In times of uncertainty, keeping a schedule is key to normalcy and finding things to keep kids active at home is important. Why not take this opportunity to talk to your kids about money and saving!
Learning about money helps us recognize and create patterns to make informed predictions and think about the future based on our own observations; this is an important skill in life and in math.
Patterns allow us to see relationships and develop generalizations. Learning about currency will help build your child’s relationship with money.
Pull out your wallet, your change jar or the kid’s piggy banks and teach your child about the value of currency. Talk about what is important to them and what they are saving for. Depending on their level of ability, adjust the information you are giving them. Simply knowing what a quarter looks like versus a loonie will go a long way to teaching your child the value of a coin. Talk about the now extinct penny. Check out this article from the Royal Canadian Mint on phasing out the penny.
Learning about the value of money is a practical skill we use everyday. During times of uncertainly, practical skills keep us balanced and help us focus on the pattern of moving forward. Keep looking to the future with positivity and take this time as an opportunity to learn with your kids.