# Math Update

This week we started a new unit in math that includes counting money using pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars.  Each day our second graders will be handling money through games and activities.

It would be great to practice counting money at home by identifying the coins, identifying the values, separating into groups of similar coins and counting the total amounts (less than \$2.00).  The more practice and handling of actual money will help children make a connection between coins and their values.

Here is a parent letter that describes our study of money:

# Math Update!

Today we started a new unit in math that includes counting money using pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars.  Each day our second graders will be handling money by playing coin war, scooping groups of coins and playing Race To A Dollar.

It would be great to practice counting money at home by identifying the coins, identifying the values, separating into groups of similar coins and counting the total amounts (less than \$2.00).  The more practice and handling of actual money will help children make a connection between coins and their values.

Here is a parent letter that describes our study of money:

# Math Update

We are started 2016 with a study of counting money.  Our second graders are using strategies to count combinations of dollars, quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies.  The best way to practice with kiddos is to give them an opportunity to touch and feel the coins and bills.  If your child has a piggy bank at home or if you have any loose change around the house, have them count small groups of coins.    Here is a copy of the most recent math family letter:

# Math Update

Today we identified various coins and their values in preparation to count mixed coins.   We will be learning how to count combinations of one dollar, pennies, nickels and dimes (we will practice with the quarter in a few weeks).

Unfortunately as our society has moved to more electronic forms of payment, children do not have as much exposure to paper money and coins.   We practice at school, but it would be great to review the coin names and values at home as well.   Having children “play” with actual coins helps them connect to tasks that involve paper and pencil to solve.    Feel free to count loose change, sort change and have fun exploring counting money at home.

# Math Update!

Today we started new “math switch” groups.   Second graders will be practicing money counting skills, using combinations of pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar bills. Here are a few apps that would be a fun way to practice at home, but you can always make a game out of counting loose change too :).

AMAZING COIN – \$0.99

COIN MATH – \$1.99

COUNTING MONEY

Here is a parent letter that describes our study of money:

# Math Update

Our mathematicians are working so hard, especially using regrouping while adding two digit numbers together.  This week we will be embarking on a study of money, specifically adding together  dollars, dimes, nickels and pennies.  We will also learn how to write money in dollar notation ( i.e. \$1.36).   Our money masters have been counting coins since the beginning of the year through our classroom incentive program so they are WELL on their way to money success!  Any extra practice you could provide at home  ( counting loose change, counting by tens/fives/ones, comparing money amounts) would be helpful for our mathematicians.   KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!