Each child had an opportunity to look through a fruits and vegetables book for inspiration before deciding upon what juice they’d like to make. Although many had their minds made up much earlier! Next, we asked each child to create a recipe. For some, this meant using the internet with a teacher to research just how many strawberries or apples were needed. For others, such as those who decided to make orange juice again, it meant recalling the steps taken previously, and determining just how many oranges they thought they would need to serve themselves and a parent. In all cases, we were able to push the children to reflect upon the orange juice project and adapt those steps to create a recipe for their chosen fruit. In addition to dictating the necessary steps for the recipe, each child drew illustrations of the fruits that they selected.
Observing the children take the lead in the classroom and guide their visitors through the juice making process was truly powerful. Our PK students are building their self-confidence and sense of self, and it was truly evident as they selected and weighed their fruits, helped peel and chop, and fed their fruits through the juicer. The children also measured their finished product, engaging in delightful numeracy conversations.