“We have $100 to spend,” I told my daughter as we walked around Sears.
“ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS?” She nearly shouted. Her eyes widened and she rubbed her hands together behind a big grin. “That’s A LOT of money, isn’t it?”
Well, let’s see. I told her. I pointed to the dress she was holding and asked her to read me the price tag.
“Twenty dollars,” she read.
Ok, so that means we have 80 more to spend.
We came in with a gift card to pick up some clothes for the new school year but I didn’t realize we’d also be leaving with another math lesson under our belt.
We browsed together and she picked a few more items off the rack for herself while I shopped for her brother. After a little while we set all our items down and I opened my calculator app and had her help me add them up.
First she read me the prices of her items then she added the price of her brother’s items.
“Ninety dollars!” She showed me the total. “So we have one dollar left!”
Technically with tax she’s exactly right but I reminded her about place value and asked her to think about how many dollars we’d have left.
“Ten more!” She said after using my hands as a tool.
I pointed to a hat that she had grabbed for her little brother.
“That’s about ten dollars,” I said.
“Then we’ll be at one hundred!”
She typed the last 10 into the calculator and saw it reach the number we’d been aiming for. Not more, not less.
She beamed as we gathered our things and marched to the register.
“We wasted all of our money!” She told the cashier as she rang up our items.
The cashier laughed and I saw this as an opportunity for a quick vocabulary lesson.
“I think you mean spent,” I suggested. “Wasted is when you throw away something for a bad reason. Spending money is when you are using it to buy something. We are spending the money on school clothes you will use for this whole year, so that’s not wasting.”
“Ahh, ok, spending all our money!” She amended.
The total rang up to $108 thanks to tax. I decided not to go into that lesson today. That’s what we get for missing tax-free weekend.
Luckily we had just won a slew of shop your way points by playing a Secret Life of Pets game in the store, so we redeemed those for cash and it covered the tax over our gift card money.
We walked out of the store, well, Lil’ J was skipping and heading straight for the food court. We finished our little mommy/daughter date with a Chick-fil-a lunch and a Bluebell ice cream dessert. I sat across from her and admired her little spirit. So joyful, so full of life and willing to learn. I love her.
I didn’t know going into that mall that we’d be turning the trip into a math lesson. I’m not even sure if a year ago I would have seen it as an opportunity to do so. I probably would have just rushed through the trip and not thought to stop and explain. Knowing we are on our own now, no other teachers this school year, just us with our many books and life experiences to lead the way. It’s a little scary, but mostly exhilarating, and I can already see it bringing us closer together.
Want $100 to spend with your kiddos at Sears? You don’t have to turn it into a math lesson but I promise you it can be fun! Just leave a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win a Sears gift card. Also while you’re there check out the new kids jeans and back-to-school gear or look online at Sears.com/backtoschool.
My daughter basically refuses to wear anything but dresses but Sears has expanded their popular Roebuck &; Co. denim line from just mens to boys and girls as well. The boys line has a classic collegiate feel, with tints of color and dry processing to give it a vintage look. Sizes are 7-16 for girls and 8-12 for boys and between $24-36 a pair. Next year she’ll be a little bigger and I’m guessing ready to expand on her choices.
Giveaway ends August 24th at 11:59pm. Good luck!
Update: Winner alert- Commenter #59 Tara Schreeve
*I’m passionate about spending quality time with my family and I love it when stores make that easier for me by making shopping easier and more affordable. That’s why I’ve partnered with Sears for this post.