As I wrote in this blog post, I realized that J-jo knew plenty of basic kindergarten math skills and that I should probably start introducing money and time.
1. I started a nickel and dime jar and the kids receive 10 cents for certain chores. Since the jar is full of nickels and dimes and they go get their own payment, J-jo has quickly learned the difference between nickels and dimes and that two nickels equal 10 cents. They also get fined 10 cents for certain infractions like not putting their shoes away in the closet.
2. We have been playing the race to $1.00 game. I used to play this with Bear when she was three. It’s a game I played with my third graders, too, when I was a school teacher. It’s a great game to learn the value of coins.