Date: 06/28/97 at 19:17:10 From: Kimberly Mathis Subject: Counting money Dr. Math, My name is Kelsey Watson and I am going into the third grade. I am a very good student in all subjects but math. My mom has been working with me, but she is also a student and she works very hard with her own work. Please give me some ideas about counting money because sometimes I have problems counting it. Thank you, Kelsey
Date: 06/28/97 at 20:05:14 From: Doctor Sarah Subject: Re: counting money Hi Kelsey - Good for you and your mom! I bet your mom is plenty busy. Here's a Web site that has some suggestions for learning to count and use money, for parents and kids to do together: MATH AT HOME http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content/Learnmath5.html#Game7 One game they suggest goes like this: Money Match What you'll need: A die to roll 10 of each coin (penny, nickel, dime) 6 quarters What to do: 1. For young players (5- and 6-year-olds), use only 2 different coins (pennies and nickels or nickels and dimes). Older children can use all coins. 2. Explain that the object of the game is to be the first player to earn a set amount (10 or 20 cents is a good amount). 3. The first player rolls the die and gets the number of pennies shown on the die. 4. Players take turns rolling the die to collect additional coins. 5. As each player accumulates 5 pennies or more, the 5 pennies are traded for a nickel. 6. The first player to reach the set amount wins. 7. Add the quarter to the game when the children are ready. Counting money, which involves counting by 1s, 5s, 10s, and 25s, is a challenging skill and usually does not come easily to children until about the third grade (so don't worry, Kelsey, if it's hard to understand!). _______ Here's another activity: Money's Worth What you'll need: Coins Coupons What to do: 1. Coin clues. Ask your child to gather some change in his or her hand without showing what it is. Start with amounts of 25 cents or less. Ask your child to tell you how much money and how many coins there are. Guess which coins are being held. For example, "I have 17 cents and 5 coins. What coins do I have?" (3 nickels and 2 pennies.) 2. Clip and save. Cut out coupons and tell how much money is saved with coins. For example, if you save 20 cents on detergent, say 2 dimes. Ask your child what could be purchased using the savings from the coupon. A pack of gum? A pencil? How much money could be saved with 3, 4, or 5 coupons? How could that money be counted out in coins and bills? What could be purchased with that savings? A pack of school paper? A magazine? How much money could be saved with coupons for a week's worth of groceries? How would that money be counted out? What could be purchased with that savings? A book? A movie ticket? Counting money involves thinking in patterns or groups of amounts: 1s, 5s, 10s, 25s. Start these activities by having your child first separate the coins or coupons by types: all the pennies together, all the nickels, all the dimes, all the quarters; the coupons for cereal, the coupons for cake and brownie mixes, the coupons for soap. There are more games at this site, too. I hope this helps and that you and your mom have fun. -Doctor Sarah, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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