Monday, August 31, 2015

NOT! Back to School Bowling (in pajamas)

By A.K. Age 11
The day public school started all the home-schooled kids gathered at the bowling alley at Ramstein Air Base. No one had to get dressed that day, because students were encouraged to show up in their pajamas. Children  split up into age groups so they could meet new friends. It was quite a sight: 72 home-schooled kids in pajamas, bowling on the first day of school! There were so many kids there, that UHSG took up 15 lanes. Everyone was able to bowl two games and to eat lunch together. Sarah K., age 14, said, “I bowled my first strike of the year with great friends.” It was a really fun way to start the school year. Many look forward to attending this annual event again next year.  

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sewing it Forward

UHSG parents and students gathered to support the Outreach efforts of our group.  At this meeting, we sewed simple shorts and pillowcase dresses to include in Operation Christmas Child boxes that will be sent out later in the season.
Our Outreach Liaison taught the group the basics of  sewing simple pants or shorts.  If you were unable to come, and would like to sew on your own, you may bring any items to the monthly planning and support meetings to drop off.  Pinterest abounds with easy DIY  patterns, and UHSG does have a Pinterest page!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Too Cool for High School

United Homeschoolers of Germany has heard the call of the community. In June, we created a special group just for our high-school-aged members. This unique Facebook group provides an opportunity for High Schoolers to come together to plan events, share ideas, or just chat.  In order to join, you must first be a member of the UHSG Facebook group.  Parents and high school students are welcome to join the UHSG High School Only! Group.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Not All Who Wander Are Lost

By R.M.
Age 13

I was lucky enough to participate in the first UHSG Navigation Class, on August 6, 2015. The first day we were in the classroom. They explained a lot about how to orient a map with a compass. To orient the map, first get your compass and lay down your map. Next, place the compass facing north on the map and then turn the whole map towards magnetic north on the compass. When you are orienting the map you should never place your compass near metal because it will cause the compass to turn toward the metal instead of magnetic north. Then, you have to find your destination on the map and measure the distance. Once you know this information, use the outside angles on the compass to find your direction of travel. The last thing you should do is look for landmarks on your map so you can use them to find your way. After this lesson, the teacher told us we would be in the woods the next day and he gave us a list of supplies to bring.

The second day we were in the woods. It was hot! I was on one of three teams. There were five people on my team. Each team had to use coordinates to find six different locations in the woods. At each location there was a different challenge. My favorite challenge was choosing six different survival items to bring out into the woods if I was lost or stranded. One other interesting thing I learned was that you can eat clovers, although they taste better in the spring.

At the end of our trek through the woods, the view was beautiful. We had been in the woods the whole time, and since we weren't following a path we didn't get to see the view until the end. We were up on a cliff side overlooking the forest. I liked this class a lot!