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{Made for Learning} A Pink Tower

The pink tower is a ubiquitous Montessori learning material.  It is a sensorial tool used to teach preschoolers about visual spatial relationship.  It also prepares them for mathematics and hones fine motor skills.

You will need::

  • Wooden blocks in 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″, 1 1/2″, 2″, 2 1/2″, 3″, 3 1/2″, 4″ and 5″
  • Pink paint or dye
  • sponge or bristle paint brushes
  • beeswax polish (we make our own)
  • optional: 6″ wood square 1/2″ thick, square rod 18″ long, four 1/2″ blocks (to make the stand)


  • Mix up your paint or dye.  I’m using milk paint in white and barn red (salem red would also work) at a ratio of 75% white, 25% red.
  • Check your blocks over and give them a sanding to make them smooth.
  • Use a tack rag or soft, damp cloth to remove dust.
  • Paint your blocks on 3 sides and set aside to dry.
  • Repeat with remaining three sides. This ensures that you don’t get fingerprints!
  • Paint additional coats if you feel they need it.
  • When the blocks are all dry, polish with your beeswax polish.  I like to do 2-3 coats.
  • Stack and enjoy working!


Pink towers – ready made – can cost up to $40 each.  This homemade tower cost me under $20 to create and was such fun to make!

You can buy your wood blocks at CraftParts.

{Joyful Journey to Easter} A Young Person’s Lenten Devotional

Joful Journey to Easter

I had intended to have this ready for you all to print and use last weekend.  The project went through several incarnations until I settled on this one.  I’m pleased with it.  It is simple and inexpensive, and – I hope – instructive and useful for just about every age child you have at home.  You could print one set of cards and have all of the children contribute, hanging one card a day on a willow branch (or on your ficus tree… do people still have ficus trees in their homes or is that “so 80s?).  Alternately, each child could display his or her own cards on a ribbon or a corkboard in their rooms… Whatever works for your family and situation.

I’m going to release the first couple of cards separately today, and (pray for me) I hope to finish the whole set sometime today and make it available for you, in its entirety, by the weekend.

Each card introduces a virtue that we can cultivate, and includes a definition, a reference from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), and a quote from a saint or piece of Scripture.  On the reverse of the card, there is a prayer and a place for your young person to write down, or draw, or add some other artwork illustrating a way in which he practiced that virtue.

Have them punch a hole at the top of their cards and attach a string to hang up their cards to display.  They are intended to be printed on 3×5 cards, double sided.  You could print them on regular paper, cut them out and paste them to a pretty piece of decorative card stock, if you’d like. (please send me pictures!)


Joyful Journey to Easter – Joy   Joyful Journey to Easter – Patience

I am indebted to Kristina Hudson who gave me the original inspiration for this project, and who gave me a wonderful foundation for what I offer you here. God bless you and your family, Kristina.  And thank you again.

{Made for Learning}


I have been using my Facebook-free time {well, some of it} to work on our curriculum.

I’m going to have two kindergarteners (reception), two foundation, a logic and a rhetoric student.  It is the most I’ve had at once.  I love that I’ve managed to create something that integrates all ‘subjects’, all developmental stages into one curriculum that we can work on together.  One of the things I’ve disliked about homeschooling is that every curriculum I’ve found so far is in a million different pieces – not easily do-able for a large family.  At least, not for this large family.

I think I’m going to have the entire Middle Ages/Renaissance/Reformations ready to share by the time we start our new year on Michaelmas.  I have Handwork, Art, Music, Movement, Literature and Science Blocks.  I’m working on Maths and History.  I’ve also got a book list and added resource list coming along.  I’m sure I will be adding more and more blocks to the curriculum. I keep thinking of, or stumbling across more material that a block could be created from.

I’m not sure when I’ll move on to Exploration and Revolutions, but I’m sure I’ll be as excited about working on that.

Passport to Wonder





“I see that it is by no means useless to travel, if a man wants to see something new”
― Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days

Yesterday, the children finished up their unit study of “Around the World in 80 Days”.  The passport books are full and packed away – with fond memories.  We’re looking forward to the next adventure.

{Made for Learning} | Around the World in 80 Days Unit Study

{Made for Learning} | Around the World in 80 Days Unit Study

{Made for Learning} | Around the World in 80 Days Unit Study

{Made for Learning} | Around the World in 80 Days Unit Study

{Made for Learning} | Around the World in 80 Days Unit Study

{Made for Learning} | Around the World in 80 Days Unit Study

{Made for Learning} | Around the World in 80 Days Unit Study

{Made for Learning} | Around the World in 80 Days Unit Study

{Made for Learning} | Around the World in 80 Days Unit Study


“Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real.”
― Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days



{Made for Learning} Getting Organised

Over the last 15+ years of home education, I have tried various curricula and approaches.  I have found something to like about each.  None fit perfectly for our family on its own.

Fountains of Grace™ Overview

After several years of designing my own curriculum, I have finally put together a curriculum that is comprehensive enough to satisfy requirements, logical enough for my inner ‘Neat Nick’, and flexible enough for me to feel spontaneously creative.  And best of all, it works perfectly for a large family spanning several ‘grades’.

Fountains of Grace™ Overview

Today, I spent my afternoon escaping from ordination preparations by decorating the file box which will hold the entire curriculum.  The whole thing. Twelve plus years worth.  In ONE pretty box.

Fountains of Grace™ Storage Box

an ordinary file box made pretty with scrapbook papers and glue


I’m so excited!

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