From that point on, I looked at what Irina learned differently. Was it a life skill necessary and how deep are we willing to go. Is it worth the chaos and frustration this may cause my child? If the answer was no, we just didn't do it. That is the approach I take now. Right now, we are working on money w/ the homeschoolers. It is evident, NONE of my kids understand money. Bojan and Yana seem to understand the most but even they need help from time to time. Shoot, I know some adults who need help w/ money. LOL. Just look at all the shows dedicated to debt or saving money or such. Plenty.
Anyhow, the homeschoolers are learning money. Alex has a fairly good concept of what the coins are and how much they're worth. He has no idea how money works, or how to make change or things of that nature. That was evident Walmart when he handed over all his money to the cashier instead of what she needed. Alyona has no idea. Not even the value of the penny. "Little #1" knows some values.(he's only 3 btw) Nik knows some but not all as well. So, today I got out some money.
First, I handed out everyone money. Play money of course. Though Nik had a VERY hard time understanding that he could not spend this money. He kept signing Walmart. And yes, one of the "littles" was here so he too participated.
We then went over every denomination of currency. We explained how each country has their own kind of money. This is only good in the United States. Trust me, you need to explain this one. I explained why people mainly carry around dollars versus all those coins.
They each got a bag and put their name on it. They were to go "shopping" in the house. Since FAS kids are literal (& little ones for that matter), I had to explain that you can NOT keep what you pick up. They were to get 3 items and bring it back to the store cashier....me.
Not sure why Alyona has a sour puss face on. That watermelon is delicious btw.