Money Math

  1. Hey- as usual, I have advice to ask of you! I tutor a 7-yr-old w/ very short attention span and a learning disability and he is supposed to be learning to count money. I have tried using real money to count and see what it looks like and for example how many pennies are in a dime, and "playing store", but he has not enjoyed either one or learned much from it. He likes to play games usually which is why I thought he would like to "play store", but no go. Do you have any suggestions as to how to make this fun and interesting, as well as help stick in his mind? Thanks a lot.
  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Angelica
    I don't know Rachel. The store concept seems like a really good idea to me. Maybe if you make the merchandise more appealing? A cookie or small prize, etc? And, of course, keep the lessons short. That's all I can think of right now.
  4. by   NICU_Nurse
    Hmm. What about...if you start off with five or ten dollars. Let's use ten as the example. Give him a ten, or five and five ones. Tell him it is his to keep, but the deal is he has to buy some change from you. Have an equal amount in change- pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and maybe a few ones. Then have him try to get as much small change from you as he can with the money. Try different tactics, like, how many of my pennies can you get, or you have to buy a dollar's worth of nickels and dimes from me, etc. Do it until he has no dollars left, then do it in reverse the next day. Say, hey, I'd like to buy that change from you, and work it up until he's 'sold' you all the change and now has the bills for his piggy bank, etc. I'd do this in addition to allowance (if he gets any). That way, he gets to learn but gets a reward for it as well. Should keep his attention, knowing that there's something in it for him in the end. Then, you could take him to the dollar store with is money and give it to him and say he can get whatever he wants, but he has to use the money he's got (or the arcade, or whatever). Then you have another opportunity to work with numbers- ie, how many of these can he get for five bucks?- and he *still* gets a little reward. Just an idea. ;>)
  5. by   perfectbluebuildings
    thanks guys! i will try some of these things on Thursday (I tutor him only once a week for 2 hours, it's from 5 to 7 and I think he is also hungry for supper so that may have to do with his short attention span). But, he is always asking to buy a milkshake at this little student cafe on campus so maybe that could be one of the rewards. Of course I would probably have to ask his mom first to make sure it was OK. thanks Kristi and Angelica!!
  6. by   aimeee
    How about bringing a couple fairly healthy snacks with you (peanuts? sunflower seeds? grapes?) but he must "buy" them from you using the correct combinations of change? Solves the low blood sugar problem AND provides a motivation.
  7. by   NICU_Nurse
    I'm sorry! I just re-read that original post. I thought he was *your* little boy. ;>) Forgive me. Sweepy (yawning!).