Social Development

November 22, 2017
How can you make this Christmas magical for your toddler? Find out in this article from Lessons and Learning for Littles, including lots of FREE resources. #holidays2017 #toddlers #Christmas #Christmascrafts

Everything you need to know to have a magical Christmas

Everything you need to know to have a magical Christmas We all want a magical Christmas, the kind we see in pictures or on movies with just the right amount of snow to look good, but not so much that we’re stuck and freezing cold. We want the presents to […]
October 25, 2017
Knowing what to do with toddlers isn't as easy as it might sound. Once we have toddler routines and schedules in place, we wonder how to easily do activities during the day, how to manage our expectations and have fun making memories with our children. This articles tells you all that and more. #toddlers #preschoolroutine #toddlerschedule #toddleractivities

The Nitty Gritty of Toddler Routines: Why and HOW!

What should we do each day? Yay! Schedules and routines are great for kids, including our little ones, and they help us have a sense of order and control too. So, how do we do it? Whoa! Before we dive into that, let’s consider first why we want to have […]
September 10, 2017
What do you get the toddler who has everything? Check out these learning gifts recommended by a credentialed teacher and mom of two toddlers (2u2). #toddlergifts #giftbuyingguide #ChristmasGifts #BirthdayGifts #baby #toddler

Gift Guide for 2 and 3 Year Olds

So, what do you get a 2 or 3 year old who “has everything”? As a teacher, it’s important to me that the things my kids play with have an educational purpose. But, faster isn’t necessarily better, and I want them to learn and discover on their own. Plus, I […]
August 20, 2017
Teaching toddlers is easier than it might seem! Find out 6 ways to use workbooks, PLUS alternatives to it and more fun ways to learn at home.

Toddlers Should go “Back to School” for a Brighter Future

What does “back to school” mean to you? If you have school-aged children, it means one thing, but even for those of us with littles who aren’t old enough for school yet, it has meaning. We remember going back to school, it signals a change of the seasons, and a […]
August 7, 2017
Toddler science activities are easy to do and don't involve a lot of time to set up or special skills or tools. Preschool science activities for girls and Montessori inspired child-led learning activities are easy to get started doing at home TODAY. Find out more and discover your FREE offer at ConnieDeal.com! #toddlerscience #scienceactivitiesfortoddlers #toddlerstem

Simple Science is the new Sexy

Simple Science is the new sexy! Say, what!? Simple science is the new sexy!? What does that have to do with toddlers?   Stick with me for a minute. 🙂   Have you seen the movement about strong being the new sexy? And moms being strong and that it’s a […]
July 20, 2017
Learning through play is one way of preparing your toddler for kindergarten, and it's probably one of the best ways to ensure kindergarten readiness. From teaching the ABCs and counting to doing toddler science activities, getting your child ready for kindergarten doesn't need to be complicated or difficult to achieve. Find out 6 simple strategies from Lessons and Learning for Littles!

How to Start Preparing Your Toddler For Kindergarten TODAY!

It’s never too early to start preparing your toddler for kindergarten! As soon as we announce we’re pregnant, we get an onslaught of questions about what we’ll do with or for our new baby. Will we breastfeed or bottle feed? Co-sleep or use a crib? Baby-led weaning or purees? Cloth […]
July 2, 2017
What is a toddler activity kit? How do I make a toddler activity kit? What else should I get a 1 year old for a birthday present or Christmas? Gift ideas for Big Brothers or Big sisters when a new baby arrives too! Could be used as a preschool activity kit too!

How to Make a Toddler Activity Kit

Do you have a Toddler Activity Kit? First, what is a Toddler Activity Kit? A Toddler Activity Kit is a collection of supplies and “stuff” to use for toddler activities. It can be a bin, box, bag, etc. And, everything in a Toddler Activity Kit would work for a preschooler too. […]
July 2, 2017
Have you thought about doing science with your toddler? It turns out there are MANY reasons why you should do science as one of your regular #toddleractivities. Click through to find out more and how you can easily do #toddlerstem at home with your toddler or preschooler. #stem #preschoolstem #stemactivities

9 Benefits of Toddler Science Activities

9 Benefits of Toddler Science Activities   The thought of “doing science” can be intimidating. After all, most of us probably didn’t like science class when we were in school (personally, I despised my science classes and struggled with many of them), so why do science now?  Benefits of science […]
June 29, 2017
Knowing what to do with toddlers isn't as easy as it might sound. Once we have toddler routines and schedules in place, we wonder how to easily do activities during the day, how to manage our expectations and have fun making memories with our children. This articles tells you all that and more. #toddlers #preschoolroutine #toddlerschedule #toddleractivities

What should I do with my kids all day!?

How do I set up a schedule or routine? What should we do each day? Yay! Schedules and routines are great for kids, including our little ones, and they help us have a sense of order and control too. So, how do we do it? Whoa! Before we dive into […]
June 25, 2017
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!

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 […]
June 14, 2017
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 […]
June 5, 2017
Lower your child's risk of a speech delay

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 […]
May 26, 2017

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, […]
May 11, 2017

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, […]
March 17, 2017

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 […]
March 14, 2017

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 […]
March 4, 2017

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 […]
February 24, 2017

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 […]
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

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 […]

Connie Deal

Connie Deal

Executive Director at Lessons and Learning for Littles
Connie is the mom of two toddlers and 3 dogs. When they're not doing activities, Connie and her kids are gardening, taking pictures, going for walks, or enjoying time outside. Connie left the classroom when she became a mom, but she's a teacher at heart and loves helping others.
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