Hello! This is Lisa from ALL Y'all Need. My first week of school is next week and I wanted to share an idea that I implemented last year.
So here's what I came up with.... I decided to host a classroom lemonade party to introduce sweet and sour words in the classroom. My goal of the lemonade party was for my students to use their senses in order to gain a deeper of understanding of the impact of sour words.
Here is what happened at our lemonade party.
First, each student received a thimble-sized portion of lemon juice. We discussed how the lemon juice looked, smelled, felt, and tasted. As a class, we came to the conclusion that the lemon juice was extremely bitter. Their expressions were hysterical when they tasted the lemon juice! Then, a discussion was held about how bitter words are like lemon juice. Although they seem harmless, they have a bitter effect.
Then, we repeated the same procedure for lemonade. This time, my students were smiling after tasting the lemonade and many asked for a refill. We talked about how sweet words are like lemonade. They make us smile, feel good, and someone always wants more. Throughout the year, we referred to other's comments as sweet and/or sour words. I would hear, "Thank you for using sweet words!" and "That was very sour!"
I can't wait to host the sweet and sour lemonade party! I hope that it demonstrates the impact words have on us to my Pre-K students this year as much as it did last year.