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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

The Lemonade Stand

He started talking about it days ago. I didn't pay much attention to it because enterprises such as this are dreamed up by little boys and girls all the time, and are left as that; ideas that are not seen to fruition. But he was determined. He had father buy the bag of lemons; he commissioned sister to help him get it started. He did not want to wait for mother. Sister advised him to clean his Diego table so he scrubbed it. She helped him mix the lemon juice, sugar and water. They talked about expenses and profit and determined a price. They made a sign together. They put the pitcher in the coldest part of the refrigerator to chill overnight. First thing in the morning, he was ready.
This is our street. You see my reluctance about his project?
My heart went out to him as he sat there in the hot sun, so eager and expectant.
But sometimes one has to learn hard lessons about business.
And then, the magic happened.
He had customers!
First James came, passing over the dollar and taking a cup...
and, one by one, each of his siblings came to make his enterprise successful, and I learned once again how special they are.
Later on, at lunch, he pushed two of his four dollars across the table to his sister, splitting the profits because she helped him. As I got up from the table, I noticed that she had pushed them back to him.

I had started this post, thinking I would tell you all about how he and Katie had talked about how much the lemons and sugar cost and about taking that much out of the profits and counting what was left over, because they did do that, and that is a valuable lesson in math and economics. But, I ended up realizing that sometimes there is more to a story than this, and that sometimes counting up the profits of an enterprise is about more than dollars and cents.

If you would like to see all the math involved in a Lemonade Stand, visit Joyful Learner for this post.


  1. Amen.

    Big sisters are awesome....

  2. and big brothers, too.

  3. I adore this post! Lessons in love and Math too :)

    In the continuation of us thinking alike. Two little girls had indoor lemonade stands after lunch at our house. Ours was the from the mix variety but the bathroom paper cups were lovely :)

  4. Very sweet! Kids are awesome :)

  5. Oh, this is wonderful. I used to LOVE having lemonade stands!

  6. There is a whole lot more to this post than meets the eye!!! I love it, everything about: the summery lemons, the sweet siblings - just lovely!!! Thanks for your loyal linking, you are a star!!!

  7. This is a really lovely story! :) I've featured your post here: http://sunnydaytodaymama.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/all-year-round-week-fifteen-7-summer.html


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