Over the course of a few weeks the children have been juicing different types of vegetables and fruits. One week we picked lemons to juice. Before the juicing process started, we set up the light table as a provocation for the children to explore with the lemons.
The materials used for this project were lemons in different shapes and sizes, thin black sharpies, different types of yellow paints, and paintbrushes. These materials were chosen so the children could create imprints of the lemons and create fractions and math problems.
The teacher observed the children discussing what the lemon looked like on the inside, the smell of it, the color of it, and the size of it.
Some observations and discoveries said by the children:
- “I see seeds!”
- “The lemon is yellow.”
- There is juice inside.”
- “Some of them are all circles and some are not and some are cut up in half and some look like petals.”
- “I see juice on the inside.”
- “I see skin.”
- “I see holes.”
- “Little dots on the skin.”
- “It looks like a sun.”
- “It looks like a star.”
The purpose of this project was to allow the children to use food as a language.
We used lemons as a means to explain and understand mathematical concepts such as fractions. Utilizing food as a material in the classroom daily in more of its real, whole form allows the children to understand where food comes from, the science of food (ex: life cycle, plants) math in cutting, shapes, color, cooking, measuring, volume literacy, names of food, writing food names and reading recipes. Food is a language by any of these means. The children observed and experimented juicing lemons while incorporating fractions successfully, facilitating the children’s cognitive process in their ability to solve problems and think outside of the box intuitively. Taking food out of the kitchen and placing it into another environment provides the children a meaningful opportunity to explore nutrition in an educational way!