Imagination Fuels Learning at MCS
How do you learn about basic financial principles when you are 7 years old? Start a business!
And what better way to learn about Symbols of America than by taking a trip to Washington, D.C.?
The “2nd Grade Mall”
Every winter, our 2nd grade students participate in the creation of a “2nd Grade Mall” in the gym as a fun application of the concepts they are learning. They first spend a month studying goods, services, consumers, producers, income, budgets and how God calls us to use our money as part of their curriculum, with a special focus on production and the buying and selling of goods. In preparation for the mall, each 2nd grader spends time making ‘products’ to sell at their store. They are able to see what it is like to make 17-25 of the same product and to set up a shop marketed to other 2nd graders in the mall.
On the day of the mall, some of the students were very set on earning ‘money’ by selling their items, while other students were eager to close up shop and to see what everyone else was selling. They were each given $11.50 in play money to spend at the mall. Items for sale included baked goods, bookmarks, paper planes, balloons, and even snow cones! Some students shopped a lot and ended up with no money (but lots of treats) while others ended with lots of money (one had earned over $40).
After the store, students shared their thoughts on the event:
- “Working at a store is actually fun!”
- “I learned if you wanted to get more money, sell more stuff. If you wanted to buy more stuff, use your money!”
- “I learned that some people don’t always like the price of your product.”
- “I learned what it will be like when I get old.”
The students had a great time while also learning how earning money, goods and services, producers and consumers all tie together.
First Graders Take a Trip to Washington, D.C.!
One of the highlights of 1st grade at MCS is the annual (imaginary) trip to Washington D.C., an amazing trip that takes place in the space of 3 hours throughout the MCS building and serves as the culmination activity for their Symbols of America unit. This trip involves a number of parent volunteers who take on such roles as check-in attendants or security staff (and who seem to have as much fun as the kids on this journey)!
Students must show proper ‘ID’ and check in with their tickets and luggage, then clear the rigorous customs and inspection area. (Yes, they even have to remove their shoes!) They then move onto the ‘plane’ in the gym. They enjoy a ‘tour’ of popular D.C. landmarks including the Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol building and the White House. Tired from a full day, they change into pajamas and rest at their ‘hotel rooms’ in preparation for their ride back home. What a memorable experience for students and ‘staff” alike!