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

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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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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 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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Why should I be hell bent on educating my toddler when she's going to learn the stuff anyways when she grows up?

Considering How to create learning opportunities for the toddler who is already *extremely* interested in books? I was wondering why should I be hell bent on educating my toddler when she's going to ...
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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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Discussing early literacy tools with parents

I have three couple-friends, all with toddlers (12-14 months), who rarely ever involve literacy in their child's lives. As an educator and researcher I know how strong a correlation early reading has ...
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Suggestions on making reading fun for a 10 year old girl

What are some suggestions on making reading fun for a 10 year old girl, that dislikes reading? When I tell her to read a book, she thinks it's a punishment that I'm making her read. I try to explain ...
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What are the (dis)advantages of dormitory life versus living at home through college?

What are the advantages and disadvantages to a college student living in student housing rather than at home? This assumes that their chosen institute of higher education is close enough to home for ...
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How do I help my four-year old feel like they can do a challenge?

Today I offered my four-year old some flash-cards we had made together of the letters: M, N, O, P, Q and R. (Having done A-F, G-L on the two days before). We'd draw the letter, think of something ...
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How do I get an 11-year-old to engage in active language comprehension?

Apologies for the vague title, but I wasn't sure how exactly to put the situation. My 11-year-old sister refuses to read properly. (I am out of the house, but my parents discuss the problem with me ...
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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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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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What are the pros and cons of having an advanced student skip a mid-elementary grade?

At the end of third grade, our daughter's teacher approached us (and our school's principal) and suggested that with her test scores (high-school level) and level academic mastery, we should put her ...
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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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Best way to promote proper grammar usage in school (and of course I started with the teacher!)

I am a professional writer, fiction actually, and I submit regularly to other Stack Exchange sites. I live in the Chicago area and have two kids, 6 and 8. Here's my problem: Our district's ...
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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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My son did badly in his AS levels because he didn't work

Asking this for someone else. Their son did really badly in their AS levels, as he didn't work. He did amazingly in GCSE, and had 2A*s, 7As a B and a C. They could have done so much better. However, ...
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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 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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Reading Programs

Does anyone know anything about the different reading programs schools use? For example, Reading A-Z; Phontess and Panella guided reading; DIBELS; and others. I am interested how to compare ...
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Helping my four year old not mistake 'b' and 'd' (or 'p' and 'q')

My four year old (nearly five) is reading very well, level 2 easy readers already, and in general showing signs of enjoying reading quite a lot. He still has one issue that trips him up constantly, ...
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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 ...
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How can we teach our pre-schooler enough of a second language to cover basic manners?

We recently moved to another country (Germany). My daughter is currently learning to speak in our native tongue (Dutch). She doesn't go to school yet, and kindergarten is also still half a year ...
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Is there software that helps teach pre-schoolers to recognize letters?

I am looking for software, which allow my three year old to tap a letter and it will present the letter and say it. I speak an obscure language so I need to record the letters myself. Does this exist? ...
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How should I help my 9years old son to get back on TAG program

My 10-year-old boy loves to play a lot. Although he is smart and was in the TAG (Talented and Gifted) program, I have now discovered that the play is getting over him and distracting him. He is no ...
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Math Encouragement Activities

I have a child that has no problem with figuring out math facts for addition and subtraction up to and below 100, but she finds the process somewhat boring. I was hoping for suggestions from some ...
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How do you transition a Suzuki-method violin student to the fiddle?

My son (7) plays the violin, and has been doing so since he was 4. He does enjoy it but lately his interest has started to wain. He has an interest in bluegrass, and Celtic music; most of which has a ...
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5 year old - Enrolling in Pre-school - Concern?

I have a five year old. He had been to preschool when he was 3.5 years old for 1.5 years. Now at 5 years 4 months, he is able to read the sentences, write words, do almost 2nd grade math. He loves ...
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Are there resources that provide collections of good math training activities?

I am very eager to access collections of good math training activities, games, etc -- hopefully high quality and aligned with current curriculum movements like common core, etc. Naturally I would ...
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How should I show my son his poor school results?

I am concerned with showing my son his ACT results that he will try even less in school. I tried to get him a reading tutor last summer which he all but dismissed, did not do any of the homework and ...
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How do you teach your children about regional colloquialisms?

We live in an area that is relatively new to me. Since moving here, I've found that there are some colloquial phrasings specific to this region that are particularly jarring to my ear. In ...
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When is it appropriate to start explaining the religious components of the various holidays?

When should we teach our kids about other cultures and holidays? We are Jewish which makes it a bit complicated this season. We are often wished Merry Christmas in stores (seems natural as most ...
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UK - when to move house to get into Junior School

I am in UK. My daughter is in Year 2. I am going to move from North London to Bromley. As far as I understand, good schools are full and cannot increase class size. I've noticed that some junior ...
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scientific parenting book for newborns thru pre-school [closed]

I am looking for a particular kind of parenting book. The focus should be on newborn to pre-school. The book would offer parenting advice grounded in scientific studies. For example, there is a ...
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How will bringing up a child in a rural location impact their education and cultural development? [closed]

If you bring up a child in a rural area, will they have less access to education and culture, which may harm their development. Or would less access to certain things increase their wanting to ...
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How to teach greater attention and the ability to delay gratification?

The school recently held one of its regular parents' meeting, the first after our 8 year old daughter started her new class with a new teacher. She dislikes this teacher, complaining she is overly ...
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“Secret” correspondence with a child

A is parent of B, let's say in primary school age. A invents fake profiles of n realistic, inspiring characters and starts sending anonymous letters from each of these n characters to B, at different ...
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Homework for 10 year-old

How do I make my 10 years old boy to do his study with interest? That is, how I can make him have passion for studies? Also he seems little less mature to his age. If I ask him to do some maths some ...
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Is it worth sending a kid to a Montessori school?

My son is going to be 3 this June. Since he's 2, he goes to a local nursery and kindergarten school. He has picked up a few skills that are necessary at his age. He can now recite the alphabet and ...