This week the students brought items into school to swap with each other. The idea behind our swap shop was to understand that there needs to be a system in place for exchange to work well. The children came up with a set of guidelines that they felt were necessary for the swap shop to be a good example of an exchange system. Take a look at our guidelines below -
,From our swap shop, we started thinking about the value of things. To begin with we all thought about value as how expensive something was. BUT when Toko told us that her most valuable thing was her mum, we started to think about value in a different way. By the end of our discussion, the children understood that each of us see value in different ways. Something valuable to one person may not be as valuable to someone else. To check the children's understanding of this, I asked them to swap their items in the swap shop and then come to the carpet with their new item. I then asked them to swap it with the person next to them. The children didn't think this was very fair!
Lana said "I have never played with it before and I don't want to get a boy's toy because I am not a boy!"
Alex said "I don't want to swap because I don't have any buses and I really wanted this one."
Noura said she felt sad because "I chose something that I can use and the other thing I can not use."
Fortunately, I wasn't that mean! I told the children they did not have to swap again but by doing this, they really understood that the first item that they had chosen was more valuable to them than the item I had asked them to swap it for.
I wonder how our exchange system helps our class community? Talk about this at home as a family. Do you have any exchange systems that happen in your house? For example, do children help to do things in the house in exchange for pocket money? Does the tooth fairy ever come and exchange a coin for a tooth?
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