Money

Money

The objective of money is for your child to be independently able to identify money such as coins and bills and its value.

The best way to teach money and its value is to start with the coins. Use a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter. Once your child has mastered the coins move on to the bills.
Teaching the value of money will be done as a receptive skill that then moves into an expressive skill.
Start with one coin at a time, once all the coins are mastered you can combine them.

What to do

Receptive
1. Sit at the table or the floor with your child.
2. Get your child’s attention by saying your child’s name and or touching your child’s arm.
3. Put a coin in front of your child.
4. After you have your child’s attention say “(Child’s name) touch the (for example penny).
5. Perfect outcome: your child touches the penny. Praise!
6. Not so perfect outcome: your child is just looking at you.

What to do:

Repeat the instruction “(Child’s name) touch the penny” and prompt your child through the motion. Repeat the instruction. Your child does it. Praise! Your child still doesn’t know what to do: repeat the instruction again and prompt your child through the motion. Do that 3 times and move on to a different task and come back to it later. Once your child repeats the motion, have your child do something completely different and then repeat the instruction again to make sure your child really understood the task.

Once your child knows which coin is a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter you can start teaching your child the value of the money.

What to do

1. Sit at the table or the floor with your child.
2. Get your child’s attention by saying your child’s name and or touching your child’s arm.
3. Put a coin in front of your child.
4. After you have your child’s attention say “(Child’s name) which one is 5 cents?”).
5. Perfect outcome: your child touches the nickel. Praise!
6. Not so perfect outcome: your child is just looking at you.

What to do:

Repeat the instruction “(Child’s name) which one is 5 cents?” and prompt your child to touch the nickel. Repeat the instruction. Your child does it. Praise! Your child still doesn’t know what to do: repeat the instruction again and prompt your child through the motion. Do that 3 times and move on to a different task and come back to it later. Once your child repeats the motion, have your child do something completely different and then repeat the instruction again to make sure your child really understood the task.

Expressive

Once your child has mastered the names and values of the coins, move on to your child labeling the coins. Start with the name of the coin and then move on to the value of the coin.

What to do

1. Sit at the table or the floor with your child.
2. Get your child’s attention by saying your child’s name and or touching your child’s arm.
3. Hold up a coin. (a quarter for example)
4. After you have your child’s attention say “(Child’s name) what is it?”.
5. Perfect outcome: your child says “quarter” . Praise!
6. Not so perfect outcome: your child touches the coin but doesn’t say anything.

What to do:

Repeat the instruction “(Child’s name) what is it?” and prompt your child to say “quarter”. Repeat the instruction. Your child says it. Praise! Your child still doesn’t know what to do: repeat the instruction again and prompt your child through the process. Do that 3 times. If your child still doesn’t get it move on to a different task and come back to it later. Once your child labels the coin correctly, have your child do something completely different and then repeat the instruction again to make sure your child really acquired the skill.

Value of the coin

What to do

1. Sit at the table or the floor with your child.
2. Get your child’s attention by saying your child’s name and or touching your child’s arm.
3. Hold up a coin. (a quarter for example)
4. After you have your child’s attention say “(Child’s name) how much is it?”).
5. Perfect outcome: your child says “25 cents”. Praise!
6. Not so perfect outcome: your child is just looking at you.

What to do:

Repeat the instruction “(Child’s name) how much is it?” and prompt your child to say “25 cents”. Repeat the instruction. Your child says it. Praise! Your child still doesn’t know what to do: repeat the instruction again and prompt your child through the process. Do that 3 times. If your child still doesn’t get it move on to a different task and come back to it later. Once your child labels the coin correctly, have your child do something completely different and then repeat the instruction again to make sure your child really acquired the skill.

It might take your child a while, a couple days maybe even a couple weeks, to grasp the concept of what is asked of him/her. Don’t get frustrated and stick with the program. Your child will get there! Reinforce (Praise) a right response or even if your child is trying really hard. For questions or concerns please join our support desk.

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