Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of speaking to a class of second graders about my pencil-sharpening business. These kids GOT IT. They UNDERSTAND what I am DOING.
I showed them photos of antique pencil sharpeners in my book:
We reviewed the parts of a pencil:
I even let them look at some of the sharpeners in my toolkit!
Overall it was a very nice visit. The only thing that made me mad was when one of the kids asked how much I charge per pencil; I said, â€œHow much do you think I charge?â€ and one kid yelled, â€œFive dollarsâ€ and I made a pained noise. Then another kid said â€œOne dollar?â€ and then some wiseacre said â€œtwenty-five cents?â€ I raised my voice over the din and said, â€œFIFTEEN DOLLARS PER PENCIL!â€
I sharpened a pencil for the class and bagged the shavings and told them to charge other classes a quarter to look at it and to send me the money every Friday.