Attention ladies and gentlemen! Your struggles with teaching students to count money are OVER! For the first few years I was teaching, I felt frustrated when trying to teach children how to count coins. Students especially struggled with quarters. After doing some research on the Internet, I came across a strategy called Touch Money. This is from the makers of Touch Math. See their website here:
Basically, students learn what the coins look like and the location of touch points. Then, whenever students count coins, they touch those points as they count by 5's. Pennies have a line drawn under the bottom, which is counted by 1's. Students can apply this strategy when county actual coins, plastic coins, or pictures of coins.
When working with math worksheets or workbook pages, students draw the touch points on their coins and then count. If the touch points are drawn incorrectly, it allows me to see they have trouble identifying coins. If the touch points are drawn correctly, then it allows me to tell if they are just struggling to count by 5's or to count on by 1's.
I have been using this method for the last 4 years and I love it! I hope that your students will be able to benefit from this method also!