A “Fruitful” Fifth Grade Year!!!



The Saints in the Gentleness Fruit Stand have experienced “Gentleness… Reborn, Reformed, and Reasoned.  In this final quarter we experienced… Gentleness Resolved”!

What a wonderful year we have shared together!  This year has been such a blessing to me. The students and I have  learned so much, as we traveled the path of knowledge together.  Memories have been made and experiences that will live in our hearts for a lifetime have been gained !  I will miss each one of my Saints next year, as they move forward into sixth grade.

Take a look at some of our final- quarter experiences.  Seed how our learning through the resolution of gentleness  took us on a journey through biblical studies,  literature, language, science, and history.

Finalblog995This is our “Caddie Woodlawn Summary Quilt” that we constructed by summarizing each chapter of the novel, Caddie Woodlawn, on a square and designing quilt squares to resemble the quilts that the pioneers made during the late 1800s.


Here are some highlights from our fruitful event: “Gentleness Resolved”.  Parents and others participated in our event as we shared our studies of how God resolved the earth through:  Earth’s Structures of Rocks and Rock Formations, Evidences of the Great Flood, Scientific Studies of God’s Amazing Oceans,  Artistic Displays, Historical Evidences During the Age of Resolve, Writings of John Bunyan and John Milton, and The Story of an Amazing Girl, Caddie Woodlawn, who made an incredible journey from childhood into adulthood, resolving to live a life of kindness, faithfulness, truthfulness, and honor.


Finalblog991Finalblog993Finalblog99Here are just a few pictures from our studies in music class. We enjoyed learning about various instruments, music theory, composers, and sacred music through history.


The Academy Awards Night was a great conclusion to a wonderful school year!



From Professor Sherman’s Balloon Trip Around the Earth, to Our Earth Day Celebration in Music!

The fifth- grade “Professors” completed their awesome balloon adventure and are “taking off” for many other adventures, as they steer their learning toward Earth Patterns, Cycles, and Change.  During out Bible study, we are exploring how we can be “Salt” and “Light” in our world.  We memorized and explored the true meaning of the words found in Matthew 5: 13- 14, when Jesus is telling His followers that they are the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world”. We are finding ways to be “salt” and “light” here at CCA and in our world.  We are learning about metaphorical language in our study of poetry, and we have analyzed famous works of poetry and the figurative language that is used in them.  One of our  favorites poems has been, “The Road Not Taken”, by Robert Frost.  Keep posted as we publish some of our own works of poetry.

Here are a few pictures of the “Professors” with their “Parents”.

The saints in the fifth- grade Gentleness Fruit Stand are also learning about rock types, the rock cycle and how transformations between rocks occur, Earth history and the six main geologic evidences for the Genesis Flood, the basic structure of Earth’s interior, and plate tectonics.  Check out some of the books we are reading, movies we have viewed, and our own “rock cycle” movable diagrams we created.  We also added some photos of our volcano models from a few weeks ago.

In music class, we were honored to have Miss Cait visit us and share her cello.  This was a great addition to our musical studies.



From Cell Structure to the Structure of Colonial Economics

The Saints in the Gentleness Fruit Stand are exploring God’s intricate design of cells.  We are studying plant cells, animal cells, fungi, amoebas, bacteria, and planarian.  Wow! What an amazing world of microbes has been discovered- both helpful and harmful!  Stay tuned for more from our “world of cells” next week.

The big new is that we went on an amazing field trip this Friday to Colonial Williamsburg.  We are learning about the “Age of Reason” and how exploration led to amazing discoveries.  The entire structure of the Colonial economy and how the trades of the early settlers in America were carried out, had us mesmerized.  We watched blacksmiths at work, forging iron in the fire.  We observed tinsmiths bending and creasing tin to make lanterns and tin cans.  We were intrigued by the silversmith as he explained the difference between silver mixed with copper and pure silver. The cabinet makers had us in awe because they were able to construct beautiful furniture out of very simple tools such as the planer.  The cooper demonstrated barrel- making, and told us that the only difference between the barrel- making of the 1500s and the 1700s was that the coopers (barrel- makers) wore different types of clothing.  Apparently, barrel- making is an art or trade that has remained unchanged throughout history.

Our fifth- grades enjoyed a wonderful tour of the Governor’s Palace and were able to enjoy a casual lunch on the palace green.  It was a beautiful day!

The questions asked by our fifth- graders really displayed the knowledge that they already y possessed about exploration, trades, and the science involved within each trade.  We have included some pictures of our “Adventure in Colonial Williamsburg”!

The Blacksmith’s Shop
The Cooper
The Cabinet Maker
The Silversmith

Gentleness “Enlightens” Us As The Word of God is Our “Light Saber”

The saints in the Gentleness Fruit Stand have completed their scientific studies of “light”.  We examined various properties of light, such as reflection, refraction, absorption, transmission, and the fact that light can travel through outer space.  We compared and contrasted the properties of light with the properties of sound that we had already studied.  We used our study of light and color to construct a 3- way Venn Diagram in colors of light mix to ultimately form white light.  We compared three historical figures, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and William Tyndale, placing them on our color wheel Venn Diagram.  Check out their similarities and differences and the blending of colors at the same time.


Our recent “Star Wars Day” helped us culminate out studies of light.  We compared the “light saber” in Star Wars to the Word of God.  God’s word is our “light” and we hide its words in our hearts.  We use God’s word as our sword of truth and light.

We are finishing up the novel, The Twenty- One Balloons.  Our adventure has taken us around the world to the island of Krakatoa.  BOOM!!!!  We are distinguishing between facts and elements of fiction that are in the novel related to this small volcanic island.

Expository writing concepts area being incorporated into our study of Krakatoa, as we  utilize the 4- square method of planning for expository/ informational reports.  We certainly are finding a significant amount of information from our internet searches.

In History, we have been traveling back in time to the Elizabethan Age.  We discovered how Queen Elizabeth I became the queen after her father, Henry VIII died.  She was actually third in line for the throne, but after the deaths of Arthur and Mary Tudor, (Bloody Mary), Elizabeth finally took over the throne of England.  We are learning about how kings and queens actually determined the religion of the country.  England changed from Catholic to Protestant to Catholic to Protestant, when new rulers took over.


Gentleness Reformed… “Compression Waves”, “Pitch”, and “Frequency”

The Saints in the Gentleness Fruit Stand thought that we would share a few highlights from our most recent Fruitful Event, titled “Gentleness Reformed”.  We presented our thoughts on the word “REFORMED”, as we shared an acrostic that we created for the word, to give parents and guests and idea of how gentleness was reformed in us this quarter through our Bible study, Literature, and other learning.IMG_0711

R– Respect that we gained for God and for others through working together for God’s glory

E- Establishing a closer relationship with God and other saints through meaningful prayer about the needs of others

FFriendships that were strengthened as we got to know each other as brothers and sisters in Christ

O– Omnipresence of God because He was within us at all times, guiding us.

R-Revealing of God’s word through Bible study and the application of God’s words to our lives.

MManeuvering around obstacles that would be in our way and take our focus off God.  We learned to stay on course.

EEverlasting life that we are given because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and God’s grace

D- Discovered- We discovered that through God’s help we could accomplish things that we had never done before.


As part of our Fruitful Event, we shared some of the things we learned from our scientific investigations with “Sound”. (Pitch/ Frequency/ Compression Waves)







After Christmas, The New Year’s Fruit Goals, and Gearing Up for a New Fruitful Event!!!


Wow!!! We were so excited and renewed spiritually by our “Christmas Inside Out” program, and now we are setting out sights on lofty New Years Fruit Goals and a brand new Fruitful Event entitled “Gentleness Reformed”.  The saints in the Gentleness Fruit Stand have been brainstorming thoughts about what Gentleness really means in our lives and how we can have “Gentleness Reformed Within Us”.  We are looking at how Gentleness was Reformed in the lives of historical figures, literary characters, and in scientific endeavors.  Our brains have really had a workout!

Our studies during the past week have brought all of this quarter’s work  together under our theme.  We LOVED the novel Amos Fortune- Free Man!  Many of us felt that it was the best book we had ever read.  We saw how the character, Amos, was reformed in his thinking and received salvation.  We saw how our country was reformed after the Revolutionary War, and we saw how the prejudicial thinking of many people was reformed through character development in the novel.

Our studies on sound energy, sound waves, pitch, frequency, sonar, etc… have been great!  We hope to share some of our experimentation with sound during our Fruitful Event on Thursday, January 14th at 2:00 P.M.

Here are a few pictures of our artistic creations regarding Gentleness Reformed as well as a few pictures from recent science experiments.









Thankfulness…”From the Inside Out”…and the Protestant Reformation.

During the past few weeks, the Saints in the Gentleness Fruit Stand have been studying the “Indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our lives”, looking “From the Inside- Out” and relating all of this to our historical study of Martin Luther and “the Protestant Reformation” of the 1500s.  Wow!  That’s a lot of thinking!

We viewed the movie “Inside- Out” and took a look at characterization and developed character profiles for the characters that we will be portraying in our upcoming Christmas play.  We don’t want to give too much away about our play, but this may give you a clue as to how we are approaching the Christmas Story through the emotions that will be our characters.


In Literature, we are continuing our study of the biographical novel, Amos Fortune, Free Man.  We are beginning to see the development of character traits in Amos, as he is sold into slavery during the slave trade of the 1700s.  Our knowledge of the use of advanced vocabulary in this book is astounding!



Check out a few pictures from “Turkey Making” and Chapel.

And… last, but not least, in our music studies, we are trying to solve “The Case of the Missing Dulcimer”.  A dulcimer is a stringed instrument that we learned about as we took an imaginary journey with Mrs. Moore to the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia.  We learned about “The Crooked Road” music tour and about how the music of Appalachia came to be.  Stay tuned, as we try to find our missing dulcimer!






From Narnia to the Northwest River!

Exciting adventures have been experienced and new adventures are an the horizon!  We completed our first quarter with a “snow- filled” event when we visited Narnia with many of the characters from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  We had such a wonderful time at our “Fruitful Event”, Gentleness Reborn, presenting our projects showcasing visualization of vivid adjectives in story settings, conducting science experiments with matter, playing math games, singing, and eating food from Narnia!  Here are some pictures of us in our character costumes with projects.



We started the second quarter with an awesome field trip to Triple R Ranch!   Our adventure began with a canoe trip on the Northwest River!  We learned canoe safety, rowing techniques, and how to work as a team and communicate in order to steer our canoes in the right direction.  What a time we had!



In addition to our canoeing adventure, we gathered samples of pond water to check the turbidity of the water.  We tested the cloudiness and pollution content of the pond versus the river by gathering various insects and organisms that live in both environments.  We learned about the three categories of organisms and what pollution levels they can tolerate.  We also found our that marine vegetation is good for the pond or river environment.  It gives oxygen to the organisms and helps animals thrive.  What an awesome God we have to create such wonders!



Our third adventure on the field trip took place in the woods. We tried several team- building activities.   We tried to communicate and work together to balance a platform.  It took us a long time to work together and balance, but we learned that communication is essential, and that sometimes, instead of moving around, you just have to be still!!!!      This reminds me of the verse of scripture found in Psalm 46:10-  “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”


We are  continuing our Bible study of the Trinity and our God: The  Triune God.  It is well for us to “be still”and wait for what God has in store for us, in order to do His will , declare His glory, in His timing.

A Trip to London to Visit the Queen!

The fifth graders in the Gentleness Fruit Stand have taken a trip to England this week!  We found out that England is a “melting pot” of cultures because it has been invaded and conquered by so many groups of people throughout History… Ancient Stonehenge builders, Romans, Celts, Vikings, Angles, Saxons, Jutes, and the list goes on!!!  We learned about the historical period (1455- 1485), in which rulers from the House of York and the House of Lancaster gathered armies to fight each other in an attempt to control the throne of England!  Guess what:  the Wars of the Roses were not a group of florists getting together to see whose roses smelled the sweetest!!!  As we studied this period in history, we definitely discovered the Gentleness was NOT reborn during this time!  We discussed how history sometimes repeats itself.  Questions about the reasons these things happened were raised in our class discussion. Check out our pictures from the trip:

Eyn and Jacob at the Tower of London
Eyn and Jacob at the Tower of London
Amanni and Shekinah also visited the Tower
Amanni and Shekinah also visited the Tower
Queen Margaret definitely did how show Gentleness!
Queen Margaret definitely did how show Gentleness!
A striking resemblance to King Richard IV!
A striking resemblance to King Richard IV!


Illustrations, charts, and graphs are helping us remember historical events!

In Math this week, we discovered that decimals and fractions represent the same thing!  We converted fractions to decimals and practiced this skill in our IXL Computer program as well.

Our Bible studies continued with extra practice in remembering the books of the Bible.  We constructed flip charts in addition to our “hand- jive” posters from last week to help us remember Books of Law, History, Poetry, Major and Minor Prophets.  Wow…. these books sure are hard to spell!!!


Inspirational Missionaries, Rounding, Latitudes, and Attitudes :)

The Bible is the Inspired Word of God.  This week in the Gentleness Fruit Stand, we learned more about scripture being the “Inspired Word of God”.  We investigated synonyms for the word inspired.  Words such as “motivated”, “guided”, “encouraged”, “influenced”, and “prompted” were words that came up in our research and discussion.  When we studied  scriptures from both the Old Testament and the New Testament, we found that all “scripture is given by inspiration”.  We decided that the most fitting definition of inspired was “God- breathed“.  We focused on the fact every word God breathes is filled with His nature and character.  His words are filled with life, understanding, and perfection!  During Chapel this week, we were privileged to meet real- live Missionaries from the countries of New Zealand, Belgium, and the United Kingdom (London)!  We asked questions and learned so much about their lives and about the customs of the countries in which they serve.


Our Math studies took us to the world of “rounding“.  We brainstormed reasons that we would need to “round” or “estimate” numbers with decimals.  We decided that rounding decimals is used primarily when shopping for groceries or items at a department store.  We practiced rounding decimals to the nearest…whole number, nearest tenth, nearest hundredth, and nearest thousandth.  Wow, what a work-out!


We took our second test on the novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the WardrobeAs our study of the novel progresses, we are seeing many character traits unfolding.  This week, we constructed our own individual double- bubble maps to compare and contrast character traits with the main characters.


In Social Studies this week, we continued our study of geography by playing games with Latitude and Longitude. It is a difficult skill to master, but we are associating it with a popular game we know about called “Battleship”.  We played a game called “Message in a Bottle”, in which we tried to rescue castaways from deserted islands.  We had to locate the islands by their coordinates of latitude and longitude.

We’ve learned so much this week!  And… we’ve had great ATTITUDES!