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ParentingFilter: Improve my 4-year-old

My delightful 4.5-year-old son has many fine qualities. He also has many areas in which he is behind the curve of his peers. Please recommend some resources to help me help him. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen on Nov 18, 2016 - 32 answers

How to address a host of issues with our son's preschool teacher?

There are multiple issues cropping up at our son's preschool since he started this September. What is the best way to go about this in order to yield the best results for all involved? [more inside]
posted by neblina_matinal on Sep 27, 2016 - 35 answers

Evidence-based Preschool "Curriculum"

What should my two year old learn and how should he learn it? [more inside]
posted by pbh on Sep 5, 2016 - 17 answers

Easy Lunch Ideas for Nut-Free Preschool?

My 3 year old is about to start preschool at a nut-free school. What are some ideas for lunch that are PB&J-level easy and toddler-friendly? Searching for this online yields a lot of parenting blogs that think I'm going to bake scones or make homemade beef bourgignon every night.
posted by Anonymousness on Jul 26, 2016 - 37 answers

Cost difference for organic at a daycare center?

Our child attends a privately owned daycare center that has a maximum of 8 infants, 21 toddlers and 30 preschoolers. They follow the US Federal food program requirements and provide breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. What would be a good estimate for cost difference if they moved from non-organic to organic foods? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 9, 2016 - 7 answers

To preschool or not to preschool?

My nearly three year old has been in part time preschool since summer. He, and all of us, have been struggling a lot since then. During school breaks he is different (less fragile, nicer) and our home is different (happier, less stressful). I'm trying to sort through options for care/schooling options for him. I need help! [more inside]
posted by pennypiper on Feb 4, 2016 - 29 answers

Gifted preschoolers reading list

We're preparing for plans B, C and D for our just-turned four year old now that her preschool no longer fits, and I'm trying to do the research. Most of what I can find online and at the library is aimed at grade school kids or kids who are moderately advanced. Basically, I need recommendations for books, experts, and discussion groups (preferably closed) for parents and families of young asynchronous/weird and very smart kids. [more inside]
posted by dorothyisunderwood on Nov 20, 2015 - 17 answers

Microscope fun for toddlers - household substances edition

Dear hivemind: I'm going to bring a 300X video microscope to my daughter's preschool. What easily obtainable substances will be super cool to view? Bacteria are too small, red blood cells are a biohazard. Toddlers could care less about onion skins, cork, and plant vasculature in my experience, and I am not doing anything that requires fixing/staining. [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Nov 12, 2015 - 21 answers

Is the good enough preschool good enough?

Statstoddler will soon be turning three, and we are trying to decide between keeping at his current daycare center or switching him to a Montessori-based preschool in August. [more inside]
posted by statsgirl on May 11, 2015 - 13 answers

Cupboard of curiosities for intensive kindergartener

I want to set up a cupboard with prepared activities and toys that the adult caregivers for my youngest can use to keep her occupied while I get work done. She has the usual books, blocks, playdoh, open-ended toys and art materials, but what she wants and needs are structured activities to do with caregivers. Has anyone else had success prepping activities and resources for their childcarers to use? I'm imagining stacks of ziplocs with craft kits/toys and instruction sheets, and a binder of suggested activities, but is there another approach that would work better? [more inside]
posted by dorothyisunderwood on Apr 15, 2015 - 14 answers

Book recommendations for 4 ½-year-old. Theme: just be yourself.

My little girl just declared that maybe if she could be prettier, then maybe a boy in her preschool class would be better friends with her. [more inside]
posted by polecat on Apr 8, 2015 - 29 answers

Styling preschool girl hair

My three-year-old daughter got a haircut yesterday, and in keeping with her rambunctious ways and fine hair, it's short and simple. But the stylist put some product on her hair to make the ends flip out a bit, and it's adorable. I didn't notice what she used and I'd like to recreate the look at home. What do I need to buy? (Signed, Clueless about Coifs)
posted by Pater Aletheias on Mar 2, 2015 - 7 answers

Talking with African American preschoolers about the police?

Part of my job involves reading books and discussing them with preschool students. Sometimes, when those stories feature the police, the tiny kids will talk with me and my coworkers about how cops are "there to arrest you" and about family members who are unfairly in jail. How should we respond? [more inside]
posted by newtonstreet on Feb 13, 2015 - 27 answers

Websites for pre-K/kindergarden?

I have just started occasionally letting my precocious, smart but hyperactive four-year-old "play" on the computer. So far she loves Paint and writing herself "letters" on Notepad. I would like some more easy, fun, and ideally free things that I can give her to do on there. Bonus points for anything educational. [more inside]
posted by celtalitha on Jan 26, 2015 - 10 answers

Parenting an Anxious Kid

My 4 year old seems to be considerably more anxious, perfectionistic, and emotional than his peers. Do you have a kid like this? WERE you a kid like this? Give me your secrets to helping him develop coping skills. [more inside]
posted by tchemgrrl on Jan 21, 2015 - 24 answers

Good video entertainment for preschoolers and adults?

I need some suggestions for videos a mix of adults and preschoolers would enjoy. The absolute gold standard is The Muppet Show, which is totally awesome and had something for everyone, but we've watched it all. What else is like it?
posted by Maximian on Nov 17, 2014 - 15 answers

Sandbox or social studies?

I am looking for some advice on where to send my almost 4 year old daughter for preschool. [more inside]
posted by sacrifix on Aug 28, 2014 - 24 answers

What are some good pieces of new technology for a preschool classroom?

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]
posted by mrzer0 on Aug 18, 2014 - 17 answers

How do you change the name of a preschool in California?

Asking for a friend who just became a preschool director and wants to rebrand. We have googled the hell out of it but just can't find anything. This is an existing licensed preschool that just wants to have a new name with no other changes. We are in Marin County, California. Hope us?
posted by guster4lovers on Aug 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Preschool and Elementary Age Child Development Texts

I need preschooler and elementary-student child development texts for the lay reader/parent. Help me, MetaFilter! [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Aug 3, 2014 - 7 answers

What's the best way to spend $6000 on preschool for this kid?

We have two choices for morning school for our daughter, who is just turned two. Happy School is walking distance, 2hrs/day this year and 3hrs/day for the next three years after. It's a fairly structured ordinary preschool (one hour of library/circle time, one hour of playtime is a typical day) and $170/month. Flower School is 30 minutes away for 3+hrs/day and is a open-ended play school with lots of outdoor garden and art time that costs about $670/month. Our daughter has had trial weeks at both, and somewhat prefers Flower School. She came home worn out and chatty from her days there. The Happy School's teachers have given us short answers (She played a lot today) when we pick her up, while School B sends a daily short newsletter and thoughtful answers (She liked watering the plants, can you let her try at home). [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah on Jan 15, 2014 - 31 answers

Pre-school playground politics.

My son is being kind of sort of bullied at pre-school and I want to know what--if anything--I can or should do about it. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Dec 11, 2013 - 21 answers

Preschoolers and gender stereotypes: help!

How do you teach your young children not to internalize the sexism in our culture? [more inside]
posted by agent99 on Sep 3, 2013 - 23 answers

Son's ahead of his preschool-mates. Should I be concerned?

My son is in a pre-K program for 3 year olds at a local charter school for 3 hours a day. The teacher sent home a break-down of all the stuff they'll be learning this year. My kid knows all the stuff already. Should I be worried about him being forced to re-learn stuff he learned over a year ago? Will he be arrogant, bored, frustrated? Will he pretend not to know? [more inside]
posted by kristymcj on Aug 24, 2013 - 22 answers

Is 2 better than 1?

I'm considering sending my kid to 2 preschool programs. Is this insane? [more inside]
posted by rabidsegue on Aug 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Busy baby needs a place to chill out

Seattle, WA-Mom has obviously totally screwed up her day care search. Help please! [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Jul 15, 2013 - 10 answers

I know that none of those words go together.

Boston MetroWest parent filter: I need an affordable full-time preschool in Needham, MA or between Needham and North Waltham. And by "affordable" I mean < $1000/month. My son will be 3 in October. [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Jul 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Share your Cambridge public pre-school experiences

So it's time for us to put our son on the pre-school waiting list in the City of Cambridge. Except we are close to three possible schools and there are no ranks, no preferences - if the school is on the list and there is space, you must take it. We don't know anyone whose kids have gone to any of these preschools, Morse, Kings, King Open, etc. So throwing this out to askmefi: if you have any experiences with preschools in Cambridge, MA, please share! I am particularly concerned about provider availability to children, sensitivity to allergy/nutrition concerns, diversity, gender roles enforcement ("You can't cry, you're a boy." "Girls can't play with cars.") and relationships among the parents of the children.
posted by Shusha on Mar 6, 2013 - 4 answers

Make a three-year-old very happy!

Okay, you know that "On Top of Spaghetti" song? Can someone cleverer than me think of a second verse for that song that involves the poor meatball and A TRAIN? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Feb 20, 2013 - 17 answers

How do I homeschool a preschooler?

My 3 1/2-year-old nephew was recently taken out of preschool because his parents can no longer afford it. I’m unemployed (and job hunting) and I’ve become the de facto nanny/babysitter. He’s a bright, active little boy who knows his shapes, colors, letters, numbers, how to spell his name, etc. He was learning how to write and I want to continue with that but I'm not sure how. (I have no kids and until him haven't spent much time with small children.) [more inside]
posted by shoesietart on Nov 7, 2012 - 32 answers

Is it really this hard to find preschools/daycare?

How to go about actually finding a preschool/daycare. [more inside]
posted by katers890 on Oct 10, 2012 - 15 answers

Please eat, son!

Thoughts on how to get my three year old to eat. [more inside]
posted by zizzle on Sep 11, 2012 - 27 answers

If you give a dog a donut...?

Pre-school filter: I'm looking for children's books about food. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Aug 21, 2012 - 22 answers

Preschool in Chicago

I need information about preschool daycare options in Chicago. Neighborhood is restricted to 45 minutes door to door commute (in good weather) to both the Loop and the Medical District WITH NO DRIVING. Bus or train is fine, but no more than one transfer. This is not a "which neighborhood to live in" question--it's a "What are available preschool daycare options in neighborhoods that meet these commute parameters" question. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Aug 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Where can we send him?

What after school options for my three year old son haven't I thought of? [more inside]
posted by zizzle on May 29, 2012 - 37 answers

Keep the Lights On - Or Else!

My four-year-old woke crying in the middle of the night from a bad dream last week. This has never happened before. All he will say is that it was "very scary." Since then, he insists on all the lights being on in his room all night. [more inside]
posted by 41swans on Apr 5, 2012 - 59 answers

Healthy preschool snack to make for kids? Allergy restrictions

Egg-free, cow's milk-free, wheat-free, nut-free snacks to make for my nursery class in two days? [more inside]
posted by kansakwens on Mar 28, 2012 - 14 answers

But there's nothing to doooooooo!

I'm stumped for active games I can play with my 3 year-old that require no props, or only simple props, like a single ball. Parameters inside. [more inside]
posted by xo on Feb 7, 2012 - 12 answers

Being a parent is hard.

Daycare woes: How do I balance the good with the bad? How can I figure out if it's time to leave and try another school? [more inside]
posted by katers890 on Jan 24, 2012 - 23 answers

How do I get my toddler to go down stairs?

My almost-3 year old, who is normally quite sweet, has started melting down about EVERYTHING and refuses to climb/go down stairs, and walk reasonable distances. Physical issue, school adjustment issue or just a phase? How do I grit my teeth and get through it? [more inside]
posted by kpht on Dec 14, 2011 - 36 answers

Not an iPad; sorry kid

Leapster vs MobiGo vs Fisher Price iXL vs ? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Nov 29, 2011 - 4 answers

How did your parents make Santa real for you?

How did your parents make Santa Claus real for you? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Nov 21, 2011 - 53 answers

bad apples in a coop?

Is poor participation normal for a preschool co-op? And if so, how do we fix it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2011 - 8 answers

Little anxious kid - resources desired

Anxious preschooler. Resource recommendations please. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Sep 19, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me find preschool bike stunt movie

A year or two ago a movie did the rounds of the blogs. As far as I remember, Mom said goodbye to preschooler, 'have a good day at daycare', and then the preschooler went off on his own on his running bike, through the woods doing all kinds of stunts. I could have sworn it was on kottke.org but I can't find it there or anywhere else. What was it?
posted by beniamino on Sep 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Suggestions for preschool drop off?

The big pre-school drop off? Suggestions from the hive welcome. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Sep 5, 2011 - 29 answers

Will not sending my kids to preschool doom them to poverty, prison, drug addictions, despair, etc?

Will not sending my kids to preschool doom them to poverty, prison, drug addictions, despair, etc? [more inside]
posted by idzyn on Aug 7, 2011 - 47 answers

I think I would be a good teacher... just because.

What is the best way to structure a resume to apply for preschool teaching positions, especially when I have little actual training in this field? [more inside]
posted by wansac on Jun 13, 2011 - 5 answers

How does a French immersion school work?

What will our experience be like in sending our kids to a French-immersion school? [more inside]
posted by pyjammy on Mar 14, 2011 - 17 answers

To Montessori or not to Montessori?

How would you describe the difference between a Montessori preschool and a 'regular' preschool? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Feb 23, 2011 - 25 answers

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