Sunday, July 10, 2016

UHSG Running Club Kicks Off

The UHSG is happy to announce the addition of a new club for our members.  Our first Running Club meeting took place on Friday, July 8th.  We currently have two groups of runners.

The older group worked hard on developing their distance endurance.

The younger group learned about proper running form and had a blast playing some fun running games.

Our running club is open to all UHSG members.  Running Club coaches are volunteers, and we welcome any UHSG parents interested in helping out.  Slots are limited at this time, so keep an eye out for sign up information.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

UHSG Monthly Planning and Support Meeting Tonight

Come on out to our monthly planning and support meeting this evening from 18:00-20:00 at the KMCC Party Room in the Food Court by the Play Area. We're gearing up for a new homeschool year and need your help! We have had to say goodbye to some wonderful UHSG Liaisons this summer who have PCS'd or are PCSing and have some open liaison positions if you're interested.

The meeting is also a great way to get plugged into the homeschooling community here and find ways to help, get help, and/or find opportunities for your family. We're always looking for fun field trips, event ideas, and enrichment classes. You may also find out more information about the upcoming UHSG Enrichment Day for Fall 2016-Spring 2017, helping co-ordinate various types of fairs (i.e. Geography Fair, Science Fair, Art Show, Talent Show) and homeschooling in general...there's something for everyone at our monthly meetings!

Monday, May 16, 2016

UHSG Hiking & Nature Club Visits The Keltischer Ringwall

The beginning of May arrived with beautiful blue skies, sunshine and warm temperatures - until the day of our nature club meeting. We awoke to gray and cloudy skies, cooler temperatures, and a constant nagging drizzle. We didn't let the rain interfere with our plans, however.

Despite the less than perfect weather conditions, we enjoyed a fantastic hike around the ruins of an ancient Celtic settlement. The Keltischer Ringwall is located in Nonnweiler, about 45 minutes from the Kaiserslautern area. There are many trails through the area which vary in length and difficulty. They are speckled with interesting sculptures and informational displays. You could easily spend an entire day enjoying this area.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Bouldering at Rocktown

UHSG's elementary students embarked on a climbing adventure this past week.  We met up at Rocktown in Kaiserslautern for a morning of bouldering fun.  Rocktown doesn't look like much from the outside, but inside it is a huge warehouse style climbing gym.  The kids were able to try out a huge number of courses, varying in difficulty levels.

When they needed to take a little rest from climbing, there was table tennis, fussball, and a rope to climb and swing from.  There was also a slide and some other challenging objects to toy around with.

The kids had a great time and moms were able to relax and chat.  Our Rocktown field trip was a wonderful rainy day event!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Clubs of UHSG

Did you know that UHSG has several different clubs which members can participate in?  These clubs are additional activity opportunities for our members in the community.  The clubs are run by volunteers and they offer a variety of different pastimes for students of all ages.

Book Club

Book club sessions are run several times throughout the academic year.  Students are divided into two groups - ages 8-12 and ages 13 and up.  The literature genre and main character gender are varied each session to provide a larger reading repertoire for the students.  During meetings, student conversation is facilitated via guided discussion of the assigned readings.  Each session culminates with a final book project presentation by the students.  Parents are encouraged to discuss the reading assignments during each book club session, and to delve more deeply into the literature.  Book club sessions are announced within our Google Group and on our UHSG Facebook page.

Nature and Hiking Club

Our UHSG Nature and Hiking club meets once per month, usually during the first week of the calendar month.  Each hike is arranged at a different site in the local area and a specific aspect of nature study is chosen for the focus of our walk.  We have concentrated on everything from fungi to caves, and we have hiked in areas from Winnweiler to Homburg.  Meetings are announced within our Google Group and on our UHSG Facebook page.  Space is limited and participants must sign up to attend.

Geek Club

The Geek Club is a new club designed for our UHSG teens.  The kids get together to play board games, watch movies, play video games, and talk about their various interests.  Meetings are announced on our UHSG Facebook page.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Karate Tech for Homeschoolers in the KMC

By R.M.  Age 13

Karate tech has many classes, but only two homeschool classes located on Ramstein AFB and Vogelweh, Pulaski Barracks. When karate tech was founded it was a father and son business, but it grew quickly, and now there are many schools around Europe and the United States. One of the main instructors is Master J. He has been teaching for eight years and practicing martial arts for twenty-one years. Karate Tech is not one style, but a combination of many styles which is known as MMA. MMA stands for mixed martial arts, and Karate Tech's style of MMA is made up of karate, hapkido, wing stung, tae Kwon do, kick boxing, and Filipino arnis.

Martial arts is a good way to learn discipline and self defense. The homeschool class was
developed to help homeschoolers build self esteem, and to give them an opportunity to compete in a friendly environment. The classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at both locations. The homeschool classes have start times which begin earlier than the regular instructional classes.This can be beneficial to homeschool families with busy schedules. Those students taking homeschool Karate Tech are also eligible to participate in tournaments, sparring class, and demo team.


Monday, February 8, 2016

Rose Monday Provides Opportunities to Celebrate with the Locals

By  S. B.  Age 14

Rose Monday is a holiday celebrated on the Monday before the start of Lent. Many places in Germany celebrate with a parade through the town, but one town in particular has a few special traditions.
Schramberg, in the Black Forest, not only has a parade but also a boat race down a river. The boats were made out of small wooden tubs that had been built around with more wood and cardboard. The point of this race was to make it to the end without your boat getting destroyed. It turns out that that was harder then it seemed because many people ended up swimming down the freezing river.
After the boat race was the parade where everyone wore the big crazy masks and costumes and threw candy and confetti everywhere. But the parade in Schramberg was set apart from the others because of the huge carved wooden masks that everyone wears. There were also a few floats that they would pull you into with all sorts of foods and drinks to try! The weather was terrible though, rainy and cold, everyone was soaked by the end of the parade. Even though it may have rained the whole time, it was still very entertaining and fun!