Saturday, 17 June 2017

Mandy Harvey - "Smile"

There are so many things happening in the silence of my life right now and I would covet your prayers for myself and my family.  I heard this song earlier this week and needed some place to keep it handy as these words have ministered to my heart and I have a feeling I'm going to need to hear it often.

"It's in the future. I need to smile through this. I need to make it okay. There are so many challenges in life that you feel like you can't get over. This is your moment. You can't just let it go because it's difficult. Find the finish line. Smile it's going to be okay" - Mandy Harvey


Smile by Mandy Harvey (Lyrics)

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it's breaking
When there are clouds in the sky you'll get by

If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll see the sun come shining through for you
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying
You'll see that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it's breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll see the sun come shining through for you
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile what's the use of crying
You'll see that life's worthwhile
If you just smile
Just smile
Just smile

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Pentomino Tessellation {Virtual Fridge}

This Week
Whew it's been a busy month around here!  I am finally finding some space to catch my breath and do a little bit on my blog.  Last month we did a few projects from ArtAchieve {Read my Review here}.  I first heard about tessellation three years ago when we did a Tessellating Tile Art project.  Here is a tessellation project with a difference.  This one is based on Pentomino.  To be honest it was a lot harder than either of us expected. This particular art work was from Level II-Lesson 8: Tessellations: Repeating a Pattern to Create Original Art

Tessellations: Pentomino

Art Books

Are you looking for Art Books to use in your Homeschool ?  Annette is currently hosting a weekly book series where she shares all things Art in books for your homeschool.  Be sure to take a look and leave her a comment or two and some bloggy love. 


This weeks Feature


This weeks feature is a tutorial from over at Our Unschooling Journey Through Life. Woven CD Garden Decorations
Your Turn

I invite you to take some photo's of your children's artistic pursuits put them in a post and link up with me I would love to come over and see the wonderful art your children have enjoyed doing.
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Blessings
Chareen

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

The Mysterious Benedict Society Collection {Tuesday's Treasures}

One of the hardest things to do is find books for boys that are not filled with potty humour!  I was very pleased when I heard about The Mysterious Benedict Society on a Charlotte Mason Facebook Australia Group and decided to see if our local library had it.  Much to our delight they had all four books.  When they first arrived Nathaniel looked at the thick books and promptly assigned me the task of reading the books out loud to him.
Filled with page-turning action and mind-bending brain teasers, these wildly inventive journeys are sure to delight. - Book Depository
How do I KNOW these are good books?
At this stage Nathaniel was only attempting to read 200 page books (with large type) and these 400 page books containing much smaller print just overwhelmed him.  He finished one of his own books and I suggested he attempt book number two in the series and after much encouragement took the book to bed with him.  It was only a couple of days and each time we came to say lights out he would beg for five more minutes in order to finish one more page!  I was shocked at how enthusiastic my son was to read these books.  In the space of time it's taken me to read book one out loud to him he has completed book 2 and book 3 in the series (Nearly 900 pages in less than a month). We are now patiently waiting for book 4 to arrive from the library. 


The Mysterious Benedict Society Collection

  • Format: Paper back
  • Number of Pages:1872 
  • Publisher:  Little, Brown & Company
  • Publication Date: 
  • ISBN 10: 0316368873
  • ISBN 13: 9780316368872
  • Author  Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Illustrator
What is it all about?

"Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?"When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear reader, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.As our heroes face physical and mental trials beyond their wildest imaginations, they have no choice but to turn to each other for support. But with their newfound friendship at stake, will they be able to pass the most important test of all?Welcome to the Mysterious Benedict Society.
We are still reading book one out loud and both of us are loving every page.  In book one we are introduced to the five central characters of:  Mr. Nicholas Benedict, George "Sticky" Washington, Kate Wetherall, Reynard "Reynie" Muldoon and Constance Contraire.  Each day is a journey to discover the secret on Nomansan Island.  The children are in a race against time to find the island's secret and save the world.  Each of the four posses a special talent and each day they are learning to trust each other and discover things about themselves they didn't' know.  The names are all very clever and full of hints to help you solve the puzzle of the Island.

(Watch a trailer of the movie on YouTube) and explore the Mysterious Benedict Society on the web.

There are four books in the series:
  1. The Mysterious Benedict Society
  2. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
  3. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma
  4. The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict
Nathaniel has really enjoyed this series so much he is saving his pocket money to purchase the boxed set for himself!

What are some of your favourite books for boys?
Blessings
Chareen
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