April is National Financial Literacy Month, so this week’s Homeschool Hub was devoted to money matters. As usual, we had several different stations for families to move through at their own pace.
The most popular station was a pretend play grocery store. I set up a table with play food in plastic bags, along with two shopping baskets and two “wallets”, each with $1 in change (pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarter).
The bags had labels on them with prices. For even more opportunity for discussion, I added more expensive impulse items like blocks, crayons, and stickers, as well as sale items. When I rang the kids up, I went item by item and had them pay me for each one. A few kids had the experience of having to put items back because they ran out of money, but as one mom pointed out, it’s much better to have that happen in a play store than at the real one! This activity was SO much fun!
Another table had coin rubbing and coin sorting on it. For the coin rubbing, I just hot glued pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters onto half a piece of cardstock. I did two on each card so that the front and back of the coin could be seen. I then printed the name and value of the coin above it. I clipped the cardstock onto a clipboard and put scrap paper and crayons out for the rubbings. For the sorting, I put random groups of change into plastic bags. Then, I prepared cups with 1 cent, 5 cents, 10 cents, and 25 cents for them to sort the coins into.
The last table had a sheet of blank money for the kids to make, along with a simple wallet made from a half piece of construction paper folded in half lengthwise, then taped on the sides. I found the idea for the worksheet on Pinterest–basically each letter of the alphabet is assigned a dollar value, and the kids add up the letters of their name to see how much their name is worth.
Homeschool Hub meets every Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Oakland Library. It is sponsored by Lee County Library and free and open to the public. For more information call 759-2369.