One thing that fascinates me as a homeschool mom (or just a mom in general) is how amazingly different each child is. A few of our kids look very similar and they have so many shared mannerisms, but each one is his own person and they all learn very differently. So I had to take all of that to heart in January when I needed to change up our phonics program for the little boys. We decided to make the investment and purchase the Veritas Press Phonics Museum curriculum for Kindergarten and 1st grade. The little guys (Josh and Adam) are doing fantastic with it and I love that they are learning to read with songs and projects and pictures.
The sample word for the letter B was "bull" complete with an art card depicting the ancient bull leapers from, but the project at the end of the lesson was making butter. Josh colored the label for his new jar of butter while I poured heavy whipping cream into a mason jar with a marble.
Josh got right to it and shook, shook, shook!
Poor guy! After a few mintues, he couldn't shake anymore so we threw the ingredients in our mixer and watched as the air bubbles were forcing the fat molecules to join. After a few minutes we certainly had achieved butter! We separated the butter from the buttermilk and slathered our fresh new butter on a piece of homemade bread.
Sorry that I don't have any more pictures of our great project, but it was eaten too quickly, but we just may do this project again and I'll remember to capture the finished product.