Friday, October 25, 2019

"Rome"ing about at Gartenschau

One of the most popular areas in the Kaiserslautern area is the "Dino Park" also known as Gartenschau. Only open May through October, it has plenty of play space, a cafe, lego world, and life size dinosaur statues throughout the walking path.

 



Once fall hits, the Dino Park transforms into pumpkin statues with a theme. This year's theme was all about the Roman Empire.



We arranged a scavenger hunt around the park to engage the kids with two age splits:

Littles: Texture Scavenger Hunt



Older: Roman Empire Scavenger Hunt



We had over 45 kids in attendance and after the kids got to let out all their energy on the play ground while the adults got to rest and talk amongst other homeschooling parents.

Are you a homeschooling family in the Kaiserslautern area? We would love to have you join us. Check out our potential member page to learn more!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Apple Of My Eye - Field Trip Day

Our second organized trip of the year was at one of our favorite locations- Appel Happel located in Mainz.


Appel Happel is a fruit orchard, primarily apples, and since apple season starts in September, it was a great way to experience the apple life with this family owned company.

We split the kids into 2 groups: older kids and smaller kids. The smaller kids got to hear the story of the "Magic Apple" and whisper a wish into the apple's ear.

Afterwards, the kids went off into the Orchard to pick apples off the ground to be used for making fresh apple juice.



Once enough apples had been collected, they gathered around the apple press to hear all about how they make fresh pressed apple juice.


Once all the kids had sampled their hard work, they were given bags to decorate and sent off to the picking orchards to pick their own apples to take home.



It was a warm day, but the apples were pure perfection. Are you a homeschooling family in the Kaiserslautern area? We would love to have you join us! Visit out Potential Member page to learn more.

Friday, September 27, 2019

We're NOT Back to School

We kicked off our 2019/2020 "school year" with the annual "NOT Back to School Bowling" on one of the local base bowling facilities back in August. This is a way for the families who are not enrolled in traditional school to gain some of our favorite activities and "spots" back now that the majority of kids are back into school.

As homeschoolers, we get the benefit of going to popular places in the middle of the day during the week and avoiding the crowds. Summer time brings challenges as our usual spots are maxed out with all the other families trying to experience the fun places around us. In a sense - "Back to School" time is actually us getting our playground back! No more crowds or long lines.

We celebrated by dressing in our PJs and bowling until our hearts content. With over 60 kids in attendance, we definitely had a huge success for the event.

If you're in the Kaiserslautern Military Community Area and are a homeschooling family- we would love to see you at one of our events. Visit our Potential Member area to learn more.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

2019 Spring Session of UHSG EDay Starts Soon

Members of UHSG are only two weeks away from their first class for the 2019 Spring Session of Enrichment Day! Some of the classes this session include several classes continuing from the Fall as well as the addition of Theatrical Expressions, The Middle Ages, Geography, Beginning ASL, Cooking Art, Magic School Bus, Meteorology...and many more!! UHSG Enrichment Day is in the middle of it's 4th year here in the KMC area and marks an opportunity for homeschoolers to enrich their educational experience through a variety of unique co-op classes. A few of the classes that homeschoolers enjoyed this past fall included Biology Labs, British Literature, Homer's Odyssey, Speech & Debate, Family Time Fitness, and Space Science.

Below: The Cake Decorating 101 class decorated these awesome snowmen cakes, and the Creative Kids Art class leaned how to paint silhouettes!


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

German Bakery Tour "Rises" Homeschooler's Interest

Homeschoolers of all ages got to tour a local German Bakery and learn about the day-to-day workings. They also got to make pretzels, roll dough in machines, and make their own type of German cookies.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

UHSG Hiking & Nature Club Visits the Devil's Gorge

On Wednesday morning we all met up in Irrel, Germany.  Irrel is located in the Eifel region, on the Luxembourg border.

We began our hike at the Irreler Wasserfalle (waterfall).  It isn't really a waterfall, but more of a rocky stream with some rapids. From the waterfall, we hiked up toward the Teufelsschlucht (Devil's Gorge).




The weather held up beautifully for us, in spite of the fact that rain was in the forecast.
We found some interesting things along the way.




Once we reached the gorge, we hiked through it and back down towards the waterfall.





 Can you see the face in the rocks?


This area of Germany is absolutely gorgeous and worth taking a trip to see it.  There are many options for trails to follow.  We stuck to trail 54 until we reached the entrance to the gorge.  We did miss a turn-off at one point and had to backtrack a bit, but other than that the trail is very well marked and we found our way to the gorge quite easily.




Once back at the waterfall, we stopped for a bit to enjoy a snack and the view.





Sunday, April 22, 2018

Spring Curriculum Flea Market

The UHSG participated in the annual Curriculum Flea Market, hosted by the Ramstein Community Center.

There were many options on display for both new and veteran homeschooling families.











The Flea Market is a budget friendly way to shop for next school year's curriculum, and a great way for homeschooling families to get other supplemental items they need. It's also a good place to talk to others about different curriculum choices.

Fear not, if you were unable to attend this event, check out the local FaceBook pages dedicated to curriculum sales in our local area.