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Consumer Math

I would like to finish out high school with a consumer math for my daughter. She struggles with math and needs explicit instruction. TT has worked best of all of the curriculum we have used, but they do not offer a consumer math program. I want it to be educational and not just to fill a credit.

Everything that I have looked out looks very dated. I would like something current that includes online banking, and if possible Canadian topics though I have not found any Canadian consumer math curriculum. Also I need an actual curriculum, not just books to read and discuss. We recently moved from the States to Canada and although much of the day to day is the same there are some major differences especially in terms of taxes, retirement and investments.

I have looked at the following, but am not really sold on any of them...

Consumer Math Success
LifePac Consumer Math
Power Basics Consumer Math
Abeka Consumer Math
MUS Stewardship
BJU Consumer Math

Any input on these or other options would be greatly appreciated.


This post was edited on Nov 26, 2017 04:41 PM

re: Consumer Math

Unfortunately, I know of no Canadian consumer math courses (I'm in Canada). Most people around here just use one of the American ones you listed, like Abeka or MUS.

The closest I have been able to find are these little workbooks at this site: https://www.nwtliteracy.ca/Youth%20and%20Adult%20Literacy%20%28Resources%29

Scroll down to the Everyday Math Skills booklets. There is Home Math, Money Math and Kitchen Math. I plan on using these as part of a consumer math course at some point. They are Canadian and free, at least. Check the Money Math one for the topics you were looking for, although I'm not sure there's much in there about taxes or investments.

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I'm not in Canada. so filter as needed.

1. take a look at this online (free to use) resources for Hands On Banking as a way to supplement whichever text you use that might have some outdated stuff on banking.

https://handsonbanking.org/

2. and I don't know about shipping issues, but you might like some of the resources listed at
https://www.wiesereducational.com/products/22-e_life-skills-mathematics/

take a look on there at Practical Math for Consumers
https://www.wiesereducational.com/products/practical-mathematics-for-consumers-gf3221.htm

you might be able to find it less expensive on used market. I ended up with just the text and didn't bother on the workbook. plenty in the text for problem sets.

maybe something in there will work out for your needs.

and for using online banking, you might add that in with letting the student do that with your account and bills and see how you set it up. or see if your bank has an online tutorial for how they do stuff.

re: Consumer Math

The closest I have been able to find are these little workbooks at this site: https://www.nwtliteracy.ca/Youth%20and%20Adult%20Literacy%20%28Resources%29
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I know I"m hijacking. but had to say this...

Erin

thank you for this resource. lots of great stuff on there for use with my special needs student.
good stuff there. drooling at the work/career stuff. the math stuff you mentioned... wow. yes.

thank you. bookmarking that link now.

re: Consumer Math

Thanks for the resources-off to look them over:-)

I think we will probably use one of the consumer math programs and supplement with some of the resources that were given.

Any thoughts about the programs I listed?

TIA

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Sorry duplicate.

This post was edited on Nov 26, 2017 10:00 PM

re: re: Consumer Math

thank you for this resource. lots of great stuff on there for use with my special needs student.
good stuff there. drooling at the work/career stuff. the math stuff you mentioned... wow. yes.
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You're welcome!

I hope more people reply to this. I haven't actually used any consumer math courses yet. I think Abeka and MUS seem to be the most popular, but I've seen the BJU one mentioned here, too.

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Any thoughts about the programs I listed?
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good thing is that they are respected by many. You're looking at good stuff all around.

Abeka - textbook. not sure what to say even though it's on my shelf from a local used book exchange.

Power Walch Basics: these are designed for learners like my youngest who have labels of delays and disabilities. It may seem too light for regular needs or advanced learner and may come off more of check box the credit that what you want, even if it was in my top picks (but I ended up with Practical Math I mentioned, and a steck vaughn workbook)

Lifepac (oh yeah, today is the cyber monday special on lifepacs, that's why it's price is lowered. so if you fell in love and the price was right without shipping concerns...) if you see the samples, you'll probably wonder when those were typed. does that really say 1989? hmmm....

anyway, take a look at the samples on it. I have a feeling it is not what you want. Might be what someone else wants. here is link to scope/sequence and samples of each worktext.
https://www.aop.com/curriculum/shop-lifepac/consumer-math-set

The lifepac publisher also has an online product called Monarch. (the cyber sale for that is tomorrow, the 28th of nov. I think the discount will be 25% off, but I don't remember the email blast right now). The scope and sequence for that is not exactly the same as lifepac. And it's all online. If it is like all of the other Monarch things, there's a text to speech option. You'll still need paper to work problems. here
https://www.aop.com/curriculum/shop-monarch/consumer-math

MUS stewardship: that has caught my eye for years with the blend of "consumer math" (the how to and practice of applied math in consumer and/or work setting) and "personal finance" (the Why's behind the decisions you make for spending). Includes Demme's Bible study on the topics of spending/saving. As far as I know, it's not needed to have done any other MUS prior to using this.


I sure hope others chime in with experiences of using the programs. I'm not sure my reviews are helpful since they were only in the research stage for my own child and we're not going to use any until next year or year after.

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