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  1. We haven't had a group that large, but we've managed up to about 8 people. We've found that it's easiest to use web-based games rather than trying to get everyone on the same app, although Rento has somehow been popular with a group of middle schoolers than we host. We also have used Secret Hitler online, drawphone, and Among Us. Apps probably work better when you're all in the same country, which never happens with our groups.
  2. I am so very sorry for your loss. I hope you can find a good path forward for your family. ❤️
  3. I teach a class twice a day on zoom, with about 5 high schoolers in each class. I would love to learn some new virtual teaching strategies. I use breakout rooms a lot, along with lots of different screen sharing things, but they're just tired of looking at a screen for everything (most of their classes are online right now) and they cannot stay engaged the entire class. I encourage them to work on something with their hands while they're listening which helps some of them. My students have limited bandwidth. Using other apps generally isn't a good option for a couple of students. I
  4. Here’s a savory sweet potato apple galette. You can use different seasoning than Old Bay, depending on what you like. Use whatever pastry you prefer. I generally use a half recipe of 1.5 cups whole wheat flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 cup grated cold butter, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and a bit of water. Prick 2 large sweet potatoes and cook them in the oven or microwave till they're nearly done. Let them cool, then peel and chop into bite-sized pieces. While the sweet potatoes are cooking, chop one large onion and a tart apple. Sauté the onion till soft, then add the apple and cook
  5. I love this sour cream apple pie, especially with tart apples like Bramleys. This version has about half as much sugar as the original recipe. I rarely have sour cream available, but I’ve used whatever locally-available thickened dairy product I can find and all have worked. Unbaked pie crust in an 8" plate 3 cups chopped apples 2 tablespoons flour 1/4 cup sugar, or to taste 1/4 tsp salt 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 cup sour cream 1 egg 1/2 tablespoon vanilla 1.5 tablespoons butter 2.5 tablespoons sugar 2.5 tablespoons flour 1 tsp cinnamon Combine the apples,
  6. Here’s one that I really want to try, but can’t since I haven’t lived in a place with decent apples for a while. It’s from Apples of Uncommon Flavor and is good with Bramleys. Chorizo in Cider 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 pound chorizo, cut into ½-inch slices ½ onion, halved and thinly sliced 1 cup dry hard cider 1 apple, cored and sliced into half-moons Parsley for garnish (optional) Bread for serving 1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. 2. Add the chorizo slices and sauté until brown, about 2 minutes. The oil will turn a love
  7. To be fair, #savethechildren (the hashtag) was started by Save the Children, a legitimate organization advocating for children for 100 years. Their organization was already co-opted once by the CIA who attempted to use their vaccination program as a cover which resulted in major problems in getting children vaccinated in Pakistan. What happened in Pakistan makes my head want to explode. Save the Children recently had to put out a statement to disassociate itself from QAnon junk.
  8. That happened with two of my boys. I knew the curls would go when I cut their hair because the same thing happened to me and my sisters when we were little. Same with a couple of my nieces and nephews. All you can do is enjoy it while it lasts.
  9. In my congregation it has depended entirely on the children’s or youth leaders. The children have had weekly video lessons made by our community in two languages, the teenage girls have had regular zoom meetings, and the teenage boys have had almost nothing, unless they are invited to join in something the girls planned. Daily gospel study zoom meetings will resume this week for the high school students.
  10. Amira

    Jury Duty

    I’ve been called a couple of times, I think, but only when I’ve been out of the country. Dh was called once while we were in the US, but he’s an attorney so he wasn’t chosen. I really like the idea of people being able to take time off so family members can serve.
  11. I loved Jacinda’s statement to the victims and their families. It included the photos of everyone who was killed. New Zealand gives me hope in so many ways.
  12. We’re thinking about that too, although there are enough things online that it’s probably not necessary to create content ourselves. Mostly, I’m trying to find ways for effective feedback and encouragement for parents and children while they are learning, especially elementary school children who don’t benefit as much from online learning.
  13. I’m not so much arguing for something, because I honestly don’t know how to fix this, but I am arguing against the system we have in place now. I’m especially concerned about the justifications used to maintain that system. But yes, it seem like a minimum safety net would help.
  14. I’m thinking a lot about how some children get so much more than others, based simply on what the adults in their lives can provide. I really can’t figure out why we’re okay with this.
  15. I think it shouldn’t be too hard to keep this from getting partisan, even If some responses might be influenced by your political leanings. If a child’s parent(s)/guardian(s) cannot provide for that child’s basic needs, should other systems be created to provide for that child? If so, what basic needs should be taken care of? What organizations should help create those systems? What about if you think of this on a global scale, rather than a national scale? If a child’s parent is able to provide for a child but refuses to do so, does your answer to the above change in any way?
  16. I’m also trying to be careful with zoom sessions because of internet safety. If I expand it beyond people I know personally, I’ll need to do background checks. Right now I’m requiring that a parent is sitting next to the child during the session.
  17. I set up twice-weekly zoom reading sessions with most of the children starting in June and that has been going well, although getting the internet to work is always a challenge and reading twice a week isn’t anywhere near enough. Coordinating time zones is also tricky. I’m going to recruit more volunteers soon, hopefully for math too. But because of time zones and parent work schedules, we can only do one zoom call a day in the evening, so each child in the home gets at most two 30- or 40-minute sessions a week. I need something else to go along with this. The children are refugees livi
  18. The mail is a mess right now because of corona, so I can’t count on that, unfortunately. I do have good bookstores here with books in English, but I can’t necessarily get any certain book or curriculum. I’ve looked at the free list and will probably be printing things off of it. My biggest concern is adult guidance. I just don’t know how to make that happen during corona.
  19. I think this is the better board to ask this, rather than the chat board where I usually hang out now. I’m looking for ideas to help some families I know whose children need educational support. The basic situation is that I live in a low-income country, schools are closed because of corona, and even when schools reopen, the children I know probably won’t be able to attend school for a variety of safety, financial, political reasons resulting from corona. In addition, the children are already behind in school because of civil war displacements. The most extreme example is a 10yo girl who has
  20. I love these types of threads. There’s no other place I can find on the internet where I can learn about different Christians’ interpretation of the Bible. Dreamegirl, I especially appreciate what you’ve contributed here,
  21. When I read this story earlier today, I thought about the people I met from Kerala when we lived in the Gulf. There are millions of people from Kerala in the Gulf and corona has been terrible for them. They’re usually completely dependent on their employers and often have to work off debts, so job losses or reductions in hours hit hard, plus all the travel restrictions mean that there haven’t been flights home, even if they were allowed to leave by their employers. Seeing a repat flight crash like this is very sad.
  22. This is one reason why someone might prefer to make their own masks. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/19/world/asia/china-mask-forced-labor.html Actually, all our masks have come from a local group of refugee women. They cost more than the ones I can buy at stores here, but they last longer and the women need the income right now.
  23. We do masks and windows down when we’re in a car with people outside our family. A maskless short drive probably isn’t very risky, but a mask is so easy to put on for almost everyone. You can’t social distance in a car like you can outside.
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