ERIC Number: ED238751
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Mommy, Buy Me a China Doll: A Kindergarten Economics Project.
Wehmeyer, Mary M.
This monthlong interdisciplinary, award winning project was designed to help kindergarten children in Kentucky understand basic economic principles that affect their daily lives. The children study about the poverty-stricken people of the Appalachian mountain area of the state. Through the operation of a classroom coal mine and company store, the children learn that Kentucky is the major coal producing state in the country. They develop an understanding of many basic economic principles, including scarcity, goods and services, and opportunity cost. They form their own business, called the Kentucky Kinder Crafts, and, as the people of Appalachia have for decades, use resources at hand to produce unique items and then sell them to the general public. Other project activities involve students in viewing filmstrips and films, working in learning centers, listening to stories and guest speakers, and putting on an Appalachian folk festival. Project evaluation reveals that students increase their knowledge of basic economic concepts as a result of this project. Print and nonprint project resources are listed. (RM)
Descriptors: Awards, Economics Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Kindergarten, Language Arts, Learning Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Music Activities, Primary Education, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Relevance (Education), Student Projects, Teacher Developed Materials
National Depository for Economic Education Awards, Milner 184, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61761 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY.
Identifiers: Appalachian People
Note: Paper prepared at Jeffersontown Elementary School for the International Paper Company Foundation's 19th Annual National Awards Program for the Teaching of Economics (1980-1981).