09/8/13

Fish for Songs Singing Time Activity

If I know anything, it’s that kids loves to fish. These are great for music time, but can also be used at home.

Instructions: Cut out, laminate, and attach a paper clip to each fish. Tie a magnet on the end of a dowel and string. Write the song numbers for the day on the back of the fish with erasable markers and let the kids fish for songs! For more song options, print two sets.

Happy fishing!

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09/5/13

Tale of a Desperate Mom

I like to think that I’m a perfect mom. My children are perfect; we are never at odds. My house is always full of a sweet, calm peace … and clean. Very, very clean. Unfortunately, that’s not true. I get really frustrated with my kids, and my house is never quite clean (trust me when I say, “Don’t open the closets”). I’m at my lowest form of mom when I’m trying to get my kids ready for school. I sound something like this:

“Dylan, time to get ready. Dylan. Dylan. Time to get your shoes and socks on. We’re leaving in five minutes. DYLAN! June? Are you ready to go? What? You still haven’t eaten breakfast?! We have to go! What am I doing with my liiiiiiife?!!”

Well, no longer folks (that’s not true; this is my destiny). But I’ve made some things that can help a lot.

Get Ready for School Charts and Chore Charts

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I laminated mine, put magnets on the back, and used a cookie sheet from the dollar store. I think the cookie sheets last longer without paint, but you might be more adept at crafting than I am, so you can do it however you think best. I decorated them with colored permanent markers. They are a lot of fun for the kids, and we have much better mornings.

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I just realized I forgot to include ‘cleaning closets’ on the chore chart. Ah well.

Good luck with yours!