Foundations in Personal Finance Homeschool Pack is the
beginning Dave Ramsey course for young adults. It includes four
DVDs of Dave's teaching, one student workbook with 224 pages, and
a Teacher's Guide on CD-ROM. The Teacher's Guide includes lesson
plans, activities, case studies, answer keys, assessments, and
recorded calls from The Dave Ramsey Show. You will need
a DVD player to watch the DVDs.
This homeschool pack is great for seniors in high school through
young adults in their mid-20s, although younger money-minded youth
would also benefit from the series. There is a lot of information
included. Some information is applicable to high school seniors
as they head off into college while other information is more valuable
to students graduating from college or getting started as adults.
Here are the titles of the units: Savings and Investing, Credit
and Debt, Financial Responsibility and Money Management, Insurance/Risk
Management, and Income/Careers.
I have heard the name Dave Ramsey for a number of years. While
I was studying about home finance in a Bible study group, my friends
were studying Dave Ramsey's material. Needless to say I was excited
to have the opportunity to review his material! This pack is reasonably
priced for the information that is delivered. You could purchase
additional student workbooks and watch the DVDs with a group of
young adults or share the DVDs with your support group. Dave has
written other books, which you can find on his website www.daveramsey.com.
This website has many valuable resources, some of which require
Rachel Ramsey, Dave's daughter, talks candidly on the DVDs, making
the DVDs appealing to the young. I enjoyed the variety of presentation
on the DVD. There were breakaways when they interviewed young people,
lectures from Dave, and casual talks from Dave and Rachel. I also
appreciated the emphasis on paying for things that you can afford,
not trying to keep up the neighbors. It was fun to listen to the
thoughts of other young people on financial concepts. The DVD segments
are short enough to watch one in an evening, complete the workbook,
and discuss the information with the family.
This homeschool pack is an excellent course to teach students
to prepare for the future, to live within their means, and to figure
out how to manage their finances. It is not specifically part of
traditional high school curriculum. For my children, I believe
that it is a critical part of their overall education, but it is
an elective course. We have watched it once, and I believe we will
watch it again and again. Following the principles that Dave puts
forth in Foundations in Personal Finance will position
my children to be able to use money wisely. The only disadvantage
I saw to the homeschool pack was the time it takes to get through
all four DVDs. You definitely cannot watch all of the DVDs in one
sitting. However, I think that parents and students alike would
absorb more information if they watched one or two sections a day.
I highly recommend Foundations in Personal Finance Homeschool
Pack. Grab a few teens, pop some popcorn, watch Dave's videos,
and enjoy the vision that Dave will help to create in your students.