Parents keep asking me for my top picks for educational toys for preschoolers. Parents seek educational toys that can help with NYC private school kindergarten interviews, ERB and WPPSI prep, and oh yes, learning. If you already own the ubiquitous Brain Quest and MightyMind and are now looking for exciting new educational toys, here are some less well-known games … Continue reading More Top Educational / ERB Prep Toys for Preschoolers Applying to Kindergarten
Kindergarten ERB Test Prep: Is ERB Prepping Cheating? Can You Get Caught?
Would you believe that just a few years ago, most New York kids applying to private school kindergarten took the ERB test (WPPSI) cold? More concerned moms bought a few toys like Mighty Mind, Block Buddies and BrainQuest. Then in 2009, two companies--Bright Kids and Aristotle Circle published ERB prep workbooks, essentially giving parents access to the test questions: Aristotle Circle ERB/WPPSI … Continue reading Kindergarten ERB Test Prep: Is ERB Prepping Cheating? Can You Get Caught?
ERB / WPPSI Kindergarten Test Prep: Best Toys for ERB Block Design
Here are some toys and workbooks that will help your preschool-aged child do better on the ERB (WPPSI, ECAA) block design subtest and NYC private school kindergarten interviews. These may be especially helpful for doll-players and other children who don't take naturally to manipulatives like blocks and Legos. And if your children already play with … Continue reading ERB / WPPSI Kindergarten Test Prep: Best Toys for ERB Block Design
Best Educational Strategy Games for Preschool and Kindergarten-Aged Kids
Parents often ask me for educational strategy games appropriate for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Here are some of my clients' children's favorites. I hope your child, or your friend's child, enjoys them. Orchard Gobblet No Stress Chess Blokus Apples to Apples Junior and for a great educational word game (a simple Scrabble), kids love Bananagrams
Private School Kindergarten Interviews: Books and Crayons to Help Your Preschooler Develop His Fine Motor Skills (Handwriting)
At the student interview, private schools typically ask preschoolers applying to kindergarten and prekindergarten to draw pictures and write their names. Many parents, seeking to ensure that their children's fine motor skills make the cut, seek out books and tools that help develop handwriting and drawing skills. Here are some that we recommend to our … Continue reading Private School Kindergarten Interviews: Books and Crayons to Help Your Preschooler Develop His Fine Motor Skills (Handwriting)
Trinity Kindergarten: Parent Interview for One Family Only
Parents all over Manhattan are breathing a collective sigh of relief that Trinity has dumped its two families at a time interview policy for kindergarten. Last year, unless you were connected to the school or a celebrity, you interviewed with a strange couple. Not this year. From Trinity's website: The Interview The interview appointment is … Continue reading Trinity Kindergarten: Parent Interview for One Family Only
Help with Private School Interviews: Why Private School Interview Prep Matters
Here at Abacus Guide Educational Consulting, we help families in NYC and around the world prepare for private school interviews. Whether it's a nervous parent or an inexperienced incoming middle or high schooler, we'll help you know what's asked and help you perform your very best at private school interviews. You won't make costly mistakes … Continue reading Help with Private School Interviews: Why Private School Interview Prep Matters
OLSAT, ERB, Stanford-Binet Workbooks all Available
Bright Kids NYC is your one-stop shop for test prep workbooks for the OLSAT, ERB, and Stanford-Binet. The company has expanded its test prep workbook line on Amazon. Check out what's now available. These workbooks are selling like hotcakes. OLSAT and Stanford-Binet (OLSAT is for G & T, Stanford-Binet is for Hunter Elementary) OLSAT Practice … Continue reading OLSAT, ERB, Stanford-Binet Workbooks all Available
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ERB: Kindergarten Tests: Bestselling ERB, OLSAT and other Kindergarten Test Prep Toys
Concerned about upcoming ERB and OLSAT testing, summer slide, or kindergarten readiness? To help you select some useful educational tools, here are some fun toys and DVDs that parents applying to Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Riverdale private schools are buying now to enjoy with their children: Magna-Tiles Translucent Colors Mighty Mind Tangoes Colorforms I Spy Brain … Continue reading ERB: Kindergarten Tests: Bestselling ERB, OLSAT and other Kindergarten Test Prep Toys