Abacus Mom received this note today from our friend Irene Daria, who has helped some of our clients improve their reading skills. For 15 years, Steps Tutoring has been offering private academic enrichment lessons in reading, math, grammar, writing, and test prep to children in the best public and private schools in New York City. … Continue reading New Learn to Read Book Series from Steps
Thanks to Jessica Kelmon of GreatSchools for her excellent article, When should kids start kindergarten? Kelmon writes: Yet another part of the equation with today’s high-stakes testing is that we expect more of kindergartners. Unfortunately, they’re less prepared for success. "Kindergarten is much more academic than ever," says Emily Glickman, a Manhattan-based educational consultant. "Many people feel that kindergarten is … Continue reading More on When Should My Child Start Kindergarten
Do you pay your city taxes? Do you think your children are entitled to decent schooling in your own neighborhood? Well, forget it. If you live in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens, for another year, overcrowding is leading to waitlists at some renowned local public kindergartens. The New York Times's Fernanda Santos tells the story: In Packed … Continue reading Again, Not Enough Room in Some NYC Public School Zoned Kindergartens
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?
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
A client asked me today if her four-year-old needs kindergarten interview/playgroup assessment and coaching, a service offered by a test prep company. No!!! Speaking as an educational consultant who makes her living helping families succeed in and manage the stressful private school admissions process, I try to make my clients' lives easier, not harder. Kindergarten … Continue reading NYC Kindergarten Private School Interview: Does My Child Need Playgroup Assessment or Coaching?
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
Bright Kids has released the first workbook specifically targeting the WISC, the test required for 2nd-4th grade admission in NYC private school. ERB/WISC-IV Preparation Guide Bright Kids says: The objective of The Bright Kids ERB/WISC-IV Preparation Guide is to provide practice material to help children succeed on this test. This is for children entering 2nd … Continue reading ERB / WISC Workbook Now Available for 2nd – 4th Grade NYC Private School Admissions
Times writer Sarah Maslin Nir addresses a key issue on many prospective private school parents' minds today, when NYC private schools teach reading: Reading at Some Private Schools Is Delayed. At some, often more progressive private schools, teaching reading has historically been on a more relaxed timetable, sometimes not until first grade. In the last few … Continue reading Do NYC Private Schools Teach Reading in Kindergarten or First Grade?
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)