Is it possible to be a dedicated homeschooling mom while still making time for myself as an individual (a girlie girl who likes cute shoes)? I like to think so. Follow along, and I'll let you know for sure.

Trust me . . . it's not ALL about the shoes.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Teaching Tool Tuesday - Mad About Money Week 3 Curriculum / Lapbook Now Available

Don’t tell, but my wish lists at Lakeshore Learning and Amazon are much longer than the one I have at Honestly, I’m a complete sucker for books and educational games, software and toys. But this past year I’ve honed my ability to discern which tools will be fun once or twice and which ones we'll use over and over . . . and I’ll be sharing our favorites with you every Tuesday. 

I finally had time to upload the Mad About Money Week 3 curriculum and lapbook elements to the blog. As always, you can find them under Curriculum to Share on the right navigation bar.
I'm really pleased with how this unit is turning out, and Week 3 wraps up the portion devoted to the history of money. The curriculum covers the history of paper money in our country, as well as the types and quantities of bills produced in the U.S. today. It also covers how bills are made, which brought back nice memories of our trip to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing last year.

For the lapbook, we have a fan book of all the different bills printed in the U.S. today, with space to write in the quantity printed per year and the name of the person whose portrait appears on it. Other elements include an inflation chart that compares the costs of three items in three different years, a "Decoding the Dollar" activity to learn what appears on our dollar bills (and why) and flap book of fun facts about paper money.

As always, I'd love to hear feedback from anyone who uses the curriculum or makes the lapbook!


  1. Hi!
    I just found your blog and is wonderful!
    This money lapbook looks great and I would love to do it with my son along with the Brain and five senses, but I tried downloading it and I was not successful doing it through file factory. Could you tell me how to do it? I tried following your instructions but nothing!

  2. Oh no! File Factory is driving me nuts. LOL! Let me see what's going on. If I can't get it figured out, I can always e-mail them to you. :)

  3. Okay, check out my post today and let me know if that works for you. If not, I'm happy to e-mail you the files. Thanks!!! :)

  4. Is there any way you could email the Mad About Money curriculum & lapbook components to me? Thanks!!!