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Enroll now in spring sessions I and II for Culinary Connections, Urban Explorers, and Environmental Teamwork & Wildlife Education.

Culinary Connections

Build professional meal preparation and home cooking skills using fresh, healthy ingredients. Learn to grow edibles in our garden and enhance physical wellness.

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Urban Explorers

Learn about nature and culture, visit parks and museums, and develop job and life skills. Share your knowledge and express yourself through art, communication, and technology projects.

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Environmental Teamwork & Wildlife Education

Build work skills, healthy habits, and interpersonal skills, practice gardening and habitat restoration, and engage with wildlife.

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What’s growing in the garden

Culinary Connections students are growing cherry tomatoes, green onions, potaoes, garlic, herbs, and more.  Students have been learning to plant seeds and cuttings, transplant their plants, and harvest what’s ready for the kitchen.  Last week we had our largest harvest yet of cherry tomatoes and made a tea with lemongrass, moringa, and cranberry hibiscus.

Highlights of the Week: January 17-20

Culinary Connections

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  • This week we made banana pudding for 100 people for the Wednesday dinner.
  • We also made vanilla and chocolate pudding.
  • Students learned about bulb vegetables like onions and garlic.
Urban Explorers

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  • This week we continued our discussion of jobs.
  • The class did a healthy movement activity.
Friday with Urban Explorers and Culinary Connections
  • This week we visited Tropical Park and went bowling.

Highlights of the Week: January 9-13

Culinary Connections
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  • Students made ricotta cheese cookies.
  • We learned about tuber vegetables, how they grow, and how they store their energy.
  • The class made sauteed lemon pepper brussels sprouts, practicing flipping the pan and cooking on high heat.
  • We also made parsley potatoes.
Urban Explorers
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  • The class reviewed what we learned about different cultures last session and began this session’s topic, jobs.
  • We talked about the differences between jobs, hobbies, sports, art, chores, and internships, and played a game to practice recognizing the difference.
  • Students had a discussion of current events.
  • We did an activity to connect with our emotions through dance.
Friday with Urban Explorers and Culinary Connections
  • At the end of the week, we celebrated the start of the session with a pizza lunch.

Highlights of the Week: December 5-9

Culinary Foundations
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  • This week, students learned to make fresh roasted eggplant, steamed carrots, and a veggie orzo pilaf.
  • We reviewed the technique for properly preparing eggplant and following a recipe with step by step instructions and variations.
Urban Explorers
  • This week, we learned about how the media affects culture.
  • Students started applications for the volunteer program at the Frost Museum.
  • The class continued working on anti-discrimination posters to hang up around the museum.
  • We worked on the choreography for the vitamin songs in Food! The Musical.
  • The class discussed the consequences of cyberbullying and implemented a new class agreement about being kind to each other online.

Highlights of the Week: November 28-December 2

Urban Explorers
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  • We took a field trip to Homestead Hospital’s community garden and helped to make tacos with vegetables from the garden.
  • Students discussed which individuals they see as successful and why.
  • We worked on the choreography for Food! The Musical.
  • Students worked on Hate Speech-Free Zone posters to hang up around the museum.
  • For our life skills lesson, we discussed the importance of smoke detectors and how and when to change your smoke detector’s battery.
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Culinary Foundations
  • For the Church Night In dinner, students made apple spice cupcakes.
  • The class reviewed the foundational sauces we’ve learned to make.
  • We also made a bechamel sauce as a base for macaroni and cheese with broccoli.

Highlights of the Week: November 21-23

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  • Urban Explorers students worked on their costumes for our musical.
  • We listened to songs from around the world and learned about how culture influences music.
  • Students learned about communicating a message through theater, watching clips of performances from different cultures.
  • The class discussed movie genres and learned about how culture affects film.

Highlights of the Week: November 14-18

Culinary Foundations

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  • The class made pumpkin pies and homemade whipped cream to celebrate Thanksgiving.
  • We also made turkey meatballs in creamed mushroom sauce served over rice, a good way to use up turkey leftovers.
  • In the garden, we planted radishes, basil, and other edibles in the garden.
  • The class learned about aromatic herbs that can grow in Florida, smelling samples of them.

 

Urban Explorers

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  • The class took a field trip to the Miami International Book Fair, where students browsed books by different authors and watched a presentation by Ridley Pearson about his upcoming young adult mystery.
  • We continued our study of world religions, this week learning about Buddhism.
  • Students learned about clothing styles around the world.
  • The class practiced the choreography for our musical.

Highlights of the Week: November 7-10

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  • Urban Explorers students learned about Hinduism as part of our unit on world religions.
  • Students added motions to the first songs in the musical after warming up with a group dance circle.
  • We discussed how the electoral system works, including what the electoral college is and when the president-elect gets inaugurated.
  • The class worked on the costumes for our musical.

Highlights of the Week: October 31-November 4

 This week we started our second fall session, which runs until the end of December.
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  • Students wore costumes to celebrate Halloween, and we began designing the costumes for our musical, using the colors of the fruits and vegetables in which each vitamin is found in that vitamin characters’ costume.
  • In Urban Explorers, we began our discussion of this session’s theme – cultural perspectives – by discussing our heritage and what foods we eat in our families that are part of the culture of the countries our families came from.
  • Urban Explorers began their study of world religions by learning about the shared origins of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
  • The class practiced the songs for Food! The Musical.
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