In speaking with my sons teacher last week, I learned that he isn’t the only one having difficulty learning the value of each of the coins, how to find the total value of a group of coins, and how to show an amount of money in different ways.
Since then his teacher has provided the class with numerous study aids this one shared here happens to be our favorite. My son, as I’m sure most school aged kids love music, and once something is put in a song, it is easily remembered.
In addition to the Money Song, we have also been acting out payment methods in our home. With each task my son does he earns play money (we purchased at Target in the dollar section), through out the day.
Make your bed: 25 cents
Empty the dishwasher: 28 cents
We then have him use said play money to pay for things through out the day at home.
Both the Money Song and acting out payment methods with Play Money have helped my son with learning money, hoping it helps your children as well.
Study questions to ask your second grader:
How do you find the value to a group of coins?
How do you order coins to help find the total value of a group of coins?
How do you choose coins to show a money amount in different ways?
How can you show the value of one dollar with coins?
How do you show money amounts greater than one dollar?
How does acting it out help when solving problems about money?
Are you using a different technique? What is working for your second grader?
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