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!!!

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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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Manney Homestead Tour

We toured the homestead of Tom and Monta Manney. While there we checked on the observation beehive (and tasted the hive’s honey), visited with chickens, saw some amazing orchids in the green house, viewed the solar tracker, looked at rocks, and enjoyed strolling around the property. Thank you, Tom and Monta, for hosting us.

Checking the bees

Checking the bees

On the trail

On the trail

More trail

More trail

Smile!

Smile!

 

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International Year of Light

Kristan and Brian introduced us to The International Year of Light. Awesome!!! Everyone got to make their own little light. We saw rainbows and the polarization of light waves. It was a fantastic hands-on day for all. We also watched a video about helping the world with solar lights: http://sunnymoney.org/media/videos/  (“The solution already exists”)

Brian demonstrates the batteries and diodes.

Brian demonstrates the batteries and diodes.

Lily and Clara are helpers.

Lily and Clara are helpers.

Piper and Lian work hard.

Piper and Lian work hard.

Colton has success!

Colton has success!

Skadi has success!

Skadi has success!

Kristan and students looking at the colors of light.

Kristan and students looking at the colors of light.

 

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Istanbul, Turkey

Lily took us to Istanbul today. The only city in the world that sits on two different continents. We saw mosques, the Bosphorus Strait, and tasted goat cheese. At a traditional Turkish wedding the couple receives lots of gold coins but Lily flipped the tradition and brought us gold coins instead! (Okay, gold coins filled with chocolate, but they were still gold!)

Finding Istanbul on the globe.

Finding Istanbul on the globe.

Bosphorus Strait

Bosphorus Strait

The Blue Mosque.

The Blue Mosque.

Hagia Sophia started as a church, became mosque, and is now a museum.

Hagia Sophia started as a church, became mosque, and is now a museum.

Covering up to enter a mosque.

Covering up to enter a mosque.

Handing out gold coins.

Handing out gold coins.

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Australia

G’day Mates!

Brice and Shirley Hobrock took everyone to Australia today.  Students were introduced to kangaroos, koalas, and an Aborigine friend. They got to sample the local cuisine as well: vegemite plus crocodile and kangaroo meat (or maybe it was beef jerky and chicken jerky – wink).

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