In spite of the many disturbing trends in government schooling today, parents and grandparents can supply missing content in childrens’ education. No matter whether your children attend public, private, or Christian school, even the best of schools cannot teach everything. Rather than engage in useless complaining, why not get involved to rectify the situation? Where to start? Let me introduce you to the Tuttle twins. They are fictitious characters in a series of books on economics and law for 5-11 year-old children written by Connor Boyack and illustrated by Elijah Stanfield. Each of the twelve books in the series clearly and cleverly teaches a lesson on history, money, law, or political philosophy in a way that youngsters can understand. Many are based on famous essays or novels. For example, in The Tuttle Twins and the Search for Atlas, which is based on Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, readers learn the results of socialism. What happens when the innovators abandon their enterprises? The Tuttle Twins and the Creature from Jekyll Island, explains what the Federal Reserve is, when it was created, and how it works. Do you know? You might want to read this along with your children. It was created the same year that the income tax was instituted in 1913. One of my favorites is The Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil, which is based on an essay by Leonard Reed entitled, “I, Pencil.” How is it possible that no one knows how to make a pencil from start to finish and yet pencils are a common, everyday object? What about The Tuttle Twins and the Golden Rule? It is heartbreaking how many children have never heard of the Golden Rule, the principle of which is taken right from the Bible. If we would just follow it, many of our problems would be solved.
Why not establish a once-a-month Saturday club where you invite your children’s friends to join you? Read the book aloud because even though they can read the book themselves, it facilitates greater discussion and provides an opportunity for children to ask questions. To aid in that, the book provides a short glossary and discussion questions in the back. The twelve books divide perfectly into presenting one book a month. Also provided is a downloadable workbook for each book. For a limited time, they are offering 35% off the set. (https:www.tuttletwins.com/ref/Renee/) The books are also available on audio and in other languages.
In addition to the twelve set of books for 5-11 year-olds, there is a set of four books for high schoolers and there is even a set of books for toddlers! No one is left out. The Tuttle Toddlers: The ABCs of Liberty anyone? E is for Entrepreneur; L is for Loyalists. We all know how much little ones can understand, especially when presented at their level.
For those who want to dive deeper, they also have a ten-unit Free Market Rules Economic Curriculum that includes a parent teaching guide. You can also subscribe to their monthly magazine for kids to learn about current events. It comes with a swag welcome box with stickers, buttons, and magnets. The subscription is available in print and online along with weekly writing prompts.
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Sadly, parents and grandparents are left out of the conversation when it comes to government schooling, but that just means that they should take a more active part in the next generation. If you are concerned about your children being taught falsehoods about our nation’s history and that government is the solution to their problems, then you will want to get these books.
Where will you find me when I am not teaching?
For your reading pleasure!