The other day, the three kids and I had to go shopping. It is my least favorite thing to do usually– taking the kids grocery shopping. We headed to the nearest Whole Foods for this, I plopped the 2-year old and the 4 year old in the themed shopping cart and off we went.
I was there on a mission. Not only were we to buy our groceries, but we were there to see if I could “unschool” the big guy in the grocery store. In the comfort of our home we’ve worked on some money skills, played around with fractions (of a dollar, in measurements, generally speaking of parts of a whole) and he works with numbers: adding, rounding, and estimating.
What we did:
- For each fruit we wanted to purchase, I’d have him read the price per pound.
- We’d round that number up to the nearest dollar.
- He would pick out however many of a fruit he wanted and put in the bag.
- He would walk over to the scale, weigh it and determine how much the items would cost.
- We’d place that in the cart.
- Repeat with next items.
- Keep a running estimate of the total of our cart. (without devices!)