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.

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.

  • Tiana

    If you can, keep her away from school another year. Kindergarten, in California, is not age appropriate and way too structured. Our kids only play for 20 or so minutes a day. It’s heartbreaking.

  • Amanda

    Both my sister and I have mid-summer birthdays and were presented with the choice to enter kindergarten or delay a year. I delayed a year and was consequently the oldest in my class throughout school, which also gave me the advantage of being at a slightly higher development than my peers. My sister was put into kindergarten without delaying a year and was consequently the youngest in her class... More

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 08

    Is it just when she is put on the spot to demonstrate what she has learned? Is she doing any extracurriculars like music or sports? It kinda sounds like she might have a confidence issue and that extracurriculars may help her develop her confidence.

  • 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 posted in Education Dec 30

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.

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment Dec 27

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

  • Sara
    Jan 01

    I'd recommend using something like Amazon Prime Video or Netflix where you can actually download the content and don't need an internet connection. If you do use YouTube make sure you are curating the videos in advance and not just letting their recommendation engine pick the next thing that comes up.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 06

    Toys and little Gaby is good too. (YouTube)

Saira posted in Education Dec 25

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

    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

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

Anonymous posted in Education Dec 05

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

    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

    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?

La posted in Education Nov 16

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

Ashly posted in Education Nov 03

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 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.

4th grade math help

Any apps that can help 4th graders better their math skills?

What are some STEM activity ideas to do at home with toddlers? Thank you!

4th grade math help!!

My son has recently started 4th grade and is getting daily hw. Math, writing, reading, and spelling. I am noticing he is struggling with math. Not sure if its cus he has not been practicing over summer or if he really is struggling. Any tips on how to help him. Tutor? Abc mouse? Math sheets?

  • Erica
    Aug 26, 2019

    Math is difficult in helping my family with their homework I’ve noticed it could be how he’s taught he’s not understanding it that way maybe he just needs the problems explained differently

  • Shekhar
    Aug 29, 2019

    This site is very good, I have been using for my kids for last 2 years

September birthday and age cut off

My daughter's birthday is September 4. She's about to turn 1, and I know this is really early to start looking into pre school and kindergarten. But I just read the cut off for kindergarten is September 1. So do I enroll her at age 6 for kindergarten? I know these schools fill up fast, so I'm trying to gauge when I should start enrolling her to be be on a wait list. Ugh, school admi... More

  • Anonymous
    Aug 22, 2019

    It all depends on the child though^. I know plenty of kids who in school missed the age cut off and weren't in my classes but easily could have been, if not higher up. You have to look at your childs readiness.

  • Nicole
    Aug 23, 2019

    Thanks guys. I was hoping that since she was so close to the deadline that there was a chance they might let her in at 5. I know I have a few years to go, but this really helps, thank you

Helicopter mom?

I need to know thoughts. My son is four and has been going to a preschool for the past 2 years. He loved his teacher last year and loved going to school. This year he has a different teacher and she is very strict and can come off mean. My son is a really good kid and so far she has told me he is a very sweet boy but my son does not like going to school anymore because she is mean. He cries eve... More

  • Jennifer
    Aug 22, 2019

    I agree with Jenny. Your son is too young to be hating school and sucking it up. The teacher shouldn't be this strict when the kids are that little. He should enjoy school and come home happy. I definitely suggest switching teachers as you don't want this to affect him going into kindergarten and being independent later on. It's going to traumatize him.

  • anonymous mom

    Hello, Victoria. I remembered your post but never replied back when you asked this question. I was just checking in to see how things are going now. I hope all is well!!

Anonymous posted in Education Aug 17, 2019

To go back to work or not

I am currently about to start (pre reqs) nursing school and I’m a sahm. Recently I received a job offer that pays decent but 10:30am-7pm which I really have to work around with class schedule. I can do it so I might take an online class and a very early class or go on Saturday as well. Pro of going back to work: making my own money Con: conflicts with class and I’ll be away from the my babi... More

  • Anonymous
    Aug 19, 2019

    I just finished my pre reqs for the nursing program. I work, but I just notified my job that during school, 30 hours a week is my max. It may be nice to make your own money, but the way I see it is the degree is more important. Once I finish college and get a job in my field I'll be better off, so if I have to sacrifice the job now then so be it. I also know that for me, I could not do bare... More

  • Anonymous
    Aug 19, 2019

    Thank you! I decided to decline the offer. It sucks but it’ll be worth having more time to study and be with my babies. I’ll make the money once I’m done 😁

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