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Learning About Money–Plus Free Printable and a Giveaway

Learning about money combines several skills into one.  I think that’s what makes it so tricky for young students to get a handle on it all.  My 6 year old does not like to work with money right now, but it isn’t really the coins that scare her.  It’s all the math that goes with it. 

For example, she knows the values of the coins very well and loves playing games or being quizzed about their values.  And she doesn’t mind being asked to count up any single coin tossed in with a bunch of pennies.  She’s confident that she can count each penny by ones up to the total.  But she isn’t so confident about counting by 5’s or 10’s or 25’s.  At least not when she has to count ‘on’ from some other number, as you would have to do to efficiently count up a quarter and 5 dimes. 

Skills like counting by 1’s, 5’s, 10’s, 25’s and hundreds sure do come in handy.  So does place value when you have to imagine counting by tens when you’ve ended on 75. 

Over the next month, when I’m not featuring Constitution Week resources, I’ll be focusing on money and all the skills that go with being able to count coins efficiently.  I hope you’ll find the resources as useful as our other printables. 

To kick off the September money focus a little early, we’re offering our set of printable coins for free.  These are incredibly high quality graphics.  The set includes coins that are perfectly accurate in size as well as two larger sets (one is pretty huge!) which can be used as a classroom set up on the board (just add a  little magnet on the back) or for careful examination of the coin. 

I hope you enjoy them and come back all through September for more money resources.

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Sandra Modersohn is a devoted wife, mother, and homeschooler. She loves great graphic design and has a passion for creating beautiful and useful printable materials for children. Little Learning Lovies where she shares her creations with the world. She can be found on Facebook and Twitter, Pinterest and, of course, at the Little Learning Lovies Blog and Store.

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Beckie Russell says 7 years ago


A game that I love playing with my kids is the “exchange game”. We each start by rolling a die and taking as many pennies as the roll of the die indicates. When you get enough pennies to make an exchange to a nickle, you do it. When you get enough nickles to change to a dime, you do it. When you get enough dimes/nickles to change to a quarter, you do it. When you get enough quarters to get to a dollar, you do it. You could make it a contest, but we really just like exchanging the coins!

Some other notes about counting by 5s, 10s and 25s — we did a lot of chanting in order to memorize those. Once we had those under our belts, we practiced counting money amounts just with quarters or just with dimes or just with nickles. Then we threw in dimes and nickles, counting by 10s first and then by 5s from there. Then we did quarters and nickles, and finally quarters nickles and dimes. Here, I encouraged counting quarters first, then using any nickles to get to a multiple of 10, then counting by 10s and finishing up the 5s. You can even do a mental “exchange” of two nickles for a dime in order to make the couning up with nickles easier. If you don’t have any nickles in order to get to a multiple of 10, we do a backwards exchange of a dime into two nickles so that we can get to that all important multiple of 10 and then work our way up again. I hope that made some kind of sense. Eventually they can sort of visualize that backwards exchange so they don’t have to actually do it. It’s how we facilitated learning to add 10 to any number, in fact.

Love, Beckie

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