Monday, October 26, 2009

Mini Society.....

Lexi was quite excited that she was able to return to school on Friday because they had a Mini Society that afternoon. Just what is a Mini Society? Just a bit of the note we received said - I want to foster entrepreneurial qualities and creative ideas in the students. They should be encouraged to think in terms of products or services they can sell or things they can create with little or no money. They encouraged all the 5th graders to participate. The children all had play money that they had earned through various things. Example: if a parent came to the parent meeting the child received $100.00 in Mini Society money. The children had to use part of their money to purchase a business license, purchase a posterboard (for their business name) and get it laminated and rent their booth. We came up with locker magnets to sell.
I made several samples for Lexi before she got home from school one day and she loved it. They were made from oversize popsicle sticks and foam shapes. The Twilight ones were a little more complicated and I mod podged the paper onto the sticks for her, but she did most of the rest. I helped with some of the writing on the sticks. We had a great time and created 60 magnets.
Here is an up close look. We glittered some of them. We tried to make magnets that boys and girls would like. Also, some were up and down and some were sideways.
Here are the Twilight themed ones.

This is a picture of the area Lexi was set up in. There were four rooms packed full of children with creative ideas. The 5th graders got to shop first at the other booths, then they brought 4th graders around to shop. They all had a blast!
Lexi only had 11 magnets left. They had a worksheet for homework that they had to complete as far as profit, expenses and they have to pay taxes on what money they made when they get to their math class on Monday. The play money will then be put up because they will have more of these throughout the year. At the end of the year, they will have a big auction and get to use whatever money they have made and kept to purchase various items.
What a fun way to teach the 5th graders a little bit about how a business is run.

51 comments:

SmilingSally said...

I can easily see why Lexi doesn't want to miss a single day of class. How much fun they must have!

And you--you Twilight addict! I get the feeling you enjoyed this project as much as Lexi did.

Jen's Farmily said...

Wow, that is such a neat idea!! I would have loved to do something like that!!

Amelia said...

Fabulous idea...helps children realize the true way to run a business.

duchess said...

That's a great idea. Apparently the magnets were a hot item.

Stacey said...

Perfect 5th grade project. Great idea for your item that you sold too!

Did y'all have good luck at Affair of the Heart? I ended up raking leaves...and you can't even tell.

vintage girl at heart said...

What a wonderful and fun teaching tool!!! I love the idea that you two did together.. I would have bought the Twilight ones for my fridge!! So creative!! If Math was that much fun when I was in school I would have loved learning it a whole lot more!!!
You have such a talented young lady!!! I know that you are so proud of her!!!
((Yes the falling leaves sounded like rain this weekend here too))

Joanna said...

That is very cool! LOVE the idea of the Twilight ones!

Oliver's said...

Good job Lexi! I wish my children's school would do this project...so much fun and so interesting!

April said...

How neat is that? Love Lexi's idea! I think that would he a huge seller at just about any school. Good for her!

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

Such a neat idea! That really is a great way to teach them about how the "world" works. You know, my 3rd grader was complaining today about school and saying she should just go to work. Something like this might show her that it isn't so simple to just work! Great job Lexi!
~Michelle

Karen said...

Great job! My daughter did this in 5th grade too and they had so much fun!

Shannon said...

Wow! What a fun and neat idea! That is such a great thing for them to do!

Marilyn said...

How creative! I know it was fun for Lexi and a good idea for those 5th graders to do.

I have been so sick. Not the flu this time but a bad cough. I just don't feel like doing much and now rain doesn't help.

How did Lexi make it when she went back to school last week?

Take care.

Anne Fannie said...

What a wonderful idea to teach the kids about having their own business. I really like the magnets she sold. They look like they were a great hit too! Before you know it, she will have her own Etsy Store!
Also, thank you sooo much for buying some of my Christmas Gift Tags in my Etsy Store. You are a doll!
Hugs, Ann

mysteryhistorymom said...

What a fabulous idea! ANd so much fun, too! Lori

Shelia said...

Morning, Darlene! Oh, this is great! That little gal popped back into school with a bang! They didn't have fun stuff like this when I was in school! You're such a wonderful mom to help her out like this too!
be a sweetie,
shelia :)

Heather said...

great idea! and only 6 left at the end? now that's what i call selling!! how fun!

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Wow, what a great lesson!
I loved what you guys came up with-Wonderful idea!!!!

Robin~♥

Lorrie said...

I remember my kids doing the same thing at about the same age. They learn a lot and have a lot of fun while they're at it.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Wow, this is exciting and so interesting. Cute pictures!

Barb ♥

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my gosh! I love that idea! Brilliant way to teach money! SO fun! I am glad she had a great time and she was such a super salesman! They look like cool things. I was feeling a little bad for the kids that had parents that didn't come to the parent teacher meetings. Isn't that really the parents fault? I guess, I am thinking more of my inner city kids. Many of them have parents that won't come to meetings so something like that could be very hurtful to those children. Clearly you don't have that issue in your school: )

Carrie said...

how much fun! Love the magnets

Aleta said...

How cool! I love it! It is teaching them the value of money and being creative. This is great!!!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Go Lexi go! Glad she is feeling much better now~

HeathahLee said...

That is soooo cool! I'd love for our homeschool group to do something like that! Seriously, do you think Lexi's teacher could email me? We have a homeschool program each semester and this would be perfect for next semester!

jeanne said...

Hi Darlene, Lexi is so lucky to have a mom like you. The magnets were a fabulous and clever idea. What kid doesn't like magnets for their locker. Lexi looks so proud of herself. This is a terrific school project. Keep it going Lexi.

Hugs, Jeanne

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Darlene
What a fun project to do. The magnets look great and Lexi did a fantastic job with them. Well done Lexi. I loved seeing your pictures.
Lindsay
x

Lisa & Gerald said...

what a great idea..

Katie said...

I love that whole idea, how awesome and fun. It teaches kids and it is so fun, love it. I love your idea too, I may have to steal that idea in a few years, it is great.. I want a Edward magnant (lol) are you ready for the Movie??

Jes said...

how educational....and FUN! i would have loved to do that when i was little. :)

oh, guess what?! you won my GIVEAWAY!!!!!! come on over and send me an email with your address so i can get it sent out to ya! :)

Life is good! said...

cute idea, you crafty mother you!
it looks like lexis booth was a hit. good for her!

jennykate77 said...

What a super fun idea and a great way to teach kids about business! I LOVE the Twilight ones, of course!!! So cute! I may have to make some of those. :) They would be cute in my goody bags for my New Moon party.

Hope you're having a great week!♥

Kimberly said...

Fun projects like these almost makes me want to go back to grade school! I love the creativity.

Caren said...

That sounds like so much fun! I'm glad Lexi did such a good job.

I used to teach fifth grade and my students would have loved that, unfortunately, like one of your other comment-leavers, I was in the inner-city and never would have had the parental support.

Sandy Toes said...

Oh...that is fun! I love that idea!

sandy toe

Tamara Jansen said...

I just wish OUR school would do a project like this! Wonderful

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Darlene, I think this is just brilliant! And isn't Lexi cute. She looks so proud in that last picture. That is a great idea about the magnets, and it looks like they went over like hotcakes. Good job!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Ginger said...

Glad Lexi is feeling better and could return to school for this fun project. I think it's a great way to teach kids about "real life".
That's a neat idea to sell magnets.
Sounds like they went over great.

Farm Chick Paula said...

That is so neat- sounds like Junior Achievement (what we had in school). It sounds like Lexi's business was very successful!

Ramona said...

Hey there Darlene ~

What a wonderful activity! Those are darling magnets. I'd buy one! Lexi is such a doll. She is a wonderful example of the hope for the future...good job Darlene!

Have a great week...I'm going to send you an email in the next couple of days...just to chat a bit.

Smiles ~ Ramona

Bernie said...

I think this is such a great idea! I would have loved this experience as a child. :o)

Thanks for sharing this.

Warmly,

Bernie

New Every Morning said...

What a GREAT idea to help learn "business."
I love her locker magnets!

Anonymous said...

wow i love that that idea.i think i might use it too!!!

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