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Questions tagged [education]

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

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How to deal with a stubborn but brilliant child?

I have 2 boys, aged 6 years and 4 years respectively. This concern is regarding the younger one. He has been very stubborn since birth. But on the other hand, I believe he is very brilliant and has a ...
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At what age do children usually learn to write alphabets?

My son is 3.5 years old and attends kindergarten. He is one of the youngest in his class. He has not been showing any interest in writing alphabets and quickly loses focus. His teacher has told us to ...
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How can I get involved in the parenting of my girlfriend's sister's 5-year-old who spends too much time on screens etc.?

I am a 30ish years old man, living at my girlfriend's parents place for 4 months. It's been 2 months already, 2 more to go. I don't have kids (yet, but want to). With us is my girlfriend's sister and ...
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How to encourage my 5-year-daughter to become a Medical Doctor?

I have a 5-year-old daughter. She has expressed a desire to be a Medical Doctor several times. Are there games, books, something on TV she can watch that will ground this idea or give her more ...
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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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How can I make my parents understand that once I finish my studies, everything will be fine?

My parents are not highly educated. They have gone to primary school only. Also, my family's financial condition is poor. But now the condition is improving gradually. Fortunately, I am good at study. ...
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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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How to encourage my 5-year-old who seems to be unusually interested in astronomy?

My almost 5-year-old son has developed a great interest in astronomy since last few months. I show him pictures of planets in books and videos on YouTube. He asks me to point out planets in the night ...
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How can I tell if my toddler is truly gifted or just bright?

I'm the father of a 2 years and 4 months old daughter. I can't understand if she's gifted or just very bright. We live in Italy, where giftedness is not recognized by law and there are no special ...
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How to teach children about minimalism

Minimalist is something one cannot teach a three years old. Problem is our 3 yrs old gets stuff everywhere, every room is messy and when it come to tidy up he is tired (his excuse) and every room of ...
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Would enrolling a 5-year-old in pre-school be okay or slow down his development?

I have a 5-year-old and we're in the USA. He had been to preschool when he was 3.5 years old for 1.5 years. Now at 5 years 4 months, he is able to read the sentences, write words, do almost 2nd ...
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What's a good home-based learning curriculum for a 2-year-old?

I have a 2-year-old son who is a fast developer. He has been attending play school some mornings and will only join a school towards the end of the year. I am looking for a home-based learning ...
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How to get a 15-year-old started with a computer?

I got a chance to speak to the 15-year-old child of the security guard of our office. He was looking to get started with a computer and was looking for guidance. I must also say that it is rare for ...
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How to help a 10-year-old, who has ADD, with writing assignments?

Our 10-year-old has ADD. He's on medication, which helps with focus, but isn't a cure-all, of course. I have ADD and my dad has ADD. I'm guessing his dad did too. ;) I wasn't diagnosed until ...
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What toys to start with for a 2-year-old?

We have a 2-year-old. He does not play with toys for more than the first 30mins. What toys to start with at that age? So what solutions are there? How many unique toy sets are needed usually? What are ...
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When to give up learning an instrument with a 6-year-old?

My daughter has been practising the violin with the Suzuki method since she was 3.5 years old and she is now 6 (so 2.5 years practising). However she's never really wanted to. She has struggled ...
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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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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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At what age should a child be able to differentiate basic homonyms in writing?

This may be similar to At what age does the child start understanding the difference between the spoken words which have different meanings but sound same? but from a slightly different angle. At ...
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How and when do I teach my son to use chopsticks?

Even though I live in the U.S., I find using a fork inefficient and clumsy. I'd like to teach my son how to use chopsticks as an alternative. What is the best way to do this without interfering with ...
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What are some techniques to raise a problematic son like Bart Simpson?

The son hates school. He loves to play games on the computer and smartphone. His grades are bad enough that the teacher called up the parents to have a one-to-one meeting. However, the son is not ...
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My daughter is asked to perform in front of adults constantly

My daughter is 1.5 years old and when she learns something new or does something memorable, her mother and grand parents (my in-laws) will be amused and keep asking her to do it again in front other ...
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How do I explain racial slurs to a 10-year-old?

I've got a 10-year-old daughter. She gets very good grades in school (sometimes even A+, rarely Bs). She already has quite a healthy knowledge of sexual education (the Birds and The Bees). She came ...
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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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Formal curriculum for infants first few years?

In the context of independent behavioral, developmental and psychology fields (regarding people of any age), there appears common revelation about the first few years of life... and their impact on ...
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What is the youngest age a child can learn the violin?

What is the youngest age a child can learn the violin? I want to teach my son and daughter the violin and saxophone. As a person who played the sax and piano I know they can’t blow hard enough for the ...
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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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Effective ways of learning nutritious foods, nutrition and balanced diet

How do I teach my 5 years old and 3 years old daughters about nutritious foods, proper nutrition and balanced diet? Actually, my understanding of them is very basic and I am not quite sure that I can ...
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What is the best investment of time & money for extracurriculars in primary school age? [closed]

I am trying to research what extracurricular activities are most valuable for grade school aged children and really not finding anything that's compelling. I have a few months before I have to choose,...
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How much time is too much time playing educational computer games?

I recently bought an iPad primarily for my 3-year-old daughter. I put nothing on it but educational apps and children's books. No YouTube, no Internet, no (non-educational) games. I've decided to let ...
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What should I look for in educational iPad apps for children?

What qualities should I look for in educational iPad apps for children?
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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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How to make my 11-year-old sister study more math when even violence doesn't work?

My sister is about 11 years old. She listens to everyone around her except her family. She believes that we don't care about her. Since my family was extremely busy with jobs, we did not focus on her ...
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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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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 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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When to teach a child about what is good and bad about the world so they don't adopt bad habits?

My son is almost one year old. He's growing fast and there are a lot of behaviors in life that I'd like to help him avoid, while still giving him the knowledge of what these behaviors are. I'm worried ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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What to read or learn before expecting?

We want to be prepare for our 9 months period as a couple and be sure to give a proper environment for our baby. What should we read before and during the 9 month period? Please note: answers should ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the appropriate age for a kid to read and/or understand the books related to self confidence?

At what age does it help and is possible to be able to read and understand the books like The power of your subconcious mind and The magic of thinking big? How should these kind of books be ...
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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 ...