The thread on cutesy classrooms (yes, I am in the cute classroom camp) got me thinking about cutesy rhymes to teach skills, specifically in math. Pinterest has tons of them. My students come to me and can spout out all these cutesy rhymes such as "More on the floor, go next door. More on top, no need to stop." But they have no idea how to solve the problems. In the past, I taught the rounding rhyme, "5 or more, let it score. 5 or less, let it rest." I found that the kids could say the rhyme but couldn't apply it, so I stopped. Now I start with a rounding story and number lines and most all my kids can round. Do you use cutesy rhymes? If you do, do your students make the connection between the rhyme and the concept, and are they able to apply it?