Friday’s Factoid 8 (by Nate!)

Venus is my favorite planet because it has lots of volcanoes. I like hot lava. Cold lava turns into rock. It is called A’a in Hawaii and there is a volcano with lava here too. I have seen it. Venus shines bright even in the morning because it is covered with lava. I have seen Venus the most because I wake up the earliest of all. We made pictures of volcanoes (Nate,5).

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Teacher’s Two-Cents (by Mom)
Titus and Joel took a break from writing today’s Factoid since Nate begged for a turn to write (or rather dictate) about his favorite planet. And yes, he probably is better acquainted with it than anyone else since he does habitually rise at the crack of dawn. As to his theory of extreme luminescence being due to the presence of lava on Venus’s surface, that is doubtful at the very least. But hey, we’ve heard a lot crazier than that from the science crowd, haven’t we?

G is for…

This week’s memory verse: G is for…
“Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice! The heavens declare His righteousness, for God Himself is judge!” Psalm 50;5,6

Hymn of the Week: How Great Thou Art (Boberg/Hine)
(We are also learning this one in Hawaiian)

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power through out the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee;
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in,
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

E mele au I ka Ho’ola e,
He nani no, He nani no!
E mele au I ka Ho’ola e,
He nani no, He nani no.

Since this is such a popular hymn, I thought it might be fun to give folks an opportunity to listen and sing along. Not bEing very computer savvy, the only way I know how to do that is through YouTube. So I enlisted the help of my boys and we previewed about a dozen renditions before they voted to add this one to our page. While many others had far more sophisticated (and I think beautiful) musical renderings the boys didn’t like the accompanying images because they included things like “babies” or “girls with flowers”. The following video was approved because all the pictures were from space…or maybe they’re just little country-music fans at heart…Alan Jackson…Really guys???

Friday’s Factoid 7 (by Titus and Joel)

Venus is pretty close to the sun and it is covered with lava so it is hot all the time even at night. Spacecraft have tried to land on Venus but they just burn up so they have to use radar to make pictures of what it looks like (Joel,7).

Maat Mons Volcano on Venus

Venus is a planet but people call it the Evening Star and the Morning Star because you can see it shining right after the sun goes down and before it comes up. Once we saw Venus during the day because it went across the sun. That’s called a transit. Then it did not look like a star at all. It looked like a little black dot. You can see all about the Venus transit by clicking here early-field-trip-2 (Titus,8).

Teacher’s Two-Cents (by Mom)
Don’t forget to catch the Orionids Meteor Shower this weekend! Follow this link for more informationorionids-peak-this-weekend