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Economics and Young Adult Life Skills

This year-long class is all about learning through doing and interacting.  You can call it boot camp to survive in the real world in terms of finances and some essential life skills, like simply filling out forms, which is easier said than done, if you’ve never done it.  Some forms that we will go over will be applications for a job, an apartment, a car loan and college applications.  Each week we’ll cover concepts from the book “Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?” and the curriculum “Where’s the Money?”  Come learn about how economics work, different kinds of market structures & how it affects your personal finances.  Learn to budget and keep records of where your money went by coming up with your own budget in class as well as a realistic budget as an adult and then tracking expenses.  Brainstorm ideas for possibly earning money.  Study savings, different kinds of bank accounts, inflation&recession, supply&demand, unemployment and business cycles, investments, exchange rates, international trade, stocks, auctions, and credit.  Understand the Federal Reserve System and other banks.  We plan to visit the Federal Reserve in downtown as a class fieldtrip.  Learn to balance a check book by balancing a real checkbook.  Learn how to make MS Excel work for you, not just for finances, but also everyday things like schedules.  We will employ games for some of the learning too, for example, “Charge It” and “Cashflow for Kids”.  We will also work on developing our own businesses and have an Entrepreneur Day where we’ll display our goods and services.  Study different kinds of businesses and how taxes fit into it all.

Students will also learn about Study and Test taking skills, Public Presentations, Research Skills, and work through the book 7 Habits of Highly Successful Teens and “8 Keys to Stress Management”.  


Teacher: Elmarie Hyman, Jonny Hyman, and other guest speakers

Cost: See pricing chart

Ages: 13+ yo.

To register: Click here

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