Trying to find fun alternatives to involve your child in math? Have fun using money!
In today’s world what grade school child doesn’t know a little something about money and want some in their pocket? If they’re counting money, they’re learning math!
The key is to guide your child into math exploration through real life situations. Handling money brings meaning to the abstract lessons of math taught in the classroom. Money is an excellent means to teach children real life situations and prepare them for the real world. Once children realize the value of money, they naturally acquire an interest in receiving it! Teach them the value of math, and money, by letting them earn, spend and save it.
Use real life examples
I taught my daughter the value of money at an early age. I bought her a cash register, play money, and set up a grocery store in her room, using can goods, toys, etc. We’d go to her room everyday and play grocery store. We’d take turns being the cashier so she could learn both ends of the process.
It was a great way for her to learn addition, subtraction, how to count and make change, etc. She loved it! As she matured I replaced the play money with real money. After closing the store I taught her to count the money she made, and how to keep a ledger.
Another fun endeavor is for children to earn allowance via chores. The child manages their earnings by keeping the money in a piggy bank or a tin box and keeping a transaction of how much they earn, spend and save; thereby gaining hands on experience using addition, subtraction and counting money.
The earned money can be used to purchase school supplies and or a math related device; teaching the child to be responsible. They learn the value of money, how to earn, how to save, and keep a ledger. They do the math!
If you have more than one child, setting up a grocery store is ideal for teaching all the children math. Everyone can participate. It can be a lot of fun!
Children come alive when they walk into a game store. Like ToysRUs or the toy section at Wal-Mart’s. Using their earnings and going to the game store to purchase a math related item can be fun and educational! Children learn by what they live. Learning by hands on experience is fun!!
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