Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The story of the four little characters, Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw, who make their way through a maze looking for the "Magical Cheese" that makes them happy. And once they find the Cheese, it seems like it will last forever-until one morning when everything changes. Who moved their Cheese? Will it come back? Or will they have to look for different Cheese, venturing onto strange paths, around corners they've never explored?

This book is part of a book club in the 5 and 6th grades for Promise. The book was funny to read and showed different personality traits. Obviously the fact that its about cheese peeked my interest even more. My favorite characters were Sniff and Scurry, because of their no fear approach and focus on the end result.

The next book is The Three Questions. Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy.

Thank you 5th and 6th graders for including the Kitchen Team to read along with you.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Window Garden Project

One of our latest projects is working on a Hydroponic Window Garden. The garden is being developed with the help of Mr. Carson (upper elem science teacher pa1) and his students. We built the frame from 1 1/2 inch pvc tubing and secured it to the window frame. Once the bottles are finished they will be installed in the frame. Each section will hold 4 grow bottles and 2 water reservoirs. The water is circulated from the reservoirs to the top bottle using an air pump. We plan to grow lettuce, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers to start.

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. Terrestrial plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert medium, such as perlite, gravel, mineral wool, or coconut husk.

We will keep you posted with the progress as we move forward.