Praise the name of the Lord!

“From the rising of the sun to it’s setting,
the name of the Lord is to be praised!”

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Along with the weekly sunset shot (by the way, we call writing with coral on lava rock ‘Hawaiian graffiti’), I wanted to post another inspirational link that I think brings glory to the Creator in a very powerful way. If you have a quiet moment sit back and marvel at some of the awesome works of our Lord. Try to watch to the very end. You WILL be amazed and have yet another reason to PRAISE THE NAME OF THE LORD!

But before you watch, remember our memory verse of the week? B is for:
“By him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible…all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, AND IN HIM ALL THINGS HOLD TOGETHER…For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, MAKING PEACE BY THE BLOOD OF HIS CROSS.” -Colossians 1:16-20
Just You Watch!

Friday’s Factoid 2 (by Titus and Joel)

This week we got to see the International Space Station fly over Hawaii. I saw it first coming over the ocean. It looked just a like a big, bright star moving really fast (Joel).

The Space Station is flying over 17,000 miles per hour and is about 220 miles above the earth. It is as big as a football field. 6 astronauts are there right now but 3 will be coming back to Earth on Sunday (Titus).

Teacher’s Two Cents (by mom)

So was it worth getting the whole family up before dawn and wandering groggily out onto the golf course to get a clear view of this man-made object? I say, “definitely yes” and the boys all agree. They loved the adventure of it but I’m just a big fan of anything that helps put what we’re learning into a solid context. The Germans make a distinction between Kennenlernen and Wissenschaft. The latter follows the usual method of gathering facts about a particular subject while the former involves using whatever means possible to really get to know that subject like you would another person. So we got to get to know the ISS a little better this week and had a grand adventure to boot!

Solar System Models

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Picked up a Solar System model kit at a garage sale a while back (no doubt an unused gift from a well-meaning grandparent). It hadn’t even been opened and included glow-in-the-dark paint which made it more-than-worth the 50 cents I paid for it. It was the perfect project for my 2nd and 3rd graders but a little advanced for my kindergartener and preschooler. So I forked over about 10 times the amount I paid for the complex kit for a couple packs of squishy, sticky little balls called “Play Foam.” It lived up to all it’s promises of squishy, molding, shaping fun that won’t dry out or stick to carpet and was the perfect medium for my younger guys to create their own solar system model. A little more expensive than Playdough but can be left out without drying and stepped on without ruining your carpet. Makes nice multi-colored planets which are also great for pelting your brothers with and no black eyes!