Friday was the day of our much-anticipated SUPER market! This market was the peak of our classroom economy. If you need a refresher on the ins and outs of our classroom economy, I highly recommend reading this entry, and this one too, before continuing.
What sets the SUPER market apart is that it is the final market of the year, so many people have looots of money to spend. All year I've been reminding them to keep some money saved away for this special event. To make it worth their while, I made sure to get bigger and better items for them to buy than I did for the regular monthly markets. These included large stuffed animals, snacks and gum, and board games.
As usual, the small businesses really made the market come alive. We had more businesses than ever this time around! Interestingly, we had more services being sold than goods. There were students selling massages (which I happily paid for), backpack holding, and even archery lessons! As the businesses earned money, the business owners would take a break to do a bit more shopping, then head back to their stations.
As the cashier, I noticed the students' increasing savviness regarding how to organize their bills, what bills to give, and how much change they will receive. More than markets past, this felt like true commerce. It was a rewarding experience for all, and a fabulous activity for the end of the year.
Little people, big minds.