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Spelling and Memory Verse for the Week

Here is the spelling list for the week. As it is a short week, followed by another short week, we will be doing the spelling test on Tuesday.

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Here is the link to Spelling City. Remember to bring in your pre-test with 100% to get a bonus mark on the spelling test!


As it is a short week, there is only one verse for the week. Again, I will hear the memory verse on Tuesday:

Ephesians 2:8,9
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast.

Dealing with Anxiety

Saw this article on anxiety and, knowing that there is seemingly a rise in child anxiety, thought I would share it here:

What Parents Can Do To Avoid Passing Anxiety On To Their Kids

Children of anxious parents are more at risk of developing an anxiety disorder. But there’s welcome news for those anxious parents: that trajectory toward anxiety isn’t set in stone.

Therapy and a change in parenting styles might be able to prevent kids from developing anxiety disorders, according to research published in The American Journal of Psychiatry Friday.

The researchers, led by psychiatry professor Golda Ginsburg, a professor of psychiatry at UConn Health in Farmington, Conn., looked at 136 families. Each family had at least one parent who had been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and at least one child in the 6-to-13 age range who had not yet been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

Roughly half the families received eight weekly sessions of family therapy, while the other half received only a 30-page handout describing anxiety disorders, without specific strategies for reducing anxiety.

After one year, only 5 percent of children from the families who received the family-based therapy had been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Among families who received just the handout, that number jumped to 31 percent.

“The basic question was, because we know that anxiety runs in families, could we prevent children from developing an anxiety disorder whose parents had the illness?” says Ginsburg, who conducted the study with colleagues from Johns Hopkins University. The answer was yes, at least over a year.

The researchers will now continue to study these same families, thanks to funding from the National Institute of Mental Health. They will look at whether the children of the families who received the therapeutic intervention go on to develop an anxiety disorder later on in adolescence or early adulthood.

The message from the study’s findings so far, Ginsburg says, is that the focus needs to shift from reaction to prevention. “In the medical system there are other prevention models, like dental care, where we go every six months for a cleaning. I think adopting that kind of model — a mental health checkup, a prevention model for folks who are at risk — is I think where we need to go next.”

All humans feel anxiety. It’s normal, and in many cases, it’s a good thing — it makes us run when we see that bear coming toward us or study for that tough exam that’s coming up tomorrow.

But in people with an anxiety disorder, that dose of healthy anxiety goes awry. People might feel levels of anxiety that are out of proportion to the situation or feel anxiety in a situation where there is simply no threat. Ginsburg likens it to an “alarm clock going off at the wrong time.”

In children, excessive anxiety can come in a variety of ways. Some might struggle with separation anxiety, where they’re afraid to go anywhere without their parents.

Others might struggle with social anxiety, afraid of anything from raising their hand in class to eating in front of others in the school cafeteria. Still others struggle with overwhelming worry. They might think, “If I fail this test, I’ll fail this grade, fail out of high school, never go to college, never get a job and become homeless.”

Whatever the form that the anxiety takes, it’s a combination of overestimating the risk of danger — whether that danger is in the form of embarrassment, a dog or a test — and underestimating one’s ability to cope, says Lynne Siqueland, a clinical psychologist who specializes in treating anxiety disorders in children and adolescents and was not involved in the study.

There is no single cause for anxiety disorders, Ginsburg says. They’re the product of an interaction of genetic and environmental factors. But the disorders do run in families, she says, and there are certain parenting behaviors that can promote anxiety — like modeling anxiety in front of your kids. Modeling might be direct, like jumping up on the kitchen table when you see a mouse, or indirect, like overcautioning your kids to be careful when there’s no danger.

Ginsburg has recruited participants for many clinical trials; she says it was easiest to recruit families for this one. “The parents who suffered with anxiety themselves had it since they were children, and they did not want their children to suffer in the same way that they did.”

The first two therapy sessions were with the parents alone, where they discussed the impact of the parents’ anxiety disorder on the family and how often they do things that could inadvertently raise levels of anxiety in their children.

In the remaining six sessions with the entire family, the therapist worked with the family on how each person could recognize anxiety and use coping strategies to deal with it.

One key strategy is helping parents understand that kids have to face their fears, Ginsburg says. Sometimes parents help their children avoid anxiety-provoking situations because they’re worried it’s too much for the child, “when in fact they need to help them face their fears in order to reduce their anxiety,” she says.

Siqueland, who provides workshops for parents on how to help their kids cope with anxiety, agrees. Armed with the right information, Siqueland says, parents can help their children prevent anxiety or coach their kids through it when it happens. If your child is scared to walk into that first soccer practice alone because he doesn’t know anyone, don’t throw the car in reverse and speed back home, she says. Sit calmly with him as he musters the courage to walk in.

The biggest message Siqueland tries to impart to parents she works with is not to try to prevent anxiety, but instead promote their child’s competence in handling it. If your child doesn’t like to go play at friends’ houses, they need to go play at more friends’ houses, she says.

“That is kind of an ‘aha’ moment in the parent workshops,” Siqueland says, “that kids who worry about these things need more practice, not less.”

Another message Siqueland gives parents: Anxiety is very treatable. “Kids are not doomed to distress.”

Wednesday Recap

It was a beautiful day for our Terry Fox run. The students all did very well on their run. It is nice to remember the achievements of such a remarkable man. Students also got to watch a little clip about his life. It’s an older clip but it still does a great job of summarizing life of Terry Fox. To be honest, I always get teary eyed when I see this video.

After watching the Terry Fox video clip, Mrs. Koopman and the students played a scrabble game and came up with words that we thought described Terry/what he was doing. Then, as an exit card they all gave Mrs. Koopman a word, and the students put them into a word cloud. Here is the final word cloud they came up with:



Toonies for Terry and Running Club Starts Tomorrow

If you can, please remember to send a toonie or loonie with your child for Toonies for Terry. It is also Highroad Knights Day!

Just a note that Running Club will be starting tomorrow. Mrs. Goosen and Mrs. Folkerts will be running it as in the past. Here is the note from them:

Mrs. Folkerts and I are very excited to announce that we are ready to begin recess running club. This is open to all students from K – 6 and will take place during Wednesday and Friday morning recess. The first portion of running club will begin on Wednesday, September 30th and continue until the end of November.

All students in kindergarten to grade six are invited to join, regardless of fitness level or experience with running. Walking breaks will be encouraged when necessary and students will gradually build their stamina with each run they do.

Students will run around a portion of our field and laps will be recorded. At the end of the club we will give out awards based on the average laps completed and a special treat will be given to the boy and girl in each class with the highest number of laps. Students who are interested in joining the running club will sign up with their classroom teacher. There is no cost to this club but we do ask that students who sign up stay committed and attend each session. All students will need is their water bottle, running shoes and a great attitude!

We look forward to encouraging your child in their journey towards health and physical fitness! Please email Mrs. Goosen at with any questions or concerns you may have.


Mrs. Goosen & Mrs. Folkerts

Terry Fox, Our First Highroad Knights Day and More!

Fabulous start to the week. We did lots of work on the chromebooks this afternoon. I’m trying to remember to get some photos. I will put some up soon of the kids using the chromebooks.

Just wanted to mention a couple of things:

  1. Terry Fox Day – Terry Fox day is on Wednesday, September 30th and we will once again be doing our Toonies for Terry. If possible, please send a toonie or loonie with your child on Wednesday as we raise money for Cancer research. We will be doing some running sometime during that day in memory of the remarkable achievements of the late Terry Fox.
  2. Highroad Knights Day – Wednesday is also our first Highroad Knights Day. Students are allowed to wear Highroad apparel along with pants/jeans (no leggings). Highroad apparel will be available in the school foyer on Wednesday morning before school. Shirts are $10 and hoodies are $30. If students do not want to wear Highroad apparel (which is fine), students should wear the normal uniform. Highroad Knights Day are one way that we, as a school support the various athletic teams and build school spirit.
  3. Pop bottles- You may have noticed a note in your child’s planner asking them to bring an empty 2 litre pop bottle to school. As we are starting our habitats unit, each child will be building their own habitats using pop bottles. This won’t be happening for a couple of weeks but wanted to get this out now so that families can start thinking about getting one. I would prefer that the pop bottle be clear and not coloured.

Spelling List and Memory Verse for the Week!

Here are the spelling words and link to Spelling City for the week:

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Here is the link to Spelling City. Don’t forget to bring in your pre-test to score a bonus point on your Spelling Test.


Here are the memory verses for this week. Please remember that students need to do both memory verses for Friday.

Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

The End of Our Oobleck Unit


I just wanted to give an update on our Science. We’re rocking right along. Recently, we had been looking at the properties of Oobleck. Do you remember what properties are? We can find the properties of objects around us by using our 5 senses; what we see, feel, hear, smell and taste. So,

Properties are the things or words we use to describe different objects so we can tell them apart.

We played with and investigated the properties of Oobleck to help us understand what made Oobleck different from other substances like water or play-do. You had some wonderful properties you discovered as you worked with the Oobleck.

I also announced today that Scientists themselves do not understand why Oobleck has such strange properties but they are working very hard to find out more, just like we are!!!! However, the big announcement was that Oobleck was actually a combination of cornstarch, water and red food colouring. You can actually make your own.

1. Mix two parts cornstarch with 1 part water. Get your parents to help you with the measurements. You may have to add more of each to get it perfect. You need to have more cornstarch than water though.
2. Add a couple of drops of food colouring.
3. Play and have fun.

Today was a blast! Literally! To end off our look at Oobleck we took a look at Mars. Now you may be asking what does Mars have to do with Oobleck? Well, that would be a good question!! We talked about Mars because the scientists who created the Mars Rover had to go through the same scientific process to create the Mars Rover that the students did to create their Oobleck Machines.

In the first part of our Oobleck unit, the students had to think about Oobleck, play with it, explore, discover, experiment, test, observe and use their senses. Scientists had to do the same thing. They had no idea what Mars was like and yet had to use what they had (pictures, etc) to come up with a machine that could withstand anything that might happen.

The scientists held a convention to share their ideas, discuss, argue, put ideas together and listen to each other. The students had to do the same thing to create their rules for Oobleck. Finally, both the scientists and students had to use all their observations and ideas to create and design a machine they thought would be able to function on Mars or Oobleck. We had an amazing time discussing and sharing ideas and pictures.

Here is the video we watched at the end of the day today! It was a great end to our Oobleck unit.

Have You Seen the Size of Our Solar System?

Found this neat video the other day that I thought I would share with you. This group of guys wanted to help people to understand the real size of the solar system. All the pictures we see of the planets show them really close together. However, that pictures is not accurate. The actual distances of the planets are huge!!!!! So these guys decided to try and show how big the distances were by drawing them out in the desert. Here is the video:


Our First Spelling List and Memory Verse!

Here it is! Our very first spelling list of the year!!!! You will find the list of words below. Under that, you will find a link to Spelling City where students can practice the words, play games with the words and try a spelling test using the words. There is also the option to do a practice spelling test using the words for the week. If your child does the pre-test and gets 100%, they can print out the certificate and bring it to me to get a bonus mark on their spelling test on Friday. Parents can also just write that the test was completed in the child’s planner.

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Here is the link to Spelling City:


We are also starting our memory verse this week! Our first set of memory verses is:

Romans 3:23

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in

Christ Jesus our Lord.



Fall Fun Ideas

When fall rolls around, I’m one of those people who loves to shout it from the rooftops.

There are so many amazing fall family activities! So many pumpkins recipes to make! Apple pies to bake! Leaf crafts to create! There’s just no other season where I feel so connected to both my family and with nature.

And so many fall family activities are amazing teaching opportunities!

I started making a list of all the fall family activities I wanted to do this year. And while I know we won’t get to all of these, I love having a master list of amazing fall family activities to choose from!

75 AMAZING fall family activities! I made a list of all the fall family activities that teach kids that I wanted to do this year. And while I know we won't get to all of these, I love having a master list of amazing fall family activities to choose from! There's everything from crafts, classroom activities, apple crafts/recipes, pumpkin crafts/recipes and outdoor fun.

And I thought… perhaps you’d like to take a peek?

I’ve divided the list into the following categories:

  • General Crafts and Art
  • Apple Crafts
  • Pumpkin Crafts
  • Classroom Teaching Activities
  • Outdoor Activities or Field Trips

So without further ado… here’s the amazing list! Enjoy and pick a few off here to try yourself!

Fall Family Activities: Crafts and Art

1) Make an Owl Wreath from Country Living

2) Learn How to Paint Acorns from Home Stories A to Z

3) Make Homemade Pinecone Bird Feeders from Freebie Finding Mom

4) Happiness Is Homemade has another great Pinecone Birdfeeder here.

5) I love this Candy Corn Button Art from Repeat Crafter Me.

6) Dirt and Boogers has a really simple way to create leaf art: Using cookie cutters! Genius!

7) Here’s a craft that combines cooking and art: DIY Cookie Leaf Wreath Project from Country Living.

8) They made some amazing art out of leaves at this Leaf Crafts post from Country Living.

9) Oh, how I love this Real Leaf Project art piece from Just a Girl Blog!

10) These Embroidery Hoop Suncatchers from Buzzmills are a fun way to showcase leaves.

11) What a cool idea from Tiny Rotten Peanuts: Make a mosaic art piece using beans! Love!

12) This Paper Plate Owl from Huppie Mama is simply adorable.

13) Now this is creative: A fall wind chime out of all those acorns and cool rocks from The Benson Street.

14) These Fall Leaf Art Prints from Meaningful Mama are a unique way to combine paint and fallen leaves.

15) I dig this DIY Autumn Leaf Bowl from Hello Lucky! Whoa!

16) Use shaving cream to create leaves with a cool marbled effect with this tutorial from Teaching with TLC.

17) Salt Dough Leaf Prints from That Artist Woman! Why didn’t I think of this?

18) This Fall Leaf Printing art project from 123 Homeschool 4 Me uses markers and fall leaves to create unique art.

19) I love this Q-Tip Fall Tree from Mess for Less because I’m pretty sure that I’ll almost always have the art supplies for this craft on hand!

20) These Bark Owls from Fireflies and Mud Pies look pretty impressive! Wow!

21) I am a sucker for banners… and I’m sold on the idea of this Book and Leaf Garland Banner from Simple as That.

22) Speaking of banners… you can make a super fun Fall Banner from found items from a nature walk. We made animals out of the acorns, leaves and such!


Fall Family Activities: Apple Crafts and Recipes

23) I just want to be in the room when my kids are playing with this Sensory Play Applesauce Dough from Still Playing School! The smell must be heavenly!

24) Apple picking is always one of my favorite fun fall family activities! Premeditated Leftovers shares her tips here.

25) After your apple picking, come home and make Creative Homekeeper’s Oh-So-Easy Apple Chips. Yum!

26)… or this fantastic (and healthy!) Pecan, Chicken and Green Apple Salad from Num’s the Word.

27) And don’t miss this super awesome Crock Pot Oatmeal with Apples. Seriously!

This recipe for Crock Pot Oatmeal with Apples is so awesome that I had all four kids (and hubby) licking the bowl clean. And did I mention super easy since the slow cooker does all the work? Creamy but still a little chewy, just the right combination of spices and sweetness. Plus it's dairy and gluten-free, and no processed sugars (and whatever else you might find in those odd little oatmeal packets).

28) This Apple Coffee Filter craft from Gift of Curiosity looks super fun for the young elementary set.

29) Check out this apple-themed Alphabet Handprint Art from Mommy Minutes! Handprint art is always a hit with kids (and if you’re especially inspired, she’s got the whole alphabet here!).

30) Creative Savings Blog shares a fall classic comfort food (and my husband’s favorite dessert): Apple Crisp!

31) The Kitchn gives us the how-to on Glazed Apple Fritters. Oh my word… say no more.

32) Take a mom break and drink your Carmel Apple Cider from O Taste and See while watching the kids play in the leaves outside.

33) What a fun Apple Print Wreath from No Time for Flashcards!

34) This Secrets of the Apple Tree book is unique because kids shine a light behind the pages and extra pictures appear! My kids LOVE the other books in this series. And did I mention you can get this book for FREE?


Fall Family Activities: Pumpkin Crafts and Recipes

35) Here’s a simple but fun pumpkin art craft from Hanging by a Silver Lining made out of craft sticks!

36) Pumpkins hanging from the ceiling? But of course with these Paper Pumpkin Ornaments from Hostess with the Mostess.

37) Ooooh… Melted Crayon Pumpkins! My kids would really go for this activity from Crafty Morning!

38) Oh how adorable these pumpkins are… and they’re made of toilet paper rolls! A great idea from Living Chic on the Cheap!

39) Love these Tangled Pumpkin Ornaments from I Can Teach My Child! A fun use of glue and yarn!

40) What a fun 3-D craft project: A Paper Bag Fall Tree from Pikadilly Charm!

41) Leaf rubbing is a classic fall activity. But I love how Filth Wizardry has her kids rub leaves on a long mural!

42) Being Confident Of This shares a unique, fall-themed way to share the Gospel: the Pumpkin Gospel!

43) We made these Paleo Pumpkin Muffins with Ginger and Orange last weekend and they were to-die-for! You’ve got to check out this scrumptious dairy, gluten and grain-free recipe!

Just wait until you smell these cooking in your kitchen! Your family will LOVE these amazing fall Paleo Pumpkin Muffins! Made with ginger, orange, cinnamon and coconut, eating these muffins is pure heaven for your tastebuds. And because they're dairy, gluten and grain-free, they're healthy for your body as well. What a great way to say hello to fall!

44) Ohhhh… pumpkin cheesecake is one of my favorite fall desserts ever! This recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen is making me drool.

45) Or maybe we’ll make these Pumpkin-Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies from Cooking Classy. Oh my.

46) And come on… I can’t stand the cuteness of these Easy Pumpkin Krispies Treats from Yummy Healthy Easy!

47) You gals know I’m all about the Dollar Store… Debbie-Coos shares some adorable pumpkin crafts made from Dollar Store items.

Fall Family Activities: Classroom Teaching Activities

48) This Fall Button Tree from Hands On As We Grow is a perfect quiet time activity for preschoolers.

49) Here’s another great quiet activity for little ones: pressing leaves into Play Dough (from Learn Play Imagine).

50) The Educators Spin On It has a great day-by-day schedule of fall activities for toddlers! Check it out!

51) Love these 30 Free Fall-Themed Journal prompts for September from Life Over C’s!

52) There are lots of learning ideas found in these Fall Math & Literacy Lessons for Kindergarten pages found at Teachers Pay Teachers.

53) Whoa! This Fall Math and Literacy Packet from The Moffatt Girls is packed with printable goodness!

54) Here are some great fall-inspired speech and language therapy activities from The Speech Room News.

55) Preschooler loves Playdough mats! And these ones from Totschooling are fall themed!

56) Discover why leaves change color with this activity from

57) These Outdoor Acorn Math Activities from Living Montessori Now are fun and educational. So many ideas here!

58) Leaf threading a great fine motor skill for preschoolers. Check out this tutorial from Here Come the Girls.

59) Wildflower Ramblings has a free printable here for identifying leaves. Sweet!

60) Speaking of sweet… No Time for Flashcards’ Candy Corn Math is perfect for my sweet-toothed daughter.

61) And BabyCentre Blog’s fall-themed Toddler Treasure Hunt Photoshoot is a fun new way to teach colors.

Fall Family Activities: Outdoor Activities

62) This simple Fall Leaf Wreath from Crafts for All Seasons would be great to put together after a nature walk.

63) These Autumn Bird Feeders from Sustainablog made from milk cartons are adorable!

64) You can plan an outdoor date night after reading these Easy Fall Picnic Ideas from Design, Dining + Diapers.

65) Savor the season by taking a professional fall-themed family photo. These ideas on colors and clothing from a San Antonio Family Photographer are gorgeous.


66) Why not plan a nature walk every day for a week and focus on a new theme each day? Nurture Store shares how to do it here.

67) While on your walk, you can collect sticks for your Thankful Tree. Balancing Beauty & Bedlam has a beautiful one here.

68) This looks like a great book to inspire outside time: Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect With Your Kids!

69-74) Speaking of books, snuggle up under a cozy blanket outside and read one of these great fall books for kids:

75) I wish we lived closer to one of these amazing corn mazes… we’d go for a visit! Do you live close by to one?

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