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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Making butter and Napoleon Bonaparte

Today's science lesson called for the making of butter using heavy whipping cream. We put the cream inside a jar and shook, shook, shook for several minutes until the liquid started to become fluffy and almost solid.

The point of it was to learn about polar and non-polar terms along with butterfat and liquids and solids. Fun science learning!

While; I love our history curriculum and so wish I would have had it presented to me in chronological order like the curriculum sets out, the kids get a bit bored by sitting to listen about times that seem so long ago to them. So, I got the bright idea to keep their hands busy so their brains and ears could remain free to listen to history - Today's lesson was about Napoleon Bonaparte.

The entire concept of rolling the jar of butter while listening to history might have worked well had it not been for a 3 year old who woke up temperamental today and kept insisting everyone's legs be bent at a particular angle and feet touching or she would raise her 3 year old voice loud enough to drown out mommy's history-reading voice. Still, we learned a little about Napoleon and a bit about butter.

But, the best part is the end result: We got to eat our butter on hot rolls.

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