My grade ones have been learning about money for the last couple of weeks. Last week, I told them about how we will be getting rid of the penny and I had to share these comments from my students.

As we were talking on the carpet, one of my students suddenly put up her hand with a very serious look on her face. "Are people going to come into our houses and take our pennies away?" I couldn't help smiling at such an innocent, yet grave question! I reassured her that no one would take away our pennies, just that banks and businesses would collect them and send them away to get melted down and recycled. At that moment another student made a very good observation: "But they can't use the pennies to make other coins because it isn't the same colour!" Such interesting reflections from young minds!


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