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Se7en’s Fabulous Friday Fun #222…

May 19th, 2014 · 3 Comments

A Fabulous Friday Fun Post and A GiveAway Winner. We had a hectic busy weekend, packed with fun. And a week of stunning sunsets

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And stories…

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Not to mention a weekend of decluttering and visitors…

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Here are some lovely links from this past week:

  1. I haven’t done the ICAD challenge with Daisy Yellow for a while, but I have really need to up my creative MOJO and this could well be just the thing to help me find my rhythm…
  2. When you interview a bunch of homeschool graduates…
    I love this post!!!
  3. A Window Ledge on A Beautiful Mess… I have wanted to make something like this for years… the time has come!!!
  4. Interesting story about shark nets on our beach: Fish Hoek Nets…
  5. Just the best ever planting post… Who needs plant pots? on Time to Craft, just love love love the squash…
  6. If you aren’t following Seth Godin, you should be… he posts gem after gem after gem. This post really resonated for me… Emotional Handwashing:
  7. As usual The Problogger’s tips are tops!!!
  8. And the se7en + 1th link:

  9. A Blast From the Past: And here are a couple of links to posts, this week, from previous years:


Book of the Week

Notes from a Headmaster’s Desk by Marc Falconer and published by Pan MacMillan South Africa. I know, I know… why in the world would a homeschooling mom read a book, written by the headmaster of one of South Africa’s leading schools. The subtitle, “the challenges of education, parenting and teenagers” was enough to catch my eye. This book is a collection of essays, short sharp single minded messages… written to parents in order to provide them with insight and understanding regarding the mindset of the modern teen. Most of us were teens a fair way back and times they are a changing at a rapid rate. Have to say, he does a great job, and I find myself constantly looking for a pencil to underline quotable quotes… there are lots of them.

This book is a dipper, and you can literally pick it up, let it fall open and read. I kept thinking I will read just one quick chapter and then one more and then another. The writing is easy to read, yet the author has a lively vocabulary and a very much above average use of words that make you enjoy the actual process of reading. He touches difficult subjects gracefully and seems to take on even the most tricky of subjects with enthusiasm.

The author, Marc Falconer, questions our nations failing education system… no matter where your attend school. Time and time again he writes how the classroom is not necessarily the best place to learn life’s lessons. He has the wonderful ability to see a story from both sides and then provide some transparency to the situation, telling it somewhat like it is: He has no problem telling well-intended and overbearing parents it is time to be the grown-up, and similarly gently encouraging often obnoxious, and always full-of-excuses students the same.

This book is inspiring and full of hope, I am really enjoying it. If you are interested in education, and not only in South Africa; or the the inner and often intricate workings of the hallowed ground of high school; or just in seeing your student make it through the murky waters of a high school education and having something worthwhile to show for it at the end, then you will find this well worth a read.

This book was given to us by Pan Macmillan South Africa for Review Purposes. We were not paid for the review and the opinion is as usual entirely my own.


GiveAway Winner

We had a GiveAway of Timmy Failure: Now Look What You Have Done, in our review of books last week and it is time to announce the winner:

All the entries…

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Hidden away…
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And picking and choosing…
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And the winner is:
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Comment #14: Nita May 15, 2014 at 9:08 pm TF books sound super fun:-)

Congratulations to: Nita expect an email from us shortly so that we can get your book to you as soon as possible. We would like to thank Pan Macmillan South Africa for giving us a copy of Timmy Failure to GiveAway.

That’s us… Hope your weekend is a fabulous one and we are so looking forward to another week of blogging with you all…

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Heide Goodman // May 19, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Have you read Jonathan Jansens How to fix South Africa’s schools? An inspiring book showing that with an attitude change and some effort even the worst performing schools can change.

  • 2 Nita // Jul 9, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Thank you, Se7en, for the great book you sent us. We love it!!!! 🙂

  • 3 se7en // Jul 10, 2014 at 4:55 am

    Nita, You have no idea how happy I am to hear that it arrived!!! Hope you have a great day!!!

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