Sensory math! Sorting coins that are "hidden" in water beads.
Show me the money!! I mean really, who isn't excited about money? Kids included. It is natural for children to have a desire to learn about money. It is a part of our everyday lives. We should take this opportunity to teach them about something when their interest is high. I like to introduce money around President’s Day. We start with a discussion about Washington and Lincoln and that leads into learning about pennies and quarters.
Another good time to build excitement about money is on St. Patrick’s Day when you can go on a search for the money at the end of the rainbow.
This is when you can introduce the nickel. We start with sorting coins, nickel , quarter and penny. I use clear water beads and hide the coins to sort in the water beads. After they have mastered that I add in the dime. The next step after they have mastered coin sorting is to introduce the coin values.
I do this by making it a Montessori counting work, I use sandpaper numbers to help reinforce the value of the coins and have objects to count to reinforce one to one correspondence.
At the end of our money unit we celebrate with a PJ day and snack money store. Each child brings in a snack and I pass out coins for them to count out to buy snacks.
This was a fantastic learning experience and super fun to top it off!! Have fun showing the kids the money!