Smile and the World Smiles WIth You

Today’s idea might bring a smile to your face. Let’s talk about smiles. A smile is a facial expression that usually reflects happiness. I love several of the things Mother Teresa had to say about smiles. (Now might be a fun time to get online and learn more about the remarkable life of Mother Teresa with your children!)

Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. ~Mother Teresa

Peace begins with a smile. ~Mother Teresa

Talk about those quotes with your children. Help them understand what they mean. Then discuss the following quote from an anonymous source. (Ask your children if they know what the word ‘anonymous’ means- if not, today is a great day to learn!)

A smile costs nothing but gives much.  It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give.  It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.  None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it.  Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away.  Some people are too tired to give you a smile.  Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give. ~Author Unknown

Take a look at one of the most famous paintings in the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mona_Lisa

Ask your children if they think the lady in the painting is smiling or not. People have argued for centuries over exactly what the expression is. The Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo da Vinci. Now might be a wonderful time to do a little research together and learn more about da Vinci and his amazing life.

Here’s another interesting quotation: A laugh is a smile that bursts. ~Mary H. Waldrip

Take time today to laugh with your children. Do something silly and frivolous right in the middle of the school day. Watch an old episode of I Love Lucy or The Andy Griffith Show, or watch a favorite cartoon or movie comedy together. Smiles and laughter are the medicine that helps the more difficult parts of every school day go down.

If you’re a Five in a Row user, think back over all the wonderful books you’ve shared together with your children and ask them to pick the three books that made them smile the most!

The title of today’s blog is Smile and the World Smiles With You. Ask your children what they think that means. Help them think through this interesting concept, and how optimism can be contagious. Make it your purpose to smile at your children more often as you go about the daily tasks of homeschooling.

Proverbs 31:25

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