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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 suggest some educational toys and tactics for one-on-one parent/child work. The company's writer states:
The more you actively create opportunities for your child to develop these skills throughout his/her daily experiences, the more successful he/she will be when those skills are measured.
Even more importantly, the ERB believes that your work with your child may not only result in higher ERB scores, but also superior child mind development! What's not to like?
However, g*d forbid you should hire someone or buy a book to help your child with the test. So much to worry about! Your tutor might be unqualified. Your ERB workbook might be inaccurate. Suddenly you are engaging in "overpreparation" and "excessive test preparation activities".
But it gets worse. The ERBcautions:
Artificially inflating your child’s performance in order to gain admission to your school of choice is a short-term strategy that can result in long-term negative consequences. Ultimately, your child will flourish in a learning environment that is best suited to his/her unique skills and abilities. If children are placed in an educational program that is misaligned with their abilities, they may experience poor academic performance, frustration, reduced self-esteem, and difficulty connecting with their peers.
So ifyouwork with your child, you can instill "lasting benefits for your child’s educational experience." But if a tutor does, there can only be negative consequences.
That doesn't make a lot of sense.
The problem here is that most New York private school applicant parents are very confused, receiving a mixed and not very believable message from the ERB. This adds to their stress during what is usually a very stressful period.
I knewFlashMasterhad 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:
TheFlashMastercan be used by all ages to master basic math facts. My first-grade grandson can even set up his own activities on it. He loves the immediate feedback. My eighth-grade grandson likes to test his skills too. As a former third-grade teacher, I know how important it is to master these basic facts. This is a sturdy well-made item that makes practicing facts much more fun than paper and pencil. You can take it with you. There are many different ways to "play" it. You can set a time limit or not, do it by tables, random, practice, or test. It even comes with a record book to record your scores. The first-grader is working on mastering addition and subtraction. Then he will move up to mutiplication and division. The price may seem high, but since it can be used for years by all ages to master such an important skill, I think it is worth it.
The Bright Kids ERB-WPPSI-III Practice Test provides parents with a home assessment tool to evaluate their child's strengths and weaknesses on eight of the WPPSI-III subtests given by the ERB: Vocabulary, Comprehension, Word Reasoning, Similarities, Block Design, Matrix Reasoning, Coding, and Picture Concepts. The ERB-WPPSI-III Practice Test consists of 2 books: Instructions and Scoring Manual and a Stimulus book that covers the entire picture-based questions on the test. Blocks are included with this practice test as well.
I wish I had stock in this item. It will be hot. Sorry kids.
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 see at private school kindergarten interviews. That said, if you're looking for fun, stimulating toys to round out your family's collection, here are some suggestions that my clients' kids have enjoyed:
However, some families prefer to go around the problem: that is, prep their preschoolers in the skills and capabilities the ERB / WPPSI performance section tests rather than specifically working on the test questions themselves.
If you fall into this camp, here are some useful ERB prep performance section books and toys.