Over the course of our last school year we completed Apples, Butterflies, Cats, and Dogs. My son became very concerned with the money troubles Fred was experiencing. I saw the perfect opportunity for teaching money.
The first thing he wanted was a total amount of money Fred had lost over the 4 books. I created a printable to help keep track of the money he was swindled out of in each book. I included a blank title printable for other comparing and contrasting themes in the first four books.
It just so happens that my job was getting ready to replace their cash register since the digital display was broken and I saw a perfect chance for using a real cash register for our money lessons.
My boys can count money but making change or knowing how much money to give when ordering food are two areas that need work.
Teaching Money: Café Menus
I decided to create café menus for the boys to practice ringing up orders and making change. Even though the display is broken on the cash register the printed receipt can still be read.
I created three versions of the same two menus. I wanted to start off easy with even dollar amounts and work up to completed amounts.
The first few days we spent about 30 minutes taking turns ringing up each other’s orders. Then I printed off a handout of change pictures to match to amounts. I told them I would give them each a nickel for their correct matches. It was a great chance for them to again practice using money.
This week we will move up to the third café menu print out that has items priced at various dollar amounts. Then at the end of the week I will give them each $5.00 to buy their own lunch out.
For an extra bonus I might spend time teaching them to count back change without the use of the cash register. Then when they are done with the cafe menus I will let them buy groceries from the advertisements that are mailed to our house.
Have you had any creative ideas for teaching money?
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