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How many of you are stumped on classroom incentives?  I know I was forever.  Something that worked one year, wouldn’t work the next.  My kiddos were just too different.  Like all classrooms, some were internally motivated.  Some were externally motivated.  Some worked really hard no matter what.  Others didn’t work hard at all, for any reason.  That’s just the way it is. 
Ideally I would LOVE to have a classroom where positive verbal reinforcement was enough.  And where I was good enough at it, that it worked and I didn’t need another system.  But alas, I am not there yet.  I’ll keep working on it though! 

But until then, I have come up with a system that I have used, altered, mastered, and come to love, y’all!  I am so excited to share it with you!  It’s my Checkbook Incentive Program.   Check it out by clicking on the link!

Basically, students make their own checkbooks {everything they need is in the packet on TpT} and then get rewarded for good behavior and work, with checks from you.  Students keep their checks and their balance in their own checkbooks.  {LESS WORK FOR YOU, PTL!!!}  Then, they visit a “Banker” {which can be you or it can be a classroom job for your students- I recommend making it your students if they can be responsible and trustworthy} and “deposit” their checks in the bank.  For me, our bank is a binder with balance sheets.  Each student has their own balance sheet that looks an awful lot like this…

Pretty simple, right!?  Balance Sheets are available in the Packet on TpT!

At the beginning of each year, I print my own checks and write on them.  I write different reasons I may pass out a check, like “Being a great listener”, “Going above and beyond”, or “Helping another classmate”.  I then give all the checks different denominations.  I like to stick with $5-$15.00, but the price is completely up to you!  You can even make some checks crazy denominations, like $12.36 to force adding and subtracting different numbers.  Then, I laminate the checks and cut them out so they’re ready to pass out at a moment’s notice!  When I see a kiddo doing an exceptional job, I hand them a check and very specifically verbalize why they’re receiving that check.  {That’s an important part of this system!  Kiddos need to know what they did so well!}. 

At the beginning of the year we choose good times to balance our checkbooks, so that we don’t have students balancing them during my math lesson!  So until it’s the right time, students stick their check in their pocket or in their checkbook.  Then when they’re able, they fill in their new check in their checkbook balance pages and find their new balance.  About once a week, students sign up to visit the banker and deposit their checks in our class bank.  {This is where laminated checks can be great because you can reuse them once they’re turned in!}  Students keep track of their own balances in their checkbooks and just like a real checkbook- the correct balance is always the one at the bank. 

So what do students do with all this money?  What’s the big deal?  Well, here’s my favorite part!  When students go to the bank, they are also able to “purchase” an item by writing a check to me {they better fill it out correctly though!}.

The possibilities are completely endless and up to you, so this program can fit your own classroom! 

One thing I really love about this program is, twice a year we have a large auction where we ask families and local organizations to donate items for us to auction off to the students!  These auctions are a great way to discuss with students why it’s important to save your money and it provides them with an incentive to work hard all year.  It’s a win/win! 

Again, how you use this program is completely up to YOU and your class!  If you have any questions about this or any of my other products, feel free to e-mail me at

And for the next 4 days, I will have all my products marked down 20% to celebrate Summer and that we have about one month left to enjoy!  Also, it’s mine and my hubby’s 1 month anniversary. 🙂   I know it’s a small one but you’ve just gotta celebrate every little bit of life, right?  So enjoy!

Happy Friday, everyone!



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