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Money JOKES: 3 PERFECT exercises to help students MAKE CENTS of coins

Do coins make cents to your children?

Can they automatically differentiate between pennies, dimes, quarters, and dollars? Or do they respond like this?









Here are our two cents: coins and financial literacy count more than simply for piggy banks and gumball machines! At a young age, we lay the building blocks for money sense.









If you or your child are sick and tired of being nickel and dimed (emotionally) when it comes to foundational mathematical concepts, this seven-minute math lesson is worth the watch! In this video, Amy’s multisensory number instruction causes the mathematical climate to change. It’s no coincidence 🙂










Here are the three activities in the video you can do with your child, along with the activities’ secret powers!

Activity #1: Ten Frames Activity

  • Subitizing
  • Skip count by 5s & 10s
  • Differentiate between nickels & dimes

Activity #2: I have, you need math routine by Pam Harris

  • Gamifying math concepts
  • Explicit math language

Related: Part I (Coins & Kids)

Activity #3: Adding Coins

  • VAKT
  • Clutter-Free instruction
  • Scaffolding

These interactive games and activities exemplify what makes Made For Math Specialists the craftswomen & craftsmen they genuinely are! Still, this lesson is not a stand-alone silver bullet destined to solve all your child’s math ailments. With all of our progress, we all occasionally fall on our faces. That’s just part of growth! And a little funny sometimes.










With that said, we can count on the strategies featured in the video. It’s more than common cents. It is research-based!

Call your children to the computer, click “Play,” and enjoy today’s three interactive activities. You don’t have to flip a coin 🙂

Watch the Video

MFM Authors

Matthew Lyda

Matthew Lyda

Multisensory Math Specialist

Matthew is a Blue Belt in Shotokan Karate, a happy husband, wilderness lover, drummer, and a voracious reader! He works with students one:one as well as in group classes. 

Amy Anderson

Amy Anderson

Multisensory Math Specialist; VP of Grades 7-12

Amy is a certified teacher with a Masters in Education and a Bachelor of Arts. She enjoys photographing the Pacific Northwest landscapes, walking her dog, rock climbing and searching for humpback whales. She works with students one:one as well in group classes.