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Teaching methods, motivations, resources, etc. Also see Education, Learning, and Development for related concepts.

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What are some ways to teach a child how to spit (after brushing their teeth)?

Typically, this is something you don't want out of a child. My 4.5-year-old has been brushing his own teeth for about a year. The problem is that I can't convey to him to spit out the toothpaste. I ...
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How early should you teach children how to code?

At what age should I expose my child to coding in order to see if they like it? Some argue that 5-6 years old is a good age to start coding (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). I am looking for answers based on ...
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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 convey certain objects are off limits to a child under 1?

Our daughter turns one years old next month. She has been developing ahead of schedule in many arenas and is a very expressive and affectionate child. Of late, she is able to reach and grab a variety ...
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when to start reading books to a child and attempt teaching reading?

Our daughter is 11 months old and raised in a bilingual home. Our goal is to teach her to read in my native language first. To help with this, I bought fridge magnets in my language's alphabet, ...
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How do you teach a child who doesn't respond to positive or negative reinforcement?

I've got two kids, 8 and 17, and they both struggle to learn from their mistakes, making the same mistakes again and again and again, despite the consequences. For example, they're both huge ...
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How to teach writing to a left-handed child?

My son is 3 years old. He has a tendency to use his left hand more than his right hand. I have seen he holds the pencil easily with his left hand. I suppose he is going to use his left hand for ...
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How to accustom a 10 month old baby to interacting with pets?

We have a 10-month old baby and two cats. One cat is very friendly and the other aloof. We have had cats longer than baby. Our daughter can now crawl and pick objects up--so she is eager to engage ...
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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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Is it normal for a child just turned 3 to be able to read and how do I develop and nurture his intelligence?

Preamble We have been home with our kid since birth, except for a 3 week detour of daycare before COVID hit and so he got full time attention from at least one of us (mother and father). We never let ...
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How to improve a 7-year-old's reading?

Our 7-year-old boy has just started 2nd grade. His testing has shown that his reading and math is at a kindergarten level. We've done the math homework every single night, and he understands it at ...
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How to correct an overly apologetic 5 year old?

We have noticed my 5 year old son is overly apologetic. Towards all and for even minor things. I have no idea where the apologising for every mistake came into him from. When slightly younger we did ...
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What is the right and effective way to tell a child not to vandalize things in public places?

This is the setting: I'm with my 6-7 years old son in a dinosaur park (in a day not busy at all, so he will not behave as a good boy just because there's people around him who could make him feel ...
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Helping an 8 year old understand impulse control, and empathy

Ok, so that does sound like a big ask; but at this point all I want to do is spark some thought processes in that general direction. In my last question, I had the issue with the boys breaking the ...
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How can I make learning English fun for a teenager?

While my 14 years old sister goes to school, the courses doesn't help her much to learn English. They are mainly focused on reading and at the end of day, the students really have trouble in writing, ...
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Is this normal behavior for a kindergarten teacher?

I just had my son's kindergarten teacher tell me that 'the way you are raising him is making my job harder'. I was offended by this but don't have much experience with teachers and don't know if I am ...
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How to help a pre-schooler overcome sensitivity to social setbacks?

My son (3yrs 9 months) is bright and generally happy, but sensitive and sometimes acutely anxious. The sensitivity worries me a little for the future. If something in a social context doesn't go his ...
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Is my son's school ignoring his intelligence?

I'm not sure if this is the best place to ask and I suppose this is going to be an outlet for my frustration, but I could also do with some advice from people that may have been in the same situation ...
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How to help 6 year old be self-confident about writing

My son's writing is totally fine for his age. We are trying to teach him the many ways to improve his handwriting: Capital letters, tall/small/fall letters, full stop, spacing. And his creative ...
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How to help my 5-year-old brother to improve in Math

My 5-year-old brother has recently showed cleverness resolving math problems which aren't for his age like adding and subtracting big numbers, learning multiplication tables and recreating Fibonacci ...
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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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List of emotions to teach

Is there a list of emotions with an age range that is appropriate to teach kids? I would like to put the list on the fridge so that we (the parents) are reminded to use these words.
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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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How can my son learn to use the bicycle's pedals?

This question about learning to ride a bike focuses on keeping the balance. For my son, balance is not a problem because he already has mastered his balance bike. We're trying to transition him to a ...
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Punishing the younger sibling for bullying(physically abusing) the older by 10 years one

What are pedagogically effective ways to punish a 14 year old for bullying the 24 years one? There has been no effect in talking and explaining and the younger one doesn't really go out with friends ...
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Which education systems in the world focus on understanding the essence of concepts, rather than just doing a lot of homework?

I am currently living in Vietnam. In my opinion, the Vietnamese education system focuses too much on doing homework (sometimes exercises are very difficult), and it doesn't focus on helping children ...
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How to introduce a trigger word for 'quiet' in the car?

I've been reading a parenting book which has a section about entertaining a toddler in a car. It acknowledges that you sometimes need to concentrate when driving and it has the following suggestion: ...
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Is it okay to raise a child by teaching them numbers in base 16?

Would it be child abuse to raise your child by teaching them numbers in base 16, so by the time they reach school they can count to twenty, but only in base 16? Would this stunt their growth? Just to ...
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What are tested ways to teach kids about self-discipline?

I have made my 6.2-year-old kid 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) ...
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How to get baby feeding to the next level?

My baby is 11 months old now. My wife and I feed him with a spoon. He sits in his chair all well and opens his mouth when the spoon arrives. He starts to grab at the spoon and I think he may be ready ...
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What to do against our 5-year-old son's low opinion of the opposite gender?

We have a 5-year-old son. Mom and Dad both work. A female nanny manages the kids once they return from school. Mom manages the household with help from the nanny. This is something we are changing so ...
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How do we teach our 1-year-old that “no” isn't a game?

We have an almost 13-month-old daughter. She's found that when she touches a power cord or near an electrical outlet and we say "no" that it's a bit of a game. She gets a funny smirk on her face until ...
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Why do we teach animal sounds to children?

I was reflecting on the fact that, at least in Western culture, most children are taught at a young age what sounds animals make. However, this is mostly a "useless" information from a practical point ...
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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 to teach my 3.5-year-old to turnover in bed?

I have a 3.5-year-old daughter. She doesn't know how to turn over in bed. I myself know how to, but not how to teach how to do the same or in an easier way. How do I teach my 3.5-year-old how to ...
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Should you teach your children to identify letters or write letters first?

My oldest daughter is 3. I'm trying to teach her how to read and write (in English). My daughter can recite the alphabet A-Z, but cannot identify the letters. She can trace over letters that I write ...
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How to explain addition vs. place values to a 4½-year-old?

My 4½-year-old son has had some questions recently about numbers. On and off for months, he's been asking questions along the lines of "What does four and two make" or "What is a four and a two"? At ...
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What material is available to teach a toddler how to read?

My 3yr old has been asking us to teach her how to read. She can recognize a decent amount of the alphabet, and picks stuff up pretty quickly (when she wants to.) We have thought about picking some ...
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How to teach my people-pleasing daughter to balance between helping others and accounting for her own needs?

My younger daughter is a people pleaser. She always wants everyone else to be happy, often to her and her older sister's emotional detriment. She lets people take advantage of her generosity, buying ...
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How and when can you teach a child to use an “indoor voice”?

We don't generally tell my son to be quiet, as it's rarely necessary (despite his being extremely vocal). We want to encourage communication and his ability to express himself. However, there are ...
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What's a good approach for helping my kids understand certain toys?

I have two pre-school children and I need to help them play with & understand certain violent toys, but I'm struggling with it. I've searched online but it seems like most resources are about ...
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How to make my 3-year-old stop skipping one of the numbers when counting?

My 3-year-old daughter can count well (I guess that is relative, but anyway). She understands the idea that numbers represent quantities. If I ask her how many pebbles she has or how many steps there ...
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What skills should a 4-year-old have when it comes to counting and memorizing numbers?

Our 4-year-old daughter just turned 4 and just started Pre-K. She can count to 10 and recognize 0-10 written on a board, with really no issues whatsoever. However, we've been working with her for half ...
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How to teach a child a third language you don't speak yourself fluently?

I speak English and Korean and my partner speaks English only. I am currently speaking to my 2-month-old daughter predominantly in Korean to promote her to be bilingual. However, I also want her to ...
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How to teach a 17-month-old to chew food?

I have a 17-month-old at our daycare. He doesn't chew off food or even chew food. His food is cut up into small pieces and he just swallows that way. How can we help him learn to chew his food and ...
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Kid hates lessons - Dropping Kumon English

This question is similar to Worried that Kumon tutoring is not working for our daughter - but different enough that the answers there don't adequately cover my problem (this is about English rather ...
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How can you teach a toddler about pain without actually inflicting any in return?

My daughter is entering those 'terrible twos', and as a father I want to find the method of teaching her discipline and self control that really gets the point across. For most behaviors, my wife and ...
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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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What activies or behaviors can help my toddler develop emotional regulation and emotional intelligence?

I have a normally developing child who is just under 2 years old. He's an emotionally "intense" kid, and I want to work with him on developing emotional regulation and understanding his feelings. ...
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Why is it so hard teaching your own children and how to improve the process?

I have two children, 6 and 9 years old. I find it very hard to teach them skills or school subjects and I wonder if there are any tricks or methods to it? It seems my children are much more eager to ...