I should have done this earlier, but better late than never!
I just wanted to make sure that the parent letter and the bank book were ready to go for anyone to use.
Here is the content of the parent letter (just and copy and paste what is relevant):
I wanted to tell you about a new math project I have started. It is all about money, counting, saving, spending and giving to others.
Everyday the students have a chance to earn pennies by remembering to complete helpful classroom tasks such as cleaning up after lunch and playtime, hanging up their coats properly, and remembering to put pockets into the bin in the morning. They will keep these pennies in money pouches that I purchased for them. Eventually three things can happen with these pennies:
1-they are traded in for other coins. These are saved in piggy banks that we will be making.
2-they are spent in the class store. The class store will have small donated items or items that I have purchased.
3-they are spent on donated items for the food bank.
Here is where I need your help:
For each child I require: about 10 nickels and 10 dimes. Please send these in a bag or container labelled with your child’s name. These will be the “bank” where pennies are traded in. These coins will be the ones saved in piggy banks and will be sent home at the end of the year.
I also need items for the school store. I was hoping that you might be able to sent a few small items that seem to accumulate and never get played with. Extras from birthday party goody bags are just the kind of thing I am looking for. I will be rounding up items at my house as well. Please make sure that the items are small. Items can be small toys, balls, pencils, erasers, stickers.
Finally, I am hoping that all families can send in 2-3 non-perishable items for the food bank. On our charity focused day, the children will shop for these items with their own earned pennies. All item that they purchase will be given directly to food bank. Extras will be saved to continue the project after Christmas.
And, of course, here is the bank book too!
My Bank Book
Remember, that you can visit some of my old entries for some writing on the project and a little tinkering that I did along the way:
Allowance Project blog archive