In This Issue: Salvation Army Gets Gold; Dissecting the Last Decade
Holiday Giving: Gold Coins
The Salvation Army's Red Kettle charity collections are as much a part of the holidays as candy canes and family gatherings. Volunteers ring bells outside of stores throughout the country, urging shoppers to toss in spare change. Every once and a while, someone drops in a gold coin worth hundreds or thousands of dollars. So far this year, gold coins have popped up in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Chicago, among other places.
Grab some loose change, to include several quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies.
Activity Ideas - Grouping Coins
SORT the coins and GROUP them by color and size.
Create a simple four-column GRAPH for your child. Label columns: Quarter, Dime, Nickel, Penny. For each coin, include the following data: worth, number of coins per group, sum total per group, size and other physical features.
Help your child read the chart, then draw each coin above the column that describes it.
ASK: What color are pennies? How many pennies do we have? How much money is that? Which is the largest coin? What is it worth? What are the two smallest coins size-wise? Does a coin's size indicate how much it is worth?
How many pennies are in a quarter? Have your child read the chart for each coin's value, then count out 25 cents worth of pennies.
A 10-Year Review How do you sum up 10 years? Bloggers, magazines and other members of the media are taking a shot at it, with a flurry of Top 10 Lists, photo essays, videos and stories. While we as adults remember life before Blackberrys, iTunes, wireless Internet and other tech toys,our kids have likely never had to use dial-up, never made a mix tape and never had a VCR eat a videotape. Now's the time to share how hard life used to be; it's our generation's equivalent of our grandparents' claims: "I walked 40 miles to school in 5 feet of snow, all uphill..."
Have your child tell you what he or she did on that day. Urge him or her to retell the day in the order that each event occurred.
Read the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst. ASK: Have you ever had a bad day? If so, what made your day bad? What about Alexander's day do you think was especially terrible, horrible? Is there anything that upset him that wouldn't bother you? Explain.
Have your child imagine that he or she took a trip into the future in a time machine.
ASK: What did you see when you got there? Who did you meet? Where did you go while you were there? What are people of the future like? How do people get around in the future?
Draw a picture of the time machine or a scene from the future. Help your child come up with a story about his or her time travel. ASK: How did you find the time travel machine? What was the trip like?
Then work with your child to put the story in the right order.