Teachable Economics for Children!

Easy and understandable economics for childrenFinding suitable economics for children material isn’t always an easy task.

I was thrilled to find the wonderful book, Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? and study guide, A Bluestocking Guide Economics.  Initially, I was searching for the typical high school economics text book to meet the state requirement, but was blessed to stumble across these resources to teach my high schoolers the basis of economics.

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? is a FUN way to learn about the basis of economics for success in children’s  future career, business, and investment needs.  The book is based on Maybury’s “letter” format text involving numerous correspondences between an uncle and nephew.  It explains economics in a simple and understandable text making the subjects of  recession, money, inflation, boom & bust cycles, government spending, Gresham’s Law and several other subjects entertaining.  The book is written for ages 9 to adult.

The  A Bluestocking Guide Economics is designed to enhance the student’s understanding and knowledge of the subject matter.  This is a wonderful supplement for the book, Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?  It is very adaptable to fit your student’s needs.

.A Bluestocking Guide: Economics includes:

  • Chapter-by-chapter comprehension questions and answers for the book Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?
  • suggested activities,
  • application exercises
  • articles that enhance on the points presented in the book, Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?,
  • a list of recommended movies and documentaries that contain good economic history,
  • a list of appropriate economic web sites,
  •  a final exam

Also included is an economic timetable that can be used to fill in the economic history that is usually missing from history books, historical fiction, historical movies, documentaries, etc. This was a HUGE plus for us.

This study guide is designed for multi-ages, 13 through 18,  as an independent study.

I am giving my high schoolers an Economic credit for reading the book and completing the suggested assignments in the study guide.  However, if you feel that your students need additional study material for state requirements, Bluestocking Press offers a complete Economic high school package.

How It Worked For Us

I have 2 high schoolers who enjoyed reading Whatever Happened to Penny.  Each week, I would assign one chapter and they each were expected to turn in the suggested definitions, short answer questions and I would pick one essay question for them to complete by Friday.

My children found the book very interesting and easy to understand.   They felt the assignments in A Bluestocking Guide Economics were quite simple, but gave them a greater understanding of the basis of Economics.

They also expanded their economic knowledge by reading several interesting of the books selections in For Further Reading in the back of the study guide.

My husband and I enjoyed many intellectual conversations regarding our current economy with our children over supper.  Needless to say, they are astonished at the condition of our current government and economy.

I plan on reading this book to my younger children as a read a loud.  It would also make a wonderful read during family nights. The study guide is not neccessary as a read a loud, but was a very helpful supplement for my independent students.

Buy It

You can buy Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? and A Bluestocking Guide Economics on Bluestocking Press website.  They are both very reasonable priced and making it affordable for all families.

Win It

Bluestock Press wants one of my readers to win a copy of Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? and A Bluestocking Guide Economics. I will be picking a winner on January 14th at  12a.  The winner will be contacted via email and must respond within 48 hours.
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I received this product in exchange for my honest review.  No other compensation was given.


  1. Jalynn Patterson says:

    I like this one Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship Course for Middle School Students.


  2. This looks REALLY cool! I have 4 children and they need to start learning! The oldest is 14 and I am about to start thinking of an allowance for her. Maybe….maybe not! Still can’t decide. Maybe this will help me!

  3. I like the Nature of Government Course.

  4. I like Economics and Nature of Government Course for High School Students.

  5. Kristin Peake says:

    This would be a wonderful addition to my curriculum!

  6. Memarie Lane says:

    The packages on that page are more for older kids. I do plan for my kids to read all the Uncle Eric books when they’re older. Right now I’d like to do Capitalism for Kids.

  7. thank you!

  8. Christa Hannasch says:

    Any would work best for us because we are just getting started in home schooling!

  9. I like this one – both books

  10. The High School course would be great

  11. My husband and I love the book Whatever Happened to Penny Candy! So glad there is a homeschool course on it! I have a soon to be high schooler and a middle schooler. I can definitely see this going into our curriculum very soon!

  12. We’ve read other Uncle Eric books, and have one or two. But I didn’t know there was a “curriculum!”

  13. I would love the high school course!

  14. Common Sense Business for Kids looks awesome!

  15. My kids are still very young, but it is never too early to learn… I would benefit from any materials aimed at second graders.

  16. I would love to be able to use these resources with my kids, ages 4-10.

  17. Since my kids are elementary age, I would probably use the Uncle Eric books.

  18. My kids are younger so the Uncle Eric books would be great.

  19. I would love to win this. I have a jr higher and 2 high schoolers. This would be very valuable to us. Thanks for the opportunity.

  20. Perfect for us right now!

  21. dawn finch says:

    business and economics for middle school looks good

  22. The package that would most benefit us right now would probably be the first one listed, the one for middle schoolers!

  23. I believe the economic and nature govt course would be a perfect addition for my soon to be high schooler and all those coming up after him

  24. Looks like a great book!

  25. Looks like a great addition to my kid’s curriculum for next year.

  26. Angela Hall says:

    The curriculum that has been working for us is the Bible and Math U See. But teaching my children about money has been boring so far. I’ve never heard of this before and I would love to give it a try.

  27. Linda FInn says:

    I use to have Whatever happened to Penny candy years ago, but not sure what happened to it. I think my young ones need to benefit this year from learning more about money and healthy uses of it. Saving it and the value of it and or bartering.

  28. I would enjoy this book greatly! Thank you for the give away. I enjoy your blog.

  29. Would love to try it out.

  30. Cynthia T. says:

    I would love to win! I could use it for my two children that I homeschool! Thank you for the giveaway!

  31. Tammy Darling says:

    I like the Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship Course for Middle School Students!
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  32. The Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship Course for Middle School Students would be a real benefit to my daughter. I am hoping she will find a skill that she can use through out her life to bless others and make a living if she needs to.

  33. Tonia Jeffery says:

    I looked like my girls are too young for those packages, but it would always to be handy to have for when they are ready.

  34. Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship Course for Middle School Students

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