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Questions tagged [education]

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

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My 14-year-old is refusing to attend any schooling, even online

I have a 14-year-old daughter who has suffered from mental health issues since puberty. She has been through 4 middle schools and several residential behavior programs. I got her enrolled in an online ...
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Kid throwing ice cream cone back to the vendor

Description of the scene This short video portrays a kid in the arms of a woman who, I will assume is the mother. The kid is maybe one year old (my naive estimation). They are at an ice cream shop ...
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How to prevent toddler pulling others' hair

My 13-month-old son likes to pull (hard) on hair, whether adults or other toddlers whenever they get in range. We try to tell him it's wrong because he hurts others, but it doesn't seem to work yet. ...
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Encouraging my sister to read and write

A lot of other questions here have a similar theme, but I want to address a specific problem that I couldn't find answers for. My sister has no interest in reading at all - she's 5 (going to ...
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My 11-year-old hates writing as do I. How to provide help to him writing a school essay without forcing him to do what he doesn't want to?

I raise my 11-year-old son by myself. He needs to write a small essay about his first day at school and I don't even know how to help him. He hates writing and is in love with math, so do I. I don't ...
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Teething and Biting

My 9 month old son has started teething (well, he's onto his 5th tooth) and as a result he is biting - whether it be the table, toys or fingers. The issue is he was never one for a dummy, and from a ...
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How can I educate my 2.5 year old daughter to be quiet when my other 8 month old is sleeping during the day?

Should I punish her? With saying you can't play with your toys? I don't think that would work! Should I be quiet and when she yells...quietly tell her honey if we yell he will wake up? I did that, ...
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At what age do children usually learn to write alphabets?

My son is 3.5 years old and attends a kinder garden. He is one of the youngest in his class. He is not showing any interest in writing alphabets and quickly loses focus. His teacher has told us to ...
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Writing from the bottom to the top [duplicate]

I just noticed my 9 year old writing her lowercase "f" from the bottom to the top. I would like to correct this... What is the best way to correct this habit?
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Toddler made “incorrect” animal identification that is actually correct. Better to correct her or not?

My niece is a year and a half old. I was reading a book on animals with her recently and helping her learn the names of the animals in it. I noticed that she identified the picture of a lion as a "...
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How to confront a young adult about his lack of motivation

Someone I know has an adult son (20 years old) with almost no motivation. Earlier this year he dropped out of his university far from home and moved back home into his parents house and enrolled at ...
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Does teaching my daughter programming give them the same benefits as when I learned electronics as a child?

I grew up doing electronics, radio, and soldering kits with my Dad. Later I did programming. (This was during the 80's - during a time when hobbyist electronics was extremely popular.) Now (2017) ...
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How can I teach my daughter to wait to speak?

I have 2 daughters, a one year old and a four year old. The four year old will often call for me when I am speaking to someone else or watching a news show, interrupting me. I already tried to ...
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How to teach a 4 year old reading?

I tried to start with "A fat cat sat on a fat rat". Is it all about mugging up or is there a proper technique for learning the spellings of words? Basically now I realize that the my aim is to teach ...
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14 year old not turning in homework?

I have a 14 year old. Shes a great kid, never gets in "real" trouble, Loves all her classes and teachers. However... She has 5 classes in high school, 4 out of 5 classes she does great in. She has ...
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Raising a bilingual kid. How to speak to my daughter in Spanish (my primary language) when also wanting to perfect my English?

I have an almost a year old daughter. My husbands only speaks English (although understands Spanish very well) and I speak Spanish (my native language) and English (which I learned mostly as an adult)....
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How to keep the “Question asking” nature of your kid?

I am a father of a two-year-old girl, and as she speaks more and more from day to day, I am already impressed by some questions, like "why does it rain?". Of course, she does not ask me this with any ...
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Developing creativity and out-of-box thinking among kids

A teacher asked my 5 year old son to draw an apple and colour it. He draws a large apple and coloured it in purple. This is not a usual behaviour though. Many times he has drawn fruits of the real ...
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What are some documented objections to the montessori methodology of education/parenting?

I married into a family that is incredibly steeped in Maria Montessori's methods and teachings to the point where my mother-in-law has taken extensive trainings and is considered one of the more ...
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ADHD and physical activity prior to school work

My 10 years old daughter was diagnosed with ADHD two years ago. I found that when she does physical exercises before homework, she is more concentrated, happy and willing to work with me. I am ...
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How to teach tolerance?

A little background: this question came to my mind because I come from a country where most of the population is caucasian and most of the population is of the same religion. Racism is not really ...
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How to deal with my 9 year old son who is not listening to me

I am a working woman. My son is 9 and is actually a good boy. But when I am ask him to study, to complete his school homework and do the studying that I give him, he just tells me that he will do it ...
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How to end thumb sucking [duplicate]

How to stop my 5 year old from sucking her finger more often , accompanied by playing with her nipples or her hand down her pants ( no idea what she's doing ).
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How can I begin exposing my children to world news? [closed]

I have an 8-year old and a 4-year old. My 8-year-old recently asked me "Are wars are real?" At 8 years old, my elders watched TV news so I got little inklings of politics, wars, crime, etc. But we ...
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12 year-old son doesn't want to move to a new city

I was recently offered a job in another city on the other side of the country. I was attracted to it because it represents a new adventure for the family and my wife is excited by the prospect. ...
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How to teach new parents to apply early childhood education to improve cognitive outcomes in their children?

What are the most common ways for new parents to put in practice early childhood education? I'm asking because it seems there is enough information available that one would expect to find trainers, ...
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Is it worth my child continuing kumon maths if they don't like it?

My child (6 nearly 7) seems to enjoy maths, but hates Kumon maths. They seem to enjoy (or used to enjoy) an online tool called mathletics. Kumon maths (at this stage) seems to focus on repeating ...
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Why do I have negative feelings about my mother?

I am a 16 year old boy. My parents are divorced, my father didn't treat my mother well; he beat her and he thought she was cheating on him when she in fact never did. My mother tried to cope with him ...
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My 8 year old daughter tries to “guess” the words while she tries to read. Any tip to address this?

My 8 year old daughter tries to "guess" the words while she tries to read. Any tip? Sounds like she is anxious to read fast. I would like to help to help her pointing where it is wrong, but i feel ...
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How do I make a decision about a precedent for my child going to sleepovers?

My daughter is seven and has been invited to her first sleepover by a classmate. My experience (Male ango saxon) is that I grew up going to sleepovers from age 7 to age 18 so I think it's normal. ...
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age appropriate projects for 5 year old?

I have a 5-year old boy who's very into electronics and ghostbusters in particular. So far, I've had pretty good luck with snap circuits. We started to build a homemade Ghostbuster Proton Pack but it ...
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What to teach first: How to recognize numbers or letters?

I want to teach my 3-year-old daughter to recognize letters. She already knows how to count 1-10. And she understands when I tell her to give me one, two or three items. Now I want to give her a game ...
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How to further an aptitude toward early literacy?

Every so often in our 2.5-year old daughter's life I catch myself marveling at some skill that our daughter seems to master far beyond what I naively expected her to be able to do. I'm sure many ...
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Is it a bad idea to have a kid sleep in his/her own room since birth?

In some cultures, it seems a child should have his/her own room since birth, as long as it's economically feasible. In others this seems to be universally criticized by parents/educators alike and ...
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My daughter doesn't like maths

My daughter is in 5th Grade and makes silly mistakes while adding, subtracting, etc. I also found she doesn't take any interests in math and doesn't apply any logics when solving problems. She is not ...
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Are there any more powerful ideas in educating kids about self discipline?

I have made my kid (6.2 yrs) aware of the experiment on delayed gratification (+video) and its results. It seems to have worked. Now we write what she wants to buy and associate possible (days) delay ...
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Should I financially assist my child in paying for college?

In Short I’m wondering if there is any research to support the idea that paying for a child to attend college leads to a more desirable outcome than allowing them to pay their own way (either via ...
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Do you give gifts to your child's teachers and caregivers?

My 16 year old wants to give her teachers Christmas gifts. She is in 10th grade, so there are quite a number of teachers. As a retired teacher, I do not think teachers need gifts. I would have loved ...
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Is yelling often at kids equivalent to abuse?

I often yell at kids to maintain some direction and discipline, having three small but active kids. Often means whenever the situation gets out of hand with kids risking harming themselves or ...
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Parents blaming 16 years old son for the idea of moving out [closed]

First: My plan wasn't to move out now but rather in 2 years when I (hopefully) have my high-school diploma and start to study mechanical engineering. As already mentioned I'm 16 years old and I'm ...
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How to explain to young children what a web developer does

If you are a web developer parent, will you try to explain to your child your profession before he/she is old enough to understand computer science, e.g. via story-telling? Or is it better to wait ...
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What methods can be used to improve handwriting?

My son is 5yo and has recently started kindergarten. I would like to help him practice his handwriting but find he gets rather bored just copying letters I write for him. He does a little better when ...
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Are there good educational apps for a 4-year-old where learning unlocks play time? [closed]

I am looking for an app to make my 4-year-old son learn, for example to count and the alphabet, before he can watch videos or play games. Is there such an app? Ideally 1 minute of learning would ...
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10 year old avoiding school as parent criticises and changes school texts

My 10 year old grandson has been avoiding school because his father (my son) doesn't support some material in schoolbooks which he believes is political, not information. My grandson is embarrassed ...
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Daughter wants to eat cake meant for mommy - should I let her decide herself?

I bought a package of three little cakes with raisins on it, which both looked and tasted very well for my little daughter. She is now 3 years and 8 months old. Before opening it, she had agreed that ...
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Worried that Kumon tutoring is not working for our daughter

We have enrolled our 6 year old daughter in the Kumon tutoring service for maths since November 2015, and at first she enjoyed it, completing the worksheets well and seeming to really understand her ...
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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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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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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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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 ...