Stock Up Sale: Teaching Math Through Summer Sales Ads

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Aug 11, 2015 4:45:37 AM

money picSummer is one of the best times of the year to teach kids about important financial skills. Parents and families can teach children and teens how to save money by shopping at summer stock-up sales.

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Stocking up on school essentials can be a powerful learning experience for students. Participating in family shopping trip provides kids with a hands-on learning experience.

Plan Ahead

  • Have kids make a shopping list
  • Bring a pencil and pad of paper for calculations (or buy one there)

At The Store

  • Have the kids calculate the savings (regular price-sale price)
  • Have the kids calculate the total price of the items.
  • Find out how much sales tax was paid.


Big Universe Learning offers a large variety of books about money. Schools, children and families can easily read several online books. Find these books at Big Universe.

Screen Shot 2015-08-09 at 4.29.28 PMMoney

Penny Dowdy (author)
ISBN: 9780778790228
Crabtree Publishing Company
This book is filled with full color artworks and images, introducing the young reader to the concepts of currency. Money explains the many concepts of money to primary readers, including understanding the value of unique coins and bills, counting money, and checks.
Games & Activities, Numbers & Concepts
Interest Age:
Ages 3-5, Ages 6-8




Screen Shot 2015-08-09 at 4.31.07 PMMoney Counts

Shirley Duke (author)

ISBN: 9781618103413
Rourke Publishing
Introduces students to the concept of money from a penny to a dollar. Shows them how to make different amounts with different coins and how many coins it takes to buy something.

Numbers & Concepts, Other
Interest Age:
Ages 0-2, Ages 3-5, Ages 6-8
Kindergarten, 1st Grade



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