Renaissance Mama

Beautiful Boy

 

Beautiful Boy

 

Beautiful Boy

 

Beautiful Boy

Out on the ocean sailing away,
I can hardly wait,
To see you to come of age,
But I guess we’ll both,
Just have to be patient,
Yes it’s a long way to go,
But in the meantime,

Before you cross the street,
Take my hand,
Life is just what happens to you,
While your busy making other plans,

Beautiful, Beautiful, beautiful,
Beautiful Boy – John Lennon

Helping Hands

One of the pleasures of operating a family business is being able to allow the little folks to help out. It gives them a great sense of ownership and pride. They take special care to make sure that everything is handled properly, and they learn from an early age, in a very particular way, that work and prayer go hand in hand. Yesterday, Jo helped Cat to get a large order ready for one of best customers (and friends).

 

Helping Hands

Helping Hands

 

Helping Hands

 

Helping Hands

Helping Hands

 If you would like to order from our store, we sure would be happy to serve you!

George and His Dragon

George and His Dragon

 

Fair as the sweetest flower of spring,
Such was his infant mien:
And on his little body stampt
Three wonderous marks were seen:

A blood-red cross was on his arm;
A dragon on his breast:
A little garter all of gold
Was round his leg exprest. – excerpted from “The Birth of St. George”, author unknown

A Sympathetic Touch

One of the greatest pleasures for me, as a homeschool mom, is to witness these moments of sympathy and mercy between my children.  James was struggling with his math lesson, and Carrie stopped what she was doing, leaned over and helped him out.  And, as I think you can see, they were both blessed by the giving and receiving of kindness.  And so was I.

We don’t get performance reports, as homeschool teachers.  We have to be nourished by times like these.  I am so happy that I was able to capture this one to share.

 

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“…like Ariel released from his tree prison, a beautiful human being leaps out of many a human prison at the touch of sympathy .” – Charlotte Mason

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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)

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  • 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.

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