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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 […]

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!

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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


Starting Seeds

Spring is almost here! Yay! And, that means we need to get our seeds going or we won’t have a garden. Ok, that’s a bit extreme because we can go buy starter plants, or whatever they’re called. But, I want Sweet Pea to see how plants form and watch them […]


Balance Beam Fun

Have you ever noticed that kids enjoy walking along things- lines, curbs, etc.? Whenever we go to the open gym at the gymnastics center, Sweet Pea enjoys doing the balance beam, so I thought it would be a good addition to our “toys.”   Fortunately, my dad had some scraps […]


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 […]


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 […]


How to Give Toddlers The Best Possible Start in Life

Could it be that we have it all wrong? Is America’s education system broken? Are American schools failing our youngest learners before they even have a chance to succeed? Just how broken is our education system? What can be done to fix it? Let’s take a look at Finland. Finnish […]

America's education system is failling our littlest learners. Montessori inspired activities to help toddlers and preschoolers learn at home. Kindergarten readiness for toddlers and preschoolers to help prepare children for kindergarten. Activities for toddlers and preschooler activities to help children learn at home from Lessons and Learning for Littles.