Get Smooth At Reading & Writing With Smoothies
Smoothies aren’t just for summer time. In fact, anytime is a good time for a smoothie. Amazingly, making a smoothie gets kids reading.
All summer, I made berry, banana, peach, and kale smoothies. (My own creations with fresh mint leaves AND sometimes I left the mint leaves out and added a touch of vanilla. DELISH!)
However, with October on the horizon, I was inspired to search for pumpkin spice smoothie recipes since I LOVE pumpkin spice lattes. (and so do my kids)
(Everyone say- “Ahhhh!” You know you love them too.) In a matter of 0.29 seconds (like a blink), I had 934,000 results pop up on my Google search screen. WOW!
Easily, I chose the first pumpkin spice smoothie recipe
I used my own pureed pumpkin, but you can substitute ½ cup canned pumpkin in its place.
Okay, so what does a pumpkin-spice-smoothie have to do with reading & writing?
First of all, anything with food is inspiring, right? The smoothie is the reward for reading and writing.
Here’s how a smoothie gets kids reading:
With your class or child/student, think about a type of smoothie you’d like to create. Look up recipes with pictures to get some ideas.
Select a recipe
Read the recipe together and gather the ingredients. (This is awesome, because you’re role modeling reading as a life skill. You are giving meaning to reading and making it fun. Isn’t this a sneaky way to encourage reading? Yep! Shhh, don’t give away the secret that reading is actually fun. Please remember that one doesn’t have to plow through pages & pages to be a reader. One must simply read to be a reader. This activity models that reading is fun, has a purpose, and is informative.)
Make the smoothie
Sip the Smoothie (Ahh! This is the reward for reading!)
Write to me about the experience & share the photo
Write in a journal about the experience. The writing can be fun and whimsical about the experience, or it can be written in informative style using “steps-in- a process” like I’ve written this post. Be sure to use transitions words like first, then, next, after that, etc. This helps your children learn to incorporate those important transition words. (By writing after the smoothies are created, it ties writing to an experience; thus, ideas are fresh and easy to write about.)
Be sure to praise their work.
Also, only correct one item. (This is the hard part. We all want our children to have perfect work, but resist the urge to correct it all. Correcting everything all at once deflates the enthusiasm and momentum just generated. Just select one skill that needs improvement. Correct, role model, and teach that one skill. Praise the rest, and you’ll have awesome results.)
Do this and you’ll be on your way to helping someone to read and write smoothly, and more importantly, it gets your kids reading.
I look forward to hearing about your experience.
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