Saturday, March 3, 2018

SOLSC #3: How do you like them apples?

I am participating in the
March 2018 Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC).
All participants are writing about one moment, one part of their day, every day for thirty-one days.
A big thank you to Two Writing Teachers for providing this unique opportunity
for teacher-writers to share and reflect.

Hustle bustle, hurry hurry, c'mon, c'mon, let's get snack started for preschoolers. Would you help me rinse these apples? Let's use our apple slicer. Let's put the slices in this can use the tongs to pick out your slices...everyone gets three slices, 1, 2, 3 ...let's count it out. Tongs and slicer, oh yeah, you are working those fine motor muscles while you munch! Let's repeat the steps. First, rinse the apple, put it on the plate, center the slicer on top, push down hard - yes! eight slices, enough to share, pop 'em in the bowl, go, go, go, munch, munch, munch, snack, snack, snack. Get another apple,
rinse it off,
put it on the plate,
center the slicer on top,
push and...
ugh!! what is that? 

Couldn't resist a photograph:

Isn't this surprising?
I've never seen an apple that looked so good on the outside and yet so very rotten on the inside. 
Preschoolers and I were absolutely fascinated by this! 
We looked closely - what is that part? some sort of sac? was this a worm's home? some other bug? wow? why did this happen? who'd have thought?
We put the slices back together again to form the apple - 
Now, the apple looks perfectly normal.
Then, let go, let the slices fall. 
Ugh. That's NOT normal on the inside.

I know it was a surprisingly yucky find, but I think we have scientists in the making. One preschooler asked - "Ms. Ingram, can you cut me an apple like that?" I told him I had waited a long, long time before finding an apple like that. We'll have to be content with this one.

Must admit, I'm a little hesitant to just bite into a whole apple now.

[Why does this apple seem like a metaphor for too many people these days - pretty normal looking but rotten at the core?]

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