Thursday, December 17, 2009

December 17th, 2009

Blog Manager:
"We made a gingerbread house. I pick-ed (the candy) it up and you put it on the gingerbread house. We ate gingerbread. I tasted the bread. I tasted cranberries and chocolate. We made butter out of milk. They shake-ed it to make it into butter. It tasted good on the crackers and bagel." -Lilly

Today we made homemade butter. Before we started our butter making activity, we observed the cream in the jar We knew cream came from cows, but thought that butter came right out of cows too.

We had to shake the cream in the butter jar. Some of us estimated it would take 10 minutes to turn the cream into butter, some of us said 100 minutes.

We had to practice patience as we waited our turn to shake the butter! We used all of our large muscles to shake the jar up and down. Some of us tried different methods to shake the jar like hitting it against our hand and pushing it across the table.

After the butter was made, we noticed the ways in which it had changed. We knew that the consistency got thicker, but the color didn't change. We realized that butter doesn't come out of cows - it takes alot of work by humans to make cream into butter!

Of course, we ate our homemade butter at snack.

We also baked gingerbread and decorated a gingerbread house today! James mom visited and helped us so much! We love when parent helpers come into teach and learn with us!

We got to use an electric mixer for the first time!

When we decorated our gingerbread house, we thought about how many pieces of candy was fair for each Baker to put on the house. We decided five pieces was fair - enough to help decorate, but not so many that other people wouldn't get a chance to also use the gingerbread house.

We practiced our math skills and used one-to-one correspondance to pick out five pieces of candy and put them in our bowls.

It took fine motor skills to place a small dollop of icing on the house to secure the candy.

We also ate the gingerbread we made with James' mom. Some of us thought the gingerbread was going to taste like chocolate because it was brown, but it didn't. We loved it so much that we ate all the crumbs in the pan! Yummy!

This is the last day of school before the break! See you January 5th!

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