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.

Annie posted in Education Apr 10

Leaving my 2 year old for nursing school

Guys I'm stuck in a huge dilemma. I live in Dallas texas with my husband and my parent live literally down the street from me. I just got accepted to Nursing school which was always my dream. Problem is, the school is in Houston Texas which is 4 hours away. It's a 2 year program. And I have to leave m 2.5 year old and husband because of his job here to go to Houston. She will spend the ... More

  • Kris
    Thursday

    Go for it Annie! This is your dream and don’t give up. This will be better for you and your family as well in the future . You can manage the all details and don’t feel that you are bad mom. You are great ! Get this done girl!

  • Jing
    Friday

    One of my husband’s friends gave birth during her residency program while her husband was working in another city four hours away. She hired a nanny and was a single mom during the week for about two years. It was extremely hard at times but they made through it. Since then she graduated from the program, reunited with her husband and had another child. I think a lot of it depends on the unique... More

Ashly posted in Education Mar 31

Middle school

Has anyone dealt with the big jump from elementary to middle school? In elementary school teachers were so open with communication and involved parents with everything but with middle school it’s crickets, I get no communication expect what my daughter tells me which is not much! I know they are trying to teach independence and etc etc but I feel some things should still be communicated like gr... More

  • Elli
    Apr 04

    Hi! I hear you. We are from California and same thing here. Schools most likely have a line of communication and parents to check the kids school progress and reports. They use this system here for kids of middle schools and high schools. Everything is pretty much through emails. Ask your school if they have a communication system.

Joseph posted in Behavior Mar 29

3 y/o still adjusting to school

My youngest 2 kids have been attending a small private school since they were 2y/o my little girl started and loved it from beginning even till now. Now my son has been there a year now going on two and he stills whines and cry when we drop them off but is A-ok after a while of us leaving comes home ready to do homework and all, my question is what could it be is it just separation anxiety kin... More

  • Joseph
    Mar 29

    Thank you I will look for those books

  • Kathleen
    Mar 29

    Yes l, hopefully they help! Good luck!

Hope posted in Child Care Mar 28

Preschool vs. Daycare

Hi, My fiancé and I are trying to decide whether we send our 3 year old to a daycare that has a preschool curriculum or an actual preschool. The problem with a preschool is we don’t know my schedule come fall but my fiancé has to work the whole day so I would have to be the one bringing him the part days where daycare is the whole day. Also, we have a 2 year old which won’t be ready for presch... More

Anonymous posted in Education Mar 28

Emotional

To Mums/Dads of kids of color(black)- My son recently got his 1st innocent experience of racial discrimination. I wasnt ready for it yet and didnt have a contigency plan on what to do, so it make sense that I just froze when a much older kid at the library told my toddler to go away coz he looks scary and Black. He is just a toddler, and probably wont remember, but he is starting preschool soo... More

  • Luis
    Mar 29

    Honestly, I would be just as worried and I would be asking myself the same questions. I am in absolute awe of how people of color keep it together in this country... I don’t have the mental strength, I would go crazy... I can offer you this: if it ever happens in front of me, I will not paralyze and I will not stay quiet. I’m very sorry you had to witness that... and from a child ...

  • Anonymous
    Apr 14

    Thanks for all the replies and good thoughts... Couldn't find any preschool with diversity and inclusion on their agenda, ever.... But I will keep on searching... 🙏🏾

What’s the best way to teach your 5yr old how to add and subtract?

  • Joanna
    Mar 27

    Games! Like Chutes and Ladders, making sure you pause to rephrase it: I spun a 6. I'm on 24. 24 + 6 is what? Hmm. 30! My 4 yo loves to keep score when we play Uno. He does the math and then asks Alexa to check it for him.

Does anyone know any good video that teach phonics?

My son is 22 months old. He can read more than 350 sight words. but when he see a new word he doesn’t know how to pronounce it. So I want to teach him phonics and how to decode a word. I don’t know where to start. can you share how you teach your kids and what materials do you use to teach your kids.

  • Charry
    Mar 22

    Yeah we are pretty much on the same track then. She recognizes her letters and numbers. I’m just stumped about how to string the letters for reading. We also did a lot of phonics. Ba be bi bo bu. Ca ce Ci co cu. but have no idea about stringing letters together. Thanks for the tips!

  • Ivy
    Mar 22

    We spell out words a lot. Mostly basic words that follow phonics easily. I made alphabet flash cards and we’ll spell out words together. Like “bat”. My dialogue: let’s spell “bat”. What letter makes the “buh” sound? Can you find it? Now what letter makes the “ah” sound? And so forth. Then when we have lined up the letters, I point with him and sound out each of the letters then underline the... More

How to prepare both myself and my 2 year old for day care?

I’m getting a promotion at work, now working full time plus extra hour sometimes. How do I prepare my 2 year old for day care. How did you mommas/daddas handled the roller coaster of emotions when preparing your little one for day care? I’m so scared with everything I see on the internet involving the traumatic daycare stories but I know it beat for my baby, to learn social interaction and lear... More

  • Julie
    Mar 14

    Also, your child will have a rough adjustment period but it will end quickly and before you know it they’ll be so excited to be going to school:). In the end, us moms and dads are the ones crying the most tears over separating from our Little’s!!!

  • Marlen
    Mar 14

    Thank you everyone for your responses. Definitely taking one step at a time. I know my little one will enjoy school and being around other children his age. I’m as excited as nervous but I know daycare is always a good thing never a bad. ♥️

Teaching letters?

What are some ways to engage my 2 year old in learning the letters of the alphabet?

  • V
    Mar 03

    My son actually didn’t know his letters (he’s 2) until i started playing the song “see it, say it, sign it” by jack Hartman on YouTube kids. He watched it’s a LOT lol! He now knows 75% of his letters within a couple of weeks. Plus the song is quite catchy so it wasn’t annoying at all

  • Jess
    Mar 07

    This toy (leapfrog fridge phonics, amazon link below) is legitimately amazing. It’s an apple they put the letter in and it says it and makes the sound. My sister raved about this and I was skeptical but she bought me one and my 23 month old knows ALL of the letters, he says most of them too. I’m not going to lie to you, it can be very annoying 😂 “b says buh, every letter makes a sound b says bu... More

Anonymous posted in Education Feb 26

Bilingual parents

Which language did you start teaching your baby first? I’m bilingual my husband speaks only English.. I try to talk to our baby in my native language majority of the time but end up speaking English a lot of well especially when DH is around. I want to start teaching her words, letters, numbers, etc (with flash cards) but not sure which to start with or do both but I don’t want to overwhelm her... More

  • Anonymous
    Feb 28

    Michaela, did you ever feel left out though when your son and husband would talk? Mine is worried he won’t be able to communicate with LO

  • Michaela
    Feb 28

    He’s only 9 months now so I’m not sure how left out I will feel when my son actually speaks back but I can say since he was born I have already picked up so much Arabic that I generally know the topic of conversation and so I don’t feel too badly left out. I imagine that as he gets older I will learn even more. Also to me, the benefits of my son knowing two languages outweighs that emotion. Bec... More

Adrian posted in Education Feb 26

Career day at school

Hi, I’m volunteering to do a career day for my son’s class. I’m looking for suggestions on how to make It fun and interesting for the kids. I’m a front-end web developer and a startup entrepreneur.

  • Anne
    Feb 26

    Fun! Maybe have them do a workshop designing an app? Get together in groups and work through who is the user, what problem does it solve, and then draw some mockups of what it could look like? Then they could "pitch" them to a group a teachers or parents?

Anonymous posted in Education Feb 21

Parents interview

What kind of questions are normally asked in the parents interviews for preschool. I really want my child to get accepted because it’s a such good fit for us and our fallback school is not so ideal. Thanks!!!

  • Anne
    Feb 25

    Yeah it’s so different from place to place. I agree the thing no one wants to admit but is often true is how wealthy you are and how likely you are to be a big donor. That’s definitely true of the more in-demand “elite” schools. If you’re looking at more “normal” schools they really just want to see you’re stable (financially, emotionally, etc), that you will be invested in the community and b... More

  • Sara
    Feb 27

    Don't stress! For the most part, they want to make sure you're a loving family and will fit into their community and have the right expectations of their program. So, do some research on the school to make sure you are aligned with their goals and philosophy. I sent my daughter to a preschool that didn't want a lot of parent participation and at the time we were 2 working parents so... More

Feeling like I'm not doing enough...

My son is going to be 2 in just over a month. I'm a sahm and feel like I'm not doing enough to teach him everything he needs to know. He really started talking over the last two months, and I know every child is different, but I feel like we go over the same things every day and it's just not clicking. I'm by no means an educator and don't know where to start. I've r... More

  • Kristina
    Feb 21

    From 12 mo we always explained things to him.. ex: roll the blue ball or do you see the red truck. We explain it all so he know what it is, or what it does. He’s 3 now, and just earlier he got in trouble for slamming the doors. He didn’t understand why it was dangerous until I put his fingers in the door to show him how it can hurt him or others I obviously didn’t close the door on his finger... More

  • Myrtle
    Feb 23

    Ditto to the posts that talk about taking the pressure off yourself! He is only two just let him be a kid! He will have the rest of his life to have to meet expectations in school etc. just have fun & engage with him;you’re doing awesome!

Brooke posted in Education Jan 28

Learning apps

Anyone have any recommendations for learning apps for an almost two year old? My daughter got a tablet for Christmas and she’s mainly only been watching shows and movies on it. I try to limit her screen time but I would really like to start showing her some apps that teach words, colors, animals, etc... something that will get her thinking on top of when I read with her and do flash cards. Than... More

Anonymous posted in Child Care Jan 23

Mixed age preschool class choice: 2-3 or 3-4 year old class?

Looking for some advice on mixed age pre schools. Our son has the option to be in a 2-3 year class or 3-4 year class, as his birthday is right in between. I'm sure there will be tradeoffs in either cluster but wondering if anyone has experience with this kind of decision? I know the conventional wisdom is to have your child be the eldest in the class for leadership development, but FWIW th... More

  • Cassandra
    Jan 24

    So my son was in the 2s last year. This year they decided to make it 2s and younger 3s so he stayed behind in the same class. They just gave us the chance to move him up to the older 3s and young 4s class. He’ll be one of the youngest but I think he should have been in that class all along. Some of the kids in his class are very babyish and he so much more verbal. I think you want them to be th... More

  • Jennifer
    Jan 24

    I'd picked the older crowd. My co-worker who had her daughter attend a preschool/daycare. It was a mixed age group, however her daughter happened to be the oldest one will all the others were like 18months and under. So my co-worker daughter had no kids to really play and talk to and end up having speech delay. The mom had to take her daughter to a special speech class so her daughter c... More

Home schooling.

How do you feel about home schooling your little one/ones. Thinking about home schooling my 3 year old.

  • Ashley
    Jan 24

    Hi! Homeschool momma here 😊 my oldest is 8 and in the second grade. We’ve homeschooled since she was three and wanted to start school (and was ready for a light preschool load). Homeschooling is a fantastic option. I don’t agree with the way the PS teaches in addition to several other reasons. Any child, public schooled, private schooled homeschooled or insert any other education choice will... More

  • Dee
    Jan 29

    Montessori is good. Check it out

Jess posted in Education Jan 18

Missing cutoff for school

My son has an October birthday and the cutoff for school is September 30. In the long run, I’m thrilled for this - he will be the oldest kid in his class, and I know that a lot of boys need some extra time to be kindergarten ready. The question is what to do now. He’s 15 months. Do I push him into the 2-year old room in the fall? Let him have private kindergarten at his preschool then repeat ... More

  • Amanda
    Jan 18

    My son was due Oct 29 (born August 6) and we were just approved for TK. So he’ll do the 3 schools in 3 years as he’s in preschool now at 4. I don’t see a problem with that. Do the TK program if you can, since they say kinder is now what 1st grade used to be. Before preschool my son has attended daycare since he was 1, and I’ve not had concerns about “pushing” him to learn more than what he is d... More

  • B
    Jan 18

    I have a similar problem. At 2 ish they’ll move her to the next room at daycare, which is preschool. But it isn’t comparable to the public preschool here so I’m not worried.

MOM posted in Behavior Jan 15

Please tell me how to encourage a child to participate in class activities?

My daughter joined school 4 months back and initially I was doing half day as she was new to school but after couple of months her teacher said that she does not come forward as she is bit shy they have to beg her sometimes for class activities. I decided to change her schedule and made her stay at school for longer but still I dont see much change. Suggestions?

Raji posted in Education Jan 14

How to teach one year old the difference between this or that? Is there ASL sign for it?

I want to make it easier to understand when my daughter points at things. I want to know if she wants “this” or “that” between things. How do you communicate with your babies?

  • Becky
    Jan 14

    I would only present two items at a time and use their basic names. “Do you want the apple or banana?” Hold them both up before her and let he point to one of the two. Maybe only having two options would help. And if she is able to take an option from you that is also a response.

  • Raji
    Jan 15

    Thank you for your suggestions. Will keep practicing with her to make it easier for her to express herself:)

Lauren posted in Education Jan 14

Homeschooling Curriculum

I want to homeschool my son and am starting to research curriculum. What curriculum do others use for homeschooling?

  • tyler
    Mar 12

    Hey Lauren, trying to find answers to the same thing. Havent found anything yet other than a few other forums that talk about curriculum, but dont give any direction on understanding what is in them or how to pick. For instance, what is my son supposed to learn in grade 1? have you found anything yet?

  • Lauren
    Mar 12

    For what they should know at each grade, I would look at your state standards. I just really don't want to be making my own lessons for each standard hence the need for curriculum.

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