Preparing toddlers for school

Everything related to preparing toddlers and preschoolers for kindergarten and beyond!


Preparing Toddlers for School

We have something special this week- a guest post by Ashley Millar of  First Belle! Ashley is a  “TeacherMom.” By day, she’s in the classroom with kiddos, and by “night” (ok, late afternoons and evenings too!), she’s home with her almost 2 year old daughter. Ashley has made it her […]

Preparing your toddler for school is easier than you think! Learn simple things you can do at home to prepare your 2-3 year old for school!

Parents make great preschool teachers! Find out how to teach your toddler or how to teach your preschooler without a curriculum or spending tons of time looking for activities.

10 Reasons You Should Ditch the Preschool Curriculum

10 Reasons YOU Should Ditch the Preschool Curriculum You are your child’s first teacher.   And, probably your child’s best and most memorable teacher. Why? You’ve been there. You’re the one who’s there at all hours of the day, seven days a week. No teacher can compete with that. By […]


How to Lower the Risk of a Speech Delay in Children

Truth bomb: handing over your tablet or phone might not be as innocuous as you think. It could even increase your child’s risk of an expressive speech delay. Yikes!   Did you have fancy gadgets and screens growing up?   You turned out okay, right?   Guess what.   So […]

Lower your child's risk of a speech delay

How Much Time do You Have Left?

How many summers do we have left with our kids, while they’re still little? While they’re still kids? Before they go off to college or get “real” jobs?   Me? I have 15 summers left with Sweet Pea and 16 with Buddy Boy. Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? But, […]


Taking a Chance

Trying something new can be super hard. It’s imitating. It takes us out of our comfort zone. We feel like we’re not quite sure we got ourselves into. It might bring out some insecurities, perhaps ones that we didn’t know we had, but it’s usually worth it.     Often, […]


Magnifying the Moment

I’m just like any other parent of two little kids. I’m trying to keep up with the day-to-day life, trying to make sure my kids are behaving and doing what they’re supposed to be doing, while simultaneously trying to make sure they are prepared for their futures- both socially and […]


Spring has Sprung Scavenger Hunt

Spring is a great time to get outside and do a little nature walk! We grabbed some magnifying glasses, treasure buckets (any container will do), a list of things to look for, and some friends and set out on a walk to see what we could find. While it was […]


Sorting Fun!

We haven’t done sorting activities in a while, so I started setting up an activity for both of them (3yrs and 17 mo), but Buddy Boy came over and started playing before I could finish setting up. So, missing from this activity are tweezers, other bowls (plain, not colored), and […]


11 Dangers of Screen Time and What you Can do Instead

Technology is great, isn’t it? It’s what has advanced our society over time. A long time. But, what if technology is actually doing more harm than good when it comes to our children?   I recently read an article written by Sue Palmer, who has been studying the impacts of […]


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?   […]


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 […]


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 […]