We showed the children the various juicing tools that we would be using, giving a brief demo of each. We asked the children which tool they thought would produce the most juice. Many were unsure and therefore eager to begin making the juice. We split the class into three groups; a group to juice by hand, a group to juice with a blender, and a group to use an electric juicer.
This project came entirely from the children, from the initial idea to the steps involved, they were active participants in this very meaningful science and social studies experience. While we could have easily redirected the children as they were squeezing their oranges into cups that morning during snack and reminded them that oranges were for eating, we decided to listen and respect their ideas. We are, after all, co-learners with them in this experience.