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

Little Kids are Too Sophisticated for Picture Books

Julie Bosman has a wonderful article in the Times today, Picture Books No Longer a Staple for Children.  Apparently younger and younger children are reading chapter books.  Bosman cites Pushy Parents as one reason for the trend: Some parents say they just want to advance their children’s skills. <One parent> said her youngest son, Laurence, started … Continue reading Little Kids are Too Sophisticated for Picture Books

Bestselling Learn-to-Read Phonics Books / Readers

Eager to help your child learn to read?  These are the phonics books and readers that parents we know are using to help their young children improve their reading skills: Bob Books Set 1 Bob Books Set 2 Explode the Code 1 Explode the Code 2 Little Bear Boxed Set Richard Scarry's Best ABC Video … Continue reading Bestselling Learn-to-Read Phonics Books / Readers

Bestselling Recommended Kindergarten Readiness Books, Toys, and Videos

Abacus4 To help you assemble your library and toy box, here are Abacus Guide's recommended books, toys, and videos that parents preparing their kids for kindergarten entry in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Riverdale, and Westchester are buying now: Magna-Tiles Translucent Colors Click Magazine Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten … Continue reading Bestselling Recommended Kindergarten Readiness Books, Toys, and Videos

Best Magazine for Preschoolers / Little Kids

Looking to get your child a magazine subscription? As you may remember from your own childhood, kids love getting mail.  When I was a girl, receiving my Ranger Rick magazine was a thrill. Even in the computer age, many kids like magazines.  If you want to get your preschooler or kindergartener a subscription to a … Continue reading Best Magazine for Preschoolers / Little Kids

Do You Worry about Summer Learning Loss?

WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show explored today if over the summer, kids are at risk of losing two months’ worth of learning.  YMCA Summer Learning Center’ s Marty Forth and CUNY professor of education Ken Gold  were guests. One very interesting point the program raised is that kids do learn important skills over breaks: socializing, choice-making, taking initiative, and following … Continue reading Do You Worry about Summer Learning Loss?

Resources for Helping Young Children Learn to Read

Want to help your child learn to read? I talked to Irene Daria, reading teacher extraordinaire and owner of the excellent blog http://www.goodcityliving.com recently, and she gave me some excellent tips: 1) The Explode the Code workbook series. These phonics-based workbooks are fun to work through, and will greatly improve your child's abilities to sound … Continue reading Resources for Helping Young Children Learn to Read