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:
Unfortunately my schedule for NYC kindergarten private school admissions support is now closed out for 2011 - 2012. If you will be applying in 2012 for Sept. 2013 kindergarten admission, please book early to avoid disappointment.
Anthony-James Green, New York's top ISEE and SSAT tutor, knows. He and I are currently writing a brief guide to taking the ISEE and SSAT for private high school and middle school admission.
If your child will be taking the ISEE or SSAT, now is the time to start thinking about math and verbal prep. While Anthony's ISEE Blaster Program generally takes place in the fall, lots of kids need to improve their vocabularies, writing, and math skills earlier. Anthony is expecting his schedule to completely fill, so if you want your child to do his or her best, learn more now by calling Anthony at 914-400-3859, me at 212-712-2228, or email@example.com
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 2013, the ERB got rid of the old Coding section, and replaced it with the intriguingly named Bug Search.
Nowadays you can buy ERB test prep books specifically designed to crack the ERB non-verbal section:
However, some families prefer to go around the problem: that is, prep their preschoolers in the skills and capabilities the ERB / WPPSI IV non-verbal section tests rather than specifically working on the test questions themselves.
If you fall into this camp, here are some useful ERB prep non-verbal section books and toys.
In a press release I received this afternoon, Claremont Prep writes:
The Meritas Family of Schools today announced thatClaremont Preparatory Schoolin lower Manhattan has joined their college-preparatory family of schools, becoming the 10thschool in a network of over 11,500 students around the globe, including schools in Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America. As Meritas’ U.S. flagship, Claremont students will enjoy a close partnership with internationally-renownedCollège du Léman, located in Geneva, Switzerland, as well asLéman International Schoolin China.
As a part of Meritas, New York parents no longer need to wait for a globally-focused education for their children. They will enjoy it immediately. Meritas students and teachers have access to unmatched international learning and leadership opportunities such as the International Student Government Summit and Meritas “Touchpoints,” which promote cultural literacy and language fluency.
Obviously influenced by Avenues, which touts its future international school network and college prep, Claremont is now trying to compete directly, offering the same benefits now.
Just a few years ago, it was Claremont that was the new school with the bright shiny facility and the well-compensated teachers recruited from prestigious established private schools. Now, Claremont is struggling, sold to new owners motivated first and foremost by profit, with a new mandate. Families already at the school have limited options.
It will be interesting to see five years from now where Avenues is. The parallels with Claremont are obvious, and for clear reasons, most families would prefer the safer, more stable route that an established private school provides. Avenues could be successful, or it could be rocked by transition like Claremont.
In Avenue's (and possibly Claremont's) favor, Manhattan's kindergarten-aged population is growing dramatically, with private school applicants growing by 10% this year and waiting lists at many of the better Manhattan and Brooklyn public school kindergartens. For families to stay in Manhattan, kids have to go somewhere.