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Teaching with Blueberries

Written by Denise Sawyer on Monday, June 24, 2013.

This is especially important during the summer months when children are at home and not receiving regular instruction.  It is disheartening what kids lose when they aren’t continually using and practicing learned information. Take your own memory as an example.  How many of you took a foreign language in school and don’t regularly practice it?  How much do you actually remember?  You can probably muster up a few words and phrases, but not nearly the amount you learned in school while you were knee deep in conjugating verbs!

It isn’t hard to find these quick teachable moments. It just takes a little practice to make it a regular thing.  I’ll give you an example.  Just this week my children were having a snack of Georgia blueberries.  I asked Judah, my four year old, if he could line them up and count them.  He thought that was really fun!  Then, I showed him some simple addition problems placing one blueberry on one side of the plate and two blueberries on the other side of the plate.  I explained that one blueberry plus two more blueberries made 1, 2, 3 blueberries.  Then, I let him try other problems like 1+3, 2+2, and 2+3. You can also practice equal sharing problems.  I showed him six blueberries and asked him how we could share them equally.  I thought he would come up with the answer of 3 for me and 3 for you, but he said, 2 for me, 2 for you, and 2 for Eliana, his little sister. Made my heart melt. Now that’s a teachable moment I won’t soon forget.

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Denise Sawyer

Denise Sawyer, official food blogger for the Commission, has kicked off the blueberry season with a blog post on the Commission’s website about visiting local blueberry farms with her family.  To see her latest blog post, click here.  To check out her website, visit

Comments (4)

  • Nancy Ward
    Nancy Ward
    25 June 2013 at 09:45 |

    Precious that he wanted to share with Eliana also!

    • Susan
      26 June 2013 at 10:03 |

      Blueberries are one of the few foods we don't mind out kids playing with. LOL

  • Harold K.
    Harold K.
    25 July 2013 at 18:49 |

    What a great idea! II have a few young ones who wouldn't mind learning with blueberries!

  • Debbie Southerlin
    Debbie Southerlin
    25 July 2013 at 18:55 |

    I made summer fruit pizza with lots of yummy fresh blueberries .It was the hit of my cookout.I can't to make blueberry muffins.

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