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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Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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