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How can I tell if my child is truly gifted or just bright?

I'm the father of a 2 year old and I can't understand if she's gifted or just very bright. First of all we live in Italy, here giftedness is not recognized by law and there are no special programs ...
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Coaxing a child to perform her best

My five year-old daughter likes to keep her abilities to herself. She pretty much taught herself to read about a year ago, but didn't let us know. If you asked her what something said, she would ...
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How can I make my kids passionate in science while being religious?

Please be considerate in your answers. We are an observant jewish family, although I was educated in secular institutions. I feel that I have a wealth of knowledge that I want to pass to my kids ...
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What are the pros and cons of using dessert as a motivation for kids to work hard?

We have a kindergartener whom we homeschool. We also send our child for once-a-week violin lessons, which requires us to practice with our child every day. Most of the times, our child is motivated ...
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Is non-professional homeschooling detrimental to children?

In a comment to another question the following assertion was made: Are you a qualified and trained teacher? Homeschooling would be detrimental if you are not a professional in this industry. ...
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How do you raise an intelligent and happy daughter in a sexist world?

Firstly, apologies for my English. It is my third language. I don't have enough space to explain my reasoning. I just don't want my daughter to be influenced by the media or the general opinions of ...
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Is there any Good homeschooling program that has curriculum based on Encyclopedia in USA?

I am not American citizen & I don't live in America. I am living in a Southeast Asian country, but I hate the education system there. There are too much homework and lack of innovation. So I ...
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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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Child (4-11) does not get into any of their preferred schools - now what? (UK) [closed]

I've just been reading this article on the BBC 'No meat' Hindu school place offer 'outrages' parents and I am wondering what position are the parents left in, under UK law. Consider for example, ...
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Single Working Mom Wishes to Homeschool Child

I'm 14 weeks pregnant and I am seriously considering homeschooling for my child. How can I learn more about homeschooling in general, and specifically for single moms who have to work? Are any of you ...
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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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Effect of homeschool on college chances?

This may be kind of unusual in that I am the child not the parent- but it is still extremely relevant to my parents. Me and my parents are considering home-school as an option, I understand there are ...
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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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How to prepare to homeschool our new baby

We are expecting a baby this July was wondering how to prepare for his coming with the intention of homeschooling the child. Do we need to take some courses, read books, prepare a plan to start ...
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How to handle homeschooling in another language?

I want to home-school my child (He is now 2 years old). However I live in a country where homeschooling is not allowed (at least not in the country's school system). Also, educational materials for ...
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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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Finding Great Books at the Right Level

My daughter began reading at age three. When we enrolled in Kindergarten, she was tested and it was discovered that she could already read (and comprehend) at a fifth grade level at age five. She ...
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What should I consider when deciding whether to homeschool my child?

This is an often-controversial topic, one where it's easy to find conflicting or misleading information. What are the important points to consider when making the decision to enroll in a mortar and ...
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What are the Different Homeschooling Styles?

From Unschooling to Unit Studies and even Charlotte Mason there seem to be TONS of homeschooling styles and options for guiding your curricular design within a homeschool. Currently we are using a ...
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Benefits of different education options [closed]

It is probably a good idea for a couple to consider the pros and cons of different education options for their children before they start having them. Ideas are the public school system, a private ...
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Where to find information on homeschooling requirements by state?

Is there a place to find homeschooling requirements on a state-by-state basis in the United States (or a listing for other countries as well)? I am most interested in the requirement for entering a ...
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Should I supplement children's education at home?

I am a mom who has made two changes to my children's education so far. I was not satisfied with the level of education of school at the first school so we switched to a more rigorous academic ...
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What should I be teaching my two year old?

My two year old daughter has never been to a daycare, so everything she knows is something that me, my husband, or her grandparents have taught her. She sees very little interaction with other kids ...
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How does one formally educate a gifted child without wrecking childhood?

I have a very bright child (just turned 7), he is not a genius by any stretch, but he reads way past his level (really liked Hatchet, and Call of the Wild), understands somewhat complex mathematics ...
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Can someone explain, in clear terms, how to go about navigating the legalities of homeschooling in Ontario? [closed]

I've seen some of the major sites (such as http://www.ontariohomeschool.org/), but, so far, they have all been quite confusing and have provided advice which, as far as I can tell, amounts to "here's ...
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Should extracurricular activities be required for home-schoolers?

Should extracurricular activities be required for home-schoolers? Of course they should be offered, but should reluctant children be required to attend a certain amount of social activities? Is ...
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What can be done to help bright children stuck in a boring school?

My kids (grades 2&4) are very bright and very active. The traditional school setting does not seem to be working for them. This is evident by their perpetual visits to the principal's office for ...