An innovative approach to teaching math helps students learn real money value from a classroom store.
The Reality Store offers toys, paper, and other items. Students use play money. Third grade teacher Amira Abunastu said that when she first opened the store, one student handed the cashier the entire envelope of play money.
No, no,” Abunadi said. “Your mother wouldn’t give the cashier her wallet, would she? No, you have to count out the money for the cost of the item. Then, wait for your change,” Abunadi said.
Abunadi says they use play money to make the math experience real for students. “It teaches them a lot more than they learn from worksheets or in the book,” she said.
The class is part of the East Chicago Urban Enterprise Academy, sponsored by the Office of Charter Schools at Ball State University. The charter school has an A rating from the Indiana Department of Education.