We worked hard 4 days before we opened room 24's store for its' first day. Learning the coin's names, values, touch points and counting ( and sometimes dancing) by 5s helped us for our first shopping day!
The store is basically a set of 4 bins full of items each labelled with increasing prices . The children can buy items donated to our store with monies they earn during the week. (We need more store items!)
The store is part of the positive behavior system and also supports math skills . They must sort coins, find the total amount of money in their wallets, fill out a shopping /spending form that allows them to go to the store.
Day 1 was learning how to sort and calculate their earned totals on the new page. Many children needed to use the coin touch dots at this time. Over time these dots can be faded once the students have more practice combining coins and learn what coins can be traded up for others. ( 4 quarters = a dollar, 2 quarters= 50 cents, 10 dimes = a dollar etc.)
Did they bring their store item home and tell you about how they bought it?