Our school participates in a Fruit and Vegetable program, and the children get a nutritious snack 3 days a week. Some have been a big hit -- like grapes and watermelon. Some have been a little strange -- jicama was a mystery to all of us. And the pomegranate was the biggest mess I have ever seen. We had purple stickiness EVERYWHERE! But today was the craziest. They gave us a bag of lemon halves to feed the children. Lemons. Who eats a lemon for a snack? So, not one to waste food -- I made a quick trip to Wal-mart and bought a container of sugar. I gave them a cup and half a lemon, and they squeezed out the juice. Then I gave them a spoonful of sugar to stir in before filling the cup with water. It was great fun--and pretty messy -- and they enjoyed drinking the lemonade. Most thought lemonade came from a powder, so fresh-squeezed lemonade was a new experience.
We started a new writing unit today -- "How-to Writng" by Deanna Jump. It wasn't in the lesson plans, but we will be writing about how to make lemonade tomorrow. So, the crazy snack I was complaining about turned out to be a great topic for writing. I hope I will always try to make lemonade when life gives me lemons!