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By the end of second grade, children should know the names and values of the U.S. coins:
Preschool and kindergarten are great times to begin this training. You can even teach your children this at home, in a hands-on manner. If they enter school with this knowledge they will already be ahead of the game!
By the end of third grade, children should have learned the basic equivalents:
Other combinations, like 3 quarters = 15 nickels and 15 dimes = 6 quarters, should also be explored, although these might not be covered in class. It is a good way to extend their knowledge and make them think just a little bit harder about what they are learning, leading them to even greater comprehension.
Next come questions like:
“How many dimes have the same value as 6 quarters? …40 quarters?”
Counting piggy–banks full of coins is an excellent way to develop these skills, and kids have fun doing it!
“Making Change” is a skill that can be introduced in late first grade or early second grade, and can be mastered by fourth grade. Children should learn to make change from:
Questions can take the form of :
Other money-related questions:
Money is the best model of our base 10 (decimal) number system, and a great way to introduce kiddos to our number system early!
Come back next week for tips on how to use Pictures to help your child understand difficult mathematical concepts!