We regularly visit the Hintonberg Community Center for the City’s after school program. A few months ago we came across a booth inviting children who play music instruments to take part in research organized by the Department of Neuroscience at Carleton University. The experiment is called “Tone detection and self-regulation training can improve education performance in children.”
They actually invited children 9 years old and above but Rose was able to be invited.
This Tuesday, Chen brought Rose to take part in this experiment and it took them about 3 hours to finish the entire procedure.
Rose was very happy as she received some toys and a “My Ballet” backpack, which included a book on Ballet and an kid’s activity book. She also received $15 as a stipend.
From then on, Rose took every opportunity to claim that she had money. This Friday, I brought them to the Carlingwood mall. Rose wanted to visit the children’s clothing department at Sears. Rose actively checked for the clothing on sale. Finally she chose two T-shirts. Cherry was kind of absent-minded and wanted to go to Dollarama. At the end, I grasped the same T-shirts that Rose chose. When we were at the check-out counter, Rose exclaimed, “Mommy you can use my money”. “That is your money you can keep it.”
At Dollarama, when we checked out, Rose exclaimed again, “Mommy I have money.” I didn’t use hers though.
Then we went to Loblaw’s and bought some snacks, Rose pulled out her money and said she could pay. I kindly declined again.
This afternoon, after the twin’s sport program, we went to the YMCA for a swim and then rushed to the Dovercourt Community Center for its Winter Carnival. We passed a refreshments booth and the twins claimed that they were hungry. I didn’t take my wallet with me so Rose was very happy that she finally got a chance to contribute. She generously passed the bill on to the seller, the seller put it in his cash box. After carefully examining the various kinds of cakes there, they both choose a cake with pink icing which cost 50 cents each. And then they were ready to leave. The seller seemed to have forgotten as well! So I told the seller that Rose gave him 5 dollars.
This is the first time that Rose spent her earned money.
This also reminded me of a few weeks ago when we went to IKEA. On the way home, we lined up to purchase some frozen yogurts. I told Rose that we would buy four yogurts and that each one would cost one dollar and five cents. I asked her how much we should pay. I used various ways to show her how she could add 4 of one dollar and four of five cents but Rose just could not get it even when we got the yogurts.