Are your kids interested in technology and electronics? They will be, once they play with Snap Circuits Jr. From Amazon: Discovering the wonders of science and building cool electronics can be done in a snap—with this exciting building kit. Winner of a Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products award, Snap Circuits Jr. comes with easy-to-follow … Continue reading Great Technology Toys for NYC Kids
The ERB's booklet, What to Expect on the ECAA, makes fascinating reading. In the booklet, the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) maps out explicitly what is on the WPPSI and WISC (confusingly, also known as the ECAA), revealing to parents the tests' content. The company goes on to recommend preparation strategies, going so far as to … Continue reading The ERB Explains How to Prep for the ERB
I knew FlashMaster had something going for it when my second grader, who uses the product in school, begged me to buy it for her at home. She is so excited I'm actually giving it to her as one of her holiday presents. Here's more about this ingenious device, from an Amazon reviewer: The FlashMaster can be used … Continue reading A Holiday Present for Both of You: FlashMaster, Math Facts Fun and Fast
As a private school consultant, I have the privilege of meeting many Manhattan, Brooklyn and Westchester families in their homes. These are the toys and media that many of them tell me their children love: Preschool and Kindergarten Magna-Tiles Everybody's favorite building toy. Expensive, but always used. Lego Duplo Bricks and More The biggest set … Continue reading My NYC Clients’ Favorite Learning Toys and Magazine
Attention parents who want to get some sense of how their preschoolers will score on the ERB: Bright Kids has a new workbook just for you, right in time for ERB prep season. ERB WPPSI III Practice Test According to Bright Kids, The Bright Kids ERB-WPPSI-III Practice Test provides parents with a home assessment tool … Continue reading ERB WPPSI III Practice Test Now Available
More and more families have been asking me about useful toys and activities to prep their children for private school kindergarten interviews. Let me be clear: I am against kindergarten interview prepping. Just by attending nursery school, your child is getting excellent exposure to educational toys and activities similar to what he or she will … Continue reading Kindergarten Private School Interviews / ERB: Educational Prep Toys?
Reposted below is a popular blog entry from April that got buried on my site: Parents tend to worry about the performance section of the ERB / WPPSI test used in NYC private school kindergarten admission. "No question Joe is verbal. But can he perform? What is the ERB performance section anyway?" The ERB / … Continue reading Kindergarten ERB Prep: Complete ERB Performance Section Prep Kit
Some parents think so. According to Kate Zernike's article, Fast-Tracking to Kindergarten? Ms. Goldman, who works at an agency representing artists, took her son, Huxton, to Kumon last September, shortly after he turned 5, in an effort to make sure, she said, “that he wouldn’t be behind the curve” when he started kindergarten the next year. … Continue reading Is Junior Kumon the Fast Track to Private School Kindergarten?
Families I work with love hearing about the best educational games for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. Here are the top games families and teachers are playing with kids now for ERB and school interview prep as well as fun: ThinkFun Zingo ThinkFun Bilingual Zingo! Spanish Apples to Apples Junior - The Game of Crazy … Continue reading More Favorite Educational Games for Preschool, Kindergarten, and First Grade
Parents tend to worry about the non-verbal section of the ERB / WPPSI test used in NYC private school kindergarten admission. "No question Joe is verbal. But non-verbal? What is that ERB section anyway?" The ERB / WPPSI IV non-verbal section tests children's short term memory, processing speed and accuracy, and reasoning skills. In April … Continue reading Kindergarten ERB / WPPSI IV Test Prep Kit Nonverbal Section: Best ERB Toys and Books