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.

Educational/Learning Apps?

With most schools closed right now due to COVID-19, I’m wondering if anyone has recommendations for educational/learning apps for kids of various ages? I know that Duolingo is a great second language learning app for older kids, but are there any foreign language learning apps for younger kids? What about apps that teach STEM/STEAM/coding lessons?

At-home kids activities while working from home

Working from home with (young) kids? Our friends at Guidepost Montessori share some tips and tricks on the Winnie blog to help you manage it all. https://winnie.com/blog/at-home-activities-while-working-at-home

Best language to learn?

The little boy I babysit just started taking an extracurricular Spanish class, on top of his regular Korean lessons. I know that it’s best to learn additional languages as a child because of retention. I’m curious to know about the languages other children are learning? When I lived in Austin, Mandarin was very popular for young kids because there was an organization that conducted play-based l... More

  • Sara
    Mar 10

    My daughter knows some Spanish and Hebrew but just the very basics.

Coronavirus

I know that there is a lot of buzz about Coronavirus right now, so I wanted to start a thread on how to prepare for it. "Officials said that Americans should continue to practice protective measures -- hand-washing, staying home from work when sick -- while local officials should make sure systems are in place -- teleschooling, working remotely -- should face-to-face interactions need to... More

  • Sara
    Mar 04

    We stocked up on canned goods and pantry items like pasta, freezer food, medication. I got a 90 day supply of the medication I take daily to live. I also bought a home birth kit online because I'm 36 weeks pregnant but that might have been overkill.

  • Amanda
    Mar 04

    I second getting 90 day supplies of prescription medications. My physicians have advised the same thing, and I recently picked up 90 day supplies of all of my prescriptions. Stocking up on pantry items is a great idea, too! This is something that I will definitely do on my next grocery run!

Anonymous posted in Books & Reading Feb 24

Help! Monkey business

Hi everyone, my husband and I are white and our daughter is too (2 years old). We were at our local toy store and there was a lot of curious George stuff and she really wanted the stuffed George monkey. So I went ahead and got it for her while she wasn’t paying attention but plan to give it to her as an Easter gift. Besides George, my daughter loves all kinds of stuffed animals and fictional c... More

  • B
    Feb 24

    Liking monkeys isn’t racist. Comparing people to monkeys is racist.

  • Anonymous
    Feb 25

    It honestly feels a little racist saying that it’s racist to play with monkeys. That’s immediately associating African Americans with monkeys, which is pretty racist. Just my opinion.

Anonymous posted in Behavior Feb 21

Bullying

We have a 1st grader and there is this boy in her class that keeps bothering her. He kicked her legs several times, took away her stuff, called her names, made fun of her name. So we send an email to the teacher. The teacher promised us that won't happen again, but the other day during dismissal the boy kicked her leg again. My husband called the principle. Since she wasn't there, he l... More

  • Pamela
    Feb 25

    I go to the school board. Principals have bosses too

  • Jess
    Feb 28

    Go into the office with your husband to speak face to face.

Sara posted in Education Jan 19

What milestones did your child hit right before entering kindergarten?

My daughter turns 5 over the summer so she’s eligible to start kindergarten in the fall. I’m now curious whether she might benefit from another year of preschool instead. What could your child do right before they entered K? Read and write? Just recognize letters and write only a few words? Would be helpful to also hear from other summer birthday parents.

  • Anne
    Jan 22

    Our kids go to a private school with very small classes, so YMMV, but I've felt like the kindergarten experience has been appropriate for my 5yo. In terms of readiness, it was mostly basics like: can use the bathroom independently, can sit for 10-15 minutes and listen to a story, can relate the story back to you (listening comprehension) and can write their own name. There is no expectati... More

  • Anonymous
    Jan 22

    If you are in Instagram look up @busytoddler, she used to be a kindergarten teacher, is based on the west coast and is posting right now about her decision to delay kindergarten for her oldest, the benefits, what is and expected in a lot of public school kindergartens, and even some evidence based articles about when to start a child in school.

Anonymous posted in Education Jan 08

Struggling first grader

My child does well in class. Participates, understands and overall does well but on tests and one on one she freezes and bombs. How do I help her get better? She gets tutoring and pulled from classroom. Her teacher seems unapproachable. She does not offer all the other things the other teachers do. My daughter struggles with reading and math and has hot and cold days. I feel like such a bad mom... More

  • Anonymous
    Jan 09

    Thank you for your response. At the moment no she is not in extra curricular activities. She is sensitive. Yes I feel she is so worried to get a wrong answer she tanks and even the teacher has said she’s great in class but on paper she does not know what happens!

  • Anonymous
    Jan 20

    I had the same problem. Part of it was confidence and also learning it was ok to make a mistake, but part of it was definitely undiagnosed adhd. As an adult I was diagnosed with it and by that time had managed to get through college and was in grad school when i was given the diagnosis. I had friends in college who were diagnosed and were given special provisions, like exams alone in a quiet ro... More

Anonymous posted in Education Dec 30, 2019

Home school

Pros and cons of home school? Anyone currently home schooling an elementary kid and want to share on how it is going? Thanks

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jan 04

    Pros: more time with your kids, more free play time for them (critical to them being creative in their future jobs), flexibility for travel (my husband works remotely), helping them more effectively sort through all of the social change happening today, helping them get through this academic challenges with more attention (rather than the 1:25 ratio of most public schools), Cons: you have to be... More

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jan 04

    I forgot one major con/challenge that I want to acknowledge, it is possible to homeschool while all parental figures work, but very challenging. I would not be considering homeschool if our finances required I work full time. We are blessed in this way. It requires a lot of time.

18mo old YouTube recommendations

Ok I give Up. I need good YouTube video recommendations for 18month old. 😬 also because we have a 6 hour drive to go skiing in January so I need her to stay in her car seat for a long period of time!!! - prefer little to no animations (mostly live action) - educational - music videos - trilingual household, so Mandarin Chinese or Vietnamese also? - not addicting (lol does that exist?) Tha... More

  • Anonymous
    Jan 06

    Toys and little Gaby is good too. (YouTube)

  • Charry
    Jan 20

    I know you said live action. But word partying mandarin audio worked well for us.

Hey moms. I am new here. plz guide me how to start preschool for my kid? I want to home school him

  • PK
    Dec 25, 2019

    Public education is free from TK-12. Preschool is not TK (transitional kindergarten). You will have to look up your state and see what the requirements are for TK which I think are just based on birthday. My son (birthday in Jan) does not qualify for TK in California. I wish preschool was free. In California I think if you are low income and meet other requirements then you may qualify to hav... More

  • Saira
    Dec 25, 2019

    Wao there is so much to learn about teaching them. Thanks for the heads up. Appreciate your help.

Anonymous posted in Education Dec 05, 2019

Where do babies come from?

So my 7 yr old knows about how the baby grows and is born but she just asked me how the baby gets into the mommy. She already knows it has something to do with the daddy. I was taken by surprise by this question and luckily was able to distract her off topic easily but I know she’ll ask again. Have any of you had to answer this question from a seven year old any advice?

  • Anonymous
    Dec 07, 2019

    I’ve answered my then 4 year old pretty matter of factor about it and he kinda just dismissed it. We really make a big deal out of nothing. The sooner we can have factual conversations about this stuff without putting stigma on it, the better. It will mean in middle and high school they will feel more Comfortable talking to us about it. There are some great resources out there on why we should ... More

  • Anonymous
    Dec 07, 2019

    I agree with the 2 previous people above . Honestly is best and making it a safe space to talk about .

Preschool Application

Why do some preschools need you to fill out other schools you’re applying for? Does the answer affect admission?

Homeschooling as a single parent?

Great Raising! I want to homeschool my two little girls in the near future. I am a single parent and I work overnight for now. It seems really hard to do. Are there any moms out there that are single and homeschool? If so please share any ideas, tips and inspiration. Thank you in advance

Little one starting Pre-K

My little man just turned three and has a speech delay and will be starting school. He has really bad separation anxiety. Any tips to help make the adjustment easier for us! Starts Wednesday. I’m going to be a nervous wreck.

Any stay at home moms returning to college online

I am a stay at home mom of four toddler boys (7,6,3,2) and I want to return to college as an online student for my early childhood education degree. Any advice? Thanks in advance

  • Sofi
    Oct 06, 2019

    When does your smallest turn 3? I found it very hard to return when my son was 2. I have 3 kids a boy that just turned 4 a boy that will turn 3 next month and a 1 year old daughter. I don't have alot of help from my husband I'm sure if I had more support I would have been able to but he works very long hours and is much older than me so I am waiting for.my daughter to turn 3 so she can ... More

  • Lil Ma
    Oct 07, 2019

    Thanks sofa for replying to my question. I appreciate it. And to answer your question my 2yr old turns 3 in February

Anonymous posted in Big Kids Oct 02, 2019

Money for conference night dinner

Hello ladies, i have a question. My 1st grader came home today saying her teacher is asking kids to bring money to school for her conference day dinner. I am new to the USA, and that sounds a little bit weird to me, please explain if this is a normal thing? And how much should we give? Thank you so much for answering.

  • Stevie
    Oct 03, 2019

    I feel like that is weird. I’ve been asked to donate for things that include my daughter. Never just a teachers dinner!

  • Jennifer
    Oct 10, 2019

    I have never heard of such thing as teacher dinner????

Anonymous posted in Education Sep 20, 2019

What's the right way to talk to my preschooler about people having different skin colors?

My 4 year old daughter has started mentioning a lot the difference between her sister's skin color and her own skin color. Her sister has darker skin than her and my 4 year old daughter has very very pale skin. She will make comments like "we aren't twins because my sister has dark skin and I have light skin". I don't know why she always brings it up. I guess she just noti... More

  • Jennifer
    Sep 26, 2019
  • Carol
    Sep 26, 2019

    Nurture shock has a great chapter about discussing race with children. My 5yo will frequently acknowledge that I’m a different color than the rest of the family bc I have more melanin. She’s right!

Anonymous posted in Big Kids Sep 07, 2019

Kid's teacher makes mistake correcting homework

How do I deal with my kid's 1st grade teacher who corrected her math homework and made several mistakes. I noticed that when I checked. When my kid took the homework to school again so the teacher could explain why she marked it wrong, the teacher again made several mistakes explaining and again gave wrong answers. Should I just leave it or send my kid to school again with the same homework? 🤔

  • E
    Sep 14, 2019

    Talk to the teacher. Most schools are using curriculums with explanations right in the teaching guide. Maybe she was just on the wrong page while grading. Not sure about the verbal reteach, but it would be best for everyone to grow from mistakes.

  • Courtney
    Sep 24, 2019

    Lol I swear I mean this with all the love and support as a fellow parent: Here is my completely uncensored blunt response: HECCCCCKKKKK NO! Absolutely DO NOT EVER be afraid to fight for your child’s education!!! The early years are LITERALLY are the building blocks to ALL things our children need to ensure their future. The groundwork is being laid for them. I cannot tell you how damn infuriati... More

At Home Kindergarten Programs

My daughter is 4 years old and has been in a day care program for the past two years. She loves to learn and has the tendency to pick things up quickly. I do not want to send her to public school. I was raised in the public school system (my mom is a teacher) and I want to work with a system that has more control over the curriculum and the teachers are able to adjust their teaching to the chil... More

  • Sara
    Sep 12, 2019

    Have you considered private school? Also there may be public school options in your area that take a more tailored approach, like charter schools.

  • Jess
    Oct 08, 2019

    I can't afford the luxury of private schools in this area. And they are mostly religious based which is not something I agree with. That's why I'm looking for the other options when you can't afford private schools but can't agree with the public education system. It's a never winning battle.

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