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It is exhausting when you first must get used to having a child around all the time. For someone who is used to having a substantial amount of "down-time", it can be devastating. There are some people who get uplifted from being with all children, and some who get uplifted from being only with their own children, and others for whom being with any children ...


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This is actually an area where kndergartens/nurseries come into their own - they tend to be very experienced at organising structured and unstructured time, including play and learning together, and this really gives you as parents some time to be by yourselves, whether that is for working, chores, or just to relax. If you don't use that sort of facility, ...


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User1751825 gave what I think is the correct answer: Don't worry about it. At 2 years old, most children can say sentences with 2 to 4 words, and may have a vocabulary of only 50 words. A long list of alphabet letters is still a very abstract concept, and it is totally okay if they aren't getting all the letters, or aren't saying them in the right order. ...


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Its one of those things that fixes itself, plus 2 year old seems very precocious in this respect! However, what I think works to get rid of any imprecision in speech or writing is to show that you don't understand. If they are trying to communicate something and you don't understand it, they will get, at the deepest possible level, that they are doing it ...


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As a fourth grade teacher let me hopefully shed some light on what seems to be two different issues here: How the teacher of your child advised you, and Whether or not advancing your child's fraction knowledge is relevant or necessary. Addressing the first question, if this teacher did, in fact, say "don't get involved" without further explanation, then ...


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What about displaying all the letters at once (teachers stereotypical have the banner of the ABC's across the top of their chalk board) and pointing at them as you sing them slowly? EX: "G...point...H....point... I...point" so that she gets a sense for how long the alphabet is and that each part of the song is its own individual letter. I remember when I ...


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You will have to persevere yourself to teach perseverance: 1) Slowly introduce an activity which is fun but which they are not good at. 2) Repeat the activity frequently, increasing the complexity, and making it more and more fun. 3) Express how much better they are getting at it, just from having practiced before. 4) Be patient and persevere until ...


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Reading is the best practice for spelling. My suggestion is to not focus so hard on "spelling" practice, like it's its own discipline. Reading, writing, and spelling are all part of the same set of skills. Have your child read books out loud to you casually while you sit on the couch. You don't have to really pay attention, but if you hear the child ...


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Two strategies for teaching grit and perseverance 1. Demonstrate it - this happens naturally, but I make it a point to explain in age appropriate terms how I am working towards my goals. 2. Look for and encourage grit in your child. When they put in extra effort, even if it does not lead to success let your child know you are proud.


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I have some experience with literacy, and not much experience with writing. This advice is picked up from listening in on literacy teachers strategy sessions. Here are my suggestions: Not to worry. He's writing already -- he's ahead of other 4-year-olds -- when he gets into kindergarten and first grade, this will probably all work itself out. It's not ...


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Mirror issues are extremely common - and if you think way back to prehistoric times, it was crucial for our ancestors to recognize the pawprint of a predator or prey, not whether it was a left or right paw. (That would be for the better hunters - aka readers today.) That's how our brains are still wired for a large part. The fact that your child still has ...


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I agree with Drew, that the odds are very good that he's complaining about your order not because it's hard but out of a sense of following the 'rules'. My four year old might well have had a similar complaint when he was at this stage of learning. Answering the question as asked, though, the main thing is simply to reward effort, not success. Rewarding ...


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The author here has the following suggestions: Create a set of flashcards. Create a second set of flashcards with the definition of the word on it. Use both sets of flashcards to play spelling Memory. Use alphabet magnets or Scrabble tiles to spell out each word. Write the word list on a piece of construction paper. Then cut the words apart into strips. ...


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I think it's great that you are able to connect with your cousin on this level. It's really important for kids to have someone they can look up to and interact with on an "adult" level, but who may not have all the "baggage" that comes with being a parent. Proud parents often can't help trying to showcase their kids and parents also forget that kids ...


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My background: I can only speak for myself as I've witnessed described behaviour several times but never spoke up and ask why they do so. My daughter is 3 years old, it's about 6 months that she speaks more than one word. Current situation: When I talk to her most of the times I do it like I would with anyone else. But there are times when I'm not sure if ...


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In addition to the fact that it does depend on the environment of the school, and also how the childs parents react, and peers outside of school, it can affect a child in different ways. I'll tell you from first hand experience. It happened to me for Maths and is one of my more vivid memories. At first I didn't want to, some of my friends weren't going to ...


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One of my children is dealing with this same topic now. My child has told me that not only they & a few of my child's classmates feel like they are less than other kids, that the other kids in school look at my child like they are stupid. It has damage my child emotionally & mentally. Do I think kids should be pulled? Only if they're gifted & ...



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