My 8-year-old son is obsessed with Minecraft, and has announced that he would like to create video games when he grows up. My own IT skills topped out around 1982 when I learned to write programs in Basic that printed my name in an endless goto loop. What technologies/languages/apps can I introduce him to in order to leverage his enthusiasm and channel it to something that teaches him age-appropriate programming skills? Assume second-grade math and logic skills and no programming background whatsoever.
Our daughter just finished her first year of Spanish in a full-immersion kindergarten. We're looking for good all-Spanish TV shows we can show her (and my wife, who wants to learn) over the summer so she doesn't forget it all. [more inside]
I'm a native English speaking ESL tutor in Taiwan. I've recently been hired to teach a 5.5 year old (social studies and reading.) His parents are insisting that he read from books aimed at 9-12 year old native speakers. This kid is bright, but his reading comprehension is nowhere near a native speaking kid 5 years older than him. I don't have any formal training in teaching young kids and only about a year of job experience but this seems like a terrible idea. What are arguments I can use to convince the parents to give him material that is more in line with his abilities? [more inside]
I'm looking to bring the preschool my children attend up to date on the technology side of things. Does anyone have any suggestions, mostly hardware-wise, on what to go with? Does the preschool your child attends make use of any technology? Or their Kindergarten class for that matter? What works? What doesn't? I'm willing to hear software suggestions too, but again, mostly looking for hardware ideas. [more inside]
How do you help children develop impulse control? [more inside]
What's the best software to teach talented youth digital tools for design? [more inside]
I'm trying to get my five year old step son interested in gardening. We made a special flower bed for him and I to grow plants in together and he is really excited to grow "rainbow blossoms" in it. Help me make this as rewarding for him as possible! [more inside]
How can we help a precocious, highly curious 4-year-old who gets really anxious and frustrated if he can't channel his energy towards doing something? [more inside]
Sound and light board with 4-5 smooth objects - which objects are on the board and where changes the sounds and lights, including light from some of the objects ... what is this thing and where can I get one? [more inside]
What are some practical ways to implement classical and operant conditioning in the real world to change people's behaviour? [more inside]
Can anyone find an article that Mr. Rogers wrote about how children learn? Wish I had more clues, but I read it in print years ago.
I'd like to learn about jobs that involve working intensively, one-on-one, with preschool or elementary-aged kids, to help them learn or develop. But, I have so many constraints that I'm not sure any role fits. Could you point me to any possibilities? [more inside]
I've heard it said that when children are playing, they're learning. So what is that they're learning when they're Gaming? [more inside]
Robot toys and fiction on the topic of robots / artificial intelligence and learning? [more inside]
I have always been fascinated by children's amazing ability to learn new things FAST and now that I have a child of my own doubly so. So I am looking for evidence-based information (preferably in books) about 'early learning'. Languages come to mind first but it could be anything fun and/or useful. To be clear (and perhaps put your mind at ease): I am not interested in pushing my daughter to do anything she will not enjoy!
What are the best kid games that are educational? [more inside]
What's the modern day equivalent of old school "line number" BASIC as a tool for young children to play and learn with? [more inside]
How can I help my 6 1/2 year old son to *get* maths? It hasn't clicked with him at all and I find myself getting frustrated with having to repeat really basic stuff when helping him with his homework. I'm not a maths genius myself and I really don't want to put him off by getting cranky because he's just not getting it. How do I help him get it? [more inside]
What Spanish language kids' show (in the USA) would be good to watch for someone trying to pick up Spanish? [more inside]
On a recent trip to Kenya, we visited a school who is in need of simple French language instruction booklets for elementary-age children. [more inside]
Why do children in the United States perform so poorly in math? [more inside]
How to teach my child a foreign language (English)? [more inside]
What games and/or toys were most useful in helping your preschooler learn to read? [more inside]
What are some good websites that review children's literature? Bonus if the focus is on preschool or early elementary.
If I wanted my baby to learn a second language from a family member who speaks it natively, how many hours per week minimum would they need to spend together? I know the more the better, but I am trying to figure out if four or five hours a week will do the trick if we are extremely consistent and do this for many years.