Homeschool Fun for High School – Consumer Math Games

Paying bills in real life is not a lot of fun. But practicing the skills you will need to pay real bills later can be a lot of fun for high school students.

Consumer Math Games

 

Homeschool Fun for High School – Consumer Math Games

Our homeschool co-op has been tackling Consumer Math and Economics this year, and we used Alpha-Omega LifePacs and PaceMaker Economics (Globe Fearon) for the foundation of our curriculum, but some of the best learning has actually happened during the supplemental game playing we added to keep the class fun.

There are lots of online resources to help teens learn about money management, and these are some sites you might want to check out for supplementing your curriculum:

Practical Money Skills for Life – Financial Literacy for Everyone has articles, games, different types of calculators and videos among their free resources.

Math Games.com has games that can reinforce consumer math skills. While most of the games are geared to younger students, there are some games that practice skills such as unit pricing, calculating tips, and comparing coupons.

In addition to online resources, we played old-school board games like Life and Monopoly immediately after learning about the financial literacy concepts that show up in those games. We also laughed really, really hard!

When my son Jonah offered to “help out” another player by “adopting” his kid (he bought him!) in a game of Life, it became one of the greatest running gags of our co-op year. Whenever Connor does something wonderful at co-op and one of the moms applauds him for it, the other kids say, “Yeah, sure, Connor’s great…but don’t forget he SOLD his kid to Jonah!”

There’s lots of silliness involved, but there’s also real learning. The idea that raising kids is expensive looks one way when you are the kid who’s being told, “Sorry, we can’t afford it right now.” It looks very different when you are playing Life and find you have no money to put toward college for your plastic-peg children!

The concept of wisely spending money in order to make money becomes very concrete when you are playing Monopoly, carefully saving your dough, only to see your friend sweep a win by recklessly building hotels on every property.

What are some games you can add to your homeschool to learn financial literacy and maintain the FUN?

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Sabrina Justison

20+ year homeschool mom and curriculum developer for 7SistersHomeschool.com. Fred's wife. Writing, drama, music, blogs, kids, shoes, coffee, & books in varying orders on various days. He is God, He is good & He loves me.

3 Replies to “Homeschool Fun for High School – Consumer Math Games”

  1. I think you would love the resources I have developed to teach this class. I am presenting at the Great Homeschool Convention her in California. Go the website and watch what the news found out when they were told a local high school teacher was selling grades. Let me know what you think.
    http://consumermath.org/

    • Seth, that looks so cool! I’m going to investigate your site more closely. I love the basic idea. These life skills (beyond just the financial…the ideas of balance and priorities) are so important for our teens. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Oh my YES! We love laughing and learning – something about these over-simplified, yet reality-based games and activities really cements the learning.

    We all still talk about the way Karen taught us to remember concrete operational by picturing a guy on the sidewalk doing surgery!

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