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What books or resources would you use to teach a kindergartner chess?

My question is twofold:
  1. What books, websites, or other resources do you recommend?
  2. Any tips for teaching a very young player?
He already knows all the basic moves and rules. [more inside]
posted by axoplasm on May 28, 2014 - 15 answers

What's more important? Parental presence or top schooling?

Okay, this may well be a false choice but I'm trying to sort this out in my mind -- I see two roads ahead of us, one in which we stay where we are currently living -- an underwater house in good shape in a middling-to-poor neighborhood (but with adjacent nicer amenities) -- which is affordable and where we are making enough money to save for all the things we need to save for (retirement, college, cash savings, etc.). OR, we can buy our way into a nicer neighborhood and school district, keeping this house as a rental. Right now my husband and I are both working at well-paying jobs and our 3-year-old is in full-time daycare. My goal, when she starts kindergarten in 3 years, is to work 3/4 or less time, so that I am home with her after school and do to this for the rest of her school years. [more inside]
posted by amanda on Feb 15, 2014 - 32 answers

Book Recommendation For Raising a Gifted Child

Looking for specific recommendations for books on raising a gifted child. [more inside]
posted by plinth on Feb 14, 2014 - 9 answers

Separating Twins into Different Classes at School?

My (boy / girl) twins will be entering kindergarten this September. We've been asked if we want them placed into separate classes, or left together in the same class. Need to give them our answer by Monday and frankly, I'm at a loss and have no idea what I should do. If you are a parent of school-age or older twins, can you please share what you did and why? If you yourself are a twin, how did your parents handle it? How did it work out? Other knowledgeable anecdotes and advice welcome. Links to any online resources I can read on the topic would also be appreciated.
posted by zarq on Jun 22, 2013 - 28 answers

What is the best non-fiction book for kids in your field of study/work?

My kids (currently 6 and 9) have become voracious readers. We have a large and varied collection of excellent fiction for them, but the non-fiction collection is more haphazard. They love learning new facts as they read (the type of thing that makes them look up from the book and say, "Did you know...?"). I want to make sure that the collection of books gives them a good introduction to fields where I myself may not have enough knowledge to judge the quality/accuracy of the book. So what's the kid's book in your field that makes you say, "If only every kid got to read this book, people would understand [topic] better."? [more inside]
posted by winston on May 18, 2013 - 19 answers

How can I thank parents for doing a fantastic job?

How can I (should I?) thank parents for doing a fantastic job? [more inside]
posted by brynna on Feb 6, 2013 - 18 answers

Looking for cool stuff online for my four year olds.

I'm looking for websites that have cool, educational, entertaining and kid-safe stuff I can share with my two 4 year olds, perhaps similar to the kids should see this, and/or sites that suggest neat projects and how-to's my wife and I can work on with them to open their eyes to the wonders of the world around them. All suggestions welcome!
posted by zarq on Jun 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Looking for readings on middle childhood

I'm looking for good readings on Middle Childhood, inspired by this New York Times article and my 5.5 year old son. [more inside]
posted by alms on Dec 26, 2011 - 4 answers

What is it actually like going to a well above average public school system, compared to an average or below average one?

What is it actually like going to a well above average public school system, compared to an average or below average one? [more inside]
posted by imabanana on Nov 2, 2011 - 54 answers

Reading Impasse

How do I get my 6-year-old daughter to read? [more inside]
posted by Brian Lux on Jun 12, 2011 - 63 answers

Do my numerous constraints rule out meaningful work with kids?

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]
posted by Other on Aug 5, 2010 - 8 answers

Should our son skip a grade?

How did skipping a grade work out for you or your child, and what were the factors that made the biggest difference? [more inside]
posted by Betsy Vane on Feb 25, 2010 - 88 answers

A "top" school district-- how important?

Public education filter: if you went to school in a good district, a not-so-great district, or an in-between district, how did it affect the quality of your education and your success later in life? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jun 23, 2009 - 37 answers

He's the Next Tiger Woods.

How are American parenting practices unique? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Jun 18, 2009 - 30 answers

How do I not pass on my shyness to my son?

[NewDadFilter:] I'm a shy person and a new dad. Is there anything I can do to keep from transmitting that trait to my kiddo? [more inside]
posted by wheat on Mar 6, 2009 - 23 answers

help with a wacky, wonderful kid

Strategies needed for negotiating with my 6 year old kid's school re: rules, behavior, etc. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2009 - 26 answers

Baby Video Recommendations?

Can anyone recommend baby videos for nine-month olds (and up)? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 17, 2008 - 26 answers

Help for parents of gifted kid

What are some good resources for raising a gifted child? Google will pull up all kinds of things, but I'd love a recommendation for stuff more weighted toward parents who want their kids to be able to enjoy childhood and away from the more competitive stuff. I don't want to judge anyone else's parenting choices, but we want to feed our son's interests without trying to turn him into the next Einstein. We just got through some assessments, and are trying to figure out what to do next. I'm sure I'll have more specific questions later, but any online communities or background reading you can point me to would be awesome!
posted by rikschell on May 9, 2008 - 37 answers

Educational Opportunity or Con Job?

Educational Opportunity or Con Job? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy on Mar 30, 2008 - 16 answers

Advice for Child with Stereotypies

My five-year old son has some benign but frequent sterotypies - flapping his hands, jumping in circles, grimacing. He's entering kindergarten this fall, and I'm worried about how this behavior might cause him trouble in the school environment. Any insights and experience from parents, teachers, or people with sterotypies themselves would be extremely helpful. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2007 - 23 answers

Should we send our daughter to Catholic school?

My wife and I are Buddhist. We have a four year old daughter who we would like to see get a great education. In our area/county, some of the better (academics, arts, and athletics) schools are Catholic schools. Would it be a good idea to send my daughter to a Catholic school? [more inside]
posted by jasonspaceman on Feb 3, 2007 - 68 answers

Moving on, moving out?

Parents want to move across the country, adolescent children want to stay. What to do? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Jan 29, 2007 - 38 answers

public school or home school?

Pros and cons of homeschooling. While I never thought I would even consider this, my wife and I are facing the possibility that we may homeschool our daughter. [more inside]
posted by tom_g on Mar 15, 2006 - 48 answers

How to excite my child about learning...?

Seeking books on supplemental home schooling and helping teach your kids. [more inside]
posted by bkdelong on Jul 27, 2005 - 3 answers

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