The psychological process by which children gain and retain knowledge. For questions on how to teach, please see the "Teaching" tag. For more general questions on providing information and instruction, see the "Education" tag. For questions specific to a school environment, see the "School" tag.

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How do you respond to a toddler who endlessly says “why?”?

My wife and I had joked about expecting endless "why?" questions from our son while we were expecting, and I thought I was prepared for it. In fact, I thought the stereotypical constant flow of "why? ...
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What are some milestones a child should reach before learning programming?

I am going to buy a PC for my kid as a birthday present, so I'm thinking how to use it educationally. Of course, an obvious choice is teaching him how to program. I'm not asking what age should a kid ...
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How to teach a toddler to identify colors correctly?

Perhaps I am rushing a bit but I'd rather ask and get feedback rather than just let it slide. I've recently been working on teaching colors to my 2 year old daughter. She can say the common colors if ...
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How can I help my child learn to learn better?

I'm looking for strategies to improve my child's learning skills. I want my child to be a life-long learner -- to pick up new things easily, and to learn even when not being given formal instruction ...
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Should toddlers have learning goals?

My two (almost 2-year old children) have started going to a day care centre a couple of days a week - they seem quite happy there and it's all going well. The centre has a learning framework for the ...
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What methods are effective for teaching vocabulary to young children?

What method is effective for teaching very young children vocabulary? I mean that you have a way of continuously teaching them more; you don't just run out. And you can tell it works, because when ...
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How to persuade lazy-to-think kids to learn mathematics?

I am teaching mathematics for kids. Some of them are so lazy in thinking. They often answer my questions without thinking. And some of them also early decide that they will be artists, dancers, ...
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How can I increase the numeracy of a toddler?

My two year old is just starting to learn counting. A few weeks ago, if he saw two of an item, eg a clock, he would say "clock clock". In the last week, he started saying "two clock". Although he can ...
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Advantage to introducing things early?

There are a few things that I've been doing with my toddler daughter, that are obviously beyond her ability to understand at this point. For example, I've been identifying her feet/hands/etc as left ...
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Why is my 10 yr old struggling with school?

I have a 10 year old daughter who has been struggling with school for the past 3 years. She struggles in reading and math and just seems to not get it. There was a time she would even cry when it was ...
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How to teach civil rights to children who don't know about racism?

Martin Luther King Day is coming up, and I want to teach my children about him, especially since the civil rights movement is such a huge part of our local history here in Alabama. My dilemma is that ...
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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 do I encourage my toddler to work on his spoken language?

Our 15 month old has yet to speak any words. He seems to hear well enough, and will, when it suits him, listen to us when we ask things of him ("go get your ball!", etc). He's engaged with the world ...
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What are the warning signs for Dyslexia?

What are the early indicators to help determine if a child should be evaluated for Dyslexia? At what age can the signs first be detected?
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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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What kind of controlled safe scientific experiments can I do with my baby?

I have a 3 month old baby and I was wondering what kind of controlled and most importantly, safe home-made scientific experiments I can do with my baby to understand his development, his behavior and ...
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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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How can I make learning English fun for a 14 year old?

I am looking for a some kind of TV series, TV show, games, or any other kind of media that could help my sister improve her English. She is 14 and goes to school. But our education system teach ...
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What is a good age to start teaching a child Ancient Latin and Greek?

I've read a lot on here about children and languages, but they all have to do with spoken language. I am not fluent in any spoken language, but I have taken extensive coursework in Classical Latin and ...
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Where can we find ideas for activities for our toddler?

I have twin boys who are 15 months old. My mother-in-law does daycare for us and also lives with us. Recently I have noticed a trend where they are spending more and more time watching TV during the ...
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How do you evaluate yourself as a parent?

Given the complexities of being a parent, life itself, cultural difference, etc. -- how does one begin to evaluating yourself as a parent without being bias, or getting biased feedback?
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Teaching a child to “see the forest”

My six year-old son has been having trouble with not be able to "see the forest because of the trees." He gets caught up in insignificant details and fails to learn the main point. For example, last ...
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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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How to teach a toddler a second (foreign) language?

We live in India. I'm Russian, my husband is Indian. At home we speak with each other in English, and school education here is also in English. My husband is a sailor, so he is often out of 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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Resources for helping children understand that TV/Films aren't necessarily “real”

Last week we went as a family to see a film. Quite apart from the fact that it was awful (in my opinion), both daughters (4 1/2 & 7 1/2) were troubled at various times by the silly slapstick ...
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How to encourage the baby to learn to crawl?

My 6,5 month daughter despises her tummy time. She has to be kept occupied all the time with toys while on her belly, otherwise she starts fussing and, very soon after that, crying. While playing with ...
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Toy diversity and learning

My oldest son (almost 3) is one of those transportation kids, who loves anything to do with a vehicle (car/train/airplane). When he's inside, he does basically nothing but play with one of those ...
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Any dangers associated with learning piano too young?

I have read: how do I motivate my 8 yr old to practice the piano regularly? How do you teach a toddler rhythm and melody? How do you determine when to start a child on music lessons without ...
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Typical order of learning movements for a baby

In what order do children learn moves? What comes first - rolling from back to side, or from belly to side? When does the baby learn to sit, when to crawl, etc. I am most interested in the order, ...
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Not teaching a child how to speak

Although I realize that this question may not be fit for Parenting StackExchange, yet I'm curious to understand - if you don't teach a child how to speak then will the child develop a new language to ...
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How do I help children who think they don't need to know math, still learn math and have fun doing it?

I am teaching mathematics for students from elementary school to senior high school. I advise the students to learn mathematics (as the language of nature) as well as English (as the international ...
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How can I explain to my child that I'm not superman?

If you asked Grace (2 1/2) right now "What can't daddy do?" she would probably not understand the question. Daddy can move anything, fix anything, run as fast as lightning, simply put, there's nothing ...
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How much credence should be given to building a “growth mindset”? [closed]

My wife and I have read Carrol Dwecks book "Mindset" and buy into her thought process and studies. The book explains how praising for abilities rather than efforts has unintended long term ...
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Can anyone name this method for teaching children numbers and basic arithmetic?

I've heard about a method that uses the unstructured presentation of dots to teach younger kids numbers and basic arithmetic. Can anyone tell me the name of this method? Or if you know of other ...
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Is assisted crawling with an infant safe?

I play with my daughter on a bed - we roll, tickle, "fly", laugh. I also started crawling with her, similar to this video at the 0:36 mark (it's not me, I just remembered this video when asking the ...
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Getting stuck on the wrong answer

Almost every day we show a two-minute children's video to all three children, then ask a question about it. The question is usually relatively simple as it involves recall of a fact, and does not ...
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Kids and Time Management [closed]

I'm doing some research for my book and need to know: When do children first learn the concept of time? How and when do they learn temporal study habits? Are there experts on this topic?
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In a hypothetical society of thieves, what do our children need to learn? [closed]

There are many social ills in any society. We are using a hypothetical society where most people are "thieves" as an easy example. We do not want to discuss the definition of thief. We want to discuss ...
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Parenting books [closed]

I love the "Love and Logic" books for helping me raise my young children with appropriate limits and consequences. I am not happy with the following book for over 3ish year olds. Does anyone know of ...
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what toys to start with for 2y?

What toys to start with at 2 years age. He does not play with toys more than the first 30mins. So what solutions are there? How many unique toy sets are needed usually? What are proven toys that allow ...