Christmas Activities for Toddlers

By LAURIN BRAINARD Updated Feb. 11, 2024 The Christmas season is one of my favorite times of year to incorporate meaningful learning opportunities for our little ones! It is the perfect time to pull out themed Christmas sensory bins, fine motor activities, and art activities for toddlers!! There is nothing more exciting than decorating the hous... Read more

How to Write a Complete Sentence

Do your students need some extra help writing sentences? Let’s spend some time brushing up on the writing strategies your students NEED! For my students to be successful at writing paragraphs by the end of the year, they first need learn how to write a complete sentence. Once they master writing simple sentences, then they can learn how to expan... Read more

Fall Activities for Toddlers

By LAURIN BRAINARD Updated Feb. 10, 2024 Nothing gets me more excited than thinking about the fall season… The air turning crisp, the leaves turning gorgeous shades of orange and red, and raking large piles of leaves for my toddlers to jump in. It’s the perfect season to cozy up with our little ones while we read books, eat too much pumpkin, an... Read more

Gingerbread Activities for Toddlers

By LAURIN BRAINARD Updated Feb. 9, 2024 Nothing makes it feel more like the Christmas season than digging into some fun gingerbread activities for toddlers! I love to break out all of our gingerbread themed lesson plans the week after Thanksgiving so we can stretch out all the holiday fun for as long as we can. If you want to fill this holiday ... Read more

What are Fine Motor Skills?

By LAURIN BRAINARD Updated Jan. 25, 2024 Fine motor skills involve our ability to make movements as we use the small muscles in our hands. When we use a pencil, scissors, manipulate play dough, or build a block tower, we are utilizing our fine motor skills. When we press two blocks together, we are utilizing our hand strength to squeeze the bl... Read more