These young men are not off to collect Pokemon characters or battle in a virtual gym, but to play YOUR game of….YARD WORK! They will get fresh air, exercise, and a little spending money while you get a nicer yard. I don’t know about you, but that sounds wonderful! For more read my blog post, but go ahead and look at the list below for ideas on how to gamify work.
We all know kids get antsy after spring break. They are paying attention to you like squirrels at a rave because summer is next. But your job is to educate…so it’s time to get creative. Enter: The Indoor Classroom Garden or Sky Garden! Copy and share the list here. Add me as a friend for more templates. Caution: You may like it so much you’ll hang a garden in your own space.
by Teacher Udorami
1. Cut bottle
Have the students cut their recycled bottles 2/3 of the way down from the top— the part with the cap of the bottle will be the new planter. Feel free to use the bottoms of the bottles for additional planters, or send them to the recycling bin.
2. Punch holes
Hole punch four holes around the tops of the planters. This is where the string will tie to the planter for hanging, so make them as evenly spaced as possible.
3. Tempera Paint (opt)
Painting the bottle adds another layer of complexity, but it sure is fun! The root system also likes the dark, and if you leave a band at the bottom (near lid) unpainted you can also check for watering needs,
4. Fill with gravel
Begin planting! Fill one-third of the planter with loose, clean, gravel or small rocks. This will allow for plenty of room for drainage in case of overwatering.
5. Add some soil, then plant
Add potting soil to the top of the gravel. Leave enough room for the starter plant to fit comfortably. OR if planting succulents (highly recommended to cut down on watering needs), a half/half mix of potting soil and sand. THEN add plant
6. Add final soil
Add starter plant of student choice, and pack in sides and top with remaining soil.
7. Tie string
Have the students pick a partner to help tie hanging string to their planters.
8. Hang planters!
Use various size bottles so students can plant succulents and/or herbs. The small bottles are great for sprouting bean seeds. Easy for younger students to cut and fill. Mid and large bottles could be used to grow a lettuce or celery stalk that was going to be thrown away or to grow garlic or green onions. Look further in this list for a link.
Plants can be hung on a suspended discarded shower rod by placing the ends on blocks. The planters can easily and quickly be moved in the classroom. They could also be placed at eye level so students could measure and make observations with ease. OR, as in this picture - hung on exposed water pipes in an older building.
I enjoy cooking, but have to balance an intense graduate school life and a miniscule kitchen. See my working list. In the photo above, we are showing off to Mom and treating HER to a holiday meal! I’m the one without the mask. by Paul C.
Easy Vegan Miso Risotto
I'm vegetarian, and although my relationship with cheese is sometimes lovely (I love me some cheddar), good parmesan is by definition not vegetarian (let alone vegan), and I really like miso. And risotto.
Soup Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao)
Definitely not vegetarian. I'd like to try this with my family, and then maybe alter them to be fish-based? I dunno. I've always wanted to make this, so maybe a special occasion (like thanksgiving/Christmas) won't hurt.
Just a refresher! Sometimes we think we’re saying “I love you,” but it’s not being heard as such. We’re taking an informal survey of our members’ love language so mark which one describes you best on our love language list. Please read below: by Athena Chris
|Encouraging words (Words of Affirmation)
High on the list are words of encouragement, praise, or appreciation of a job well done. None of these languages are gender specific, but most males seem to really dig being told you are proud of their work and efforts. If praise does not come easily to you start a list of aspects you appreciate. Be specific. Then make sure to give them at least one verbal compliment a day…IF that is their love language.
|Time Together (Quality Time)
Complaints that “we don’t spend time with each other,” or “you’re never around” shout out “quality time” as the love language. Sitting in the same room passively watching a movie or sitting in silence at a restaurant may or may not win any brownie points. Soo...make a list of mentioned events, places to go, and things to do...on Udorami.
|Shower of Gifts (Recieving GIfts)
Gifting can be highly cultural, and personal, so do your research. Gifting for special occasions is expected, but someone whose love language involves showers of presents loves surprise gifts, big and small. If you love someone who gushes at even the tiniest trinket have them make a Udorami wish list. so you can bring them the perfect gift EVERY time. If you are that person, don't be afraid to keep a list and make it available to friends and family. They will want to speak of their love to you. It may be the thought that counts, but you will think better of them and yourself if those gifts are what you like.
|Those Little Things You Do (Acts of Service)
That honey-do list may be more than a list of chores. It may well be a way of asking for or giving love. Okay, sure... there are some chores that have to be done, or else the place will resemble a post-Apocalyptic chaos, but how it is done, and the attitude determines whether you are speaking Love. When you perform a service out of fear it is because you are a slave. If it is done for a reward, then you are an employee. If it is done, however, with no thought for yourself, but purely for another, then it is Love.
|Affectionate touches (Physical Touch)
Again there are some cultural and familial attitudes, but it is a scientific fact that loving touch is an emotional need. A thirty second, full-frontal hug from your spouse is AMAZINGLY connective. Ask any parents of a teenager what they miss most, and they’ll probably tell you it’s those little unexpected hugs they used to get. Scientifically, hugging induces oxytocin, the “bonding hormone,” that’s renowned for reducing stress, lowering cortisol levels and increasing a sense of trust and security.
I love to use wine in my cooking and we had soooo many grapes! This is a list “in-progress” until at least October 2016. by Athena Chris
|Secondary fermentation with airlock
Specific gravity reached 1.03. We strained the juice into the other bucket and fastened clean loud and airlock with purified water. Now we wait three weeks to check again. Desired S.G. is 1.000
S.G.=1.093 without sugar. Acidity reading 3.6. 7" of must and juice. We had 13lb of destemmed and 2lb of frozen then strictly juiced grapes. Yeast added 12 hrs later. One crushed Camden tablet. And a handful of water soaked oak chips. We probably added the chips in the wrong step, but too late now! Daily stirring and S.G. check until 1.03
|Crushing the grapes
No stomping this time! We borrowed this juicer from Zdenka. We added the pulp back into the strained juice.
|Weighing and destemming
Red grapes ferment with the skins but the stems will make it bitter. These were a bit difficult and took hours to strip off! 14+ without stems.
|Picking the grapes
Over the course of a week we picked over 15 lb of our red grapes. We brought the first batch to church to share with our Church community.