Okay, so after looking at Ms. Newingham's website and her classroom economy, I decided that I want to try that this coming up school year. I attempted it last year in first grade, but I used pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters as money earned. My first graders had a hard time with it, and it was probalby poor planning on my part. I have a few questions though. 1. I'm looping to second, but my class still has difficulty with money. Should I use the $1, $5, and $10 that Ms. Newingham uses or try the coins again? Or should I work our way to coins after they grow comfortable with it? 2. Should I use the Check Registers that my bank offers or should I use the tally system that Ms. Newingham uses? Would they be capable of even using the check registers? Or perhaps the tally mark system would be better because it allows them to practice counting by 1s,5s, and 10s. I'm a bit apprehensive, since it didn't work that well last year. I really like the idea though. Any suggestions and tips, especially with the above questions?