News from the
Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange
**Starting this Saturday, May 4, we will be open Saturdays from 10 am-2 pm for our Summer Saturday Hours through the end of August. This is in addition to the regular Tuesday and Wednesday, noon to 6pm.
**Here is a new curriculum from Pennsylvania author, John Pilch:
Fundamentals of Investing in the Stock Market
An eight week course for middle-school and high-school students
From Mr. Pilch’s website:
The more one learns about the power of investing, the more he realizes the importance of starting early. Benjamin Graham, a famous investor of the 20th century wrote, “There is a great advantage for the young capitalist to begin his financial education and experience early. If he is going to operate as an aggressive investor he is certain to make some mistakes and to take some losses. Youth can stand these disappointments and profit by them.”
Fundamentals of Investing in the Stock Market is an introductory curriculum that examines the basics of investing using examples, illustrations, case studies, and exercises. It is designed for students interested in business or for students who desire to manage their personal finances effectively. Ideally, the course will instill in students a passion for investing that inspires them to not only benefit from and enjoy the course, but also to continue to develop their financial aptitude far into the future.
After developing and leading a well-regarded introductory course on investing in the stock market to a homeschooling co-op, I developed the curriculum which attempts to answer some of the most basic questions one might ask about the stock market: What is the stock market and why does it exist? How do investors choose the right stocks in which to invest? How do investors analyze financial information to determine whether or not to invest in a company? Following the course, one student remarked, “I really enjoyed John’s class. He took something as seemingly complicated as the stock market, and boiled down the concepts to something that even a middle-schooler could understand.”
The 8-week course is designed for homeschooled middle- and high-school students and requires only the purchase of the text and the accompanying book, The New Buffettology by Mary Buffett and David Clark. The materials can be purchased separately or as a bundle from our website; a portion of proceeds are donated to the Foundation for Financial Literacy, a foundation whose goal is to educate and support financial education programs in the U.S. The course is divided into 4 main segments: an overview of investing and the stock market, an examination of what separates a good business from a bad one when choosing investments, an introduction to accounting and financial statement analysis, and a look at how to find a buying opportunity. Throughout the course, students will be exposed to different investing strategies and real-world case studies.