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Mrs. Schaffner from Streator IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Financial Literacy Through Play

My students need active play materials to teach young hands on learners financial literacy including markets, shopping carts, pizza parlors and many other items.

  • $996 goal

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My Students

This is my second year as a teacher for a Kindergarten through second grade self-contained class with special education students. My students have a variety of disabilities and challenges that interfere with their education. As a result, the students are part of a self-contained special education classroom known as CARES.

Our students learn about the world around them by participating in hands on learning activities.

Building, creating, and trying out new learning is how ideas stick! Although learning is a challenge for our students, these little learners are excited to learn new things!

My Project

My young students are part of a CARES life skills special education classroom. Even though they are only 5-7 years old, learning financial literacy must start young. For our little learners, the way to learn about money is through play. Being able to shop at a pretend market, cook and order pizza at a pretend parlour, and purchase stuff from classmates with pretend money all give my students practice with money at an ability level that makes sense to them.

Before young students are ready to count coins and make change, they must have hands on experience with purchasing items through play.

This project includes a play market, food, pizza making materials, pretend cash registers, and pretend money. It also includes a few games geared toward younger students, and lots of coins/money/cash register/atm supplies so that every student has plenty to use during pretend play.

Giving young students practice with money and teaching financial literacy starts in the classroom with young students, and is accomplished through play. Creating life long financially literate students starts early, and this project will help!

Mrs. Schaffner
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Carolina Market • Kaplan Early Learning Company $212.46 1 $212.46
Shopping Cart • Kaplan Early Learning Company $55.21 2 $110.42
ABACUS COIN ABACUS WITH ADAPTER • School Specialty $61.55 1 $61.55
Pizza Parlor • Kaplan Early Learning Company $23.76 2 $47.52
TEACHING CASH REGISTER - SET • School Specialty $46.36 1 $46.36
MERF MONEY COUNTER AND RODS • School Specialty $34.29 1 $34.29
Sandwich Making Set • Kaplan Early Learning Company $16.96 2 $33.92
Supermarket Set • Kaplan Early Learning Company $30.56 1 $30.56
PRETEND AND PLAY TEACHING ATM BANK - SET OF 32 • School Specialty $30.31 1 $30.31
PAPER TOUCHMONEY: BIG COIN SET OF 42 • School Specialty $26.48 1 $26.48
SMART MARKET SET OF 90 • School Specialty $23.64 1 $23.64
Cut 'N Play Pizza Set • Kaplan Early Learning Company $21.21 1 $21.21
Handbag and Wallet Set • Kaplan Early Learning Company $21.21 1 $21.21
MONEY BAGS GAME EA • School Specialty $20.58 1 $20.58
PLAY MONEY SET, SET OF 500 • School Specialty $18.95 1 $18.95
GAME MAKING CHANGE • School Specialty $13.27 1 $13.27
PLAY FOOD NEW SPROUTS BUSHEL OF VEGGIES - SET OF 10 • School Specialty $12.28 1 $12.28
PRETEND-TO-SPEND WALLET, SET OF 45 • School Specialty $9.44 1 $9.44

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