Friday is Fun With A Capital F!

Well, another week has gone by. This year is going fast already. The students have had an awesome couple of weeks. We are just about to wrap up our building projects and are looking towards our Space unit.

Students had their math quiz today, and from the looks of things, they all did quite well. Starting next week, students will be doing a weekly Mad Minutes. They will have to answer 35 adding in two minutes, 35 subtracting in two minutes and 25 multiplying in two minutes. If you would like to practice for these, you can create your own quizzes using the Math Fact Cafe link on the side under the links.

As we have started our memory verse again, please work with your child on helping them to memorize their verses for each Friday.

Here is the link for next weeks Spelling Words. Justr click on the picture and you will be taken to the new words with the activities.

For devotions today, we did something a little different. One of my favorite bands is the David Crowder Band. So I found a video with their music and words and we sang along with it. Anyway, I thought I would also share it with you.

To end off, I would like to share one of my favorite poems with you. I was sharing it with Mrs. Davies and I was telling her that we had a copy of this poem hanging on our wall at home. So to end of this week, here is a poem that means a lot to me.


written by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

2 Weeks Left!


Wise warriors are mightier than strong ones, and those who have knowledge than those who have strength. (Psalm 24:5)


Well, here we are. The final two weeks. It was a busy week here in 3B with students rushing to get everything done. Our Recess Club was a rousing success once again with students getting alot of work done. Every Friday, when we look back for our Home Letters, it is amazing the number of things that we do in a week. Science has been a favorite this week with the students taking a tour of the universe and looking at the various sizes of objects in space. There were many things that i learned as well which is always great. The one thing I learned was that the term solar system comes from the other name for the Sun, which is “Sol”. So a solar system is the movement of objects (system) around the Sun (Sol). Ergo, the Solar System!

We also got a reply from the Scientists to the questions we asked about the Polar Lander and Mars. We were very impressed with the Scientists as they replied to all our questions almost right away! Here are the questions again followed by the answers:

1) If there was water on Mars,  where did it go?

2)What is the smallest part of the Mars Phoenix Lander?

3)Why does the Mars Phoenix just have to let go of the parachute?

4) Does it snow on Mars?

5)Why did you use rockets instead of the air bags you used on the Mars Rovers?

6) Why does Mars have ice?

7) How much does the Mars Lander weigh?

8) Is Mars hot or cold?

9) Why do you need space suits on Mars?

10)Why do you only send robots to Mars?

11) Why does mars have ice on the top, Is it like Earth with a North Pole?

12) When did they first know about Mars?

13) Does it rain on Mars?

14) If mars has an atmosphere, why does it have so many craters?

15) How far away is Mars to the nearest galaxy?

16) How are the Mars Rovers and phoenix doing?

17)Do the gadgets on the Phoenix run on gas or sunlight? Why?

18) How much does the Phoenix cost?

19)Is Mars a deadly planet for humans?

20) How long does it take to get to Mars from Earth?

21) How long could the polar lander last?

22) What do you think happened to the Lander that disappeared?

23) Why can’t we go on Mars if we can go on the Moon?

Answers to your questions:

1) We think that the water is now in a few places:  water frozen in the polar caps, subsurface ice in the permafrost (that Phoenix will study), and there may be liquid water deep in the underground. 2) There are lots of small bolts and screws and springs all over the spacecraft.  Among scientific instruments, one is the telltale wind sensor,which is a small weight that dangles in the wind.  3)We didn’t want the parachute to land on top of the spacecraft, so it is jettisoned earlier so it would land farther away.  4)In the winter carbon dioxide snow blankets the ground.  5) The Phoenix spacecraft is too big to use airbags.  6)  Mars is very cold, about -90F, so any water would be frozen ice.  7)The total weight of the Phoenix lander is 772 pounds (350 kg).  8)Mars is cold. 9) Because the atmosphere is very thin and does not have the oxygen that we need to breathe, and it is so cold that we would need spacesuits to keep us warm. 10) It is much easier to send a robot than a pers  on to Mars, but eventually we will send people.  11)Yes, Mars has polar caps very much like the Earth.  Poles receive less sunlight than the equator and therefore are much colder.  12)In 1609, Mars was viewed by Galileo who was the first to view Mars through a telescope.  In 1877 Schiaparelli was the first to produce a detailed map of Mars by looking at it through a telescope.  13)It is too cold to rain on Mars, but it does snow.  14) The atmosphere on Mars is much thinner than the atmosphere on Earth, so more meteorites hit the surface.  15) Earth and Mars are both in the Milky Way galaxy.  16)  They are doing very well and sending lots of pictures and scientific data back to Earth.  17)They run on sunlight using two circular solar panels.  This is the easiest way to provide power to scientific instruments on Mars.  18) The U.S. investment was $420 million, and the Canadian Space Agency invested $37 million for the meteorlogical station.  19)If you don’t have a spacesuit, t  here is no oxygen to breathe, so it would be deadly.  20) Phoenix took about 9 1/2 months to get to Mars.  21)It is designed to last for at least 90 days and could last longer, but eventually as winter on Mars sets in, the lander will be in darkness and will not have power to remain operational.  22) For the previous polar lander, engineers think that there was a failure in the landing system, and it crashed.  23) It is much more difficult to get to Mars than it is to go to the Moon, because of the amount of time humans would need to spend in space (a round trip to Mars would take over two years).

Thank you for your questions! We appreciate your interest in the Phoenix Mars Mission!

Here is another tip for making sure your child is safe on the Internet. You can check to see what websites your child has been on by reviewing their “history” files. For example, open Internet Explorer and click on the toolbar button at the top of the page for history files (looks like a clock) or select the History option in the menu selections at the top of the window for Firefox. In newer versions of Internet Explorer, simply click, tools> toolbars>History. To adjust the number of days that Internet Explorer keeps the history, go to the tools button, select internet options and then the general tab. At the bottom is the history section.

The history will show you where people using the computer have gone over a period of time. You can click on the pages to be shown what the page looks like right from the history menu. If you keep going to that area and it is consistently empty of sites, someone could possibly be erasing them. If there are items in the list you can quickly click through the items to check to make sure there no sites that are inappropriate that your children are viewing.

Landing on Mars


O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Oh give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Oh give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 136:1-3

All the students were very excited this morning to tell me the news about the new Mars craft landing on the surface of Mars. Called the Mars Polar Lander this spacecraft is different from the previous machines as it does not move. Instead it will stay in one spot and do research on whether there is water there and whether there is any kind of life. There is lot of information on their website at Phoenix Mars Mission. Here are some of the videos.

If you go to these sites, you can download some images and make your own animotos. We will then put them on the blog if they turn out. Part of their homework tonight is to think of a question to ask the scientists.

We also previewed a new game which is very addicting, challenging and takes a great deal of logic and brains. There are some ads on the site though so please do not click on the ads. The game is called Magic Pen.

The rest of the day went very well. We are continuing with our poetry unit. However, we are just reading some poems now. Today we read a Robert Louis Stevenson poem about going to bed in summer. The students were really able to relate to the poem. We also had a look at the first 10 spelling words for the week. Here are the spelling words:

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Mid-week Happenings


The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it. Psalm 24:1

We took some time to get back into our other subjects today after spending yesterday on our poems. We did our monthly 30 word spelling test. Following that, we discovered multiplying two and three digit numbers with one digit numbers. The students caught on quickly and I think had a good understanding on the concept by the end of the class. We teach multiplying multiple digits differently from when I went to school but I think this way gives the students a better understanding of the concept which they can then build on when we get to larger numbers.tornadoStudents will be having a short quiz/test next Science period on sizes of objects in space. Basically, I am testing to see how well they understand that the farther things are away from us, the smaller they appear. So the Sun appears to be the same size as the Moon because it is much farther away from us than the Moon.

Mr. Beynon also came by today and showed us a neat way to create tornado with two pop bottles and blue-dyed water. Basically, take two pop bottles, glue the caps together, drill a hole through the two caps, put the water with the dye into one of the two bottles and screw the lids back on. Finally, flip the bottles over and swirl them around until you get tornado going. Cool! I’m glad I’m not swimming in there though!!!!

Spelling List For May 16th

Our devotion today was Genesis 2:8-9

And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the site and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge.

Here are the spelling words for this week:

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We’re Back in Business!


Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7)

It’s almost the end of the week and that means that it was a crazy Thursday with music, library and gym all happening on the same day. I have also replaced all the widgets on the blog. I decided to try a different book service as nothing seemed to be happening with the other one and, as you can see, it works though it is not as spiffy as the other one. Ah well! I also thought I would start adding the devotions that we do as a class to our blog so you can discuss them with your child as part of your evening devotions if you wish.The students’ “Colour Poems” are coming along beautifully. There are some truly beautiful and creative poems being written and I am very impressed with their ideas and the way they are stringing them together. As I mentioned in the newsletter, one of the changes I have seen in the class has been in the freedom they feel to be creative. I think that is plainly evident in their poetry with all the beautiful language and imagery being used.On a completely different note – Did you know that the Earth hums? Apparently scientists have noticed this for a long time.

“The planet emanates a constant rumble far below the limits of human hearing, even when the ground isn’t shaking from an earthquake. (It does not cause the ringing in the ear linked with tinnitus.) This sound, first discovered a decade ago, is one that only scientific instruments – seismometers – can detect. Researchers call it Earth’s hum.

Investigators suspect this murmur could originate from the churning ocean, or perhaps the roiling atmosphere.”

Here is a video we watched awhile ago on the size of planets compared to each other and other stars. It’s quite amazing.

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Here’s something to check though. Are those numbers correct? Can they be compared with other sources? Which shouldn’t always take things for granted just because they are on t.v. or on the internet!