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Economics for Beginners

My son has a degree in Political Economy, and has loved economics since he was a child.

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Economics for Beginners


When he was younger, my economics-loving son enjoyed the Penny Candy books in the Uncle Eric Series, written by Richard Maybury. These books come from a free market perspective and are politically conservative/libertarian. Many people use that book with the coordinating workbook, A Bluestocking Guide: Economics, for their economics study in high school.

Economics for beginners


If this seems too basic, or you are interested in digging deeper, my son loves Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt.

For my older son, who was not particularly interested in economics, we chose to use the Teaching Company lectures instead. It seemed the least painful way to introduce him to economics. It’s interesting to note that economics is like politics – books can represent the world view and political persuasion of the author. It can be difficult to find a perspective that matches your own. I’m not sure these books are a “perfect” match for our family, but they definitely worked! If you have a little more time, be sure to look at Founders Academy where they promise US History and Economics in half the time without the tears. Bonus 4: Book Bundle Pack


Please note: This post was originally published in August 2011 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
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Comments 7

Lee Binz on Saturday, 21 April 2018 21:51

Thanks Deanna! I'm so glad it helped!
Blessings,
Lee

Thanks Deanna! I'm so glad it helped! Blessings, Lee
Deanna Pathio on Saturday, 21 April 2018 19:37

What great-looking resources. I had no idea what to do with economics till I read this post. Thank you!

What great-looking resources. I had no idea what to do with economics till I read this post. Thank you!
Guest - Ashley on Monday, 18 May 2015 05:11

My son is a rising senior who is planning to major in Economics. We used Economics in a Box (used in by My Father's World) and LOVED it! Again, very free market. The curriculum includes chapters from the book Money, Greed, and God, which I found helpful in reconciling my faith and my free market beliefs. I could not recommend it more highly. This year my son will take AP Micro & AP Macro Economics online through Patrick Henry College.

My son is a rising senior who is planning to major in Economics. We used Economics in a Box (used in by My Father's World) and LOVED it! Again, very free market. The curriculum includes chapters from the book Money, Greed, and God, which I found helpful in reconciling my faith and my free market beliefs. I could not recommend it more highly. This year my son will take AP Micro & AP Macro Economics online through Patrick Henry College.
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Monday, 18 May 2015 17:37

Thank you, Ashley!
It's wonderful to know what works!
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Thank you, Ashley! It's wonderful to know what works! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Lee (website) on Friday, 05 August 2011 10:36

<<>> Hi Linda! It's good to see you online
Blessings,
Lee

<<>> Hi Linda! It's good to see you online :) Blessings, Lee
Guest - Linda in FL on Friday, 05 August 2011 09:01

We loved the Uncle Eric books in elementary/middle school as well. We used Sonlight's plan for Economics in high school, the core of which is Thinkwell. We've used Thinkwell for high school math, physics and economics. I can't express how much we love it! Landon took Thinkwell's Calculus course followed by the AP Calculus BC test and scored a 5. I have no doubt he could have done the same on the AP Economics test, but he didn't need that particular college credit.

We loved the Uncle Eric books in elementary/middle school as well. We used Sonlight's plan for Economics in high school, the core of which is Thinkwell. We've used Thinkwell for high school math, physics and economics. I can't express how much we love it! Landon took Thinkwell's Calculus course followed by the AP Calculus BC test and scored a 5. I have no doubt he could have done the same on the AP Economics test, but he didn't need that particular college credit.
Guest - Kristine on Friday, 05 August 2011 08:52

Thank you. My head's been swirling with so many different options, this included. Your opinion of it just moved it up my list.

Thank you. My head's been swirling with so many different options, this included. Your opinion of it just moved it up my list.
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