Fiscal responsibility is a life skill I certainly want my children
to learn. This two-binder set (one the Student Workbook, the other
the Leader Guide) teaches students about the stock market, consumerism,
creating and managing an income, budgeting and spending, banking,
credit, and investments. The materials do not say, but I think
this would be appropriate for middle and senior high schoolers.
A big part of this curriculum is the "Money Masters' Classroom
Economy," which is a teacher-created store where students can spend
the money they earn in class. Extension Activities are provided
in the Leader Guide. These include a list of children's books on
various money topics, a research project, and a role-playing activity.
All the masters you will need to reproduce for your classroom
are included: parent letter, student "money," certificate of achievement,
and all the worksheets and tests. Answers are provided for all
assignments and tests. Because the Leader Guide includes the same
pages that are in the student workbook with answers highlighted
in yellow, correcting work should be a breeze. Become a Money
Master is slanted toward a classroom situation, but homeschoolers
could certainly implement it. The end of the Leader Guide contains
a list of national learning standards in the curriculum and a list
of national learning standards by unit.
There is not much information on how the instructor is to integrate
the student book and the teacher's manual, nor are there specific
lesson plans. This curriculum would work best for someone who doesn't
need or want a lot of hand-holding during the teaching process.
In fact, the author says, "The number of ways the curriculum can
be presented is virtually unlimited. Use your imagination, student
interests, and your time parameters to configure a curriculum that
best meets your and your students' needs."
I had a problem with the three-ring binders: they open easily
but close too easily. So be careful you don't get your
fingers pinched! Also, unit nine, which covers credit, is interesting.
Several examples of when it may be prudent to borrow are given.
Parents will certainly want to discuss their personal perspectives
and experiences with their children on this controversial topic.
Become a Money Master provides a good framework for
a money management course. You can take what works and personalize
the curriculum to your specific needs.