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The other day, the Goof and I had a conversation. “Mama, Does Disneyland cost money?” he asked.
“Yes, it does.”
“Does it cost one money or two monies?”
If only he knew how much Disney really cost. While I don’t think my pre-schooler, or most kids, need a hard and fast reality check on how much Disney costs, I do believe that Disney is a great teaching tool for a lot of things, including money.
In the past, we have taken kids of all ages. In some cases we have not asked them to pitch in any money, and other times, we have asked them to pitch in for their ticket, or at least their spending money.
I think there are lessons in everything we do, and Disney is not exempt from that. Here are some ways to teach your kids about money while enjoying a Disney vacation.
Remember, the ultimate decision is up to them, but you are there to show them that different items cost different amounts and they must decide how to use their money. Guess what, this is a mini-economics lesson.
A gift card is also a great way to do this. They will have to keep track of how much money is remaining on their gift card, just like we have to keep track of our accounts with a debit card.
Now, the lessons I posted today are not from a homeschooling parent. While I hope to homeschool, these are just lessons that popped in my head after the conversation with The Goof and while doing my economics homework (I am a full time student). If you would like to see some posts from parents of school age kids, who do homeschool while at Disney, please check out our friend Jodi at Magical Mouse Schoolhouse. I really enjoy her post on converting US currency to foreign currency.