When Life Hands You Lemons…

A lemonade stand can become a math, economics, marketing, English/Language Arts, financial literacy, health & nutrition, community building and team work lesson–all while enjoying a delicious treat in the heated shade of summer.    Any aged kids can be involved, as the tasks to set up the stand vary.  A patient parent or patient team of parents can give guidance and share their talents for each component of the stand.  (Added bonus: what parent doesn’t want the kids to be occupied and outside, rather than in front of the TV playing video games?)   

  • Sign making and thinking through messages that entice the neighborhood to buy the lemonade = English/Language Arts & Advertising lessons
  • Counting change, doubling recipes, keeping stats on the number of customers and cups sold during the day, in relation to weather = math + economics + science lessons
  • Bringing the neighborhood together in a gathering place for a sweet treat, while working with friends = teamwork + community building lesson
  • Finding a delicious, sales-worthy recipe & promoting its nutritional benefits = health + math + economics lessons

A little thinking + a fun summertime activity = take that summer-slide!  (Added bonus: no homework and no homework nagging for parents)

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About Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy

Jill Yoshikawa, EdM, Harvard ’99, a seasoned, 25 year educator and consultant, is meticulous in helping clients navigate all aspects of the educational experience, no matter the level of complexity. She combines educational theory with experience to advise families, schools and educators. A UCSD and Harvard graduate, as well as a former high school teacher, Jill works tirelessly to help her clients succeed.
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