May Is Family Blogging Month

The students in 4B love to share what they are learning and experiencing through this blog.

The involvement of family members in our blog is so important. It makes everything we do at school more meaningful and special.

In an effort to include more family members in our online community, we are starting a new blog comment challenge called

May is Family Blogging MonthWhenever a family member (or family friend) leaves us a comment, the student will record it on our blog comment chart using the following codes.

Family Blogging Month Codes

At the end of May, the student who has the most comments from different family members will win a prize! In order to keep the challenge fair to everyone, each student can only record one comment on the chart per day. So the goal is to get as many different family members involved as possible during the month-long challenge!

Having conversations through commenting is one of the best parts of blogging so in your comments feel free to ask questions and reply to other people’s questions.

We’re inviting everyone to comment including mums, dads, brothers, sisters, grandmas, grandpas, uncles, aunts, cousins and family friends.

* Family members don’t have to comment only on this post, they can comment on any post on our blog. *

Miss Jordan has run similar competitions in the past and it is always a big success. Thanks to Mrs Yollis for coming up with this idea!

If you want to know how to write a comment and for tips on writing quality comments, click here.


What do you think of the “May is Family Blogging Month” challenge?

Which family members will you invite to comment?

Which posts do you think will be of interest to your family members?

74 thoughts on “May Is Family Blogging Month

  1. DEAR 4B
    how is your blog going?
    I have one too. What have you been learning?
    Do you like writing on the
    From your friend,

    • Hi Sadie

      Its good that you are comenting on our blog.
      I like writing comments on our blog.
      Do you write lots of comments on your blog?

      From Toby

    • Hi Pa

      I loved your first comment you did on the blog

      I might see you this Sunday

      From granddaughter (Ginger)

  2. Dear Alex,

    It’s lots of fun having you come visit Greensborough. Thank you for sharing your wonderful classroom blog. I cannot wait to keep up to date with what’s happening in Miss Jordan’s class.

    From Cassie & Jacqui

    • Dear Cassie,

      It is very nice for me to come visit you at Greensborough.

      When I drive in the car, it gets boring but I like it when you do the cap on my head and the sponge together.

      From your friend, Alex

  3. What a great initiative! I’m looking forward to reading all the great comments by Miss Jordan’s class and their family members. Hope everyone had a great weekend – mine was great because Collingwood won on Friday night!

  4. I love hearing what other schools and classes are doing.
    Well done on a great initiative.

  5. Dear 4B,

    Thank you for inviting me to take part in your blog. My home in Los Angeles, California, is a long way from your classroom, so this is a great opportunity for me to follow the inspired creativity of 4B. I’m going to finish my weekend by walking my dogs around the La Brea tar pits.

    • Hi Bronwyne

      I am Val’s friend, Flynn. It is very interesting that you are in Los Angeles and are blogging. All the places seen very interesting. It’s making me want to go to Los Angeles.

      From Flynn.H

      • Flynn,

        I’m sure you would like the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. Archaeologists still find fossilized skeletons of mammoths, dire wolves, short-faced bears, ground sloths, and saber-toothed cats. I get to walk amongst the pits and watch the digs every day.

        • I must say I did enjoy visiting the tar pits very much. So much history in such a small area. We still have a lot to learn and it’s through the work of others we can do this. I liked the sabar-toothed tiger (extinct) and the sloth.

    • Hi Bronwyne,
      I’m also Val’s friend, Ted.
      It’s great that you are commenting on our blog all the way from Loss Angeles! The whole class loves for all the comments we’re getting from the people related to the students in 4B and other classes.

      • Hi Ted,

        Great to hear from you. I got to see the final moments of your footy game a few weeks ago over Skype. You appeared to be having a wonderful time. Best of luck in the coming games. I used to watch my brother, Val’s uncle Duncan, play for the gulls on the Barwon Heads oval.

    • Hi Auntie Bronwyne,

      It was great to see you blogging on 4b blog.
      I would like it if you could do one about rescuing dogs
      Because I think it would be quite an insight for the class. I have something to tell you, the day you put your
      First blog comment on a couple of people went Oooooo! When I mentioned Los Angelis I don’t know wy that is but I think its because 99% of my class have not been to Los Angelis but they have seen it on the web and the web pictures are like being in barby land with all the men looking like ken, I know that is not the truth.
      I’ll talk to you soon send me some pictures of pony you’re new rescue.
      From Val

      • Val,

        I will write a post about dog rescue and tell you about my new foster Pony – will get around to it in the next day or so. I have not seen Barbie or Ken around Hollywood lately but I have seen a few plastic people. Los Angeles is a huge city with many different cultures and socio economic groups. Tourists tend to visit the areas where rich people live, like Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and Malibu. There is a wide gap between the rich and the poor and some areas I visit to rescue dogs are populated by families struggling to make ends meet. Some of the families can no longer afford to keep their dog or pay to take their dog to a vet for urgent medical care and they surrender their dog to me. Dog rescue takes me on many adventures around Southern California and I get to meet families that are rich beyond belief and people that live on the street. My dog Max that doesn’t have eyes lived for many years with a homeless person. One skinny little mixed breed I found living on the streets now gets to fly on a private jet to New York with his mama. Dogs introduce me to people that I would otherwise never get to meet. I get teased all the time that I like dogs more than people, truth is, I like what dogs bring out in people.

  6. Hi miss Jordan it is a great that we are doing in the blog I think it would be good for the prats as well so they can learn all of the great things that you do on the blog.

  7. Miss Jordan. Great comments, from brear pits to ‘you can do it’ awards. It’s good to read them all. I also enjoy reading the shool web site. Oh how times have changed!

  8. Hi 4b,
    Hope you are enjoying you’re blogs. You are very lucky because we didn’t have anything like this when I was in primary school. It’s a fantastic way to keep up with what you guys are learning in class.

    May is a great month because it’s Kody’s & Mine birthday month. Look forward to reading all your blogs!! From Kodes mum Trace

    • Hey Tracey,

      Yeh, I reckon blogging is a great way to communicate with others in the school community and seeing parents comment is excellent considering how much work they have to do at home.

      From student, Rocker!

    • Dear Tracey/MuM,
      I’m definitely enjoying this blog.
      Thanks for commenting on this blog it is great you’ve been commenting on this blog, please keep commenting.

      Kody G

  9. Hello 4B & Bronwyne,

    Loved the La Brea Tar Pits as well as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. I’m sure the students would like to see the many Squirrels there too.

    Great initiative Miss Jordan.

    Lesley (Ginger’s Nana)

    • Hi Lesley,

      My dogs love to chase the squirrels at the Tar Pits. I wake up some mornings to dogs barking at squirrels in the tree outside my bedroom – could do without that!

  10. Hi 4B,
    I’m Ted’s grandmother, he is encouraging me into the 21st century which is marvellous . This is my very first blog ,how good it is to write it to such a wonderful class.
    Jill (Ma) R.

    • Hello Jill,

      Welcome to our very own class blog, it is very fun having a May family blogging month and not to mention how many comments we have had over 4 days, I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up with about 100 comments on just one topic.

      Student in 4B,

  11. Dear Miss Jordan and 4b,

    I have found your blog most interesting. I think it is a great way to keep in touch with Donovan’s progress. This is so very different to my early education.

    From Donovan’s grandmother

  12. Hi there 4B,

    We are a 3/4 class from a school just outside Hobart in Tasmania. We have only been blogging for two and a half weeks but loving it so far. One of the best things has been connecting with our families, both the family we live with and our relatives living near and far. This was particularly special when studied ANZAC Day and shared our stories of family members involved in war. What a great idea to have a focus on getting more family involved for a whole month! We hope it goes well. Please feel free to check out our blog and see what we’ve been up to.

    Happy learning and blogging!
    3/4 Bayside Learners

    • Hi Mrs. E.,
      I’m Steve Mirkovich, Val’s uncle, husband of Bronwyne, Val’s Auntie. What a great idea, this blog! I live in Los Angeles but have been in Toronto for 6 months making a movie. Val is a terrific young man and I’m honored to meet and share comments with he and his classmates. I miss my home and Bronwyne and all my 7 dogs. I wish they could all cuddle with me in bed sometimes. I’m here another 4 months but it’s okay because Toronto is cool. It reminds me of Melbourne in a lot of ways. Very nice people. Bronwyne and I come to Barwon Heads over Christmas almost every year and the last day I was there, the temperature was +42C…when my plane landed two days later in Toronto, it was -30C…wow, can you imagine how cold that is? Very cold! Making movies is a privilege and it’s hard work but it’s also fun and lets me experience different parts of the world. That’s how I met Val’s auntie Bronwyne and two years later we married in the little wooden yellow church right there in Barwon Heads. I can’t wait to come back this Christmas to see Val and all my Aussie Family. Have a great day!

  13. What a great blog! I’m loving learning about what 4b is learning, and I look forward to further comments!

  14. Good morning 4B,
    I’m Sarah’s mum, Michelle. I just wanted to let you all know that I love reading all your blogs. Its so great to see how much you all enjoy 4B with Miss Jordan. She is such a great teacher.

  15. Dear Alex,
    I am very happy to be commenting on your Blog.
    It is lovely for me and Grandpa Mikey to be staying and looking after you and your sisters whilst your parents Abi (our daughter) and Simon are away in Tokyo.
    Sarah has been a great help too, she is a super Auntie and your mother Abi’s sister.
    We have had fun with the cats (Harvey and Daisy), and the new baby chickens.
    I have enjoyed coming up to see your new school and meeting your teacher, love from, Chrissie

  16. Hello 4B,

    I am quite excited to be a part of your blog. I am from Leinster, Western Australia which is about 1000kms from the capital city of Perth.

    My husband (Duncan, Val’s Uncle) and I are currently in Barwon Heads staying at Val’s grandparents.

    I have always lived in Western Australia, Duncan grew up in Barwon Heads.

    I am a Police Officer in the outback and I find it quite a rewarding job. I’ve been policing for 10 years and every day brings something new.

    Feel free to write back and ask anything.

    Chat soon 4B.


  17. Dear 4B,

    It’s great to read what everyone is learning about at school. You have all been very busy this term. I bet you’re all looking forward to your excursion to Melbourne next week. It’s great to see the fun fraction homework task. Maybe there will be a fraction post added to your wonderful Maths category soon.

    From Bernie (Donovan’s mum)

    • Dear bernie,
      It’s so good that lots of family members a leaving comments. I can’t wait till the excursion next week. It’s going to be so fun.

      From Charlotte.

    • Hello Bernie,
      Thank you so much for leaving a comment on our blog and especially for the reason it is family blogging month.
      It is excellent for our blog to get more people on our blog which increases our cluster map and let’s us change our total of how many people have been on it in total.
      Thank you for leaving a comment!


  18. G’day 4B,
    It’s great to be able to read and learn about all the things going on in my old school, I was a student at Barwon Heads P.S. many years ago, now I live in the outback of Western Australia.
    I live in a town called Leinster and we are surrounded by Cattle Stations and Mines.
    If anyone has any questions feel free to ask.
    Keep up the good work,
    from Duncan.
    “Go The Mighty Seagulls”

    • G’day uncle Dunc,

      Great to see you blogging. What was your favourite subject at Bhps? Because I certainly know that mine is
      Drum roll… writing! If I wasn’t a golfer I would be a musician or a writer.

      See you at handball practice,

  19. Hello Miss Jordan and class,

    I am wondering how your blog is going. I think it’s going really really good. What have you been doing in grade 4? Well I am in Prep C and my teacher is Mrs Blake.

    From Ebbs brother,

  20. Hi 4B,

    I think this blogging is awesome, it’s a great way to connect with class members and also other family members from 4B students. I’d love if we made a class website in grade 6 this year.

    From Tilly
    ( Charlotte’s sister )

  21. Hello 4B,

    I’m really enjoying reading your comments
    on your class blog. It’s very exciting to see
    the world map and where people have read
    or looked at you blog. Also loved the pictures
    of old technology items and games.

    Keep up the good work!
    Emma ( Tom’s mum)

  22. Greetings 4B, I am Val’s great uncle who is his Aunty Tegan’s dad and I am writing to you from Duncraig which is a suburb 15 minutes drive north of Perth along the Mitchell Freeway.
    I am absolutely delighted to see you are using the electronic media in a constructive way to interact with people who have gained their diverse knowledge from the education afforded to them at schools like yours and their own personal experiences in their lives since then.
    You are indeed very lucky to have access to the Internet which is the greatest source of knowledge on this planet. I am of an age when it did not exist and some homes like ours had a home library containing books of knowledge called encyclopaedias. This knowledge was updated annually with a “Year book” containing all the new facts for that year. I wish you all well at your school and with Miss Jordan’s help you may even aspire to end up here on the ISS (International Space Station). In years to come you will look back on it as very primitive but we have come a long way from man’s first flight in an aeroplane just over 100 years ago and who knows what may be achieved in your lifetime.

  23. Hi 4B

    I’m Val’s Uncle Dan. I just got back from a trip to Baku Azerbaijan!

    I was out there performing for the president (of Azerbaijan) and the Baku European Games. Myself and the other circus performers I brought out there were performing for the Torch lighting ceremony of the first ever European games!

    We performed on the walls of an ancient Zoroastrian temple. A temple built to worship fire! 7 pillars of flame have burnt out of the ground here for thousands of years from the natural gas underneath.
    And we were performing with our fire props! how cool is that! pretty magic right? (don’t try it at home, we’re professionals!)

    We took some tim to pay homage to the ancient flames
    Pictures here:

    You can see a few seconds of this performance in the video here!


    • Hi uncle Dan,

      I watched all the videos of you and you and your comrades performing at the fire castle it was brought to life with all those marvellous pyrotechnics of yours. Magnificent. Thank you for sharing your nomadic job.

      See you soon keep it wild,
      Love Val

  24. Hey Ginger in 4B! It’s Aunty Dani here. Have you seen what I got you and the boys? Minions Tic Tacs! Go to to have a look. Apparently they r really hard to get and they are selling on eBay atm (does anyone in 4B know what this abbreviation means?) 3 pkts for $20! I’ll give them to Nana so you can collect them 🙂

    • Hello Dani,

      I appreciate the way you have posted on our blog quite a few times and my sister bought a pkt of them and she kept a few I think to stick on her wall of photos.
      Also is the abbreviation pkts?
      Thanks the many comments.

      • Hey Tom! Great Work! Pkts is an abbreviation for “packets”. There is another abbreviation I have used – “atm”. Does anyone know what this stands for? It can stand for Automatic Teller Machine (the machine at the bank that gives you money) or…………….it can be used when texting people and means?????? From Dani (Ginger’s Aunty)

        • Hello dani,
          I think that the abbreviation you used is ATM, I can’t be too sure but I’m pretty confident with my answer.


  25. Hi 4B…it’s Steve, Val’s uncle again…

    Today was such a beautiful day in Toronto. I live downtown for now and right across the street is the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Stadium. Up 2 blocks is where the Toronto Raptors Basketkball and the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey team plays. They love their sports here. Toronto is a good city but I miss my home in Los Angeles.
    I love reading about all the going’s on surrounding friends and family of 4B! Have a great day!

    • Hi Steve,

      The Toronto Blue Jays is my baseball team. Duncan and I went to a game when we were in Toronto and sat directly behind the catchers plate.

      Great game although we didn’t win.


  26. Hi Toby and the rest of 4B,

    What a great way to learn all about blogs by inviting your family and friends to interact with you over the Internet. Plus you get to have fun and do school work at the same time!

    When I was at school the Internet was only just becoming popular and use was very limited. We didn’t have iPads or iPhones and we used computers called, Apple Macintosh and saved our work on floppy disks!

    I hope you all had a great weekend and have fun at school this week.


  27. Hi Toby and Classmates,

    Thanks for inviting me to contribute to your blog. This is the first time I have ever written on a blog, so it’s very exciting. I went to school at around the same time as your parents, and we only used computers on limited occasions. Most of the research we were required to do to complete assignments was done using the school or local libraries. You probably simply use the internet now. Can you imagine what technology we’ll all be using in another 20 years?

    Go Cats,

  28. Hi Miss Jordan, this is Lulu (Ginger’s Cousin). I think you may have been my teacher a long time ago at Barwon Heads Primary School. I am in Year 10 now so it must have been quite a few years ago.

    • Hi Lulu,
      Thanks for the blog comment! I just started teaching at Barwon Heads PS last year, so perhaps it was Mrs Jordan you had when you attended at BHPS 🙂
      Best wishes,
      Miss Jordan

  29. Hi, I am Val’s Aunty Tegan’s Mother and I also live in Perth, Western Australia. It is nice to see 4B blogging and using all the latest technology. When I started school the highlight of the day for us was using a fountain pen, an improvement from the dip pen and ink. The other thing I remember most was the school notes being sent home to the parents. Because I am a twin I never got to take the note home, my Sister did because she was the oldest (born first) Next time you’re at a museum somewhere, look out for a fountain pen or a school desk that has a hole in it for the ink well. Best wishes and thank you for sharing your blog. “Nanny Plum”

    • Hi Robbin/and family,

      This is Val here. I love that you replied to a post. My teacher said I have a lot of auntys and uncles spread lots of different places that’s one of a kind. I also thank your husband as well.

      By from Val

  30. Hi all,
    Ginger’s uncle Andrew here. I’m not one much for blogging since I’m busy with things at my school (do you kids know what university is? If not, you should ask someone…)
    But in posting this blog I have chosen to have updates sent to my email. Unfortunately, I don’t check my email very often either, so I may get the updates a week or so late.
    Anyway, I thought I’d post in and I’ll try to post once a week or so…
    Uncle Andrew.

  31. Hi Ginger & 4B,

    Not long now until the end of May & family blogging month. Ginger I’m so impressed with your audio message. You’ll have to teach me.

    Lesley (Ginger’s Nana)

  32. Hi,
    Ginger’s uncle Andrew again.
    Does anyone know how I can get EVERY update by email?? I still don’t check my email often but I find I am getting just bits and pieces of this blog in my email, instead of the whole conversion.
    Do I have to register, sign in and alter my settings (sadly, if somebody responds to this I may not see it 🙁 ).
    Anyway, I’ll make an effort to play about with things and see if I can get more regular email updates from this blog…

  33. Tom,
    indeed you were correct that Ginger’s Auntie Dani used the abbreviation “ATM’, but her question was whether anyone knows what it means, I think.
    I’ll give you a clue: It’s “At t– m—–“, if you can fill in the missing letters.

    • Sorry, I didn’t realize that the dashes wouldn’t show.
      “At t** m*****”
      the t-word has 3 letters and the m-word has 6 letters. Hopefully that’s a good clue.

  34. Hi Ginger & 4B,

    What’s your favourite movie? A long time ago, I enjoyed watching Jurassic Park and now I’m looking forward to the latest in the series, Jurassic World. I think it’s due to be released in June this year. Maybe it will be too frightening for kids to watch! It might even be too scary for me.


  35. Hi Val and 4B! It’s Val’s Uncle Steve from Los Angeles. I just flew from Toronto to Los Angeles to work with the producers on the movie we’re making. It’s great to be home for a couple of weeks then it’s back to Toronto until September. How many of you in 4B have been on a plane? And if so, what is your favorite trip?
    Hope the whole class is having fun with this blog. It’s a great way to reach out to family, friends and…new friends too!


  36. Hi 4B! Another question. Whether you travel in planes, cars, caravans, bikes or boats, What’s your favorite vacation so far and why is it your favorite?

    And if you could make a wish come true, where would you like to travel, and why?


    Steve Val’s uncle

  37. Hi 4B,

    As family blogging month draws to a close and winter knocks on our doors, I’m reminded of Two snowmen standing in a field and one said to the other,
    ‘Can you smell carrot?’
    ‘No’, said the other, ‘but I can taste coal.’

    Happy winter 4B!

    Val’s Dad

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