Goodnight Poem

I’ve been researching Waldorf to incorporate it into our family life.  It has similarities to Montessori but lots of differences.  One of the things I like about Waldorf is the daily rhythm and the creation of family traditions.  These are things that make childhood magical yet are simple to do.  One aspect of this is using poems and rhymes to mark transitions during the day.  I’ve been trying to find a poem for bedtime but didn’t find one that was just right.  So I made my own.  Here it is:

The sun’s gone down

The moon is high

It’s time to sleep

Now close your eyes

Snug and cozy

In your bed

With lots of kisses

On your head

May Angels come

Watch over you

And Jesus keep

You safe too

It’s time to sleep

Now I must go

Don’t make a peep

I love you so

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Daily Routine Cards

I’ve been thinking for a couple weeks about putting up a daily routine for Pumpkin 1.  It’s been hard getting her ready for bed at night.  We have a routine, but sometimes Daddy gives her a bath and sometimes Mommy, and since she’s at the “I only want Mommy” stage, she’ll throw a fit when Daddy goes to bath her.  After she’s in bed she also wants a billion things, “need hat!”  “need glasses!”  “need water!”  “no yike shadow” and last night, “no yike birds singing” lol.  Also in the morning it’s a bit of a rush.  Daycare kids are here before she gets up so she needs to get up and pottied and dressed quickly.  I hate rushing her, I love the mornings with her, but the other kids need me too.  So my hope was a visual routine would help her stay on track, be fun and be something she could follow as she gets more independent as well as give her a sense of security whether it’s Mommy or Daddy getting her ready for bed.

So first off I needed to find some routine cards.  I can’t find the set I actually used to post but these are the same, only in black and white.

 

Next I printed off the ones I needed and laminated them.  I was going to mount them to card stock first but I forgot, so I might redo them down the road.

Then I attached adhesive magnets to the back.  Then came the hard part, what to put on the wall for them to stick to?  I was going to use a cookie sheet from the dollar store but it wasn’t long enough and looked silly.  I thought and thought about what I might have that was magnetic, and then it came to me – can you see in the picture what I used?

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Metal rulers!  My mother always had a metal ruler.  So I asked hubby to pick some up at Staples (as he had to pick up some calender pictures I had laminated).  They’re the 12″ ones and were like $2.50 each approx. They also have 16″ ones.  I used the Command removable hanging strips to attach the rulers to the wall, and voila!  A magnetic daily routine chart.

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Pumpkin 1 was very intrigued by it.  The top two rows are the morning routine and the bottom two are the evening.  I wanted it to go from left to right then down as a form of pre-literacy training.  I posted it in the hallway between her room and the bathroom so it’s easy for her to refer to for bathroom things and bedroom things.  Now I’m just wondering if I can paint the rulers so they look a little less like, well, rulers!

Anyway, she went to bed very easily and didn’t ask for anything!  However, I’m not holding my breath.  It might just have been a fluke.  Pumpkin 2 helped me install our routine by bending a card and eating a wrapper from the Command strips.  He was very intrigued as well.

By the way, the previous owners did the terrible paint job.  Makes me cringe.