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We live in a busy, busy world. There is so much clamouring for our attention, that it’s hard to hear a single sound through the hubbub. And if we can’t hear that makes it very hard to listen.

We need to listen.

When we don’t listen, we assume. Our children ask us an innocent question, and we answer something altogether unrelated. We receive an instruction, and do something different. We read God’s Word, but we miss His message.

When we love, we act. When we believe, we act. Our actions speak volumes about our hearts and minds, and if what we’re listening to is wrong, how we behave will also be wrong. We will be hurtful and mean. Thoughtless, and unkind. We will undermine the hope and confidence of others. When we choose to listen to negative and terrifying things, we will be afraid and overwhelmed – too scared to take action, or inclined to run away from where we need to be. When we listen to the filth of the world, we in turn become filthy. Our mouths spew garbage into our homes, and into our lives. Our actions betray teh decay we’ve allowed in.

When we listen to the lies of the devil and the lies we tell ourselves, we begin to hate and cease to love. We become suspicious, doubting the motives of those we used to love and trust. We stop enjoying fellowship with God’s people and begin to look on them with contempt instead.

Why would we choose this life of pain, deceit and suspicion, when we have a Way of love, truth and joy so clearly laid out for us, so easily available to us? All we need to do is to listen to the tender words of our Saviour as He calls us to Himself.

John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.”

John 14:6 “6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Come running!


It’s a kind of magic

In the Konos unit on trust, we look at optical illusions and so-called “magic” tricks (basically: really FUN science). The children make cloaks, wands and a stage, and performing a magic show using the tricks they’ve learned. This teaches them crafts and science and public speaking. The idea is to illustrate how simple deception can be to achieve, and then to contrast that to the Truth, and how knowing Truth protects us from deception.

The course material refers to some great looking books on the topic, but being a penny-pinching nethound, I decided to look online for ideas. About.com has some great step-by-step guides, which I made into a booklet for my family. We’ve printed it out, and now it’s DH’s turn to spend some time with the girls, explaining each step, the principles behind each trick, and helping them to master it.

We’ve decided to include the magic show in our Grandparents’ Day at the end of the year (date to be advised). On that day, we’ll also present the girls with awards for progress through the year, and lay on a special tea for Grannies and Grandpas, all made and served by the DDs. We’ll display their work, do the magic show, and perhaps incorporate another performance of some kind. I’m really looking forward to it, as I know it’ll be a wonderful treat for the entire family. (And of course all available Aunts and Uncles are invited and expected, too).

If you’d like to download that book of tricks for personal use, click here: 18 Fun, Easy Magic Tricks.

Science this week.

"Waterfall" - M.C. Escher

"Waterfall" - M.C. Escher

Well, we’re still working through Trust. Today we were concentrating on optical illusions (which we also touched on in the “Eyesight” section of Attentiveness). We studied the works of Escher and Salvador Dali, which are so mind boggling and fascinating. I love being able to share these great works of art with the girls, and I love having access to the Internet, which makes it so easy to achieve this sharing of knowledge.

We also created a thaumatrope. Ever heard of one? It’s pretty interesting, and at first it completely failed (as my science experiments tend to do), which was disappointing. However, once again the Internet came to the rescue. I found this website, which gave us an explanation of thaumatropes that we could understand, some simple experiments, and a shorty video tutorial.

We also found this website, with a list of animated GIFs, which perform the same illusion as the hard copy thaumatropes we made, but with fewer human errors. 🙂 . Random Motion was very useful in its definition and experiments, which even I managed eventually.

Thaumatrope demonstration

Thaumatrope demonstration

Thaumatrope: n.

The thaumatrope was invented in the 1820s and it proved the phenomena of persistence of vision. The word “thaumatrope” has Greek roots. “Thauma” means magic in Greek and “trope” refers to something that turns. The thaumatrope is somewhat magical because it creates illusions dependent on persistence of vision.

And finally, DH came home and did his Daddy-trick, in which he just looks at a science-y thing and it works. So all of our thaumatropes worked and the girls had a good idea of how easily the eyes can be deceived. A good day for science and discernment, methinks.

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