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Progressing from learning by writing things down and reviewing to just doing

A child, in school, remembers things by writing them down and going over them. An adult, just remembers things (even, ad they are said to them, in conversation). So, my question is, (as, adults, are ...
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What age should I start my son in music lessons?

My almost four-year old son has shown a big interest in music, specifically the violin. When he was two, we went to see The Concert Truck, and he absolutely loved it. After we got home, he kept ...
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Toddler body going limp- leaning, laying, acting lathargic or "boneless"m

I have looked up going "boneless" in toddlers and articles mention it's a thing they do when they are tantruming. This is a different kind of boneless- My 3 y.o. when doing an activity like ...
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My daughter doesn't want to do as instructed

Among other problems, my daughter doesn't want to write as instructed. For example, I help her with some homework, like "My measures" where we need to write how tall she is, her arm, etc. We ...
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How to make my 9-year-old son accept that he will repeat the school year?

My son is 9 years old, and currently in P3. Today we have been informed by his teacher that it would be best for him to repeat the school year to close the gap with the other children. Some background ...
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Fun statistics to record about one's own children

new guy, here. Might stick around for a while, though, we'll see. I was perusing the Internet for ideas about variables to collect about one's own child(ren), that you can later present to said child(...
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My 9 months baby doesn't like to move, what should I do?

My son is 9 months old. He cannot sit up by himself when lying down, nor can he lie down from sitting. He cannot crawl, and didn't even show any intention to move his body. If he can't reach what ...
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Daughter not learning Spanish, not interested

My daughter was born in Spain, and my wife is Spanish (I'm a native English speaker). At my wife's insistence, we only speak English at home. Now, my daughter has been through 3 years of early infant ...
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How to help a teen that wants to learn productive skills, but has entertainment addiction?

I have a son who has ADHD. He is very passionate and loves to work really hard at anything he does, but he has serious trouble focusing on anything which involves a non-trivial amount of (perceived) ...
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Is it harmful to try too much on a toddler?

My friend's daughter is 2.5 years old. From the time she was one, my friend has been actively helping the kid learn new stuff. He is an overenthusiastic person, besides Covid lockdown has helped him ...
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2 year old son not the typical 2 year old boy

Just wondering if anyone has a 2 year old Son that isn’t the typical two year old boy? My son is so gentle, scared of a lot of things (riding bikes, scooter etc. He doesn’t jump around and play rough ...
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Can my 6 years old daughter be my business partner?

TL;DR: Can I buy second-hand toys, make them better with my 6.5 years old daughter and sell them for a higher price? Some context: This year for Christmas, Santa brought some Lego bricks for my 6.5 ...
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Any resources for primary schoolers online? [closed]

I have a 7-year-old and I am afraid the schools are going to be closed soon so I am looking for online resources to use and keep him entertained. Have you got any suggestions for me?
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How to encourage 9 year old boy to start learning new skill

I have a 9 year old son. He loves doing things he is good at but is not very open to start trying new things. For ex. he is doing Karate since he was 6 yr old and now he is intermediate level and good ...
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Exercising visual spatial intelligence using interactive storytelling

What is the best way to exercise visual spatial intelligence for my 8 year old in regards to interactive story telling? I currently have her describe the surrounding environment she envisions in as ...
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Activity workbooks to teach my child long vowel sounds? [closed]

I'm currently teaching my 4 year-old son how to read. I got him this phenomenal book, and he's doing really well learning short vowel sounds. It's very methodical and systematic and is constructed in ...
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What are some options for helping my child continue learning while schools are closed?

My children will be home for a few weeks (at least) while schools are closed due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19. What are some good strategies or options for helping them continue to learn while at home?...
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How do you teach a child to tie their shoe laces?

What approach can you use to teach a child to tie their shoe laces? What approaches are known, and how long should it take?
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Encouraging the love for dinosaurs in 3 years old

My son is three years old and he is an extreme fan of dinosaurs. He managed to remember the name of most of them by listening to his teachers in day care and watching cartoons. I know this is most ...
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What's the best way to develop an (almost) 2yo's mind that loves puzzles?

My son is almost 2 and he loves puzzles and puzzle type toys. Obviously I can buy him more toys like this but am curious as to other ways to encourage him to develop to the best of his potential. ...
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How to encourage a child to learn a distant language and culture?

I want to motivate a child of High school age to learn a new language from far away like Japanese and learn about other cultures and civilisations like - Zen and ancient Japanese culture, for example. ...
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How do we discourage reliance on technology while allowing children to become accustomed to digital tools?

this is a question I struggle assessing myself as a programmer. It's already key to understand computer science. It is and will continue to be even more increasingly important that our children are ...
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How to get toddler's mind off of a single topic (vehicles)

Our son turned two a month ago. We spend a lot of time with him and give him many different toys and books to play with and learn. He used to be interested in all of it; until ~3-4 months ago. Now, ...
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How to support a 7-year-old who is behind in school for reasons other than intellectual and learning disability?

The kid in question is 7 years old and just finishing first grade. His parental guardian is his aunt (his father is not in the picture and his biological mother lost custody of him when he was very ...
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Interesting things for a child's drawing board

I've got a board that's going to be used as a "messy board" for drawing, painting or whatever else kids do that you wouldn't want them doing directly on your table. I want to put interesting things ...
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Can I learn another language alongside my 3 year old son?

Me and my wife come from Poland, but live in the UK. Our son was born here, and is with British child-minder since around 1. He'll be 3 this December. We speak both Polish and English to him, and ...
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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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How to approach a stubborn parent about a rule that is harming my studying

For some context I have been playing musical instruments since I was around 7 years old in some capacity, ranging from the piano and singing, to the clarinet and saxophone. We moved house around two ...
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How to help my antagonistic 10-year-old learn necessary skills when he doesn't want to participate in any classes?

My 10-year-old son is in grade four. He doesn't like to participate in any classes. To him doing practice sounds unnecessary and boring and he likes to have all skills on his own. He is active and he ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that young boys articulate their learning differently to girls?

My son came home from the first week of kindergarten. Each day I asked him: "What did you learn at school today?" His response: "Nothing." When I ask his teacher what they've been learning - ...
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My daugter could not retain letter names prior to kindergarten, now she is taking piano and can't remember letter names. Help!

I worked with my daughter on learning her letters with sounds, books, tiles, refrigerator magnets, ect from age 1 to 5 and she could not retain the information. I could not get her to learn any ...
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How can I help my 8-year-old to learn calmly?

My 8-year-old daughter finds learning anything hard. She's bright, but with some moderate issues identified around sequencing and visual memory. But she resists any kind of teaching from her parents, ...
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Will a child understand what's wrong about asking for things costing money and then not wanting them, when you confiscate some of their money?

Similar to this question, but not about behaviour. My son is 5 years old now, and I give him lots of choices that he is free to make on his own. A while ago, he started asking for certain foods (that ...
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What can I do to help my kid attain a high Intelligence?

My daughter is 3 months old and has started responding to my and my partner's voices. We talk to her in different languages, play soft classical music, show her how to use her hand, and do all other ...
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Language learning app for a toddler [closed]

I'm interested in suggestions for a decent language learning app suitable for a toddler (almost 3 years old) that is not dumbed down with cartoon animations or so advanced that it deals with text. ...
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How do you teach a toddler how to wait?

My toddler (21 months old), like most, is not a very patient person. For example, when it's dinner time, she wants to sit in her high chair and begins whining and complaining tearfully while her food ...
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What could cause a child not be able to learn well?

My granddaughter can tell you the sounds of each letter, but she can' seem to remember the names of the letters or remember her colors. She can't count to 10 either. She is 5 and will be 6 in March, ...
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How to keep a 2 year old toddler entertained throughout the day?

The child is 2 years 3 months old, and she loves following 4 activities: Getting read books. Making sketches with me. Going outside to play. Watching cartoons on TV. The problem is that these ...
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Explain to a 4-year-old how magnets work

My 4-year-old daughter would like to know: "How do magnets magnet onto things?" How can I explain this at a level she can understand? (I'm asking this here rather than on physics.SE because this is ...
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My 5-year-old son seems to lack in comprehension [closed]

My husband and I have 7 children ages 24, 18, 12, 12 (adopted niece), 5, 3, 2 (adopted niece). All of our biological children who are school aged and beyond are well above average in school except ...
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When do bilingual kids start to talk fluently?

My older boy is turning 3 years old soon. And he still does not build meaningful sentence. He is being raised inside Czech Republic, and we, both parents are Czech speaking. But thing is, that we do ...
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First pet (fish) just died. Is there a teachable moment?

My 4 year old wanted a dog. I told him that I need to see him take responsibility first for a small pet before getting him a dog - Plus, my yard is not exactly animal friendly right now. We got him a ...
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Authoritative stance of AMA against ADHD?

I recently received word from someone with a psychology background that the American Medical Association (AMA) came out with a stance against ADHD being a valid illness or diagnosis. I have been ...
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Is there a good online mathematics curriculum for elementary through high school?

My kids are very responsive to learning math. I have a math background and they respond to my methods of teaching. But so far I haven't been consistent in terms of frequency and content. I'd like ...
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Learning to play an instrument: Should we insist that our child practices each day?

Our son (7 years) is having piano lessons for some months now. Currently we want him to practice at least 10 minutes each day, but this is sometimes difficult if he gets home late after sports or ...
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How can I help my child who is advanced in programming to meet others at the same skill level?

My child just turned 14 years old, and one of his hobbies is programming. He knows JavaScript, HTML, CSS, jQuery, Ruby, Python, some Java, and a bit of C++, Bash, and PHP. He also uses Git, Vim, and ...
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How can I help a child stay motivated in learning to program?

How could I help a smart preteen child (pre-teen) learn programming? He does well in school, and he has skipped 2 grades and is an introverted stereotypical nerd. He is very interested in web ...
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Can giving a book that is too advanced for the child put the child off?

I found (what I thought is) a really cool book to give my niece for her 7th birthday. The book (The Ultimate Book About Me by Richard Platt) is all about what makes a person, genes, how your brain ...
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How to constructively play with a one year old?

I keep getting astonished on how my 1 year old LO's mental and cognitive abilities have developed recently. Suddenly she remembers things, understands yes/no, knows some words for some things, ...
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How to encourage a child to self-edit and take criticism positively?

Our eight year old daughter writes well for her age, and has produced some really spectacular pieces in class. She's not terribly interested in writing for fun at home, though. When she does, what she ...
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