If you’ve been looking for a fun way to talk about economics and the proper role of government with your kids – yes, your kids! – then the Tuttle Twins podcast is for you!
Who are the Tuttle Twins
Connor Boyack is the author of the Tuttle Twins series, which is written to introduce kids ages 5-11 to principles of economics and civics. There is so much in the news these days to spur on great conversations about these topics with our kids.
But maybe you’d like some help in navigating these ideas with your kids. If so, you’re in luck!
Connor takes classics in the fields of government and economics and distills them down to a level that, yes, even your youngest kids will understand!
Want some great dinnertime conversation? Then definitely check out the Tuttle Twins series.
In The Tuttle Twins and The Food Truck Fiasco, Ethan and Emily Tuttle learn about business, regulations, economics, protectionism, competition and other basic market principles as they try to help their food truck friends open a business. Taken from Henry Hazlitt’s classic Economics in One Lesson, your kids will learn timeliness principles that even some adults do not know.
In The Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil, your children will learn about the economic principles of spontaneous order, division of labor, competition, trade, and the free market – all based on the classic essay “I, Pencil” by Leonard Read.
Finally, here’s one more example of the kind of lessons your kids will learn through the Tuttle Twins series.
In The Tuttle Twins and the Education Vacation, Connor Boyack distills the ideas of John Taylor Gatto and his book The Underground History of American Education. Homeschool families will enjoy this reinforcement of key principles of educational freedom and passion-driven learning.
Best of all, author Connor Boyack is a homeschool dad who champions the rights of parents and the cause of freedom.
His book, Passion-Driven Education, is a must-read for homeschooling parents. Check out his insights in this podcast interview. Plus, there’s a video peek into his book series.
So, if you’re looking for some fresh books for your kids to read, definitely check out The Tuttle Twins series. (Yes, they have books for teens too!). But, if you want another layer of learning, you’ll appreciate their new podcast.
The Way The World Works Podcast
The Tuttle Twins Podcast is called The Way The World Works and that’s exactly what it discusses. With several new episodes each week, your kids are sure to look forward to these inspiring discussions that tackle the questions that come to mind when watching the world around them.
Here’s what the first few episodes covered:
Which is more important, liberty or security? We all want to be safe. But sometimes, people in power try to convince us that we need to trade our rights in order to feel safer. When our Founding Fathers wrote our Constitution, they did not intend for us to compromise liberty for security, so why do we let this happen today?
Do too many government rules harm people? Some rules help to keep us safe. But sometimes, people in powerful get carried away and make too many rules, restricting our behavior and prohibiting us from doing simple things like opening a neighborhood lemonade stand or even limiting which businesses are allowed to operate.
Netflix and Hulu, Coke and Pepsi… Why is there so much market competition? Have you ever noticed how many choices we have when it comes to the products we can buy? Pepsi or Coke? McDonalds or Burger King? When companies fight for our business, consumers like you and me win by having more options available to us.
Why do people hate the rich? Ever wonder why the rich are always portrayed as bad guys in the media? Is there something wrong with being rich, or do the books and movies have it wrong?
What are “isms?” Capitalism, Communism, Socialism … why is the world obsessed with identifying with “isms?” And what do these things mean?
I hope you’ll check out The Way The World Works podcast and The Tuttle Twins series if want your kids to learn about the ideas of a free society and have a resource to help teach them these economic and civic principles in your home. Bonus: They also have a Free Market Rules economics curriculum.
Abby is a former public school teacher, now homeschooling her five children. She’s in the trenches just like you and knows it can be challenging to be home with your kids all day while you struggle to keep up with the housework and educate your kids (and maybe even work on the side!). She blogs over at www.4onemore.com and hosts the Homeschool with Moxie podcast.