General, Rhythms and Routines

Clean Up Routines

From the archives…

Do you have a clean-up song?

I’m not talking about the Barney “Clean up, clean up, everybody,
everywhere” song. That might work for you, but in our family we found
it to be a little bit manipulative (not to mention annoying when the
song was sung over and over and over again).

Rather, I am thinking of a song or a verse that will help you and your
child to gently transition from play mode to tidying mode. Shea Darian
has a sweet song, “A Place for Everything” in her book Seven Times
the Sun. I’m sure you could take that familiar saying (“A place for
everything and everything in its place”) and make up your own simple


A Dr. Seuss Etsy Treasury

Here are some great Dr. Seuss items I found on Etsy.

‘Seussical!’ by annettemarie

A collection to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

Thing 1 Thing 2 Dr. Seuss F…


Today You Are You No. 2 Viny…


Red and white stripe knit la…


6FT Curved Shelf


Striped Felted Mittens


CUTE Red Dr Seuss Thing 1 OR…


Dr. Seuss One Fish Two Fish …


Go Green Eco Conscious T Shi…

General, Matthew, Molly, Musings, PPCM

Wordy Wednesday

My camera is broken.

Well, let’s give credit where credit is due– my camera is broken thanks to a collaborative effort between an unknown child and myself. First A Child Who Will Not Confess broke the little door off the battery compartment. This was not problematic for about 8 hours… until I dropped the camera and now the battery will no longer stay in place. But that’s OK because I have a shiny new camera on its way. According to the internet, it should be here tomorrow.


I’m Stylish! Whoda thunk it?

Broad Horizons has given me the Stylish Blogger award! No one has ever done anything like this before, so I am ridiculously excited. Thank you!

Here are the rules:

  • Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
  • Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award
  • So… 7 things about myself…

    1. Growing up, I wanted a dozen children. Then once I started having children, I thought seven would be nice. In reality, it looks like I’ll be a mother of nine, with six living children and three lost to miscarriage.


    Fairy Tale Friday: The Table, The Donkey, and the Stick

    This week we are reading the fairy tale “The Table, The Donkey, and the Stick”

    This would be a fun story to act out as a “sack story,” putting objects representing various parts of the story in a sack and pulling them out one by one as you tell the story.

    It also could be fun focusing on the various occupations featured in the story.


    Knotting, Bows, and Shoe Laces

    Here are some rhymes, verses, and stories I have found to help your little ones learn to tie their shoes.Man tying hiking boot laces Flat laces are easier to manipulate (and stay tied better!) than round ones, and you will want to be sure that the laces are long enough for your child to work with. Some sources suggest using two different colored laces to help your child differentiate between the two bows.Some children also have an easier time learning to tie a jumprope first before moving on to shoe laces.