On Monday, October 1st, the adolescent community traversed to Ramsey and were hosted by the Turner family. The Turners had a huge problem - they were up to their eyes in APPLES! They enlisted the aid of the adolescents to clean, peel, cut, and boil the apples in order to make a vat of applesauce.
Two adolescents washed and distributed apples, a few more peeled them, a few more cut them, and a couple boiled them on the stove. After a bit of scuffle, each student found their place on the team and were determined (competitively so) to do their part. From singing songs, to arguing about how many apples there were, to competing about how many apples they peeled, the students were undoubtedly valorized by the work and the joy and leadership skills were visibly present.
Not only was this a beautiful way to see the work behind apple preserving, but it brought about communication skills, teamwork, and just sheer joy! The Turners kindly gave the adolescents some of the applesauce they made as a thank you - and we are grateful to them for the opportunity to work with our hands, as Maria Montessori always encourages.