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If I catch them following these rules, I pass out Art Monets (money I've
designed onto hot color copy paper - three to a sheet) Once a student has
earned 5 of these, they are allowed to come and spend it by buying art
supplies from my Art Monet basket. I keep lots of inexpensive packs of
markers, colored chalk, crayons, color pencils, art buttons [from the
button maker] and rolls of adding machine paper - they love these for
looooong drawings. (Sometimes I make sketch books from a couple sheets of
cardstock and 15 sheets of copy paper. I print out and copy a cool picture
for the front with a place for their name. Office Depot gives me price
breaks for the binder combs) I teach at a pretty low cashflow level of an
elementary school and I like that the students have a chance to get their
very own art supplies to create with. By year's end, I make sure that each
student has had at least one opportunity to purchase something from the
basket. (I also keep track of all the Art monets in a book (like a grade
book) I treat it like a bank book, with one exception: if they lose or
misplace (or Mom washes) an Art monet, I tell them that's it's just
invisible, but that they still have it on my books.
Works well, is fun, kids get supplies, I get many donations from people who
like the idea, so I don't spend too much of my own money. But, really, what
better way to spend my money than to help some would-be artists?