I’ll admit it, I was stumped.
I started thinking about this post two weeks early. My first idea wasn’t ready to be a blog post and my second idea didn’t work out either. When things just weren’t coming together I started questioning if I would be able to come up with a teaching related post at all.
Then I thought about what we are loving lately.
Education should be fun.
We should strive to find things our kids get excited about and use them to inspire teachable moments. We can create, craft, explore, and engage our kids while learning about something they love. Once I reset my thinking, coming up with a post idea was easy.
One thing that both of my girls are loving this summer has been the melon patch in our garden. From planting to harvesting and eating, they just can’t get enough. So I thought of ways I could take something they already enjoy and turn it into something more.
Watermelon Seed Spitting
Recently we played a little game of “who can spit a seed the farthest” They both loved being able to spit
seeds in the air and when we finished we made a math lesson out of it by measuring and charting distances.
With 6 ripe cantaloupes lying around I needed to be creative with how we were eating them. Then I remembered a recipe my MIL once made that we all loved and knew the girls would be the perfect helpers.
- 1 large cantaloupe
- 1 3oz package raspberry Jell-O
- 1 Cup boiling water
- 1/2 Cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1 Cup sliced fresh strawberries
- 1) Cut the cantaloupe in half and clean out all of the seeds, pat dry.
- 2) Add the boiling water to the Jell-o and stir until dissolved. Add in the applesauce and fruit. Mix well.
- 3) Lay the cantaloupes in a dish and fill with the Jell-O mixture being careful not to over fill.
- 4) Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- 5) Cut into 6 or 8 wedges before serving.
Some watermelon inspired art turned out to be a fun and simple craft. We used thick white paper (but you could also use a paper plate cut in half as well). We painted with pink, green and black acrylic paints and used a q-tip to add the seeds. We hung the art up to display it and I love the summer touch it brings to our school room. We may need to paint cantaloupes too :).
Next time you are feeling uninspired think about what your kids are loving. We can find teachable moments all around us when we simply take the time to look.
For more melon fun check out this watermelon math post from Work It Mommy!Sharing how #cantaloupes & #watermelons inspired teachable moments in this months #TeachingTogether post… Click To Tweet
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