One of Taliesin's favorite games is a game he invented called "money man." Whoever is playing takes turns being either the buyer or the cashier. The players buy items from around the house - toys, books, art, water bottles, chairs. Whatever looks good at the time. The cashier decides on the price. And the buyer counts out play money to buy the item. Eventually, everyone gets to be both the buyer and the cashier several times. Sometimes things can get interesting. For instance, last night a magnifying glass from the dollar store went for $200.99. Expensive, yes. But it's worth it to see Taliesin using his imagination and learning in his own way. (Now you can see why we use play money instead of real money - LOL). Some weeks we play this game daily. And Nathanael is even starting to get into this game.
It's amazing the things children will invent when we allow them to. Just think of how much less Taliesin and Nathanael would be learning if I sat them down with money worksheets and forced them to learn to count money.
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