Thursday, September 11, 2008

Both my boys are going to wind up living at home

Because I haven't taught them anything about money yet. I was just at Parent Hacks, and there are more than 100 comments on the "how do you teach your preschoolers about money?" post. Preschoolers? Craaaap. My oldest in in Kindergarten, and he just has a vague idea that stuff costs money. I've never even taught him the difference between quarters, dimes and nickels. The only thing he can tell you about the bank is that, at ours, he can get a lollipop OR a cookie. (I always take the cookie.)

I imagine our money management talks with the boys will occur much later. NSAH will sit the boys down and it'll go something like this:

[Job update: Still in the honeymoon period, I realize, but I LOVE it. Very exciting goings-on. Feel like I'm helping America, yadda yadda.]


Blogger AAYOR said...


10:47 PM, September 11, 2008  
Anonymous Lisa V said...

I have always loved the scene.

Yay on the job.

12:56 AM, September 12, 2008  
Blogger Seeking Solace said...

I love that scene too. Simply brilliant.

9:28 AM, September 12, 2008  
Blogger Lex said...

We just formally instituted allowances (for 10- and 7-year-old, for those who don't know me) -- and allowance chores. Saturday's payday, but at this point, ain't nobody getting paid.

Learning is expensive.

9:39 AM, September 12, 2008  
Anonymous Genevieve said...

One of my favorite scenes.

They'll teach about money in kindergarten or first grade. And economics starting in third grade!
It's in the Virginia SOLs, and I used to think it was crazy, but it makes so much sense - economics on the level that works for kids, integrated into what they're already learning about. Even last year in second grade, the kiddo was learning about wants v. needs, and when they learned about ancient Egypt and China, part of the work was which things were goods (e.g. papyrus) and which were services .

And YAY for loving the job and helping America! :)

10:56 AM, September 12, 2008  
Blogger liz said...

I love that scene too. And MM had a whole section of his math curriculum last year on coins and their values.

One way we're starting to teach him about money is through Lego. How many mini-kits can you buy with your Hanukah gelt? How many tooth-fairy visits do you need to buy a mini-kit?

12:47 PM, September 12, 2008  
Blogger KLee said...

Your guy will learn money in kindergarten. That's usually a "second half of the year" skill, though. He should learn penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and dollar. We also teach half-dollar, though it isn't required.

An easy project, should you want to work on it at home to give him a leg up -- get a cheap cookie sheet from a dollar store, and some small magnets. Take a handful of coins and hot-glue the magnets on the back of them. You can then stick 'em on the cookie sheet and have him sort them. All the pennies, all the dimes, etc. Once you get him straight on which ones are which, you can tell him that counting pennies is counting by ones; counting nickels is counting by fives; dimes is by tens; and just practice. I do this in class, and we start working on it now to get really proficient by the end of the year. Let me know if you need any other ideas or anything, okay?

5:03 PM, September 12, 2008  
Blogger Jody said...

Our district introduced coins in K, but didn't push it until 1st grade. And now they're reviewing it in 2d (but don't get me started on the endless month of review after summer break, because I'll have to confront the idiocy of such a long vacation and damn, I like that vacation).

I wonder how many of those 100 comments are from parents of first children? Because in retrospect, trying to teach a preschooler about money is not only unnecessary, but possibly impossible.

5:26 AM, September 13, 2008  
Blogger Amy Charles said...

1. Jody, don't be silly. My daughter, at age two: "You have zis blue cray-- no. Too epensive. You have zis green crayon."

2. KLee, let me get this straight: To teach children about money, you glue magnets to it? Glue things to money and turn it into a toy? What ever happened to cut-out pieces of cardboard? I swear, we give the districts too much money.

11:53 PM, September 25, 2008  

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