Main Lesson Block: Money!

This week was my first try at a math main lesson block. *gulp*

First we made the Accountant Gnome.

Here he is attached to a pencil:

And here he is hanging out with Katie Grace’s money bag:

And here he is helping Katie Grace with her very un-Waldorf workbook:

And here they are with our typical supplies for the week: a main lesson book, crayons, a bag of money, and our gnomies:
Oh, and an eraser, because Accountant Gnome is covering the pencil eraser.

Pennies, nickles, and dimes are great for reinforcing counting by 1s, 5s, and 10s.

We also enjoyed this poem by Shel Silverstein:
My dad gave me one dollar bill
‘Cause I’m his smartest son,
And I swapped it for two shiny quarters
‘Cause two is mroe than one!

And then i took the quarters
And traded them to Lou
For three dimes-i guess he don’t know
that three is mroe than two!

Just them, along came old blind Bates
And just ’cause he can’t see
He gave me four nickels for my three dimes,
And four is more than three!

And i took the nickels to Hiram Coombs
Down at the seed-feed store,
and the fool gave me five pennies for them,
And five is more than four!

And then i went and showed my dad,
and he go red in the cheeks
And closed his eyes and shook his head-
Too proud of me to speak!

I posted about this game we played earlier this week. The columns are labeled “pennies” “nickles” “dimes” and “total”. She rolled a die and counted out that many coins, and then also drew them on the page. She then counted out the total.

Here is a main lesson book page, featuring Accountant Gnome!

Creating a candy shop was fun, as was having a gnome pay day.
But the most fun was decided what each gnome would buy, and how much change they got. See the orange gnome? He didn’t have enough money for anything, so her bartered dusting the candy shop for a lolly.

We also visited the bank to get some half-dollars and a dollar coin (which she thinks must be fake!) and tomorrow we’re opening a savings account. We also worked through some stuff in her Brownie book, and she will have earned her Penny Power Try-It when we’re all through.

If we had tons of time, I would have done more. We’d talk about the history of money, and look at money from around the world. And who knows, maybe we can revisit it before the year is through. She’s an excellent money counter though. Maybe she has a future in finance?