Friday, December 7, 2012

Money Works

The alternate title for this post is "How my son used both the stamp game and the skip counting he learned from the bead chains to figure out how much money was in his piggy bank."


I just finished making ALL of the printable materials from the following COMPLETE albums:  Karen Tyler's History, Karen Tyler's Astronomy, MR&D Fractions, and Miller Music.  Then what does Kal-El do?  He brings his piggy bank down to the school room, invents a few works for himself, and says "Mom?  Can you take out a whole bunch of things for learning about money for me?"


(translation:  what "things" for learning about money?)

If you are looking for a "whole bunch of things for learning about money" here is a short list of some of the things I've found:

I'm hoping to NOT make all of these things.  I am honing in on the "money exchange game" over at Education of Ours.  You don't have to make ANYTHING and it should get him very comfortable with coins.  I used some actual coins and taped them to a piece of foam board to make a quick and easy "key" so he knows which coin is which (Yippee!  No three-part cards!).  I do plan to make the two things I mentioned from Enchanted Learning.

Kal-El's first self-invented work was to empty his piggy bank and sort the contents in to piles of like coins.

He knows that if you divide a dollar into fourths each piece is a "quarter."  So, he laid out all of his quarters into columns of four and then added up how many dollars he had in quarters and recorded it on a piece of paper.

Next, he counted all of his dimes by skip counting by tens to create piles equivalent to one dollar. Then he added up how many dollars he had in dimes and recorded it.

Next, he counted all of his nickels by skip counting by fives to create piles equivalent to one dollar.  Then he added up how many dollars he had in nickels and recorded it.

He counted all of the pennies by ones and recorded the dollar amount as well.  Finally, he got out the stamp game and made each of his totals into an addend so he could discover how much money he really had in his piggy bank.

Montessori Monday


  1. Kal-El is on a roll! This post is right on time for us here. DJ, Ken and Janessa are going to be learning about Money real soon(like as soon as I get my act together:)

    Love the photos. The song is one I grew up listening too, brought back some good memories. I guess I am kinda telling my age:)

    Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Ha! The good stuff never goes out of style :)

  3. Well, one can never be BORED when children are around ;)

    Legoboy - age 6 - suddenly all things money. (He wanted to buy the extended versions of The Lord of the Rings DVDs - and he decided to save up money for a house because we seriously need a yard and a normal garden and he needs trees to fall out of).


    Real money - check.

    Coin Counting Book - check
    (by Rozanne Lanczak Williams )

    Series from Scholastic - Author is Mary Hill - "Welcome Books: Money Matters" - CHECK
    (search Amazon for them - I just saw them listed, but the link is LONG and I don't know if comments will take html code for links ;)
    The set of books is "emergent readers" (perfect for the kindergarten and 1st graders!) and has "research ideas" in the back -
    one book for each coin

    The Story of Money - CHECK
    by Betsy Maestro
    a bit higher reading/interest - but perfect for Montessori children getting into history studies!

    Then, we played store just a few times - what really drove it home, was HIM doing the counting and the work and taking it to the bank to ask for exchanges. We have a small local bank, and most of the ladies go to our church, so they were more than happy to humor his odd little requests! (like trading in a bunch of dimes in one set for some dollar bills; then turning around trading in 2 nickels for a dime!)

    We had some play money - it didn't get touched, except to be dumped. Wasn't worth the $1 paid at the dollar store!

    Now, at age 8 he's doing a business math from Simply Charlotte Mason, which includes calculating taxes and the like. He also has a TINY Etsy shop too.

    Slightly off-topic - related to another recent post of yours - my son can calculate sales tax at the store, in his head, for an item he is considering getting - to see if he has enough, is it worth it, etc. But ask him to do the SAME thing with raw numbers and FORGET IT! Right back to Kal-El and flash cards with a timer. He just totally forgets how to do it!

    But then, hours later, he comes back to me with the answers. He just needed to relax his brain!

    There must be something to this interest-led learning after all ;)

  4. Thank you so much Jessica! I hope I can get on the library website and start reserving some of those things today. What a great list! I'm going to put a note up in the post to direct people to your comment.