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

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My son is discouraged

I have a 10-yr-old son. He's a fifth grader right now and I have been really worried about his attitude toward homework and everything that has to do with studying. He constantly calls himself stupid ...
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I want to dropout of HS yet my dad is mad at my decision

I'm a 16 year old teenager growing up in Texas. My dad was (up until now) a really good dad. We used to do stuff together, but that has changed in the last couple of years or so. I don't have a good ...
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Answering questions about why words are pronounced/spelled as they are

This question is based on English, but many other languages might have equivalent issues (if, perhaps, less frequent). My almost-five year old is learning to read (has learnt, really), and is a very ...
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What are good ways to help a child understand danger better?

My 8-year-old son is very rational and thoughtful, but in my view he doesn't understand danger well. For example, he will run right next to fast moving cars in the sidewalk. It seems he has a model of ...
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Any ideas to help a 1st grade boy be more focused and on task?

Does any one have any suggestions to help a 7 year old boy be more focused and on task?
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Should I seek a diagnosis for dyslexia for my daughter?

My daughter just finished second grade and will start third grade in the fall. She was diagnosed with ADHD when she was 3 and a half. We started her in pre-school at age 4 with an IEP, and she has ...
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My 5-year-old son seems to lack in comprehension [closed]

My husband and I have 7 children ages 24, 18, 12, 12 (adopted niece), 5, 3, 2 (adopted niece). All of our biological children who are school aged and beyond are well above average in school except ...
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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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toddler - organized vs unorganized activity strategies

My kid is 3 years old. I noticed that kids feel happier if you do something (play, help, talk, feed etc) when they need you and not when you want them. However, while great for the kid, that being-...
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My 2 year old baby gets confused with “I” and “Y” while saying the alphabet, how can I help her?

My 2 year old child loves reciting the alphabet on her own. Her mother and I take turns to recite the alphabet one by one with her. However, we noticed that when she reaches I she says Y and then Z. ...
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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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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 my 7 year old to learn their spelling words independently?

My child's school has a spelling words practice method called "look, cover, say, write see" - which is a list of words the kids say, sound out and practice their spelling with each day. The test ...
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Why do parents talk to young kids the way they do?

This question has been on my mind for a long time now since I saw my aunt talking to my little cousin (let's call him Luke) a while ago, in a way treating him as "stupid" (I've tried to avoid saying "...
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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 is an effective order to teach writing the alphabet?

In Kindergarten I remember learning to write the print alphabet in a non-alphabetical order. Later, in 2nd grade, we also learned script out of order. The reason for this was that we were learning ...
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If schools teach phonics correctly?

My 5 yr old daughter is learning to read using phonics at school, where I did not learn that way. Her school enforces the use of phonics not just in English lessons, but in all subjects (like ...
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How do I teach my child to speak in sentences?

My son is 2.3yrs. Right now we keep reading books for him. He pays attention only for some time. We also keep teaching letters and numbers during his bed time or during his bath. When asked he repeats ...
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Moving to US with a 5 year old child

We are considering moving to US with our only 5 years old daughter. We are likely to get a L-kind of visa to secure our stay for 1-2 years. None of us is a native English speaker. Parents do speak ...
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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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From what age do children start reading and understanding sentences?

Google said that at the age of 6 a child should be able to read. Here I am talking about story books. I am talking about independent reading by the child where the child reads the sentence and ...
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9 years old starting at an international school but doesn't speak English

We are moving to Lavia soon and our 9 year old son will be going to an International School, but he doesn't speak English at all. He already speaks two languages (Italian and Portuguese). Do you think ...
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Should we tell our children that we 'spy' on them? When should we stop 'spying' on them?

We use a DIY motioning system (built with Raspberry Pi) to monitor our 2-year-old child while he plays in his own room, so we can have a dinner in the kitchen, study in the living room, and do other ...
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How often should I defeat my children in games?

I love my children very much, but I sometimes I have to teach them a lesson. I'm afraid if I always allow them to win them, they'll turn out to be spoiled and rotten and have a sense of entitlement ...
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When should I teach my toddler the ABCs?

My child (3 yr old) will soon begin his reading journey, and I'm wondering if now (or at least within a few months) is a good time to get him to start learning the ABCs? I recently found a programmer-...
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How do you explain to a five year-old what energy is?

The other day I told my son to not waste hot water, as it is a waste of energy. He then asked what that is. I want to explain it well, also from a physical point of view, since I find it important. ...
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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 to improve my 9yo child's short term memory

My daughter is now 10 and was recently given an IQ test. This was a comprehensive, 2 hour test administered by a child psychologist who specialises in gifted children. Her results were highly ...
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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 can I convince my parents to accept my approach on school?

I'm a 16 year-old junior in high school. I often spar with my parents over the fact that I'm failing many classes. The issue, however, is not that I do not understand the material; it's that "failing" ...
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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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Is learning mathematics good to build personal character? [closed]

In my experience, people who are well trained in mathematics are resilient and have confidence in mastering their daily life activities and solving their problems. Is learning mathematics a good way ...
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How do you explain World War II to young children?

My 7-year old son asks many questions about World War II. I have the habit not to hide anything, but concepts such as Nazism or the Holocaust are so inherently dreadful that he sometimes seems to ...
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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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How to inspire a 7 year old to accelerate reading efforts?

I have a seven year old son who is having a hard time "getting inspired" to read regularly. This is somewhat of a struggle for me as his older brother was reading Harry Potter at around his age and ...
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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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My 2.5 years old daughter asks to learn to read

My daughter is a big fan of books. She can spend one hour in a row looking at her books, and often asks my wife and me to read her a story. We are a french family. For 2 weeks, she's been looking at ...
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At what age does the child start understanding the difference between the spoken words which have different meanings but sound same?

At what age does the child start understanding the difference between the spoken words like C, See, Eight, Ate, and Eat? When I speak English, I find that my pronunciation is same for all the similar ...
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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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How much pressure should I put on my kids to learn?

My wife just started reading "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother", a book written by a Chinese mother who talks about the pros and cons of the high-pressure and rigid parenting style of some Chinese ...
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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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Are same-gender classrooms better for girls, or mixed-gender classrooms better for boys?

I've heard that girls learn better in an all-girl classroom setting, but that boys learn better in a mixed boy/girl classroom composition. Is there any statistical evidence that this lends merit to ...
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Flowers for Montessori primary classroom?

This may be a bit outside the normal question scope here, but it's worth a shot. Like at most Montessori schools, parents at our daughters' school have a variety of volunteer roles. In one of our ...
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What do I tell my child about her Learning Disability?

My daughter is 10 years old. Shes in the fourth grade. She was held back this year because she is having difficulties in Math and English Language & Arts (ELA). She was suppose to go into fifth ...
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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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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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What are some suggestions for punishing a child?

My daughters are clearly pushing the boundaries lately. They are trying to find out what is possible. I am really looking into ways to setting the boundaries. A friend recently suggested creating a ...
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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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How do I accustom my students to interact with children of a higher economic class?

I recently took my two high school students to a physics laboratory at UCLA where they could work on a lab project with other high school students. My students are minority students from a low-income ...