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: