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Is school intergration easier for urban Black boys or girls?

I seem to recall a MeFi post a while back, but cannot find it (perhaps it was from an NPR story) that referenced a study claiming that the achievement level for urban Black boys placed in suburban schools was much lower than their female counterparts. [more inside]
posted by Stu-Pendous on Jul 29, 2014 - 3 answers

Seeing inspirational and mind-blowing videos for kids

What can I show children to inspire and wow them? I teach children aged between 9 and 11. I'm looking for video clips (or other) to show the children that will blow their minds - or at least, prompt discussion, broaden their horizons and take them outside of the confines of the four walls of the classroom. [more inside]
posted by schmoo on Mar 18, 2014 - 21 answers

Do you have any tips to help a child with memorization?

I would love any tips or tricks with memorization that you could share. My son, who is nine years old, is a sweet, smart little kid who just can't seem to memorize. He does, indeed, seem to have a poor memory, and often appears to forget trips we go on, or movies we have seen, etcetera. I always attributed this to the dreaminess of a gifted child. But now that he is in fourth grade, he is struggling to learn. Multiplication facts, State Capitals, you name it -- he just can't seem to get the hang of it. We have tried flash cards, songs, writing things down repeatedly, simple mnemonics. I'm out of ideas, especially since memorization was always super simple for me, and the key to whatever academic success I had as a kid. His standardized test scores are super high, and I do think he is trying. I'm not a tiger mom by any means, I just hate to see him so frustrated. What memorization tools am I overlooking?
posted by Malla on Dec 2, 2013 - 19 answers

Resources to help parents to support children during a divorce

What are some good resources for helping a parent to support a young child, while that parent is getting divorced? [more inside]
posted by life moves pretty fast on Oct 8, 2013 - 2 answers

Picture Book Filter

Do children care about old, out-of-date picture books? Should I weed these books? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 17, 2013 - 19 answers

Just don't let him eat marshmallows all day

I need recommendations on articles and books on kindergarten/elementary school education and how it affects someone's later success. My friend is worried that her son's kindergarten program isn't high quality enough. I'm of the opinion that home life is more important at this age, but maybe I'm wrong! Where should I start reading? [more inside]
posted by Viola on Sep 17, 2013 - 12 answers

Eeew, that's disgusting. Elementary school lunchtime social resilience.

How can I help my son to not feel embarrassed socially for having the healthy (and admittedly a little weird) lunches that I give him for school? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Aug 27, 2013 - 65 answers

Help me plan a fair morning pre-school schedule for my 10 year old kid.

My kid is late to school more often than I would like, because somehow the morning is never scheduled adequately. I'm not sure how much time is fair to budget her for things - obviously how much time it would take me to do them is too little, but how much time she would like to take to do them is too much. If I have a fair and reasonable morning schedule/wake up time, it might be easier to get her to stick to it and get her out the door. Other morning suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by corb on May 23, 2013 - 52 answers

How to help my son break free from his bully?

My son, Alex, age 5, started primary school (in the UK) in January. His 'best friend', Tom (also 5), is bullying him. How can we help Alex break free from Tom, and make new friends? [more inside]
posted by beniamino on May 13, 2013 - 18 answers

Special needs teachers deserve a special thank you

We have received services from the school district and we are about to lose our teachers due to our daughter aging out of the program. We'd like to give nice and appropriate gifts to the teachers who have helped our daughter for the last two and a half years. [more inside]
posted by look busy on Apr 18, 2013 - 16 answers

How does going back to school work for single parents?

How possible is going back to school as a single parent. Straight up; I need to know everything. How much did having children affect your attendance and grades and how did school change your relationship with your kids? Did you pass? Was it worth it? Would you recommend it? [more inside]
posted by tenaciousmoon on Nov 28, 2012 - 31 answers

Bento newbie seeks sensei

Help me find the perfect bento box. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Sep 16, 2012 - 17 answers

Would You Move for Better Schools?

Moving to a better school zone. Should I do it? Tough decisions concerning moving, staying put, and financial future. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2012 - 19 answers

Terrible Threes?

I need advice on how to raise disciplined, well-behaved children. Lengthy details within. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 23, 2011 - 47 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

Second Grade Teaching Resources?

I'm used to fourth graders - what are the best resources to prepare for my first time teaching second grade? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jul 15, 2011 - 5 answers

Gobble, gobble, gobble, we'll talk turkey to that sun.

I was in a school play when I was in the first grade, in 1976. I would love to know what the play was, so I can find it and read it again! [more inside]
posted by tomboko on May 15, 2011 - 4 answers

New Separation Anxiety

Help me out with some recently erupting separation anxiety in my five year old kindergartering daughter. [more inside]
posted by RajahKing on Mar 15, 2011 - 23 answers

Psychological Conditioning in the Real World

What are some practical ways to implement classical and operant conditioning in the real world to change people's behaviour? [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Feb 2, 2011 - 23 answers

How does our birth date shape where we fit in the school system?

Birth date + American school system = high probability of success in _____? [more inside]
posted by SeƱor Pantalones on Nov 23, 2010 - 8 answers

IEP advice needed for the Mother of an Autistic Daughter

Please help my someone-I-know-as-a-name-on-the-net-kind-of-friend set up her autistic 3rd grade daughter's Individual Education Program (IEP). [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Nov 21, 2010 - 11 answers

What are some cool snacks the kids and I can make at preschool?

What are some good snacks for preschoolers that we can make together at preschool? Involving gadgets is a plus. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Sep 8, 2010 - 15 answers

Please help me create a list of themes and related activities for children.

I work with kids in an afterschool program ranging in age from 3-10. I'm contemplating having themes for a week where we do a lot of creative activities revolving around the theme. So, one week the theme might be "jungle animals" and we could make animal masks from paper plates, draw animals, make jungle animal puppets and do a puppet show, play a game outside involving jungle animals, read a picture book about jungle animals, etc. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Sep 3, 2010 - 11 answers

Not so easy as 1-2-3

My six-year old son just received his "report card". It says he is "blocked", that he can't count or write his name in cursive. I don't know what to do to help him. [more inside]
posted by bwonder2 on Jun 24, 2010 - 28 answers

Is marketing fast food by public schools a common thing?

Is it common for public schools to directly market fast food to children under the guise of "school spirit"? [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Nov 12, 2009 - 43 answers

Libraries are awesome

I've taken responsibility for a very small children's library and I'd love your ideas for making it awesome. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Sep 3, 2009 - 14 answers

Help me find this ad.

Help me find this ad: American Express ad in a magazine, early 1990s: a classroom, fifth grade maybe, kids at desks in traditional rows. Books open on desks, maybe a teacher at the blackboard. One little girl's open book shows an American Express card instead of what should be inside the book. The implication is she's daydreaming about what she wants to buy.
posted by mareli on Aug 26, 2009 - 3 answers

Recent trends in high school marketing and education methods?

What are the trends around the world underlying the most successful (I guess I am talking financially mostly) high schools around the world these days? What are the marketing buzzwords driving the race for students? My old high school is in trouble and I'd like to help if I can. [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Aug 17, 2009 - 7 answers

Websites for Elementary Kids?

What are some school appropriate websites I can use in the classroom? [more inside]
posted by debbie_ann on Jul 13, 2009 - 15 answers

what was this reading THING?!?!

I-can't-remember-1st grade filter: help me figure out the name of the reading/spelling/phonics system that I used in 1st- (roughly) 3rd grade.... [more inside]
posted by slograffiti on Dec 11, 2008 - 10 answers

"Guess what?" "What?" "THAT'S what!"

When I was a kid (in the early 70s), this baffling "riddle" was all the rage in the schoolyard: A: "Guess what?" B: "What?" A: "THAT'S what!" I thought this was a quirky but of Southern Indiana nonsense, but my wife -- who hails from Alabama -- also remembers it from her youth. What does it mean? What's its origin? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Sep 9, 2008 - 53 answers

What prize should my friend keep his eye on?

If your parents divorced when you were a kid, how do you now wish they'd handled it? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Aug 12, 2008 - 25 answers

How can I help my (nearly) seven year old son "get" maths?

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]
posted by h00py on Jul 30, 2008 - 35 answers

How do I get the most out of an IEP meeting?

What should I look for in the IEP and what should I ask the child study team during the IEP meeting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 5, 2008 - 15 answers

Sacked lunch - revised!

We need some ideas for school lunches. A few requirements within. [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES on Nov 16, 2007 - 13 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

Mean People Suck

Mean school employees. What would you do? [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA on Sep 25, 2006 - 22 answers

Why do children in the United States perfom so poorly in math?

Why do children in the United States perform so poorly in math? [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA on Jul 15, 2006 - 78 answers

Searching for a few good schools

Is there any good site that allows you to review public schools in a given neighborhood, namely Brooklyn?
posted by adampsyche on Mar 30, 2006 - 6 answers

What is this children's game?

Schoolyard game identification: Everyone gathers around one spot, and one player bounces/throws a playground ball as high as they can (and shouts the name of the game?). While the ball is in the air, everyone else runs out from the center. When the person in the center catches the ball, they shout, "Stop!" and everyone has to hold their place. Then the person in the middle tries to hit someone with the ball. What game is this, and what are the rest of the rules?
posted by stopgap on Feb 27, 2006 - 20 answers

tick tock, tick tock

When is the right time to have kids? My partner and I (24 and 23, respectively) have been together for six years, and are both senior undergraduates. We know that now isn't the right time for kids, but we can't help but feel that it should be soon. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Nov 17, 2005 - 26 answers

How much do schools -for your kids- matter when deciding where to move?

We're thinking of moving to a somewhat remote (and beautiful) area. We may not be able to afford a house in the "rich" town with the "good" schools. We might have to settle for a house in the affordable/poor town next door with the mediocre schools. How much will this choice of grade school and/or high school affect my kids for college, life, etc.? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2005 - 28 answers

Transitioning to First Grade

PublicSchoolFilter! My son is entering the local public school system in the fall (1st grade). He's currently in a Montessori kindergarten, and is reading, writing, doing addition and subtraction. The question is, should we push for gifted and talented designation for him? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Irontom on Feb 9, 2004 - 49 answers

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