Lemonade Financial Literacy...and June Currently

I can't believe it is June already! My first year in first grade flew by. I have four and half school days left with my fabulous firsties and one teacher workday. Then, it's sleeping late, soaking up the sun, splashing in the pool, Vegas baby! and more. 

I have been consumed with end of the year testing for three weeks. But that's over. Thank goodness. I can breath again. In between testing kiddos, we did accomplish a few things. 

We reviewed money by making coin monsters. I called out an amount and the kiddos made a bug or monster using that amount of money. This was a lot of fun. This past week was all about money. In our financial literacy unit, we learned the difference between money as a gift and earned money (income). We decided to try to earn a little income by selling our artwork. 

I showed the class how to draw lemons and a glass of lemonade using a black crayon and white copy paper. Then they used water colors to complete their artwork. They picked a price and added it to the painting. The prices ranged from 1 cent to 99 cents. 

Then we sold the paintings to teachers in the building to raise money so we could make lemonade in class! 

Lemme tell ya - every single painting was sold! The teachers on my campus were more than happy to play along and purchase these adorable paintings. The kids were soooo proud when their artwork was bought and they got to deliver it to a teacher's room!

Needless to say, we made enough money to buy the ingredients to make fresh lemonade! Each child got to squeeze the juice out of three lemon wedges using a hand press. It took 10 lemons to get a cup of juice. Then we added 3/4 cup of sugar, 4 cups of water, and ice. It was the best lemonade I've ever tasted. For sure! And, all of the kids really loved it, except one little guy who says he's never liked lemonade. 

Then we wrote the recipe down to take home...on 2nd grade paper! Errr....notebook paper. My firsties got a kick out of writing on notebook paper instead of our first grade lined handwriting paper. 

 And now, my June CURRENTLY...

Listening - My hubs is watching Final Destination.

Loving - The last days of school are filled with writing and craftivities including a bird feeder, gift for Father's Day and this foil fish art. I'm going to draw the outline of the fish on sheets of foil. Then the kids will use a black Sharpie to add fins, gils, etc. and colorful Sharpies to color it in. It's just coloring, but it looks really cool and the marker strokes create texture in the foil. This peice will accompany writing titled, "If I were a fish..."

Thinking - I'll be in Vegas in July. The top of my wishlist was Britney Spears at the Hard Rock Hotel, but  it turns out she's on hiatus in July. Any recommendations???

Wanting - It seemed like a great idea when I said I'd spend a couple of hours three days of week working as an administrative assistant to my husband (financial advisor) or spend a couple of hours two days a week doing guided reading groups at my daughters' daycare, but now I'm like..."WHAT WERE YOU THINKING???!!!" Just sleep, work out, get some sun, and repeat!

Needing - Ha! My house is never clean anymore. Please don't visit unannounced. :-)


  1. I found you on the linky! What a beautiful fish! I love the foil fish art!

    Teaching Fourth

  2. What a great feeling it is to know that you have finished your last set of lesson plans for the year. Enjoy this last week with your kiddos! And, congrats on finishing up your first year in first. To celebrate, I think you should take the summer off!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  3. I discovered your blog through the linky and I must say I love the activities you've been doing with your firsties! It makes me miss first.

    I'm super jealous of your swimming plans for the summer. I keep telling my hubby we need to add a pool to the backyard but he's not on board with that yet.

    I love your fish using sharpies. Do you love Staples as much as I do? I feel like a kid in a candy store when I walk in and see all those wonderful supplies. Colored sharpies are the best!

    Enjoy your summer and I hope you do find many days for relaxing and swimming.