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Look for posters, play money, decorations, games and other items, at your local dollar store (Dollar Tree has a decent selection), Target, Wal-Mart, Kmart, JoAnns and Michaels stores, that you can use for your center. You can find awesome worksheets, mini books and file folder games through several online sites, and purchasing their membership is going to benefit your family in the long run. Enchanted Learning has fabulous downloads (many choices relating to money, coins, etc.), as well as Homeschool Educational Resources (they have a membership or you can purchase individual downloads for less than $4 –usually $2.50, and they are of nice quality). There are several other great sites out there, some with free downloads (HSS has great things you can use) and others for a fee-so use them to help you build your material collection. Having that handy dandy laminator is another “must have” to protect your goodies and ensure longer use of the items. Look at your local stores in the business/office areas. I found a Scotch laminator at Kmart for $40, packages of 8 1/2” X 11 sheets, 50 per package for around $10. If you cannot afford a laminator, try the clear contact paper sold in the kitchen area of most stores. Do not forget the Velcro…as it seems to go hand in hand with the Workbox System –and you will need some for the Activity Center cards.

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I found the poster, paper coins, Dollars and Cents game at my local Dollar Tree store. The piggy bank was something I got for free through our insurance company, but you can find a piggy bank almost anywhere (makes a nice visual display-as well as serves as an activity). The Cube Friends game is a part of the package I purchased through the Homeschool Educational Resource site (look under the math section). I laminated the pieces, made a pouch for the smaller cards, the game cards are in the pocket, and I put a sheet protector in to hold the instructions. There are several other great games one could use (for example: the Monopoly game can become a part of your assigned activities) to create an inviting center.

Filling the Workbox

There are 4 different Money Center Activity cards included in this folder, for you to print. Three have a spot for the little time clock cards, the last one has a line for you to write in the amount of time (laminate it first-use Visà-Vis Wet Erase markers). Don’t forget to name your center (sign included under the Money Center workbox cards section) so they know where to go.

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You could place the “Go to the Money Center” card in the workbox, along with supplies the student may need (if you have more than one child using the area and need to keep their goodies separate) into the workbox. Having a kitchen timer on the table, is a great way to avoid any confusion, or over-extension of time at the center. Another great organization tip for mom-have all the pages, games, activity pieces (cut out, laminated and whatever else is needed to get them ready) in a box or in Ziplock bags/folders, so that when it comes time to set up the center/fill the workbox-you are ready to go. Spending some time doing this initial prep work will save you more time in the long run, avoid frustration and of course, keep the activity center thriving with creativity and excitement (instead of becoming one of those “great ideas that just never quite happened”) for your student(s) .

by Sheri Hagemann (visit my blog just for workboxes at What's in the Box? for more ideas, and links to other great blogs with families who use the Workbox System)

Money Center Ideas List:

File Folder games Small games relating to money (look at the dollar store in the games/puzzles section) Real and plastic change/bills Piggy bank (check your bank, they may have some for the asking) and money to put into it (I keep a small, baby food container with loose change and put that on the table for my son to place into the bank (ours has separate compartments for saving, donating, investing and spending-so he decides how much each compartment gets). When the piggy is full-time to go to the grocery store and dump it into that machine to get paper money in return. Downloaded worksheets from sites specifically for education (Enchanted Learning has a lot of money related mini books, worksheets, etc.) Children’s cash register, fake food or empty boxes of food products, for playing grocery store Check book (many places sell these expressly for children) and a list of what to register into it (you can make up a list of various amounts to put as debits and deposits-I believe I saw a form on E.L. for this very thing.) Place a note in the workbox (one is available in this file) to tell older students how much time they can spend on these sites by the Government: US Mint for teachers/kids researching and playing games. Also, try the US Treasury for Kids for more games.

Play Bingo with the Change-O cards. Have child write in the amounts you need to work on, in various amounts (by) pennies, nickels, dimes, and/or quarters. Then work up to dollar amounts. I suggest laminating the game cards so they can reuse them over and over. Write a master list of different amounts and randomly call them out, or draw a coin from a dish (plastic or real) for the amount (grab a mixed amount) you call out. I would keep it simple at first- just penny amounts and nickels, then a mix of others…until they have a decent grasp of the concept. Be sure to have them write the amounts, so that they learn how to properly label an amount as money. For the older kids, have them write them out both ways ($ .05 and the 5 plus the cent sign). You could also make game cards to cut up, and use for your number calling. For game pieces: have child use plastic or real coins. For fun, why not have Payday, Zeros, Take 5, or 100 Grand Bars for the prize (I am sure there are more money named candies out there as well).

Spend time at the Money Center

Place Time Card here

Print card(s) of your choice. The 2 bigger ones are great for shoebox size workboxes, and the smaller ones are great for those using a different sized workbox system. Place a Velcro dot on the smaller inset box for the clock cards (or write out the amount of time allowed at the center). Recommend laminating these to get more use out of them.

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Place time card Here

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