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Advent Calendar Christmas Trees by Jordyn (gr.6)

At Christmas me, my sister, mother and father go in the car to buy a Christmas tree at a farm. The farm is beautiful. The trees are all cut and lined up. We go there because we have more choices and it is a more natural place to go. Plus the air is way more cleaner than at Canadian Tire when you’re trying to find a funny, coloured plastic tree to put in your living room!

Our Christmas tree is a natural one. We take natural trees because they bring a good smell and are better looking than artificial ones. I really like the smell because you can imagine that you are at camping with the trees, the semll and the beautiful land and animals.

We usually put our tree in the living room because on Christmas morning when we opent he gifts in the living room we could see the beautiful tree at the same time. When we decorate our tree we don’t have a style but more a theme like red and green glass balls that bring full of memories. It is like putting memories on a tree.

Something else we do is to go see my other part of my family which lives in the Beauce. We go there to help my grandma make her tree because my grandpa passed away and my grandma has a lot of work to do.

To Censor Or Not To Censor – That Is The Question!

In our Social Studies course this week we’ve been discussing democracy and democratic values, and we’ve learned that two hallmarks of democracy are  freedom of expressionand a free press. Blogging is very democratic because it’s a new way for us to express ourselves freely and share our thoughts with the whole world.  In fact, in  non-democratic countries people are not allowed to blog at all. In democracies-in-transition some people may be allowed to blog, but their blogs will be censored. This means that someone (a censor) reads the blog and takes out anything that they don’t want people to read. This is also be called the suppression of information. So, according to our democratic ideals ….. Continue reading

From Dashavatars to Avatars!

An Ancient Hindu Belief

According to Hindu sacred texts the god Vishnu once descended to Earth in the form of 10 different beings (including a fish and a boar). These different forms were called Dashavatara. You can see them in the beautiful painting below (click to enlarge) which is from Jaipur, India.

Fast Forward to the 2000s

Most of you have seen James Cameron’s 3D blockbuster – Avatar – which is the story of of a man who visits a planet and interacts with aliens “virtually” through the use of a physical avatar.

And finally, many of you are familiar with the notion of an avatar because you play video games.

Why should you have your own avatar? Continue reading

Telling Right From Wrong – Decisions, Decisions!

What’s right?    What’s wrong?

How do you make up your mind about what’s right and what’s wrong?

Besides your family, what is the greatest influence on your ideas?