My kids are doing SCM's Your Business Math this summer and are really enjoying it, especially my son. Can anyone recommend more long term projects like this? My son (8 yo/4th grade generally), loves to work independently as much as possible. He especially enjoys this Business Math program because it has meaning to it. I'd love to hear that there are more things like this somewhere. Kris
More Long Term Math Projects(5 posts) (3 voices)
I haven't used the business math program, bit read the description a while back. I have friends who used IEW's Lemonade to Leadership in a co-op setting for junior high aged kids and loved it. It's not strictly math though.
Just a thought,
Have you heard of Junior Achievement? It is not homeschool per se, but in our area there are homeschool classes offered though co-ops and/or with private teachers. We were able to have two of our sons do the class this past year with a private teacher, who happens to be a friend. She was organizing a class for families who aren't a part of the co-op and we jumped at the chance. It was a wonderful experience for our sons. At the end of the year, they go to BizTown, which is a psuedo-town and each child has a job from Mail Carrier to Pet Store Manage to Mayor. They are encouraged to dress according to their job, and parents are encouarged to volunteer.
During the course of the class, the children also have a Market Day. This is just with their individual class where BizTown was for several classes together from the area. Here there are so many HSers that all of the children at our sons' BizTown were area homeschoolers, which didn't matter to me, but anyway it was really a great experience for them and they learned a lot about real-world math and its many applications in so many jobs.
BTW, one of my sons was a Chief Financial Officer of the Dollar General store and the other was a Mail Carrier!
I highly recommend the class and here is a link:http://ja.org/
This is a link to the BizTown: http://ja.org/programs/programs_elem_biztown.shtml
Like I said, I would look for a homeschool group in your area, but it might be a great opportunity if you can find one. I think the first link has a link where you can search your area for classes.
I forgot to explain Market Day. Each child is asked to make an item to sell to their classmates. During the year, they earn money to spend at Market Day. It is not real money, but money they keep up with in their "bank account."
One of the great things about Market Day is that the children all sell something they have MADE. One of my sons made origami animals and the other made Chinese calligraphy wall hangings. Both sold well as did all of the children's work, and it was great to see how excited they all were to purchase each other's items. The other items sold were homemade salsa and jam, handsewn pillows, some bracelets and something else I can't remember? But the class was just great for so many reasons, and both of our sons learned a lot.
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