Education

Get advice and share tips on teaching your child everything from baby sign language to algebra and learn how to choose the right school for your child including options like home schooling and unschooling.

Focus

My 5 year old has the most difficult time focusing on any task. He has just started this so it’s not something we’ve been dealing with and I don’t believe he has ADD. He just will not focus. Today, he kept reaching for stuff while doing homework. I moved it so he looked at me and spitefully reached for something else. And this happened a few more times until I made him sit on his hands (we were... More

  • Rebecca
    Friday

    Set a egg timer he can hear when you ask him to do something. We put one in my son's room and when it's time to put pjs on or clean his room we set timer and tell him he has until it goes off to complete his task. The ticking helps to remind him to stay on task.

  • Anne
    Friday

    Try just 15 minutes of exercise (jumping jacks, dancing, etc) before sitting down to do homework. Then after the exercise give a small cup of juice to sip while he works. The exercise helps with the fidgeting and the juice delivers some quick sugar to the brain to help with focus. 👍🏼

Preschool

Today, my preschooler said the word Zip and pointed to his mouth. I’ve never used that word to him. Because we never talk like that, I asked him where he heard it from and he said “at school mom, teacher said zip it .” I asked him again again if he heard it from his cousins or somewhere else but no he kept saying that the teacher told him to zip. Honestly I don’t like that. I don’t think they s... More

  • Anonymous
    Friday

    Ivana. It’s not about it being a high stress job, it’s about varying the ways you ask them to be quiet. Hearing “be quiet, be quiet, shhh, be quiet” quickly loses all meaning in the classroom. Hopefully adults who are in the workplace no longer need as many reminders, just like adults don’t “go potty” but preschoolers do. It’s not right to compare the two.

  • G Nat
    Yesterday

    “Zip it” teaches the kids nothing. It’s a directive and it has a means to an end, but it lacks substance. Instead, teachers should be giving visual cues to get the class to be quiet and listen (which teaches young children how to read the room and use non verbal cues to modify their behavior) or indirect cues like, “it’s very hard to hear directions when it’s so loud in this room” (which allows... More

Anonymous posted in Education Dec 01

Sign language

How long does it take for baby to pick up basic sign language and when do you teach it? Do you teach your kids sign language? Why or why not?

  • Wenonah
    Dec 02

    I started teaching my daughter at 5 months. She 7 months now and knows about 4 words

  • Anonymous
    Dec 02

    At 12 months my son started getting whiny and frustrated since he couldn’t communicate other than pointing. So I tried sign language and it’s been AMAZING. He only knows four signs but it took about 3-5 days to REALLY use them on his own. Once he got one, I taught another. Please, thank you, more, all done is what we taught. I kinda do blanket cause he loves his blanky but he hasn’t picked up o... More

Toddler books

Please let me know which books are good for toddlers to identify letters, numbers, shapes, animals, etc...

Anonymous posted in Education Nov 27

Signing

I’d like to introduce sign language to my one year old but have no idea where to start.... how did you teach your little one?

  • Matt
    Nov 29

    Have you seen smartcoos.com ? signing and foreign language...!

  • JEaton
    Nov 30

    Our library has a baby sign language class once a week. I've been taking my son since he was 4 months old. Now at 20 months he signs a lot of the time.

Cathy posted in Child Care Nov 14

Finding the right preschool

How did you know you found the right school for your child? My son is turning two next month and we are considering placing him in a half day program two days a week. The downfall - is that I have an education degree, have been a teacher AND was a Director of a preschool before I stayed at home. I feel as though while I know a lot of questions to ask, I also know the “behind-the-scenes” and... More

  • Melissa
    Nov 18

    also if a place isn’t clean when you go in you know it’s not good then and your child will be constantly sick. if the teachers greet you and your child by name that’s also a really good sign

  • Glückskinder
    4h ago

    I would say you having this background is a big plus. You know what you are looking for, what you expect and what to consider. You have the knowledge about how a Preschool/Daycare should look like, how educated the teachers should be, what's beneficial for the children. It might take some time for you to find the right place that you trust but I would say, listen to your guts! You know what... More

Anonymous posted in Developmental Disorders Nov 13

Possible ADHD & Kicked Out of Preschool #3

Hi everyone - seeking advice and resources to help us navigate a complex but unfortunately common situation. Apologies for the long post, we just received this information today, and I'm still trying to figure out next steps, so if you have a kid with ADHD and have had issues with support (lack thereof), please keep reading and offer any advice you may have! Our son is 4.5. He started tra... More

  • Geraldine
    Nov 14

    My heart goes out to you and your family. I could have written this post almost verbatim 2 years ago. It reminded me of the exact place my husband and I were in. The advice I can offer is to get your son evaluated - and not just by the school district. I can only explain from my personal experience but I was informed that the school district evaluation is ONLY for the school. They are only... More

  • Kei'Yonna
    Nov 15

    I agree with Ashley second opinion matters

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment Nov 13

Teaching my 3 year old

For personal reasons, am having to take off work, take my little one out of daycare and be a stay at home mom. She has learned so much being at the daycare that it hurts me having to take her out. I’m feeling overwhelmed trying to teach her at home the letter, numbers, shapes, etc. I’m using ABC mouse but I feel like I should do more. Any advise one a day to day way of teaching her at home.

  • Rocio
    Nov 19

    Don’t feel overwhelmed mama! I started my own journey on teaching the kids at home too! I personally do 20 minutes a day with my 2 year old twins I take one at a time to the kitchen while the other two stay in the living room. I’ve separated their educational toys and they love it! They get really excited! I learned a lot from searching on YouTube homeschool preschool at home! Repetition thru o... More

  • Anonymous
    Nov 24

    Thanks a lot for the pictures!!!! I like looking at ideas.

Tamara posted in Education Nov 12

Not sure what I’m doing

I know this might sound crazy but what are you suppose to be teaching a two year old?

  • Anonymous
    Nov 13

    Sooo many resources and studies are now available, free, at your finger tips!

  • Heather
    Nov 18

    We sing alot in this house, we play hands on games together and mostly I let them play together or play by themselves. They create and imagine and are so excited to show you what they've done!

Anonymous posted in Education Nov 09

I recently moved to US and I don’t know about preschool, when can i put my 2 y/o daughter in school

She was born in October

  • Linda
    Nov 10

    In Texas my granddaughter who is 4 just started this year in pre k

  • Elle
    Nov 11

    Yes, but at that age it's just called daycare usually. :) Find a day care center/learning institute that offers a curriculum.

How to help my 3 year old with letter recognition

My son is 3 and just started school, but he is struggling with recognizing letters. We just got ABCmouse.com... is there anything else that will help him?

  • Patty
    Nov 08

    We used flash cards and would practice almost every night during dinner. Once he got the hang of it, we would play games like finding certain letters on the street or around the house.

  • Melissa
    Nov 18

    write letters with a white crayon on a white piece of paper and have him use watercolor paints over it to reveal the letters he will probably like this because they appear like “magic”

Anonymous posted in Education Nov 04

Saving for college

Has anyone set up a college fund? Just curious which route people have taken. 529? Or other option? I’d like to get something started.

  • Gina
    Nov 06

    I went with a 529 as well as a savings account that she can't touch until she's 18. You don't necessarily have to go with your states 529 unless it's offer some tax benefits but you can choose any state and it doesn't matter where your child goes to school - some states have really low fees which are better.

  • Jean
    Nov 16

    I have a savings account and custodial Roth IRA set up for my kid. I opened the savings account a week after she was born and the Roth when she was 3. I haven't added any money to the roth yet because the rules stipulate that the owner of a roth account must have earned income and I haven't found the best way of putting a 4 year old to work yet.

Sandra posted in Education Nov 02

Montessori vs public school?

It’s finally time (in my area anyway) to start enrollment for kindergarten (2XXX-XXXX). Researching schools in my area (I don’t like the elementary school our district assigns us to) such as charter and/or magnet schools, I came across a Montessori school and realized I don’t know a whole lot about them. I’d love to hear about personal experiences if anyone on here has enrolled and have kids at... More

  • Sandra
    Nov 03

    Thank you guys :) I feel like I have somewhat of a better understanding of it. Had some questions to begin with and your input helped me come up with things I need to make sure I get addressed so I will definitely keep y’all updated on how it went!

  • Sandra
    Nov 09

    So I had the open house yesterday. Very nice school. Prek-6th. Following what they called the “true” Montessori method of teaching. Walked into the classrooms and they’re very pretty! Lots of fun things for the kids to do. There will always be two teachers in a classroom for extra specialized care. Lots of colors. Shapes. Smells and the kids seem to really enjoy it! This school in particular i... More

When to keep child home from school

We just got a letter in the mail about my 10yr old's attendance and apparently he stays home more than his peers. I thought I was doing the right thing by keeping him home when he is sick, but now I'm not sure if I'm being overly cautious. What rules of thumb to you use to determine when to keep your kid home from school?

  • Jennifer
    Nov 02

    Fever, throwing up, diarrhea. If they are needing antibiotics they stay home the recommended time from the doctor which I believe is 24-48 hours.

  • Vicki
    Nov 02

    Agree with fever, vomiting, diarrhea and would add pink eye, contagious rashes and severe coughing and sneezing when the phlegm is yellow/green.

Jess posted in Education Oct 27

Montessori

Considering Montessori school for my son when he is of age (18 months). I’ve been researching the heck out of it, and I am super interested. Anyone have any experience with Montessori schools? Especially with a toddler?

  • Ash
    Oct 27

    We’ve done it for both my daughter and son at that age and it’s been amazing. They’ve become way more independent and interested in doing things for themselves and are happy playing with things for a lot longer - it gives them great focus.

  • Jess
    Oct 27

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing your experience!

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment Oct 25

What are fun or educational activities to do with 18 month olds in the house?

  • Jessica
    Oct 25

    Look up #sensoryplay on insta there are also a ton of ideas

  • Anonymous
    Oct 25

    Thanks Jessica

Sight word game!

Just sharing because it worked so well for my stepson, and it might help another child as well. He just started kindergarten and was just not understanding sight words at all. So I made these lily pads with the sight words he needs to know by the end of kindergarten. He doesn’t know them all yet, obviously. But I spread the ones he knows in a line through the house and surround them with the on... More

Homeschooling

Does anyone "homeschool/tot school " their 2.5 year old?

  • Katrina
    Oct 19

    ^Omg this link is amazing! I've made quite a few things for our learning activities, but I love not reinventing the wheel!

  • Amanda
    Oct 20

    If you put your email in and subscribe (for free) they email you new lessons like every few days My daughter emelia loves it !! Some bigger packs cost money but for her age (2) I think what they have for free is plenty

Homeschooling 2.5yr old & 20month old

Any tips on where to begin? I am new to homeschooling and would like to get my 2 youngest a head start at learning at home with mommy. Kinda something to help both me and kids with day to day boredom since we hardly ever go outside since I don’t drive and hubby is gone at work late most days. Thanks

  • Jo
    Nov 08

    There are lots of good books you can get to introduce them to skills they will need in preschool. Kumon books are my favorite. However at thsi age the best thing will be for their imagination to develop through playtime. Perhaps some hands on learning, trips to the zoo, the museums etc...

Screen time in technology-driven world...

I’m intimidated and amazed by parents that don’t allow their children any screen time in this day and age. My family lives thousands of miles away, and I videochat them daily. It helps us stay connected with them and eases the loneliness of being a SAHM in an unfamiliar place. Additionally, I didn’t graduate high school too long ago, and we used technology by way of laptops, projectors, smart... More

  • Anonymous
    Oct 18

    The concern with screen time and young children is that they aren’t getting the human to human interaction they need to develop social and communication skills. Kids listen and watch for verbal and physical cues when in discussion (words, facial expression and hand gestures). So with that, I read an article where it said certain type of screen exposure is ok for young kids - like FaceTiming. ... More

  • Damon
    Oct 19

    It all really depends on the appropriateness of what it's being used for and the physiological abilities of children as they develop. When an adult watches a TV show, we see motion, but what is actually happening is a series of still images changing at 24 frames per second is flashing on the screen. Our brains take those still images and interprets the fast changes into motion, filling in... More

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