I know my last post was FOREVER long. Believe it or not, I didn't get everything in that I wanted. I discussed the money idea at our parent orientation. I have now started it. The kids earn money for great behavior, being a good helper, making good choices, having great hallway manners, being bragged on by other teachers, etc. You get the point. I feel like they deserve something for making good choices. I made dollars for them. Each child has a money purse- change purse from Oriental Trading. They are responsible for keeping up with their money. We have different things they can buy with their money. Each Friday I open our "store". Each child can choose to save or spend their money. We have items that cost $1 or $5. We also have books that are $20 each. After thinking about other things that the kids could save for that would be meaningful, I came up with the following ideas: $25-teacher for the day, $25-free computer time, $50-a cool truck that my son donated to the store. It lights up and makes noise. $50-free choice center during center time. The teacher of the day will lead the class in letters, sounds, sight words, choosing a couple of songs to dance to, and will get to choose our poem/rhyme we recite that day. It's pretty awesome and I already have one child that will be choosing a day this week to "teach". I have been pretty impressed with the kiddos. They have kept up with their money. Some are only spending $1 each week and saving the rest. Others have not spent a penny!!!! I don't know if I would have been that strong. I am so very proud of them!!!! If you have any new or gently used toys or books, please consider donating them to our store.
JOHNNY APPLESEED DAY
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