Kuiper Cash Corporations

In 6th grade math class, students are introduced to the “Kuiper Cash” program, in which students are given weekly salaries, apply for jobs, pay fines, and keep track of personal finances.  As part of this program, students are challenged to create small businesses used for buying and selling goods and services.  6th graders who choose to start a business often pair up with a partner to brainstorm business ideas and work together to create products for “selling.”

Once a quarter, students who have obtained a “business license” (for which they must apply and pay for) are able to set up shop during math class.  This quarterly event is known as the "Kuiper Cash Business Expo."

This year, students have created businesses that range from selling baked goods to making jewelry.  Some students sell bars, cookies, and candies, while others make snow cones, smoothies, and hot apple cider.  One business owner allows students to pre-order pillows or other hand-made items that will be specially made and delivered to buyers later.  Another business sells key chains and bracelets made from different materials. And still another business owner makes and sells origami.

A bracelet made and sold by Mikayla.

Artwork colored and sold by Joslyn.

Keychain made and sold by Elizabeth.

Kuiper Cash Business Expos allow students to discover the realities of supply and demand.  Discussion is held on how to make the best profit without over or under pricing while still being able to sell as much supply as possible.  The Expo also gives students a chance to keep track of money spending and earning on a larger scale and gives opportunity to discuss tithing.  

While there are many learning benefits to using the Kuiper Cash program, students mostly enjoy the opportunity to spend and earn their own “money.”  (The Kuiper Cash bills might look similar to the real thing, but they are not.)  And best of all, it’s just a lot of fun!

6th grade students with their Kuiper cash and ledgers.


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