When you opt to participate in the Young AmeriTowne program, you will receive a web link and a password to access the Young AmeriTowne curriculum. You will be given this information at the day-long teacher orientation, which will explain program mechanics and will offer ideas for integrating the curriculum into your classroom. All program materials, such as checkbooks, student workbooks, and parent newsletters are provided when you attend the orientation.
You can integrate the curriculum into your daily class work over a period of time that works best for you. Each chapter contains valuable lessons and hands-on activities that teach free enterprise concepts, while at the same time reinforcing economics, English language arts, math, and civics. All this prepares students for the culminating day in Young AmeriTowne where they will apply what they’ve learned by physically running a life-like 17-business town.
Young AmeriTowne Curriculum Chapters:
Chapter 1 – Basic Economics
- Economic Process/Free Enterprise System
- Choices and Decisions
- Supply and Demand
Chapter 2 – Banking
- What is Banking
- How to Manage a Checking Account
Chapter 3 – Money Management
Chapter 4 – Government
- How Government Works
- Developing Laws
- Voting, Campaigns and Elections
Chapter 5 – Communications
- Skills Assessment/Job Applications
- Interviewing Skills
Chapter 6 – Philanthropy
- Individual and Corporate Philanthropy
Chapter 7 – Business Preparation
Students prepare for their day in Young AmeriTowne by holding staff meetings and training for their Towne positions as Managers, Accountants, Service and Salespeople, Quality Control Specialists, and Media Specialists.
Chapter 8 – Closing Activities
Conducted back at school, these lessons evaluate business profitability and test concepts learned.
“Thank you for being an essential part of contributing to the kind of quality education that we strive to provide for all of our students.”
-Teachers from Montview Elementary School