|Getting ready to shop! Sadiq and Pavan are on duty today, and the boys are waiting nicely in line |
(what? a line in India?) for their turn at the store counter.
|This is little Jeevan, he's three years old (and really cute) and |
attends a nice pre-KG Montessori school nearby.
|Today, he decided to buy a candy bar. (The money is "KM Money," created by the kids themselves.)|
|Sadiq serves banana chips to Raju. Pavan records every transaction.|
Interesting patterns have emerged. The boys save their money each month in case special items are sold at the store -- last month, two of the boys were able to purchase watches with the money they saved! The girls do NOT save, spend their entire allowances each month, as they say, "oh I'll get more money next month, I'll just buy another piece of chocolate now." What's up with that?
So far, the store is a huge success and the kids absolutely love shopping! They eagerly wait until 5:00 pm, when the store opens, and are learning the value of money, consequences of one's actions, and tracking money and purchases.
If you're in Mysore and want to donate to our store inventory, we take any kind of kid-appropriate snack and goodie found in Mysore bakeries or provision stores, including inexpensive wallets, watches, bangles, necklaces, henna, bindis, fingernail polish... nothing too expensive -- we use actual market prices on our items!