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Ms. Bains, R. from Sacramento CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Achieving Financial Literacy through Early Math Skills

Help me give my students play money, items for them to purchase in a classroom store, and early math skills resources including counters, number cards, number practice books, and pocket charts for them to demonstrate their learning!

  • $496 goal

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My Students

I teach a class of 28 amazing kindergartners who are eager to learn and deserve endless resources, experiences, and opportunities. They come from different backgrounds, have a wealth of experiences, and have a lot to contribute to our diverse learning community. They are eager for knowledge and engaging opportunities to learn.

I have a very diverse population at my school and in my classroom, with at least 50% learning English as their second language, and I teach at the most diverse school in the nation!

The children delight in activities that engage their minds and bodies, and they look forward to what each day of the exciting kindergarten world brings them! It is my job to inspire and motivate them in a variety of ways in which I reach the whole child.

My Project

Research shows children learn through play! The gems, coins, and medals would be part of a classroom store I hope to create. My students will use play money and our new cash register to pay for their purchases, while the cashier counts out the correct amount of cash to return to kindergarten customers! What better way to learn about spending money wisely than to play/act it out as if it was for real? The fun, motivating store will help the concepts of financial literacy stick!

To help my students develop the skills needed to count, add, and subtract money, I would use math games and resources such as the Counting Keys Set, number identification cards, magnetic numbers, counters, peg boards, bingo chips, counting dough mats, number practice books, counting links, and a counting chart (to 200) to teach them how to recognize numbers, understand the value of numbers, and to count out quantities to demonstrate their understanding of number value, and thus the value of money.

These skills will then tranfer to their financial literacy skills in the pretend store! It is critical for kindergarteners to learn early math skills before the introduction to money. Once the pre-knowledge is built, I will model saving, adding, and subtracting money on the pocket charts. Students will also model their understanding of basic math and money skills and knowledge!

I hope to instill the importance of financial responsibility at a young age in order to prepare our future generation for our growing economy. These items are going to provide them opportunities to engage in learning while they pretend. Children learn best by playing!

Ms. Bains, R.
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 28 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
AA558 - Printing Numbers Practice Book - Each • Lakeshore Learning Materials $6.99 8 $55.92
Stacking Peg Board Set Toy | JUMBO PACK | Montessori Occupational Therapy Early Learning For Fine Motor Skills, Ideal for Toddlers and Preschooler, Includes 60 Plastic Pegs & 3 Board | With Storage Ba • Amazon Business $15.99 2 $31.98
RA588 - Jumbo Buttons • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
JJ227 - Magnetic Pocket Chart • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
LC676 - Magnetic Numbers & Counters • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
LK297BU - Heavy-Duty Pocket Chart - Blue • Lakeshore Learning Materials $22.99 1 $22.99
DD764 - Count and Link • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
RR255 - Lakeshore Counting Keys Classroom Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
SunRise 480+ Pieces Multi-Colored Acrylic Diamond Shape Pirate Treasure Jewels for Party Decoration,Event,Wedding, Vase Fillers, Arts & Crafts • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
LL688 - Learn to Count! Dough Mats • Lakeshore Learning Materials $12.99 1 $12.99
Winner award medals - 72 pc bulk wholesale lot • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
Oiuros 300 Pieces Pirate Gold Coins and Pirate Gems Jewelry Pack Party Favor. (150 Coins+150 Gems) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Tatuo 140 Pieces Gems Acrylic Flatback Rhinestones Gemstone Embellishments for Table Scatters, Vase Fillers, Event, Wedding, Birthday Decoration Favor, Large Size with Bag • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Royal Bingo Supplies 1000 Pack of 3/4-inch Bingo Chips (Mixed) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
LA626 - Lakeshore Counting Kids 1-30 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
Oruuum 250pcs Bulk Pirate Jewels and Gems,Assorted colors • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
RR621 - Magnetic Write & Wipe Lapboard - Each • Lakeshore Learning Materials $6.99 1 $6.99
Plastic Casino Gold Coins, 144 Ct - Pacakaging May Vary • Amazon Business $6.24 1 $6.24
TREND enterprises, Inc. Numbers 0-200 Owl-Stars! Learning Chart, 17" x 22" • Amazon Business $5.79 1 $5.79
Mixed Bills - Set of 100 • Kaplan Early Learning Company $1.91 1 $1.91

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