Writing in Rhyme…Why Not?

Here’s my response via Daily Prompt: Translate

I enjoy writing in rhyme.  Picture books lend themselves well to rhyme.  Rhymes help children who are learning to read. Decoding the words is easier for emerging readers when there are predictable rhymes  .

So why avoid writing in rhyme?


If you are submitting your work in the hopes of being traditionally published it is very difficult to get your rhyming manuscripts accepted. This is because rhymes cannot be easily translated. Publishers want to be able to put out books in several languages so the rhyme can actually work against you.

Meter is difficult to get exactly right too.   If the meter is off then the rhyme will not sound right so unless you are exceptionally talented at writing in rhyme it is best to stay away from it all together.

Still determined to write in rhyme?  Self-publish and be sure to get the meter exactly right.

Snow and Unlikely Friendships

Against the Odds

The big dump of snow that arrived last week was completely against the odds for our west coast climate.  We usually refer to it as the wet coast around here because of the amount of rainfall.

But that wasn’t the only unusual thing cropping up this week!  On the preschool front, I’m happy to report that many unlikely friendships started to blossom.  The children were discovering new playmates.  This was truly something to celebrate as children who may not seem to have much in common have now found each other and realize they enjoy playing together.

Play is so magical.  Kind of like the magic of snow falling in a ordinarily mild climate.

Here’s to those magical moments!  May we appreciate them to the fullest.

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” -Roald Dahl

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Thank you.

Three Reasons To Start a Nature Preschool Program

If you’ve been reading simply.cindy for awhile now, you are aware that one of the things I’ve been working on is starting up a nature preschool program.

I’m so excited to report that we are now underway with our first two sessions done and both have been hugely successful!

Ironically, although we are in one of the most mild climates in North America, we had snow for our first two sessions… surprise!  I wish I had some photos appropriate to post here but not yet 😦

The snow really added a new element though.  Making snow angels, building a snow man, and discovering different tracks in the snow were fun opportunities.

coastal trail

Here are the three main reasons why I decided to start a nature preschool program:

  1. To help children develop appreciation for nature
  2. To promote physical development
  3. To promote imaginative play

Each day, we begin with an activity called Sit Spots.  There is no talking, we just choose a spot, sit, breathe, look around and appreciate all the nature around us. For now this lasts for about a minute but my hope is to increase the time slowly up to 5 minutes.

As we started to breathe, one child exclaimed, “Breathe in the fresh air!”

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

We had a great time exploring the trails of our new forest home.  We discovered many wonderful places along the trail where we hope to go back and visit.  There were plenty of wonders of nature hidden in a park that many people drive by daily but never stop and take the time to walk through.

I feel so glad we are taking that time. What has struck me the most over the first couple of days is how much gratitude the children show for the experience.  I am modelling that, for sure, but the are picking up on it and seeing the bounty that nature provides us.

Very satisfying.

Have you had a chance to get out in nature lately?  Take a walk.  Appreciate the beauty around you.  You’ll be glad you did.


My Friend

Solitude is my friend.

My quiet classroom is like gold before school begins with the sunshine streaming through the windows.


After school it comes again.

The peace.

The quiet.

The contrast is huge after the noisy busy day.  Those afternoons in the quiet classroom can be so lovely.  They are my restoration to prepare for the busy-ness of the next day. And they fuel my creative spirit.

Ahhhh! Solitude.  My friend. 

“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”  -Albert Einstein


Katie Shaeffer Update

At the moment I am trying to resist the overwhelming urge to email my book designer and ask how the project is coming along.  It is that balance of being patient but not letting them forget about my book. And for the readers out there who might really enjoy the story.  I just want to get it out to you.


So if you’re waiting for Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker then I will just say thank you so much for your patience.  I did not want to put out an inferior product so that’s part of the reason for the wait but I will tell you that if I don’t hear something soon, I will light a fire under these people!  And that’s a promise.

“Katie assembled and constructed; she glued and she taped, she stacked and she hammered until finally her creation was done.”

-Katie Shaeffer, Pancake Maker


Hello Readers of simply.cindy!

I’m sharing this from my author web site.  I’m sort of surprised to say that my picture book, Katie Shaeffer, Pancake Maker is still a work in progress.  I’m about to order another proof copy and hoping that the second time will be a charm!  If all goes well, then advanced review copies will soon be available! Yay!

Katie Shaeffer would just love this tray of miscellaneous items! It always amazes me how a simple collection of items can be so inspiring for a child. My group of preschoolers can do amazing things with the most random objects. “Katie assembled and constructed; she glued and she taped; she stacked and she hammered, until finally […]

via Collections — Author Cynthia Mackey