Info for Grown Ups
Activities that are part of everyday life offer opportunities to help children appreciate liberty.
Evidence of Trade
Help you child understand that everyday sights and experiences can demonstrate the fruits of free markets.
Where Does It Come From?
While shopping or after purchasing, point out the origins of goods. Talk about why they are grown or manufactured in those places.
Visit a farmers' market to purchase fresh items.
Help your child compare costs and quality.
How is the farmer's market different from a grocery
Why do the different stands only sell certain types of
On Line Resources
Visit a maple sugaring operation.
Make sure your child understands how the sap collection system works.
Observe the vats of boiling sap.
Night Markets: Bringing Food to a City
by Joshua Horwitz
This book clearly answers a question: how do the millions of residents of New York City eat when the city has almost no agriculture? It then describes the wholesalers that supply food for NYC, where it all comes from, and how it gets there. Though dated, out of print, and perhaps too graphic for some children (text and photos detail how a slaughtered calf is turned into veal cutlets), this is still a great book for helping children grasp the vastness of world trade.
Read an online photocopy of the book.
Markets Around the World
by Casey Null Petersen
Learn about outdoor markets in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and the United States. Colorful photographs and charts, information about what is for sale, a world map and a glossary combine to make this a great demonstration of how people buy and sell all over the world.
An Orange in January
by Diana Huts Aston
Using charming illustrations, this is the story of an orange from pollination through consumption. In the process, the book demonstrates how workers in a variety of occupations make it possible for a child in a cold climate to eat a fresh orange in the middle of winter. The text is suitable for young children.
Info for Grown Ups about Outings
Assure that your child takes away the lessons you want him/her to learn by: