Monday, April 4, 2016

Counting & Money in PreK - Kindergarten

Mondays are tough for family engagement workshops.  We have tried scheduling different topics to boost attendance.  After looking at the past attendance reports we are concluding that one workshop is more successful than most - Math Games and Projects (K-5th grade).  Today was no exception and the attendance exceeded expectations.  

I presented more than a dozen ways that preschool through kindergarten age children could begin investigating money through counting and other readiness skills.  I planned this topic because the most consistent guests have children in this age range, money is an important life skill, and counting to 100 is expected by the end of kindergarten. Participants took home the items created and manipulated throughout the interactive workshop to use with their children immediately.

Objectives of the workshop:

  • Know number names and the count sequence
  • Count to tell the number of objects
  • Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category

Here is a quick highlight reel of the session:


Enhance fine motor skills and attention to details
(The participant chose to add extra labels)

Sorting Mats

 I gave each participant card stock and coin stickers to design a coin sorting mat for their child.  
(Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category)

Coin Stacking

Roll a die and stack that amount of coins 
Repeatedly roll the dice until the stack falls

Vocabulary & Shopping

Use markers to add prices to the vocabulary cards made from newspaper ad clipping
(Each participant received two bags of 15 vocabulary cards I made in advance)
Bag 2: 11-20 cent items

(Bag 1:  1-10 cent items) (Bag 2: 11-20 cent items)

 Ask your child to “purchase” the item by
 counting the correct number of pennies. 

Bag 1: 1-10 cent items

Hundreds Chart & Counting

Extension: Skip Counting dimes 
I printed one of Donna Boucher's free 120 charts
Counting pennies

Counting Boats

How many coins can you put in the foil boat before it overflows or sinks?
We counted to 130 before the best boat spilled over!

Sources of inspiration for many of these fabulous ideas and dozens more:

I can't wait to hear personal stories from the attendees or present this workshop again in the future!  Stay tuned...  

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