Today’s Reader Spotlight is from Karen. She shares how a little bit of effort at the grocery store can turn into big learning for your kiddos. Did you know that coupons could be a useful teaching tool? Check out Karen’s tips below. She has some great ideas!
Take it away, Karen…
As a reading and math tutor, I encourage parents to take advantage of everyday practical activities to increase their children’s knowledge. According the National Summer Learning Association, students lose the grade level equivalency of two months in math computation skills over the summer break. Combining grocery shopping with math practice is a great way to close that gap. I’ve compiled some exercises involving coupons which can be applied at the grocery store.
Subtraction: Ask your child to tell you your final cost for an item when the coupon is subtracted.
Addition: Find the total value of coupons by adding. You may need to show him/her how to group like amounts to make it easier. After you’ve gone through checkout, let them compare their results to the receipt.
Rate: Point out how the unit price on the shelf reflects rate (price/oz). Explain how this helps you find the best value when you compare sizes and brands. Now choose a coupon which is good for any size. Next, compute the new rate once the coupon is subtracted from each size. They may initially need a calculator for this, but they will soon be able to mentally determine the better value.
Percent savings: Publix prints the dollar amount for savings at the bottom of each receipt. This includes savings from buying sale items plus the use of coupons. Since I would not pay regular price for most items, my main interest is my coupon savings. Teach your child to look for the store coupon and manufacturer coupons savings. Add those two amounts together. Now take the subtotal and add the first sum to it so you have the total cost without coupons. Finally take the coupon amount and divide by total cost. The result will be a decimal. Have them move the decimal two places to the right to figure the percentage saved with coupons.
Years ago, I had the opportunity to use these exercises with a student. I picked her up from school, and since we had extra time, I used it as an opportunity to do my grocery shopping. Although she initially resisted, I kept being consistent (plus the promise of a Kit Kat bar helped greatly!), and she willingly participated. The effort paid off when she was placed in advanced math, and now as a junior in high school, has surpassed me in math.
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