Thankful

Our Pre-K and K-2 classes made some adorable turkeys for table decorations. Be sure to add something you’re thankful for to an empty feather.

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We can move!

Here are some of our Pre-K students enjoying pudding that they made themselves simply by moving and shaking their own bodies.
Yum!

pudding

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Ecuador!

On Sunday Jessica Long took everyone on a trip to Ecuador (where she counted hummingbirds while in college). We learned there are many many species of hummingbirds. When she was there, her job was to catch birds in a huge net and tag and then release them. Hummingbirds were often too smart to be caught because they would fly backwards, out of the net! She also showed us how to make a special playdough out of bread and glue and everyone got to sculpt their own project. In the end we were all treated to a dessert potluck in honor of Jonalu’s first service. Yum. Many thanks to Jessica and to everyone who brought treats.
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Lily, Jessica, and Iris help create the dough.

Lily, Jessica, and Iris help create the dough.

Shaping the dough.

Shaping the dough.

More shaping

More shaping

Snowman with hat

Snowman with hat

Bouncy balls

Bouncy balls

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Let’s Go Fly a Kite

On Sunday Dan Swenson brought kite kits and everyone got to assemble their own kite, decorate it however they wanted, and then fly it in the yard! What a wonderful day. Thanks to Dan (and Kathy) Swenson for funding this awesome idea and showing us how to assemble the kites. Thanks to Jennifer Bryan for assistance during assembly and flying. And thanks to Tom Manney for these spectacular pictures.
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Oh the joy

 Oh the joy of a child and a kite.

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Assembling

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Decorating

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Flying

 

 

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Germany

On Sunday Elke Lorenz took us on a fun trip to Germany.  A colorful map encouraged lots of questions about religion, school, food, fun, castles, population, languages, manufacturing, cars, soccer, and more.  We shared many similarities, but there were also many differences.

Talking about the map

Talking about the map

Examining the map

Examining the map

 

 

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We are different. We are the same.

On Sunday Susan Adamchak took us on a fabulous trip to Africa.  Using dolls, baskets, and musical instruments, the group explored ways in which the people of the world are different and yet the same, sharing universal values of respect, dignity, the centrality of family, hard work, and fun. Using an embroidered depiction of a Namibian village, the children identified images of everyday life that are common to Kansas and to a faraway town.  Dolls helped us explore the different, yet common, depictions of mothers and families.  Baskets were the basis of a discussion of functionality and the beauty of design. Musical instruments – many made from recycled materials –  allowed us to raise a joyful noise!!

Finding all the countries on a map.

Finding all the countries on a map.

Viewing the tapestry.

Viewing the tapestry.

Dolls!

Dolls!

Lots of baskets.

Lots of baskets.

A closer look.

A closer look.

A balancing act.

A balancing act.

Making music.

Making music.

 

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Canoeing!!!!

On Sunday we had BOAT LOADS of fun on our annual canoe trip to Pillsbury Crossing. The general consensus was that we needed to stay longer. Thanks to Dan Swenson and Rob McGaughey for arriving early and preparing the canoes. And an extra special thanks to Larry Weaver for making the trip possible. And all these pictures of these happy children are thanks to Ellen Meyer…

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The whole group

The whole group

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Oops. We got wet after all.

Oops. We got wet after all.

And it felt good.

And it felt good.

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Who’s Who at UU?

On Sunday we had loads of fun helping the teens begin their project, “Who’s Who at UU?”  And we celebrated National Ice Cream Day!!!

Please help us with the Who’s Who project by completing this survey:

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Kathleen

Kathleen

Lea

Lea

Jake

Jake

Chocolate

Chocolate

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Splash Park Family Fun

Keeping cool at the splash park.

Lots of family fun at the splash park!

Lots of family fun at the splash park!

 

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Bubbling over!

This Sunday Ellie Sayre demonstrated lots of different pH concentrations using items found in our kitchens and the kids ultimately got to make erupting solutions. Who doesn’t love a volcano?

Mixing ingredients

Mixing ingredients

One more ingredient

One more ingredient

Ready... set... bubble over!

Ready…        set…        bubble over!

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