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# Coin Race – Practice Counting Money with a Hundreds Chart

We’ve hit the 2nd chapter in our Everyday Math curriculum. I love this curriculum for many reasons that I won’t go into today, but I’d be willing to share about it if you are need of some hands on math curriculum.

One of the topics we are working on is learning about coins. Though this is not a common core standard till second grade, I’m always for building background knowledge that will help our little ones be more successful as they hit the next grade.

We began by doing some coin recognition activities. There are some great ones by The Measured Mom or Erica’s Ed Venture that were a fun addition to what we were practicing.

We also made a chart about each coin. The boys had a blast studying the coins and writing down what they noticed.

Now came the fun part….counting up the money. Though N’s mind thrives on math, I wanted this to be very concrete for him. And what is more concrete than the numbers chart we had already been playing with.

I grabbed us a chart, made a printable die with a penny and a dime on it and we got started. We quickly reviewed the coins and what they stood for, and then I let him roll. Of course it was easy when he rolled a penny, because he knew he was moving up one space. When he rolled a dime, I watched as he tediously counted up 10 spaces. I didn’t say anything, but was thrilled when I rolled a dime. I began my thinking aloud, I do this a lot of that with my children and I did it with my students when I taught in a public school setting. There is so much that we think about, or used to think about when we solve problems. Our students need to hear our thoughts, and hear how we are processing each step as we work through problem. The clearer we are when we explain our thinking, the quicker they will understand what to do, and be able to explain their thinking. (Ok, soap box over!!)

My thinking out loud sounded something like this.

“HMMMM, I know that 10 + 10 = 20. Wow look, 10 is right under 20 on the numbers chart. ….And when you moved 10 spaces you started at 27 and end at 37. Look they both end in 7 and 37 is under 27. I wonder if 15 +10 = 25. What do you think?”

N, with his quest for all things numbers, jumped in and began moving my game piece. He carefully counted to 10 again and in astonishment said, “Mom, you were right.That is an easy way to add 10!!”  That was it. He never counted 10 spaces again. He just moved that game piece down.

* Please remember that all children are different. N picks math up quickly. What only took one explanation for him, probably would have take numerous for C. And that is fine. All of our little ones, grow, learn, and develop very differently.*

N thoroughly enjoyed the game, and was thrilled when I pulled out the die with a nickel, dime, and penny on it the next day. For most of the game he counted up his five, but each time I rolled a nickel I would think aloud how I could know what space to move to without just counting up.

We ended the week with a die containing all four coins. He surprised me how with how well he did with the quarter. All our place value work has paid off. He had no problem moving down two spaces and then over 5 every time he rolled a quarter.

Overall , we had a blast playing the game. When it came time for us to just pull the coins out and make a certain amount, the little boy surprised me once again with how quickly he had caught on. In fact he kept begging for them to be harder!!

Download this game COIN RACE, and enjoy playing with your little ones. Let me know how they do!!!

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### 13 thoughts on “Coin Race – Practice Counting Money with a Hundreds Chart”

1. Mother of 3 says:

OH I just love this game idea! My youngest son can count on with the coins no problem but he still has difficulty remembering which coin is which! This should be a fun way to practice and so simple.

1. Rachel says:

Thank you!! Enjoy!!!

2. Mother of 3 says:

OH I just love this game idea! My youngest son can count on with the coins no problem but he still has difficulty remembering which coin is which! This should be a fun way to practice and so simple.

3. Mother of 3 says:

OH I just love this game idea! My youngest son can count on with the coins no problem but he still has difficulty remembering which coin is which! This should be a fun way to practice and so simple.

1. Rachel says:

Thank you!! Enjoy!!!

4. Oh this is great! Definitely playing this with my son today! Thanks!

5. Oh this is great! Definitely playing this with my son today! Thanks!

1. Rachel says:

I’m so glad you have found something useful! Enjoy!