial forms that can be referred to and used throughout life.

The course includes detailed lesson plans, reviews, and assessments. Though designed for the classroom, it is quite easy to implement in homeschool. However, be prepared to spend a good amount of money printing out the course materials, as the course comes in DVD format.

Preparing your children with a sound foundation in personal finance before they leave the nest is a precious and priceless gift you can give them, Of course, it's up to them to internalize and apply what they've learned! =)

I used Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance for high school with my older two boys, who did the course together, and my youngest boy and I are doing a somewhat abbreviated version now. I consider it an excellent introduction to personal finance. Any young person would benefit tremendously by having this knowledge under their belt before starting college. Yes, I wish I had had a course like this, as I didn't start learning and comprehending some of this stuff until I was well into my fifties! (Thankfully, my husband was an economics major and is pretty conservative financially, so I have learned a lot from his example). The videos are entertaining as well as packed with useful knowledge and counsel, but that's not all there is to the course. Perhaps one of the most valuable aspects of the course is the many hands-on activities that apply the theme of the lesson to real-life learning challenges (such as comparison shopping online, learning how to write checks and practice balancing a checkbook, shopping for your first automobile). Case studies provide an opportunity to apply the principles of personal finance to situations in the lives of fictional people. Practical application exercises like these help cement the concepts in the students' minds. This practical facet of the course is often best done with a partner or group. Dave also provides valuable financial forms that can be referred to and used throughout life. The course includes detailed lesson plans, reviews, and assessments. Though designed for the classroom, it is quite easy to implement in homeschool. However, be prepared to spend a good amount of money printing out the course materials, as the course comes in DVD format. Preparing your children with a sound foundation in personal finance before they leave the nest is a precious and priceless gift you can give them, Of course, it's up to them to internalize and apply what they've learned! =)
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Thursday, 15 May 2014 20:03

Ann,

That's a terrific review!! Your insights will be very helpful for those who are unfamiliar with the course. Thank you for all the info!

Robin
Assistant to the HomeScholar

Ann, That's a terrific review!! Your insights will be very helpful for those who are unfamiliar with the course. Thank you for all the info! Robin Assistant to the HomeScholar
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