Jupiter has a thing about money counting.
She's supposed to be learning how to count pennies, nickels and dimes at school. She hates it. Every time I open the homework folder and there's a money counting exercise in there, I cringe. And yet say brightly, "Oh look! We get to count change! How cool is that?". And then I dodge the flying pencils.
Anyway, yesterday we played Monopoly for the first time. It turns out I've had a brand new Monopoly game downstairs in my house probably since I moved in 9 years ago. So we opened it up.
Boy, did Jupiter like that game. I beat her, but only by a few hundred dollars (Elmo came in a distant third, having spent much of the game landing in jail). She may not be able to count change, but her dollar counting showed great promise. She owned three out of four trains. I honestly didn't expect her to take to the game that quickly. I want another monopoly game specifically designed for pennies, dimes, and nickels. Because if she can do it with tens, fives, and ones to collect and pay theoretical rent, she should be able to do it with pennies, dimes, and nickels. I think we played for about two hours...at any rate I looked at the clock and said "It's 8pm!!).
She wanted to play again this morning. She ended up owning three trains again. We quit early though....and she did beat me.
School starts again in the morning. Flying pencils coming soon...
2 days ago