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

Worth a Whiny Wednesday?

Essential Star-Gazing Gear. Also, recommend the NightSky app for your iphone.

I’ve gotten into the habit of stepping out to look at the stars whenever I wake up at night. To really get away from the lights though, requires a short walk to the ocean bluffs where the night sky opens up over the Pacific and distant boat lights blend into the blackness with all those millions of stars. Sometimes, it’s a great opportunity to have some quiet time alone with the Creator of it all but lately I’ve been bringing along one of the boys. This morning was an exception. They’d all been arguing the night before over whose turn it was to go stargazing with Mom, so when one of them wandered into our room at 4:00 this morning I thought it only fair to see if any of the others wanted to join us outside. So, there I was at 4:15 with 3 little guys instead of 1, heading out to look at the stars. We were able to knock a couple more constellations off our list and we saw 4 shooting stars from the Orionids meteor shower which will be peaking Monday, October 22. Here is a great website that lists the various showers and the best times to watch: meteor-activity-outlook-for-october-13-19-2012
We’ve also been participating this week in the Great World Wide Star Count which ends October 19. This means if you have a clear night tonight or tomorrow, you can get in on the count, too! Here is a link to that site as well:starcount
Yes, there’s tons of neat stuff out there to be learned in the dark hours of the night. And it makes for some precious time shared with the little people in your life. But be warned, late-night star-gazing can make for a VERY WHINY WEDNESDAY when nobody has had enough sleep! So is it worth it? Better ask me after naptime.