Tutor Doctor | May 24, 2013

When Life Gives You Lemons; Teaching Through the Summer Vacation

Categories: K-12, K12

Your student’s teachers will be the first to tell you that the summer vacation has serious effects on your child’s learning. While it’s good to take a break from the books, teachers often struggle for weeks to get those brains back in gear. Creating fun summer activities for your students that help them to exercise their brains is a great way to keep them on their game.

The lemonade stand is a fun way for your students to learn through the summer. It teaches a range of life skills and gets them to practice math all while having fun and learning the fundamentals of commerce. While you can teach a number of lessons through a lemonade stand, remember that its mostly about fun.

Spreading the lemon love

Start by working with your student to select a charity that they really love. Whether they need to raise funds for their Girl Guide or Boy Scout troupe, or they want to give the proceeds to a local pet shelter, together you can find a worthy recipient of your lemonade income that will teach your students about the importance of community and charity.

Marketing savvy

Once you’ve decided on a charity, the next thing you can teach is the fundamentals of marketing. Here you can discuss locations and why some would be better than others. Next, take on the lemonade stand itself. Discuss ways in which you can decorate your lemonade stand to attract attention. Get your students to make signs that advertise their lemonade stand, the charity they are supporting and the items that will be on sale. They can also make posters to advertise the lemonade stand in advance. Glitter, balloons, pictures and other decorative elements can help to add a creative facet onto your educational endeavor. Also discuss ways in which your students should greet customers and how they should help them.

Green your lemonade stand

This is also a great opportunity to focus on the environment. Make your stand and posters from recycled materials. You can use boxes from your local grocery store to create a store front and posters. Opt for biodegradable cups or plastic cups that you can reuse. Make sure that all the materials end up in the recycling once your lemonade stand is taken down.

Math Whizz

Keep lots of change on hand and let your students work out how much change each customer needs to get. They can also count the money to see how much they have made. This is a great way to get them to practice their math skills while having fun.