Teaching Economic Concepts with Picture Books and Junior Novels
At what age can children benefit from learning about economics? The consensus among educators today is the earlier the better. K–8 teachers and librarians will find this book invaluable for introducing basic economic concepts to students and giving them a solid foundation of understanding that can be built upon as they advance in grade level. Author Nancy Polette, prolific author and expert on using picture books for education, explains how to use 20 picture books to present basic ideas such as credit, wants and needs, and supply and demand; and to build understanding of more complex concepts with 20 junior novels. The titles and suggested activities enable students to enjoy the literary experience and benefit from economic lessons that sink in because they are presented through stories involving characters with whom children can relate.
If we speak with the best teachers in America, with any employer interested in the trainability and work performance of new employees, or with parents who are concerned about how well their children are being prepared for the challenges of the future, we will notice a common thread wending its way through each dialogue: Our schools are failing to…
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