Everything directly related to the process of learning; both formal and informal education.

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ADD Children and writing - tips, tricks?

Our 10 year old has ADD. He's on medication, which helps with focus, but isn't a cure-all, of course. I have ADD and my dad has ADD. I'm guessing his dad did too. ;) I wasn't diagnosed until ...
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How to encourage toddler to not throw food?

My wife and I are blessed with fifteen month old twins. They are generally well-behaved, but have recently started to throw food from their highchair trays. We have two dogs who are very pleased with ...
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Siblings learning differences

I have 4 children, two of them 14 months apart (ages 3 and 4). The 3 year old can recognize all his letters and numbers and can do initial sounds. The 4 year old can as well (not quite as ...
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How do I teach my child the virtue of not quitting?

He is 14 years old. I have observed in his study of mathematics, he tries for some time, but then gives up sooner than one should (if the problem seems difficult). I guess just telling him to try ...
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How to get my sister to use correct spelling while typing on computer?

I am sure that I am treading on eggshells here as this is a matter of opinion, but please do read on. I absolutely resent when people use incorrect spelling for 90% of their words, on purpose. My ...
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How to know whether your child is being bullied?

Being a working person I may not be always near my kid. Also, it is a possibility that he may not tell me that he has been undergoing bullying somewhere because of fear or some other reasons. How ...
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Is it preferable to have “sex talks” vs “all the time education”?

The stereotypical way to teach the kids about sex is to have the stereotypically dreaded "the birds and the bees" "THE talk". Would it instead be more preferable (and why) to NOT have a single ...
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How and when might I start teaching the language of music?

When it's time to teach my child (she's 4 months old right now) her ABCs and 123s, I'm interested in also teaching her the building blocks of music. Intervals, scales, triads, etc. My thinking is, in ...
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How do I determine developmentally-appropriate projects for my toddler?

I'd like to start planning out projects that my son and I can work on together. My goal is to create learning opportunities through interactive play, within 20-60 minute time periods. I'm pretty ...
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How do I get my primary-schooler to love learning?

I do not know what to do anymore with my 6 year old daughter's lack of appetite for learning. She does not like to read anything. She would learn all the sight words and forget most of them, or ...
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What should one look for in first firearms training for children?

I have heard of videos and courses that teach children about firearm safety and how to handle firearms, but have never watched or evaluated any. I've know that the US National Rifle Association (NRA) ...
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Attention issue or low self-esteem

My 9yrs old son is quadrilingual ( fluent in all), education is in the language that both my husband and i are not speaking. His reading and grammar skills are higher than class's average, however he ...
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How do we balance our expectations for our children with allowing them freedom to pursue their own interests?

It is natural to have an "image" of what we want our child to become in future. Our education is directly related to this imagination, but when and how should we allow a child to develop his/her own ...
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How can you encourage a child in a school subject they don't like?

I think it is safe to say that very few children enjoy every subject in school. How do you motivate your child to put effort into subjects that they just aren't interested in? I feel this is a ...
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Improving verbal learning

We recently withdrew my six year-old son from public school and began educating him at home. There are several reasons, both for him and his sister, but a big one is that he has a lot of difficulty ...
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When do kids start learning fractions in school?

My daughter, 9yo, is starting to be exposed to fractions at school. I've tried to help her out with basic fraction arithmetic but don't seem to be getting too far. I've spoken to her teacher who has ...
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What are the merits of teaching a child to type correctly at the expense of time practiced with handwriting?

Obviously, there are still times when printing by hand is needed and while I am not a proponent of dropping handwriting all together, I do wonder about the necessity of cursive and extensive daily ...
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Teaching the details of etiquette and table manners

There's a range of good behaviors that I classify as "table manners." These range from pretty basic (don't throw food) to general politeness (use your fork and spoon, napkin on lap) to moderately ...
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How do you discuss a controversial history topic with a child?

There are many controversial history episodes that are still relevant and actively discussed today. I don't mean cruel or bloody stories, rather episodes that different people have opposite viewpoints ...
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Where does a child's intellectual curiosity come from?

I am curious to any research or theories to where children develop their intellectual curiosity. I want to be able to do everything I can to help nurture this.
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How do you ensure that the Internet is a helpful learning tool, rather than a crutch?

I've come to the realization that technology has radically revolutionized learning in ways that haven't yet occurred to me. For example, last night I was reading a pre-school book on animals of the ...
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How do you encourage a toddler that you suspect may be gifted?

Related to this question, what do you do if you think your child may be gifted? My son is very advanced in a number of areas (most notably speaking in 5 and 6 word sentences, and having a tremendous ...
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How do you instill Leadership skills in your kids?

My son is 3+ year old. He is smart and energetic kid but he is very shy towards new people and also he will keep quite if some one tries to dominate him. Going further, I want my son to be bold, talk ...
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ADHD-friendly occupations

I recently read A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D., which discussed the idea that certain occupations are much better suited to a person with ADHD than others. This idea is interesting to me, because my son ...
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Signs a child is “over scheduled”?

I read all over that kids like routine but how can you tell if they are "over scheduled"? But I also read it is good to take your kids out and "explore". I have lately been taking my child to story ...
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How to get a 15 yr old started with a computer?

So I got a chance to speak to the kid of the security guard of our office and he was looking to get started with a computer and was looking for guidance. The kid is 15 now, and I must also say that it ...
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How does one go about determining if a child, adolescent or teen is capable of understanding a given book?

This question was inspired by one posed on the Science Fiction Stack Exchange by a parent wondering about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Through some commentary and discussion, he did clarify ...
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How closely should a parent be tied to their child's education?

I know that some kids are relatively self-motivated; I want to be supportive without smothering such a child. I know that some kids have very little motivation; I want to be able to encourage such a ...
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How should screen time be treated to balance the pro of education resources on the internet and con of decreased involvement in other activities?

Screen time is a tricky subject. Around middle school age there are very good uses of technology that emerge where can child can develop healthy hobbies fueled by self-motivation (which may later turn ...
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My 14 year old daughter is overly resistant when I advise something

When I'm trying to explain something to my 14 year old daughter, she becomes very resistant to what I say or advise. I do understand that she has a hard time due to her age, both physically and ...
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How should I handle academic disagreement with a teacher?

A second grade teacher of a friend of my daughter taught her class that Columbus was not a nice man, and explained why. My daughter was not affected by this teaching. However, it brought up the ...
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Cursive Handwriting for Lefties

My oldest is in kindergarten this year, and in our public schools here in the US stick-and-ball (ie. traditional manuscript) is the primary form of handwriting that is initially taught. More and ...
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What are some videos or cartoons that teach vocabulary words?

My son is 3.5 and knows his alphabets well. Now I want to tech him words, any suggestions on what videos / cartoons would be apt. Of course I am talking about English. Currently I am checking out ...
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Why is the handwriting my son does at school so poor?

My eight year old son brings homework from school every day. When we sit at the table and work through it together he produces lovely, legible handwriting, albeit with continuous supervision and ...
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Does pulling kids out of class for special help negatively influence them?

Are students who are pulled out of class for either remedial or advanced work negatively influenced either in their self esteem or in their social circles? How does a parent evaluate which is more ...
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What cartoons teach basic math?

There are some excellent cartoons that teach languages, like Word World, but I'm having a hard time finding ones about math. There's of course Count von Count and other math-related characters on ...
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Is early education for 2-3 year olds worth it?

Background: My parents only put me (and all my 3 siblings) in a school when each of us were 5 years old. We turned out fine and I assumed it's the normal thing to do. Now I and my wife have a 2 years ...
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Daughter not saying “mom” even though she can

My two-year-old daughter has said "dad" for long time, referring to me. She has already said "mom" couple of times in the past so we know she can say it and knows the meaning of it, however no matter ...
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Introducing Shakespeare

My daughter's favorite director at the theater we work with (she is an amateur actress) is directing Romeo and Juliette in January. I got a call last night and was asked to play a part where the ...
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Teaching logic and problem solving to children?

We have all been there, "Critical Thinking: Solve why blah blah blah" in our elementary and high school assignments. We've all hated them to death, but I think sometimes we see the value in these ...
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Should I forbid my 10 month old boy to touch/play with anything that is harmful/dirty?

We are pleased with a powerful sense of his curiosity in our 10 month old son, but his curiosity makes ​​him want to touch/play everything, including items that are dangerous or dirty. When he ...
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What are some great techniques for encouraging a reluctant reader?

My seven-year-old nephew is such a reluctant reader that despite the many teacherly suggestions I have been able to offer his mom and a lot of work with his own teachers he still just won't read. She ...
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What is good way for me to learn how to suppliment my child's education? is almost 5

I want to learn how to help my kid with school. I don't know how to motivate him to learn. He says he wants to make things (just like his Dad). I would like to start with basic skills, like ABC's and ...
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How old should a child be to start creative writing?

My daughter is 6 years old and she loves to tell stories. However, she finds writing to be tedious. She does practice writing each letter and she can write words. What I am most interested in, is ...
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How do you find apps that a 2 year old can use and enjoy?

My mom bought my 2 year old son a LeapPad2, which is fun but also a big, big challenge for him at this stage. The tablet is definitely helping him develop his fine motor coordination, but at the ...
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Writing from the bottom up

When I was learning to write, the teacher insisted all the strokes begin at the top-left. My son did a little over a year at public school and came home starting his strokes from the bottom. I don't ...
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How to help a child not be afraid to struggle with things that are easy for her older brother?

We started homeschooling this year, and my four year-old daughter has been comparing herself to her six year-old brother, then acting afraid to do anything when she doesn't measure up. For example, ...
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I don't like my child's teacher's teaching style

My daughter is in second grade and is learning spelling. The teacher puts a lot of emphasis on alphabetizing words. I don't see the academic value in this, especially now that people, for the most ...
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How can I prep my child for an IQ test?

Last year, my child's school selected my child for Gifted testing. He was not selected. He will be retested this year. Is there anything I can do to prep him for this test?
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Teaching mathematics to young children

When I was a child, I learned basic mathematics (addition, subtraction) through practice and memorization of basics (6 + 7 = 13). However, while I was visiting a child (5 yrs. old) over New Year's, I ...