My Little Book Keeper

Summer childcare is hard.  We have done really good all summer until a week or two ago.  I think the older kids miss the break that they get from each other by going to preschool.  I think they’d all like a little break from each other.  As the summer is going by I can see that they sometimes get frustrated with each other.

Well a week or so ago one family took the day off.  It was good for everyone.  I didn’t divide my time between quite as many and kids had to play with other kids they don’t usually play with.  It was a break they needed.

Anyway that left me with just one older kid.  She’s five and she’s really into writing and keeping track of things on paper.

It’s no secret that I love quilting.  I show the kids what I’m working on all the time.  They even look at quilt books with me.  The one that was with me on this day is especially in love with Bonnie Hunter’s quilt Zuckerwatte.

She saw my quilt books on the kitchen island and asked if she could look and find the quilt that’s her favorite.  I said sure.  Before long that little book keeper had a paper and marker.  She opened the book to the first quilt and said, “Did you make this quilt?”  If I answered “no” she would write and “x” on the paper.  If I said “yes” she would put a check on the paper and if I said I was working on it she would make a “o” on the paper.  It was so cute.


She went through three of Bonnie Hunter’s books then asked if I had anymore books.  I said yes and went to get them.  While I was getting them I grabbed our book that we wrote, Country Girl Modern.

The little girl grabbed our book right away.  I didn’t tell her it was our book.  She opened up and asked if I made that one…I said yes.  She asked if I made the next one…I said yes.  Each time there was a new quilt I said yes I made it.

She kept getting a curious look on her face not believing me.  She was baffled that I had made them all.  As we got the end I told her lets turn a couple more pages.  At the back she saw this page.  I told her to look at it.


She squeal “Jo what are and Kelli doing in the book?”

I laughed and told her we wrote it.  She asked, “How did you?”  I explained it all and she was so miffed that we had done that.  It was so cute!

After she was done she looked at her notes…counted the checks, circles and x’s then told me I better get busy.  I had lots more quilts to make.

It was so fun….so cute.

She then asked me if she could go upstairs and put the quilt books up there.  I let her.  The day got busy.  By the time I went upstairs that night I had forgot all about the notes and her book keeping.  I went upstairs hoping to get a little sewing in….I was greeted by these notes from her.


It does look like I do need to get busy.  I am hoping to tackle those “o’s” which represent my UFOs.

Someday I hope there are lots more check marks on these pages.

It was a fun day.  I’m glad I got a little extra time with her one on one.  She’s such a sweet girl and once school starts this fall, I’m going to loose her to kindergarten.


7 thoughts on “My Little Book Keeper”

  1. It’s such a game changer for kids to have to see people they know as someone else. My niece was deeply upset wtih me when I told her that her mom was my sister. She was adamant that I was wrong because that was her MOM. I’m glad to see that your little one thought it over and got to see you as a slightly different, more complex person. Neat for both of you!

  2. You are the kind of child care provider that I wish there were more of! So many kids are not lucky enough to find such a caring person to help begin their education in such a loving manner. I know that your kiddo’s parents thank God every night for you!

  3. What a great story, I bet the little girl is now thinking about writing and what she can accomplish in her life. It is so good to have role models that care about the little things in life. Keep pouring into your kiddos all your beliefs, that how we as a country are going to heal. Have a great weekend!

  4. Colleen C. Yarnell

    What a great little data collector! She already knows how to analyze her data and recognize exceptions (your book) in the data!

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