I made a plan to teach my kids the value of money. Like most of our homeschooling lessons, this was going to be a hands-on, real-life experience. It started with me giving each of them 4 quarters on our trip to the flea market.
There’s nothing like walking through the flea market, or anywhere for that matter, with 4 kids in tow. So I gave them some general directions before we started: Stick nearby mama or papa, smile and say hi to folks, be respectful about what you touch. It was a beautiful morning and by the sounds of their clinking quarters, my kids were excited.
Well, the smiling and saying hi to folks pretty much caused mass fawning over my children. Vendors began offering trinkets to my kids left and right…old piggy banks, little pocket toys, you name it…and all free of charge.
So far, no money lesson.
We arrived at one spot that had the most beautiful vintage porcelain dolls with detailed Victorian outfits. Surely out of the $1.00 range, but I told them they could look.
Eyeing my daughter who was practically drooling over one particular doll, the woman in charge says to me, “Oh, she can just have it.”
“That’s very nice,” I say, “but I’m trying to teach them about money. You’d be helping her learn a lesson by telling her the price .”
“Oh, okay,” she obliges. She then asks my daughter for her quarters, takes them in her hand, gives them a little shake, and then hands all of them back saying, “Here’s your change!”
From this particular vendor my kids left with Victorian dolls, cute birdhouses, some china tea set pieces, and ALL of the quarters I gave them.
So we didn’t learn the value of money, but we did learn the value of nice, friendly, generous folks.
And of course, the value of saying thank you to them.
I’d say another homeschooling lesson accomplished.