Thursday, March 3, 2016

Money Math

Coins are a favourite tool for motor-play in our home.
We pulled out our Canadian coin jar, otherwise known as 'Bus Money' and started categorizing for a math game.
O & Baby C first noticed the images, so we looked at separating by loon, polar bear, moose, sailboat and beaver. We then looked at the number value matching each image; 1, 2, 0.25, 0.10 and 0.05. This led to discussing dollars, cents and value. Finally we discussed the coins given names; toonie, loonie, quarter (known in our home as the Moose Dollar), dime and nickel.
O noticed there were other ways to classify the coins, by colour (silver, golden) and size.
We noted all the coins were the same shape and that these coins are only used in Canada.

Both babes were intent on making long rows of matching coins, so the separation process began.

Before we added up the value of each row, I asked O which line she thought might be worth the most money. She absolutely opted for the longest row. The quantity of coins did not compare to their value!

When it was time to clean up, O suggested that Baby C make her fingers into a coin slot, so they could return all the coins to the jar!

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