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

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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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At what age do childen develop empathy?

My son is 18 months old. He finds it hilarious to make our cats howl by pulling their tails. I try to discourage this by firmly saying "no" and "do not pull tails" until he stops (which he quickly ...
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What are good family games to develop self-restraint?

Are there family traditions or games or particular rules that help teach children about self-restraint, self-control, etc.?
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Raising polyglot children through television - a reliable method?

Doing some research on strategies for raising polyglot children, I stepped on this paper (not peer-reviewed) on academia.edu. Also available here. It suggests that through television it is possible ...
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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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How can parents teach more than two languages to their child without confusing him?

My wife and I both grew up bilingual. For her it was Russian and Ukrainan, for me German and Italian. We live in a German-speaking country and we speak German to each other. When our child was born 8 ...
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What are some better ways to teach empathy when taking kids to the zoo?

This question was prompted by a prior question where the OP happened to mention that they found zoos depressing but didn't want to tell their kids. I felt the same way as well, yet like other parents, ...
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My 5 year old's second language: Why is it not coming naturally?

I live in Israel. I am a native English speaker. My wife is Israeli. My five-year-old son speaks Hebrew. He understands when I talk in English. But he has a lot of difficulty in saying a sentence in ...
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How to teach kids the value of accepting loss and moving on using Aesop's fables or otherwise

I work part time with a kids after-school group and sometimes use Aesop's fables (which I also love) to teach them various moral values and ideas. Recently I've been trying to find a story (I'm ...
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How should I act such that child doesn't feel average success and mediocrity is expected of her?

From: http://www.raisesmartkid.com/all-ages/1-articles/47-authoritarian-strict-parenting-vs-permissive-which-is-better Do not impress on your child that mediocrity and average success is all that ...
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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 make my 3.5-year-old learn at home?

My 3.5-year-old recently started school. He never shows willingness to learn anything from me, never colours with me or does tracing or learns poems. I just take down everything needed and sit with ...
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How to explain scientific concepts to a curious 3.5-year-old?

I have a 3.5-year-old who seems to be a bright spark (I know every parent thinks this :). She is asking: What is water made of? (answered rain) What is air made of? (answered gas like steam coming ...
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Teaching manners to a toddler

I have a 19mo daughter who spends ~30hrs/week with a nanny. She "teaches" her to say "please" by forcing her to say it and withholding a wanted item until she does. And forces a "thank you" afterward. ...
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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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How can I teach my son that it's ok to hit back?

My 3.5-year-old son has learned in the kindergarten, you do not bite, hit or kick another child. But some children bite, kick or hit my son. I told him, he must tell the kindergarten teacher or kick/...
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How much instruction should be incorporated into a pre-schooler's art activities?

We've set aside one evening a week as our dedicated family craft night. That doesn't preclude us from doing craft projects at other times, of course, but rather ensures that my son gets at least a ...
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Overcoming a fear of the stove

My five year-old daughter has a strong interest in learning to cook. I frequently let her participate in ways like measuring and stirring. She also wants to learn things like cooking eggs, as ...
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Activities to show to my children that the body is 70% water

I'm thinking about to color 70% of the body of my children (3-4 years old) with blue ink in order to show that 70% of his body is constituted of water. The problem is maybe they could think that the ...
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When to teach children to use search engines?

I want to teach my kids how to use search engines as soon as they start asking questions. I think it's a good way for them to learn everything they want and to know that they are capable of knowing ...
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Toddler is a real glutton with sweets

Our youngest eats normally at meals, but when she gets sweets she wolfs them down. Her big sister enjoys them more, saving some for later. I think it's a good to be able to restrain yourself, so I ...
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How to teach a teenager to stay patient and polite towards abusive people and when to become more aggressive?

My son is a teenager. He doesn't have any problems. I'm trying to teach him how to deal with life in general. How to teach your teenager to handle situations in which bad people make fun of him or ...
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How can I make my kids passionate in science while being religious?

Please be considerate in your answers. We are an observant jewish family, although I was educated in secular institutions. I feel that I have a wealth of knowledge that I want to pass to my kids ...
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How can I help my preschooler develop empathy?

My 3.5-year-old preschooler is pretty book-smart, but is quite emotionally immature for his age. This has led to a frequent, difficult situation for us. He'll be acting out a bit - say, not wanting ...
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Is non-professional homeschooling detrimental to children?

In a comment to another question the following assertion was made: Are you a qualified and trained teacher? Homeschooling would be detrimental if you are not a professional in this industry. While ...
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What else can I teach a 2.5 yo child related to reading, pattern recognition, and memory?

Our daughter is 2 years and 5 months old and for some time already she knows all the letters (i.e. both reciting and recognising letter by letter in written words), numbers to 10, common shapes, and ...
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How can I prevent my 9-month-old from taking my glasses?

My son is currently 9 months old. Sometimes when he is in my arms, or when we are playing and he can reach them, he tries to grab my glasses. I know that he is just curious. He is just in that stage ...
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Should I praise my oldest child infront of their siblings?

Sometimes my oldest(8yo) shows good character and leadership in choosing not to do what she knows she should not do. I know her other siblings(6yo,3yo) look up to her. I have been praising her ...
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At what age is it best to teach a child mathematics? At what pace? [closed]

At what age should mathematical / logical concepts be introduced to a child? I feel that parents should be held more responsible even than schools in the educational process.
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15 month old - developmental activities? Dealing with night terrors? [closed]

My daughter is almost 15 months old. Are there things i could work on her with? Cleaning? Talking? Potty training? Anything else along these lines that I could start working on with her? And any ...
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How can I prevent my 16-month-old from climbing up to desk?

I have a 16-month-od boy. He loves climbing up on anything that's higher than the floor. He gradually climbs up chairs and uses them to climb on the dinner desk. I tried to remove the chairs from the ...
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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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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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What are the advantages and disadvantages of letting the child experience the effects of his decisions?

Disclaimer: I do not have a child yet. But this method has been in my mind for me to put to work if ever I do get a child. So how does this work? Basically, instead of the parent dictating to the ...
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How to bring my 10-year-old, who is convinced that she can go to heaven, back to reality?

I have a 10-year-old daughter. Apparently, one of her friends can go to heaven and talked with angels. Out of curiosity, she found out 'how' to be like her. It has been a year now, only now I realized ...
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How to teach tact and empathic understanding based communication to an INTJ (overly honest) child?

My daughter is in her early 20's. She has proven to be "overly honest" time and again. She has pretty much remained at an even level since around 10 years old, though, in terms of this issue. While ...
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What are the effects of teacher job share on pupil attainment?

What are the effects of teacher job share on pupil attainment, at UK primary school level (age approx 4 to 11)? In the UK, most pupils have a single teacher for all subjects at this age (rather than ...
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Teaching a toddler swimming fundamentals

Our almost-three year old has taken an interest in the pool, and I'm interested in techniques to teach him swimming fundamentals. I saw this question, which had some good tips, but I'm specifically ...
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Is assisted crawling with an infant safe?

I play with my daughter on a bed - we roll, tickle, "fly", laugh. I also started crawling with her. I'm not certain she enjoys it - she seems more intrigued than happy when we're doing this. She does ...
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How can we teach my preschooler to not interrupt?

My three-and-a-half year old son talks constantly. Its pretty much a non-stop monolog from the time he wakes up until the time he falls asleep. We're okay with this, and try not to discourage his ...
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What age to teach a child about fairness?

At what age do you or can you teach a kid about fairness? I helped my cousin watch after her 17 yr old and 11 yr old. I had to pick up the 17 yr old from softball practice. She hinted she wanted to ...
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Teaching my 10 year old son appropriate bathroom manners

My 10 year old son has ADHD. He has some severe issues with focus and memory. We've tried various things to help him focus and remember but they all seem to arbitrarily stick or fail. For now he ...
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Can “The Giving Tree” be explained in a way that isn't an unhealthy lesson?

My son loves "The Giving Tree," by Shel Silverstein. And I also remember it being a favorite of mine as a kid. I vaguely remember it from childhood as having some mildly sad themes, and most people ...
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How can I teach my children to intervene in situations where they can help, without risking becoming busybodies, know-it-alls, etc

I'd like to teach both my kids to be the kind of people who will willingly insert themselves into situations where they can do some good. I hope to raise them to take pride in their ability to speak ...
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Parental “Wow” as a reaction to trivial child achievements

The question is based on my personal feelings, so is probably biased and subjective. I frequently see parents (and remember my own) encouraging their children on every trivial or regular achievement ...
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What should I be teaching my 18 month old?

I want to be sure that I am giving my son the best experience that I can at this critically developmental stage. He was with a sitter for the first 14 months, who did not stimulate him much past tv. ...
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How to help a 7-year-old who is stuck on the wrong answer?

We have an almost 7-year-old son, a 4-year-old daughter and our oldest daughter is mentally 3 years old because of cerebral palsy. Almost every day we show a two-minute children's video to all three ...
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How do we balance our expectations for our children with allowing them freedom to pursue their own interests?

It is natural to have an "image" of what we want our child to become in future. Our education is directly related to this imagination, but when and how should we allow a child to develop his/her own ...
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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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Babies and math concepts

Does anybody know what are the logical basic concepts that a baby could understand? For example regarding numbers, I think until the age of 1 they cannot distinguish between the concepts of one and ...