Teachers deserve so much credit for teaching our children. They are responsible for our children becoming doctors, teachers, and scientists.
But I agree teaching shouldn’t stop when they leave the classroom. I took advantage of our shopping trip and turned it into a math lesson. I gave Des a budget of $40 and let her choose items to buy.
She began by selecting all of the items she wanted without paying attention to the prices. We counted the items in her bag first, then added them up using the calculator in my phone. She was way over budget. She looked again at her items, this time paying attention to price. Des cried because she wanted all of the items.
I pointed to a table with a “sale $5″ sign. We put all the items back and started over. We started at the table with shirts on sale; she chose two $5 shirts. Then she selected leggings for $12. She found a skirt for $10 and we headed toward the cashier. In line, she found a pair of earrings for $4.99 bringing her total to $36.99 not including tax.
Because I didn’t want to overwhelm her, I left sales tax out of the equation. We can save that for another lesson. She had fun while adding.