The preschool students at East Street School have been busy learning about the First Thanksgiving and how the Pilgrims and Native Americans prepared their Thanksgiving feast. To give students a better understanding of how our ancestors harvested and made their food, before frozen, canned or pre-made food, the staff planned a special harvest celebration.
Staff assisted students in making butter from scratch by putting heavy cream and salt in a jar, and having students take turns shaking the jar. Students watched in wonder as, like magic, with every shake, the cream slowly turned into butter.
And like the participants in the First Thanksgiving, the preschool classrooms gathered together to share the homemade butter, on slices of bread. In addition to being the perfect harvest celebration, it also was a wonderful way to celebrate friendship and sharing.