Connie Deal

February 24, 2017

Rainy Day Fun and a Great Learning Opportunity

How we made the best of a rainy day, learned about gutters, storm drains, made comparisons, and used our 5 senses. Did anyone else grow up hearing that playing outside was “good for you”? We LOVED to be outside as kids. It was the one time we consistently didn’t listen […]
February 24, 2017

12 Benefits of Marble Runs

      Marble runs are great for open-ended building. They’re an example of a STEM toy (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). And, they’re a lot of fun, both for the kids and the adults. But, what are the benefits to marble runs, besides fun the whole family can enjoy?   […]
February 20, 2017

6 Simple Indoor Party Games for All Ages

  Planning a party doesn’t need to be pricey or complicated! It doesn’t need to be fancy to be fun. Here are 4 easy games you can set up for your next kid party!   Tic-Tac-Toe. These games are a lot of fun and involve throwing accurately (or spinning). While […]
February 20, 2017

20 Ways to Help Kids with ADD/ADHD do Well in School

It’s a real challenge when our little ones have a tough time paying attention! Sometimes, it’s due to an actual diagnosis, such as ADD or ADHD. I recently received a question from a reader whose son started kindergarten this year, was recently diagnosed by his doctor with ADHD, and is struggling […]
February 20, 2017

3 Tips for a Great Birthday Celebration

No, I’m not having a party for my 3 year old. We’re not getting a face painter, fancy cake, putting up elaborate decorations, hiring a princess or two to come by, renting a bounce house, or anything like it. I’m not taking the “easy” route and having it at a […]
February 17, 2017

Lessons Learned in the Classroom

Lessons Learned in the Classroom: How what I learned as a classroom teacher has helped me as a mother I recently received a question from a reader who had read one of my posts. She said, “Yeah, but how did you get there? Where did you start and what did […]
February 15, 2017

3 ways to incorporate music into your child’s week

I’m not a music person. I can’t carry a tune to save my life. Can’t read music. Have no rhythm. I don’t enjoy it (unless it involves pushing “play” on something). To say it’s not my forte is putting it mildly. I have no desire to teach it, and I […]
February 12, 2017

Boredom Buster, Energy Eraser Activity

Getting cabin fever? Need something active, but easy for your kiddos to get some energy out? Try a game! If you don’t have craft sticks, use paper. It need to be usable, not fancy. Kids don’t care about fancy or “Pinterest Perfect.” They are happy that it’s done and they […]
February 12, 2017

What is a playful learning activity?

A playful learning activity occurs when children learn through play. It’s something children enjoy doing and are able to explore and be creative on their own. There are often very few directions or guidelines because it’s an open-ended activity. The activity in this picture is a playful learning activity because: […]
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