Friday, November 11, 2016

Changes to Monthly Meetings Coming

Many of you have spoken and we have heard you! Some exciting developments are in the process of being made as the UHSG Liaisons work to make changes to our monthly planning and support meetings. These changes include day, time, location, and meeting format that are sure to better meet the needs of members in UHSG. Stay tuned!



Monday, November 7, 2016

UHSG MNO Korean Beef Barbecue Cooking Class

Recently, a few of us homeschooling moms were able to take a break from our rigorous daily homeschooling lives and enjoy a wonderful Mom's Night Out cooking class. Our private instructor shared with us tips and techniques to create an authentic Korean Beef Barbecue.

                

Everyone enjoyed dining on the delicious cuisine and the wine that was paired with the meal. It was an unique experience to share.
  
 


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Field Trip to Sunshine Pumpkin Farm

Every year local homeschoolers take a trip to the Sunshine Pumpkin Farm to tour the farm and get pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. The tour usually begins with a walk through the barns to see the milking station, dairy cows, horses, and pigs. Upon exiting the last barn, the homeschoolers enter a yard where there are chickens roaming freely. They get the opportunity to get up close with the chickens by petting and holding them.


After their tour, the homeschoolers load up in a wagon pulled by a tractor and head out to the pumpkin patch in search of a pumpkin they would like to take home. The pumpkin they select is included in the tour price of 3 Euros/child.

 
Upon returning from the pumpkin patch, homeschoolers were able to purchase hot apple cider and other treats to enjoy. Visit Sunshine Pumpkin Farm on Facebook to learn more about their farm and events they hold.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

UHSG Enrichment Day Begins 2nd Year

In it's third week, UHSG Enrichment Day is in full swing of it's second year. Enrichment Day is a day of enrichment classes held for 12 Tuesdays in the Fall and in the Spring that help enhance a homeschooler's educational experience and are facilitated by parent volunteers. This Fall Session has a total of 17 classes for homeschooling families to choose from.

Mrs. D's Basic Cooking Skills Class has been learning their way around the kitchen. They started with kitchen safety, how to read a recipe, meal planning, and how to properly hold a knife. This last Tuesday they used those new knife skills to chop vegetables for a chicken bacon ranch salad that they shared with all the families during lunch.

 
 
Mrs. V's and Mrs. J's Life of Fred Apples Class has been reading through the first book in the Life of Fred series. This fun elementary math skills class has the children talking about time, addition, days of the week, numbers and so much more. They also get to play fun math games like Sum Swamp. 


 


The high school Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschoolers Class, facilitated by Mrs. B, has been learning how to manage their finances to keep themselves out of debt, create a budget, and make a financial plan.

 
 
Mrs. G's and Mrs. S's high school Literature Study Class has been working their way through their first book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. They'll continue through the Spring reading great works of literature and finishing up with six weeks of Shakespeare.



Mrs. T is sharing her artsy side in her Mystery Art Class. She's facilitating two classes this session: one for the younger kids and one for the older. Each week the kids learn about different types of art. The first two weeks they learned about different textures in art by adding items such as paint, salt, and vinegar to paint. Below, the older Mystery Art Class is creating pictures using a process known as felting.

 
 
In her second year at Enrichment Day, Mrs. R facilitates the two American Sign Language Classes for Beginners and Advanced students. This past Tuesday the beginning class learned how to sign about their families.
 

 

 
The other classes being offered this Fall Session include Apologia Biology Labs, Apologia's Exploring Creation with General Science, Human Anatomy, Elementary Science, Conversations in German, World Geography, Charlotte's Web Unit Study, and Writing a Graphic Novel/Manga. These classes range in grades from PreK-High School. 
 
Enrichment Day also offers an opportunity for homeschooling family members that are not in a class to help one another in other ways like Mrs. T is doing below by sharing her crocheting knowledge. Others use spare time to catch up on their other homeschool work.
 

 
 
This Fall Session will end on Tuesday, November 29. Enrichment Day will resume with the Spring Session on Tuesday, January 31. Many of the classes from this fall will carry over into the spring but there will be a few that will not. There will be some new classes added to the Spring Session. Registration for the Spring Session will open up after Christmas. All families attending Enrichment Day must be members of UHSG.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

UHSG Hiking & Nature Club Visits Devil's Table

Our Hiking & Nature Club's monthly meetings resumed this month. We took a break over the summer, but now our regular explorations and nature studies are in full swing again. Our first hike of the school year took us to Devil's Table.

            
To prepare for the hike, we began by studying sedimentary rock formations.
 
 
 
This allowed us to have more of an understanding of the rock layering we say on our hike.
 


We are excited to get together again next month and learn all about why the leaves change color in the fall.



Thursday, September 1, 2016

Apple Picking & Tour at Appel Happel

The members of UHSG had the opportunity to go apple picking and tour the orchard at Appel Happel. The tour started off with a story regarding the legend of the Big Apple.





Then, the homeschoolers had to go out into the apple orchard to collect fallen apples that had fully ripened.

 
 
Upon returning with the fallen apples, the homeschoolers learned the process of making apple juice.
 


The day ended with apple picking and each homeschooler was able to pick five apples a piece that was included in the cost of the apple tour.  Many families picked a good amount of extra apples to take home and make apple goodies like apple butter and apple pie.

 
 
To visit Appel Happel and learn more about the special events they have during the Fall or to set up your own Field Trip, you may visit them at their website.  
 

 
 




Monday, August 29, 2016

UHSG's "Not Back-to-School" Bowling in Your Pjs Party





Every year when the DOD children return to school, local homeschoolers come together to celebrate not having to go "back-to-school".  Over 80 homeschoolers showed up at the Vogelweh Bowling Center this year in their pjs to enjoy a morning of bowling. This fun event has become a great way to end the summer and allow new friendships to be made with those new to the area or new to homeschooling.


 
 
The children were able to enjoy two games thanks to the Summer Bowling Program which gives them one free game a month during the summer and the second game for only $1. To learn more about the programs and services provided by the Vogelweh Bowling Center, you may visit them at their website.
 
 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Homeschoolers Toured the Ramstein Library

In an effort to help them get ready for their upcoming school year, local homeschoolers were able to take a tour of the Ramstein Library to learn about all the resources the library provides. Split into two age groups, the younger homeschoolers enjoyed listening to a story from the Librarian that talked about appropriate behaviors for the library. Afterwards, they visited the children's area and participated in a scavenger hunt that taught them how to look for books in the library and introduced them to different sections of the library. The older homeschoolers learned more about how to use the online catalog to find books they may need to enhance any research. They then took a walking tour of the research areas in the library. All learned about various programs that the library provides to the community to encourage the love of reading such as their Summer Reading Program, Story Time, and Book Clubs. To find more information about the library and their upcoming programs, you may visit them online here.

https://www.86fss.com/sports-and-recreation/libraries/ramstein-library

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.