Sunday, November 8, 2009

Lesson in Economics

Well Amira had her first lesson in economics today. Today I asked her if she wanted to go to the mall and look around as we had been home all weekend long. She thought it would be fun to go look around. I told her there was a Hello Kitty store and her eyes lit up. I told her that she could bring some of her money if she wanted as she may find something she wanted to buy.

So, off to Hello Kitty we went. We spent about 45 minutes to an hour meandering through the entire store which incidentally isn't very large but packed with lots of stuff. She looked, touched and ewwwed over everything she could reach in the store. I just patiently followed her around and watched as she shopped. She finally made a decision on something she wanted. I told her the price of the toy and she said, "ok". Of course, I realize she knows numbers and what currency is because that's what they are learning in school; however, I also knew they hadn't actually learned the lesson that goes along with spending and earning money in reality so thought today was as good as any to learn.

We walked up to the cashier and she placed her item on the counter. The lady rang it up and told her it was $15.23. Amira reached into her Tinker Bell purse and pulled out her Tinker Bell money wallet. I told her it meant she had to give the lady the three $5s in her wallet which she pulled out. I told her then she needed to give her three pennies and two dimes. Her face was starting to droop a little. We gave the lady the money and she quickly handed us the receipt and told us to have a nice day. Obviously, this young girl didn't understand that this was Amira's first real purchase so it wasn't important to make it a big deal----or treat it like any other transaction. Anyway, she handed Amira her bag and Amira took it sadly looking down. As we walked slowly away I asked her what was wrong, and she said "I don't like this Hello Kitty". I asked why she didn't and she said, "because now I don't have my $5s anymore". I told her we could take the toy back and get her money back if she wanted too, and she said, "no".

It broke my heart to see her sad, but with a passing of a couple of hours since that purchase Hello Kitty is snug as a bug in a rug in our home and feeling very loved. :-)

5 comments:

Sparkling Motivation said...

Awwww! How cute is that! I think I'm gonna go and get myself a Hello Kitty ASAP now lol

I remember when I started making my own purchases (mainly toys and stationary) I'd stay in the store for AGES to calculate and choose what I wanted.

Thanks for the lovely day out ^_^

Hugs and kisses for the sweet lady Amira :-*


Sparkle

on the edge said...

A very good lesson and a great method for learning.She is growing up so fast .I fund this web site . It has a panting of a little girl that could be Amira's sister . Check it out .Uncanny!

http://www.dailypainters.com/paintings/78578/Little-Mermaid/Liza-Hirst

Benghazi Citizen said...

Bless her ,that was really simple and yet very true ..We all lose our 5's to boost the economy ,but we r not happy about it..
Be well..
Regards

Romana said...

Ohhh bless her!

ibeebarbie said...

Salam All,

Thank you for stopping by-----although I realize the blog has slowed over the last year, I appreciate your attention in stopping by. :-)

Amira seems to have recovered from losing her 5's.....lol