Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Arizona Homeschooler Takes Science to the Kitchen

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet eating her curds and whey.  Along came a spider and sat down beside her and frightened Miss Muffet away!

We had a very interesting lesson this week when we attempted to make homemade cheese.  My daughter has wanted to try for a while, so we did.  It actually turned out well and not only did she (4th grade) get a chance to learn more about chemical reactions (the curds were formed when lemon juice, acid, reacted with warm milk, a neutral). 

We also had a great discussion about symbolism in literature when we brought my pre-schooler out to view the "curds and whey." 

We made farmer's cheese that turned out very yummy and further discussion was also given to Midwestern American life.  It is always great to put the books down and take the class into the kitchen for the afternoon.

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