Learning how to count and recognize money, coins and dollars is an important skill for your children to learn. Money is a fascinating thing for young children, and also a concept that they can’t quite yet grasp or understand, but it is important to get them familiar with it.
Some children may be very fascinated in money and the value of it, so teaching money will be easy with those that are eager to learn. Others may struggle with the concept. You can use these free worksheets that teach about money to help them grasp the concept.
My grandparents always gave our children a piggy bank for their 5th birthday. It was a cute piggy bank that would get them excited to keep money in it. Along with the bank they would give them a big bag of change to start their savings with. They had so much fun looking at the money, counting it out with us, and adding it to their bank.
My youngest daughter is always scouring the couch cushions and dryer or laundry room floor for change that fell out of pant pockets! She likes to follow my husband when he gets home from work to see if he has any loose change that she can put in her bank.
Why Teaching About Money is Important:
When you teach your children about money, you aren’t just teaching them a basic math skill that they need to know for their grade level. You are teaching them a basic life skill that will carry them through to adulthood. In the early years it is easy to teach our kids how to count and add and subtract money, but do they really understand its use and importance? They not only need to know how to count and recognize it, but they need to understand money as a life skill.
This is why I love homeschooling! We are given so many daily opportunities to apply what our children are learning to real life. If you are using a math textbook, it may cover the basic understanding of counting money. It usually does not go much further than that. This is why I love finding free worksheets to expand on what they are learning.
This is especially important when it comes to teaching money. There are some children that thrive on hands-on activities, but sometimes it is nice to pull out some worksheets when you need a little extra help or a new perspective. These worksheets will give your children extra practice, but there are even more that include money life skills as well!
FREE Worksheets That Teach About Money:
Math Geek Mama is one of our favorite resources for all things math! Check out all these fun money worksheets and activity packets:
This free instant download activity pack is a great way to introduce your children to some of the different world currencies. This would go great with a geography study as well. Your children will learn the currency of 4 nations while incorporating basic math word problems and problem solving skills. They will get a brief introduction and explanation of how much money is worth in New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, Australian and Euro. There is also a detailed answer key with step-by-step solutions.
We really enjoy these books and games for more reinforcement on learning about money:
National Geographic Kids Everything Money: A wealth of facts, photos, and fun!The Coin Counting BookThe Everything Kids’ Money Book: Earn it, save it, and watch it grow!The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble with MoneyLearning Resources Money Bags Coin Value Game, Money Recognition, Counting Game,Melissa & Doug Classic Play Money Set (Developmental Toys, 50 of Each Denomination, Wooden Cash Drawer, Great Gift for Girls and Boys Learning Resources Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register, Classic Counting ToyHasbro Monopoly Junior Board Game, Ages 5 and up (Amazon Exclusive)
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!