Skyping with Mrs Yollis and her Class!

We had a lot of fun in 4KM and 4KJ yesterday morning, because we skyped our blogging buddy, Mrs Yollis, and her fabulous 2/3 class!

Mrs Yollis lives in California, USA. There is a big time difference between California and Victoria. You can read about time zones here. When we started the call it was…

9.00am Wednesday in Leopold, Victoria

2.00pm Tuesday in Los Angeles, USA

Mrs Morris, Miss Jordan and their students have been connecting with Mrs Yollis and her classes since 2009. Last year Mrs Morris even visited the USA and got to meet Mrs Yollis in person!

The format of today’s Skype call was called “One Minute Hot Seat”. Five 4KM/4KJ students and five students from Mrs Yollis’ class prepared questions to interview a student from the other side of the world. The stopwatch was ticking as each pair had one minute to chat.


Here are some of the questions and answers from our Skype call.

Check out some photos of the Skype call.

Did you learn anything new during this Skype chat?

Who do you like to skype?

If you were preparing interview questions for the Skype call, what would those questions be?

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Question for Parents: Olympic Games

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games begin in London on Friday 27th July. 

In 4KM and 4KJ, we have started learning about the Games and everyone is excited to cheer on the Aussie Team.

We’d like to extend a special invitation to parents and other readers of our blog to share what you know about the Olympic Games. 

Please write a comment and consider telling us:

  • What do you like about the Olympic Games? Do you have a favourite athlete or sport?
  • Do you know any fun facts about the Olympic Games, the host cities, the athletes, events, mascots or medals?
  • Have you ever been to the Olympic Games or do you have any memories of watching it on television?
You might even like to ask us a question. You can start a new comment or reply to a comment.


We look forward to reading and replying to your comments!

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Skyping With Sophie From The Block!

This week, 4KM and 4KJ were surprised and excited to learn that Miss Hannan, who is a student teacher in 4KJ at the moment, is related to someone special. Her sister is Sophie, from The Block!

The Block is a popular television show in Australia. It features four couples who have to renovate very old, rundown adjacent townhouses in Melbourne, Victoria. They have just ten weeks to complete a full house renovation! Sophie is on the show with her husband, Dale.

Dale and Sophie, from The Block.

They have a specific budget, they compete in challenges for extra prizes and there are strict building regulations they have to comply with.

Each week the couples have to renovate and decorate one room and there is a prize for the winning room. Once the houses are complete, they go to auction, live on television.

It is currently the fourth week of The Block on television, but the filming finished up earlier in the year. Check out Sophie and Dale’s house so far!

Sophie is a teacher, and she is currently teaching a Grade 5/6 class at Stonnington Primary School. She kindly gave up some of her time this afternoon to skype with us!

Many students had questions for Sophie and we skyped with her for about 25 minutes.

Here is a transcript of the questions and answers.



Let’s get behind Sophie and Dale by voting for them in The Block’s Suzuki competition! Click here to vote for Sophie and Dale as the “best sports” on The Block. If they get the most votes, they’ll win a Suzuki Swift Sport car! You’ll go in the draw to win a new car too! Students – please ask your parents to vote for you.


A very big thank you to Sophie for skyping with us today. It was a highlight of the year so far for the students!

What did you enjoy about skyping with Sophie?

Would you like to go on The Block?

If you were renovating a house, what would you do?

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Reading Day!

Today 4KM and 4KJ had a special Reading Day to celebrate the joy reading.

Mystery Skype Call

We began our day with a special Skype call. The Skype name of the person we called was

We had to ask this mystery person some questions to figure out who they were. They didn’t have their video turned on at first. We thought it might have been the Easter Bunny, an American president or the Statue of Liberty.

It turned out to be our teacher friend, Mr Avery, from Massachussets, USA. He heard that we were having a reading day and wanted to read one of his favourite stories to us.

It was fun to hear this story about a popular American sport and we enjoyed taking the opportunity to ask Mr Avery some questions too.

He is a big fan of The Hunger Games and Harry Potter. Mr Avery also enjoys many of the movies that are popular with 4KM and 4KJ students. We even got to meet Mr Avery’s dog, Oscar.

Favourite Book Show and Tell

Everyone brought their favourite book to school and had one minute to tell the class about it. It was fun to hear some new book suggestions from our friends!

Some popular authors in 4KM and 4KJ are Enid Blyton and R.L. Stine. Some popular series are the Percy Jackson books and The Diary of a Wimpy kid.

Reading Activities Rotation

Our next activity for the day was a reading rotation. We worked in six groups and rotated around six different activities over two hours.

The activities were:

  • Reading big books
  • Reading instructions on an origami iPad app
  • Listening to a story on the iPods
  • Reading stories on the website, Ziptales
  • Making words on a game on the interactive whiteboard
  • Seeing how many words we could make out of the letters in “happy holidays”. Congratulations to our winners Trent, Loren, Thomas and Paige.
Here are some photos from the rotation. Thanks to photographer, Trent, for 4KM’s photos.

There’s Nothing Like a Good Fit Book

The Australian tourism commercial, “There’s Nothing Like Australia”, has been very popular in 4KM and 4KJ this term. Mrs Morris hasn’t been able to get this tune out of her head and thought of the song “There’s Nothing Like a Good Fit Book!”

In 4KM and 4KJ, we love reading good fit books. These are books that we are interested in, can comprehend and include words that are just right for us.

Here we are singing “There’s Nothing Like a Good Fit Book”. We hope you enjoy our performance!

What a Great Day

We finished the day by visiting the library to get some new books for the holidays, reading some blog posts and using some reading websites. Reading Day in 4KM and 4KJ was a big success!

What is your favourite book, author or series?

What did you think of our Reading Day?

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Guest Post: Skyping With Mrs. Yollis’ Class

Today we skyped with Mrs Yollis and her class. Here is a…

by Millie and Kealee.

Today at 9:00am (in Leopold) we started skyping Mrs Yollis and her class (it was 2pm for them).

We interviewed some of Mrs Yollis’ students and then they interviewed some of us.

We asked Mrs Yollis’ students some interesting questions. Some of the questions and answers were:

Question: What do you do on the weekends? Answer: Play soccer and baseball.

Question: What is your favourite subject at school? Answer: Art.

Question: What sports do you like to play? Answer: Gymnastics, soccer and blogging.

Question: What is your favourite food? Answer: Pizza and Pasta.

Question: What are your hobbies? Answer: Gymnastics, instruments and sports.

Here is a PhotoPeach we made with the photos taken by Olivia S and Trent:

 Have you ever skyped someone before?

If you haven’t, do you think it’s looks like fun?

What question would you like to ask Mrs Yollis and her students?

If you had to do write a guest blog post, what would you post about?

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Skyping Mrs Yollis’ Class

Mrs Yollis and her third grade class in California are our blogging buddies. Mrs Morris, Miss Jordan and their students have been good friends with Mrs Yollis’ class since 2009.

4KM and 4KJ skyped with Mrs Yollis on the last day of 2011 when they were just meeting their new teachers. Today the students had the chance to skype with Mrs Yollis again and meet her class!

There is a big time difference between California and Victoria. When we started the call it was

8:55am on Wednesday in Leopold, Australia

1:55pm on Tuesday in Los Angeles, USA

Click here to find out more about time differences around the world.

Since 4KM and 4KJ are learning about Australia this term they wanted to share some facts with Mrs Yollis’ class, and also find out some information about America.

Seventeen 4KM and 4KJ students had special jobs. The researchers and speakers were Maha, Lachlan, Leah, Brandon, Trent, Maddy, Millie, Skye, Clancy, Olivia and Becky. Adam and Libby were typists. The photographers were Kealee and Sophie. Patrick and Hannah were the greeters.

This is the transcript of answers that Adam typed up. Libby’s transcript got lost!
Adam transcript – Skype with Mrs Yollis 22.02.12

Click here to read Mrs Yollis’ post about our Skype call.

Please leave a comment and share a fact about Australia or the USA. It might be something you already know or something you learnt on Skype. 

Perhaps you could compare some information about the USA and Australia.

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