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April 22nd, 2017

Testing Mom announces partnership with FasTracKids!

New partnership expands reach to parents and students online and offline We’re pleased to announce our official partnership with FasTracKids locations in the New York City area! As a result of our growth, we wanted to reach even more families with our partnership with the FasTracKids in New York City.  Our test prep content for […]

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March 8th, 2017

Curriculum for Gifted and Talented

What is the Curriculum for Gifted and Talented Programs We recently hosted a live event in New York City and I opened up the room for questions. The parents asked some great questions both about gifted and talented programs and whether it’s really worth it to go into a gifted and talented program.  They asked questions […]

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February 15th, 2017

Challenging Your Gifted Student

Why should you be challenging your gifted student? Recently, at a live event in New York City, I (Karen Quinn, the Testing Mom) asked the NYC parents to write down all the questions they had. I thought they asked some great questions both about gifted and talented programs and whether it’s really worth it to go […]

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February 6th, 2017

Caz’s Family Adventure: Education on the Road

Education on the Road One of our friends, readers and customers is sharing her family’s amazing adventure of education on the road with us today.  Her family travels all over the globe, so she and her husband have made it an extra special way to educate their two daughters. I had the privilege of interviewing […]

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January 24th, 2017

My Vacation with the Testing Grandma!

Panama Canal and Analogies I’m on vacation right now, on a ship that’s going through the Panama Canal today.  And this got me thinking about analogies.  Why analogies?  These are on almost every test young children take, whether it is an intelligence test like the CogAT, OLSAT, or NNAT, or achievement tests like the Common […]

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December 12th, 2016

A Perfect Breakfast Menu for Tests (with Free Printable!): Week Two

Perfect Breakfast Menu for Tests: Week Two As gifted and talented testing weeks roll around, I know it can bring with it added stress for your child and family.  So we want to alleviate that stress a bit by providing a breakfast menu that you can trust to give your child energy and focus for his […]

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December 12th, 2016

A Perfect Breakfast Menu for Tests (with Free Printable!): Week One

A Perfect Breakfast Menu for Tests – Week One When the test weeks roll around every year, we can make a couple of steps to make the process easier and lighter for our children: providing healthy breakfasts and planning the menu in advance to save time. You can get them out the door on time to school […]

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December 7th, 2016

Hands-on Learning

My Personal Experience of Hands-on Learning Recently, I had to suck it up and finally start wearing reading glasses – it was a big step into aging that I wasn’t ready to take.  I had posited for years that I’d never experienced any eye problems when I read, so how could that magically happen TO ME […]

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December 5th, 2016

Get Educated: New Screen Time Guidelines for Kids

What are the Best Screen Time Guidelines for Kids? Digital media is everywhere these days from your phone to TV displays at the mall, and most adults have at least one computer, laptop or tablet for personal use at home. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released new healthy screen-time guidelines published in the […]

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December 1st, 2016

How to Keep Kids Active Indoors

How Do We Keep Kids Active Indoors? The American Heart Association recommends that kids get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day, and not just to wear them out before a nap or bedtime: regular exercise increases a child’s self-confidence, physical coordination, self-esteem and psychological well-being. However, busy parents with […]

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November 16th, 2016

Ask an Expert: Test Prep Tips for Four Year Olds

If you’ve got a 4-year-old who’ll be testing for the first time this school year, you may have no idea what to expect. Luckily, we’ve got expert insights on how testing works for Pre-K students from TestingMom.com co-founder/NYC gifted testing expert, Michael McCurdy, and Dr. Kim Har, psychologist and former director of childhood education at […]

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November 14th, 2016

Talk to Your Child More and Who Knows…Harvard?

That Crazy and Annoying Parent The year Schuyler was born, a woman in my apartment building had a son named Aaron. This woman was crazy, in my opinion. We’ll call her Sandy because that was her name and I don’t live in the building anymore anyway. Sandy used to have a loud, one-sided running dialog with […]

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November 10th, 2016

Patience Pays: 10 Ways to Grow a Smarter, More Patient Child

The Marshmallow Test In the 1960’s, Stanford Professor Walter Mischel offered 4-year-olds a choice.  They could have a marshmallow right away or if they waited while he stepped out for a few minutes, they could have two marshmallows when he returned.  High delayers resisted the treat for fifteen minutes, while low delayers waited only an […]

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November 8th, 2016

7 Easy Ways to Boost Your Child’s IQ

Boost Your Child’s IQ By age 5, most children in America will have been given some kind of intelligence test, whether it is for private school admissions, gifted and talented qualification, or public school placement in slow, average or accelerated learning groups. IQ tests cover the 7-abilities children need to thrive in the classroom: language, […]

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November 2nd, 2016

Feed Your Child’s Brain: Best Foods for Thinking

Best Foods for Thinking Earlier this week, I talked about all the candy and sugar that this holiday (and many others) bring to the forefront for your child.  It’s definitely not the best input in large quantities for your child’s thinking brain. We don’t recommend that you eliminate it, but give sugary treats a right place […]

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October 31st, 2016

Sugar: Effects on Your Child’s Brain

Sugar Effects It’s Halloween, which means today our children are going to be overloaded with enough candy to feed 100 of their closest friends. And it’s all in fun, I know.  But it got me to thinking today about how sugar affects a child’s brain. So I’ve been doing a little research. If your child […]

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October 26th, 2016

What do you think: Do Kids Need Homework?

What do you think? Do Kids Need Homework? Really, do kids need homework? A second-grade teacher’s note about her “no formal homework policy” went viral last month, spurring a national debate online amongst teachers, school administrators and parents. This teacher has one exception: students need to finish assignments which weren’t completed during the school day. What do scientists […]

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October 26th, 2016

The Right Way to Praise Your Child

The Right Way to Praise Your Child is Free! I’ve said it so many times, and it’s true: Kids will work hard for praise, and it’s great for parents because it’s free! One of the things I’ve mentioned on our member parent training calls is that there’s a difference between praising your child for working […]

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October 17th, 2016

Tears, Tantrums and Meltdowns, Oh My!

Tears Tantrums and Meltdowns What’s the difference between a tantrum and a meltdown? Tantrums are short-lived and tend to subside if nobody’s paying attention. But if you’re the parent of a child under 5, you’ve dealt with at least one full-blown public meltdown — and today, I’ll help you understand why they happen and how […]

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October 12th, 2016

Why Do Kids Ask So Many Questions?

Why DO Kids Ask So Many Questions? A UK survey of 1,000 moms from a couple of years ago showed that preschool-aged girls ask approximately 288 questions per day – and if you’re the parent of an inquisitive preschooler, that’s around one question every two minutes and 36 seconds. You’re probably more exhausted than your child […]

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October 3rd, 2016

Math is NOT Just for Boys

Is Math JUST for Boys? According to an academic study* done by University of Washington researchers on 247 children aged 6-10, American kids grow up hearing that “math is for boys” — and that stereotype becomes ingrained in our gender-based identities as early as second grade. Researchers gave participants timed self-concept and word-association tests using a computer. In […]

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September 26th, 2016

The Spelling Bee

A Change of Mind-Set The complaint I hear most often from parents during this get-back-to-school time of year is how hard it is to change their child’s mindset from an all-day of play to an all day at school.  After delving into the topic even further with the parent, they usually relay the same story […]

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September 13th, 2016

The Lying Experiment

Did you know there is a connection between high IQs and the ability to lie well? We want to instill in them a desire to be truth tellers, of course.  But it is something you can do and watch for in your highly intelligent children. Read the lying experiment we tried and see if that […]

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August 25th, 2016

Turning Everyday Activities into Learning Experiences for Children

Turning Everyday Activities into Learning! Much of what IQ or intelligence tests measure is knowledge gained through life experience, not just nursery school.  From the moment a child is born, his mind soaks up what he sees and hears around him.  If you just listen and talk to your child as you go about your […]

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August 19th, 2016

7 Abilities Your Child Needs for Testing Success

As you ready your child for back to school, there will be tests.  This list will help you to both analyze the areas, where your child needs to build skills and abilities, and to see confidently where he or she is currently secure. 7 Abilities Your Child Needs for Testing Success 1. Language: Receptive and Expressive Receptive […]

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August 11th, 2016

Teach Your Child to Listen: Part 2

Teach Your Child to Listen We are returning today to my interview with Amy McCready, as she shares gems in parenting to teach your child to listen better.  Here’s Amy with more! Communication Style is Everything The other reason kids tend to fight us with power struggles is in large part due to our communication […]

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August 9th, 2016

Get Your Child to Listen: Part One

Get Your Child to Listen without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling Is such a thing even possible?  Well I interviewed Amy McCready, author of If I Have to Tell You One More Time, who is sharing with us some valuable tools for our parental toolboxes. Every classroom in the world requires children to listen to what the teacher says and […]

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August 8th, 2016

Back to School from A to Z

Back to School from A to Z Yes, it’s back-to-school time already. Where does the summer go?! Many parents feel overwhelmed at the prospect of getting ready for another school year. To help you remember what’s important this time of year, we’ve put together an A to Z back-to-school list. A. Assignments. Look, I get […]

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August 4th, 2016

Take Your Child to the Museum

Take Your Child to the Museum! Before school is back in session, a great and educational outing is to take your child to the museum!  Whether it is local or there is a bit of a drive, you can create great memories together, so it is totally worth your effort. Museums are chock-full of great teaching […]

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August 2nd, 2016

Kindergarten Readiness

How Important is Kindergarten Readiness? Perhaps you’re wondering if kindergarten readiness is necessary before you let your 5-year old enroll in a class. The truth is it is very important. Time and again, education experts are firm in their stand that kindergarten readiness must be observed especially by parents. Help your child succeed in school […]

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July 28th, 2016

Learning at the Zoo

I’m writing to you from our cushy couch where I’m nursing my blistered feet, icing my aching back and trying to remove the cotton candy that mysteriously ended up in my hair.  In case you couldn’t guess, we spent all day at the Bronx Zoo, one of the largest zoos in the country.  I had […]

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July 27th, 2016

Reasons Parents Homeschool

Should You Homeschool? It’s that time of year, when you may be considering a change for your child or you just simply want to begin his formal education at home. Here are a few reasons parents homeschool.  Perhaps you are looking at this decision right now! Our Homeschool Survival Guide You can download our complete Homeschool […]

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July 20th, 2016

Back to School Checklist

Time for the Back to School Checklist! In our house, we are a month away! I can’t tell you how many parents I’ve talked to who failed to get their child ready for the beginning of the school year. Proper back-to-school preparations are about much more than buying pencils and backpacks from Amazon, Wal-mart or Target. Back-to-school […]

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July 13th, 2016

Speech Development Delays

This mom asks a great question regarding her daughter’s speech development–while she is ahead in some things, she has fallen behind here.  Here are some great tools if your child, too, is experiencing some speech development delays. Question from a Concerned Mom My daughter just turned 3 and seems to be bright as she has […]

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July 11th, 2016

Prevent Summer Brain Drain Even While Traveling!

Summer Slide Around this time every year, parents begin worrying about the dreaded “summer slide.” This term defines the learning loss kids experience over the summer due to the fact that they aren’t going to school every day and engaging their minds in reading, thinking and problem solving. Keep the Momentum Going Many parents scoff […]

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June 29th, 2016

Common Core History Practice Questions

Common Core History While the ELA Common Core test battery keeps its main focus on English language skills, other subjects are tested as well. Common Core history is one of these. Test prep is practically the norm these days; the number of standardized tests being given to students of all ages demands a high level of performance. […]

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June 27th, 2016

5 Factors for Life Success not Taught in the Classroom

Non-Intellectual Factors that Drive Success If you have a child who struggles with skills required to succeed in an academic setting, school can be a daunting experience for your child. I used to ask myself, when my daughter struggled so much, “How will Schuyler make it in life if she can’t pass math?” “Will she […]

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June 24th, 2016

Teaching On The Go

Keep Their Minds Active This summer and all year long – work with your child to keep her mind active.  Here are five easy ways to ensure that your child doesn’t lose any ground this summer – even if you are traveling with your family. 5 Tips for Teaching on the Go   Institute a […]

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June 21st, 2016

13 Activities to Prevent the Summer Slide

Aware and Prepared Parents are all aware of brain drain and want to prevent the summer slide. “Research over 100 years has shown us – students not engaged in some kind of educational activity over the summertime typically loses about one to three months of learning.  And the decline is more detrimental for math than […]

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June 17th, 2016

Are Science Practice Questions Necessary?

Well-Rounded Education Lots of parents wonder if science practice questions are necessary. Since the ELA (English Language Arts) Common Core testing battery places an emphasis on English language skills, many parents are confused when it comes time for test preparation and study. Are practice questions for other tested subjects, including science, history, math and social […]

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June 14th, 2016

Preventing Summer Slide

Summer is Here! For most parents, the summer slide is the last thing on their mind when the weather finally turns warmer. The vast majority of parents are more focused on barbecues, vacations, and sleepaway camps than they are on the dangers of letting their kids’ minds take a break over the summer. Summer Slide […]

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June 10th, 2016

Drawing With Children

Today, we are sharing a great article from Maren Schmidt, who has practical, put-it-into-action advice and insight about children! Training the Eye to See Betty Edwards in her book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, explains that around age ten our logical “left-brain” style of thinking begins to dominate and overrides our creative “right-brain” type of thinking. Drawing […]

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June 2nd, 2016

Secret Scoop on IQ Testing

A Child’s Perspective Parents are always asking me what these “intelligence tests” really involve and what happens behind those closed doors.  And, I always like to share the little story I learned from a parent whose son failed miserably on the kindergarten admissions test.  Why do I share this particular story, you wonder?  Well, it’s […]

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May 31st, 2016

Parenting Tip: Vocabulary

Stand-Out Children If you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a new show on television worth watching with your child, as it’s highly entertaining, super cute and laugh-out-loud funny…..it’s called “Little Big Shots.”  And, as the title proclaims, it’s about little kids with big talents (well, most of the time….sometimes, the talents aren’t as big as […]

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May 25th, 2016

A Math Block

A Math Block Nothing makes my brain turn off faster than to have to do a math equation or even contemplate one.  If you even mention math in a sentence, my brain will turn your voice into Charlie Brown’s monotone teacher and all I’ll hear is “Whah, whah, whah, whah, whah, whah!” Face It Head […]

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May 25th, 2016

Raising a Gifted Child

A Mom Asks Her Son’s Teacher about Online Math Practice… I was speaking to a mom one Friday, and she was struggling (in the best way possible) to keep up with her gifted son–to feed his huge intellectual appetite. She was telling me that he had recently spent the evening doing hundreds of math problems […]

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May 24th, 2016

“What are you, stupid?” The Principal Asked My Daughter

When my daughter Schuyler was 4, she took her first IQ test. Her verbal scores were stellar – 99th percentile. Her non-verbal scores were in the toilet – some less than 20th percentile, as I recall. Her average score was good enough to get her into the school we wanted, so I never gave the […]

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May 24th, 2016

How to Help Build Your Child’s Memory Skills

How to Strengthen Your Child’s Memory As Dr. Mel Levine contends, “More memory is needed for school success than is required in virtually any career.” That’s why you want to work on your child’s memory skills in the formative years to set a strong foundation for the future. For kindergarten and testing success, children need […]

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May 23rd, 2016

Why Talking to Your Child Increases Intelligence

How Many Words Do You You Share With Your Child Every Day? Did you know that talking to your child is one of the most important things you can do for your child’s intellectual development? Don’t take my word for it — Drs. Betty Hart and Todd Risley analyzed more than 46,000 hours of speech […]

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May 20th, 2016

A Letter for Karen: Is Your Child Impulsive and Rambunctious?

A Letter for Karen Is your child impulsive and rambunctious? If so, I wanted to share a question a mom from Florida asked me, because she brings up a problem that so many parents struggle with. Her son is very smart and does super well in school. His teachers for the last 2 years have […]

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May 20th, 2016

The Role of Music in Your Child’s Development

Great News! If your child loves music, I’ve got some great news: Basic Music Competency (BMC) is the ability to sing in tune and move with accurate rhythm. Unfortunately, no one can learn to play an instrument without it, and a BMC-lacking person won’t be able to recognize if the melody is right or notice […]

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May 18th, 2016

Parent Tells All: Gifted and Talented Testing

This email from a parent tells all about gifted and talented testing. Take a look inside the process from a parent’s perspective. Parent Tells All I wanted to let you know my son took the test this past Saturday. We went to the school and my son was actually very calm. I took your advice about […]

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May 17th, 2016

The Value of Dialogic Reading With Your Child

What is Dialogic Reading? Dialogic reading (a technique developed by Dr. Grover J. Whitehurst) is a method where you not only read aloud to your child, but you also carry on a conversation about the book as you’re reading. So, gently guide your child through questions and expansions on what he or she says while […]

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May 13th, 2016

Ruling Against the Parents

Ruling Against the Parents Well, it looks like some NYC gifted and talented students are more equal than others at least according to Judge Alice Schlesinger, who ruled against the parents who recently appeared in the court. The judge agreed with the NYC dept of ed on their sibling policy (that they changed back to […]

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May 13th, 2016

Always Follow Through on Consequences

How’s Your Follow Through? How many times have you threatened disciplinary actions if your child doesn’t listen and obey, only to fail when it’s time to follow through?  Whenever it happened to me I’d think, “Wow, I’m a follow-through failure!” Years ago, our two-year-old daughter Schuyler asked for grape soda as we were walking into […]

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May 13th, 2016

How to Get Your Child Into a Competitive Nursery School

Competitive Nursery Schools If you are thinking about applying your child to nursery school in a city like New York or Los Angeles, where getting into nursery school can be as competitive as getting into an Ivy League, here are some of the most frequently asked questions parents ask on about the admissions process. Why is […]

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May 11th, 2016

Signs of a Gifted Child

What are the signs of a gifted child? There are many signs of a gifted child and some possible signs include: excellent memory, great sense of humor, morally sensitive, perfectionist, questions authority and good at jigsaw puzzles. Take the 5 question quiz! Well, the folks at Testing Mom (home of the 100 free practice questions) […]

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May 10th, 2016

How Children Learn by Playing Board Games

Children love competition. Board games give them the chance to learn to win or lose (with grace, we hope!).  When children play board games, they are strengthening their mathematical, vocabulary, thinking, memory skills – and that’s just the beginning. Games Bring Growth in ALL Areas. By rolling the dice and moving their player on the […]

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May 9th, 2016

Is Your Parenting Making the Grade?

Overburdened Parent We’ve all encountered those moments when we’ve felt overwhelmed with one too many life commitments and guiltily realized that we weren’t giving “all” to our child(ren).  This is a horrible feeling when you know you’re just flying by the seat of your pants in the parental department when you’d prefer to be receiving […]

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May 4th, 2016

5 Reasons Parents Should Embrace Common Core and State Tests

If you’re a parent of a public school student in a state that has adopted Common Core standards, then you’ve certainly heard of the opt-out movement – where students (with their parent’s blessings) are declining to take the mandated math and English Language Arts (ELA) tests.   Parents and students object to these tests for […]

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April 28th, 2016

Build Your Child’s Test Readiness Skills through Off Line Activities

As you know I’m a big proponent of using both on-line and off-line activities to prepare your child for testing and school success.  For on-line preparation, nothing beats www.TestingMom.com for practice tests, educational games and lessons for every aspect of kindergarten readiness. Right now, we’re having a big sale where you can become a top member […]

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April 22nd, 2016

Focus for Pre-K

Distracted Cycle Has this ever happened to you?  You’re thirsty for another cup of coffee, so you meander towards the kitchen. But before you get there, you notice some mail that needs to be put in the “to be paid” bin, so you make a bypass to the office – and while you’re there you […]

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March 31st, 2016

The Most Common Test-Taking Mistakes Older Children Make

NEW! Being Careless and Not Being Prepared Not Knowing How To Take a Test Not Managing Information Correctly Attention Issues We are beginning a new series today, similar to the common test taking mistakes younger kids make, but this time it is from another vantage point: older children.  And with it comes new challenges and […]

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March 29th, 2016

Should You Hire an Admissions Consultant for Kindergarten or Preschool?

If you live in a city where finding and getting into the best preschool or kindergarten takes research and legwork, but is infinitely doable, you can stop reading right now.  You don’t need an admissions consultant to help you.  Chances are, you won’t be able to find one because there isn’t enough business in your […]

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March 25th, 2016

Nursery School Admissions: The 12 Questions Parents Ask Most – Answered!

When it comes to nursery school admissions, there are some questions you may ask and details that you need to know. Here are 12 of the top questions parents ask about nursery school admissions…answered!   1. How difficult is it to get my child into a private nursery school?   It depends where you live.  […]

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March 22nd, 2016

Why Prepare Your Child for a Test to Get Into a Gifted Program?

If the test is to get your child into a gifted program, do you really want to take the chance that there’s something getting in the way of her testing well and you don’t know about it? Prepare Your Child   We know that the test itself can impact whether or not a child is considered […]

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March 16th, 2016

Gifted Children With Learning Disabilities or Twice Exceptional Children

Often parents hear about gifted kids who also have learning disabilities.  These kids are known as “twice exceptional.”   Sometimes their teachers call them “lazy” or “average”.   The teachers don’t recognize the child’s gift because the disability masks or distracts from it.  Parents sense that their kids are smart, feel in their gut that their […]

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March 15th, 2016

Choosing Between Single Sex and Co-Ed Schools

When it comes to choosing single sex over co-ed schools or vice versa, the evidence is not that clear.  For every study that finds one approach better than the other, there is another study that says the opposite.    Here are the arguments made for each.  My suggestion is that you visit a single sex […]

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March 11th, 2016

Why Give Your Child an IQ Test?

After reading this article, you may be asking why. Why should I give my child an IQ test? The most common reason to test a young child is for a school gifted and talented program or for admission to a private school. Sometimes parents just know that their child is ahead of his or her […]

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March 3rd, 2016

How Do I Know if My Child is Gifted?

NEW! 5 pertinent questions about giftedness in children So, what is gifted? Is my child gifted? These days, there is no one definition for giftedness.  The traditional way to assess giftedness has been through high scores on an IQ test such as the Stanford-Binet, WPPSI, or WISC.    For example, here are the giftedness ranges […]

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February 25th, 2016

What Level of the CogAT will My Child Take?

NEW! Quantitative Battery, NonVerbal Battery and Verbal Battery CogAT® levels correspond with the age of the child.  A child who is 5 or 6 will take the CogAT Level 5/6.  A 10-year-old will take Level 10, and so on.  Questions for Levels 5/6 – 8 are picture based.  Questions for Levels 9 – 17/18 are […]

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February 17th, 2016

Most Common Test-Taking Mistakes Very Young Children Make: Part Five

Today we finish up our series on the most common mistakes kids make in test-taking by centering in on understanding best practices in test taking. This series addresses helping very young children, ages 4-7, overcome and avoid these common mistakes. Yesterday, we discussed mechanical issues. We will end this series with the best part–helping your child understand how to take a […]

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February 16th, 2016

Most Common Test-Taking Mistakes Very Young Children Make: Part Four

Continuing our series on the most common mistakes kids make in test-taking, let’s look squarely at a problem that could easily be avoided–mechanical issues. This series addresses helping very young children, ages 4-7, overcome and avoid these common mistakes. Yesterday, we talked about attention issues, as children make mistakes due to focus problems. Today, I want to hone in on a […]

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February 15th, 2016

Most Common Test-Taking Mistakes Very Young Children Make: Part Three

As we continue our new series on the most common mistakes kids make in test-taking, it would be incomplete if we did not address attention issues. This series addresses helping very young children, ages 4-7, overcome and avoid these common mistakes. On Friday, I pointed out that sometimes kids respond in a certain way, because they feel out […]

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February 12th, 2016

Most Common Test-Taking Mistakes Very Young Children Make: Part Two

We are continuing our new series on the most common mistakes kids make in test-taking.   This series addresses helping very young children, ages 4-7, overcome and avoid these common mistakes.  For instance, in yesterday’s post, we recommended that you observe your child working through a set of practice questions.  This will give you specifics to focus […]

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February 11th, 2016

Most Common Test-Taking Mistakes Very Young Children Make: Part One

Today, we are beginning a new series on the most common mistakes kids make in test-taking. We will begin with very young children, ages 4-7, for this series and will be addressing older children in the weeks to come.  In this series we want to show you how to help your child overcome these mistakes, […]

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February 9th, 2016

The 3 Most Common Kindergarten Admissions Mistakes Parents Make

Did you know? You can increase your child’s odds of getting into the kindergarten of your choice even if you live in an insanely competitive admissions market like New York City, San Francisco or Los Angeles. And if you’re in a less difficult market like Miami, Denver or Houston, what I’m going to reveal will […]

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February 5th, 2016

Testing Mom vs. a Tiger Mom‏

Every so often, we hear from parents who are searching desperately for something to help their child, but worry that a Top membership to TestingMom.com won’t fit the bill. These parents know about our site, but they think that it’s only for a certain category of children, or that their child’s needs are outside of […]

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February 2nd, 2016

Which Preschool is Right: Combination

Today, in our final installment in choosing preschool, combination schools take the best from the other choices and create a mixture that fits the families it serves. Combination schools use a mixture of the approaches we have already discussed: Montessori, Progressive and Traditional.  What does a combination school look like? You might find a program using the […]

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February 1st, 2016

Which Preschool is Right: Traditional

So far we have looked into Montessori and Progressive schools, but today let’s look at the preschool traditional model. What is the Preschool Traditional Model Approach? In the traditional classroom, also called cognitive and structured, there is a structured curriculum with specific goals for the children.  Goals are built around teaching children math, letters, numbers, […]

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January 29th, 2016

Which Preschool is Right: Progressive

Which preschool program is right for your child? Yesterday we addressed the elements of Montessori schools.  Today I want to walk you through progressive schools. What are progressive schools?  They are also known as developmental, child-centered and bank street model. This is the model I chose for my kids and we did love it.  What is […]

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January 28th, 2016

Which Preschool is Right: Montessori

Yesterday I asked the question which preschool is right for your child.  Let’s begin with Montessori schools. Personally, I love Montessori schools and encourage you to tour one and see for yourself.    Not only do kids learn a lot, but they are taught not to start a new project until they put the materials […]

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January 27th, 2016

Which Preschool is Right for Your Child?

When it comes to preschool admissions – Montessori, Progressive (a.k.a. Child-Centered), or Traditional (a.k.a. Cognitive), which program is right for your child?  Today I’m beginning another series on choosing schools for your child. This time I’m asking which preschool is right for your child. Over the next five days, I hope to shed a light for you […]

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January 26th, 2016

Tips For Getting Into A Competitive Private Preschool or Kindergarten

If you happen to live in a city where getting your kid into preschool or kindergarten is as tough as getting a child into Harvard, take heart.  There are things you can do to increase your child’s odds of acceptance. Getting into competitive school is not beyond you–these are tried strategies that have worked for other […]

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January 22nd, 2016

Kindergarten Admissions: Part Three

We have covered religious (private) and private school choices for kindergarten admissions, but our search would be incomplete without this final day of public school choice. As I said, there is no right answer to the question, “is private or public school better?”. There are advantages and disadvantages to either choice. Today I want to focus solely on […]

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January 21st, 2016

Kindergarten Admissions: Part Two

As I shared yesterday in part one, there is no right answer to the question, “is private or public school better?”. There are advantages and disadvantages to either choice.  I spoke specifically about religious schooling yesterday, which is a private school choice.   Today, I want to focus on private schools that are not religiously affiliated. […]

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January 20th, 2016

Kindergarten Admissions: Part One

When you are thinking about which kindergarten is best for your child, one of the first things to consider is whether you want a private school, public school, or religious school (which are private).  This is a very personal decision for every family.  Money is an obvious consideration, but there are other factors as well, […]

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December 26th, 2015

Fun Ways to Keep Your Kids Learning Over the Holiday Break

When my kids were young, I had a love-hate relationship with that two-week school vacation they’d get over the holidays. I always took time off from work, so this was a real opportunity for us to make beautiful memories together. It was also a heck of a lot of pressure! Could I make the time […]

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November 24th, 2015

Top Testing Mom Picks for Educational Toys and Games for the 2015 Holiday Season

This holiday season, be smart about the toys and games you choose for your kids by going for gifts that make them smarter. They never need to know that the games they are playing are good for them, but you’ll know and that’s the important part! Buying any of these educational toys for your kids is […]

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October 5th, 2015

Increase Your Child’s Test Scores Through Play

Test Prep Kit disguised as a board game is like making spinach taste like chocolate pudding – kids have no idea it’s good for them! I never set out to invent a board game. After writing Testing For Kindergarten (a book that helped parents prepare their kids for early childhood tests like the OLSAT, CogAT, […]

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May 22nd, 2015

Top Tips on Preventing Brain Drain this Summer!

Top Tips on Preventing Brain Drain this Summer! It’s that time of year again with sleep away camps, vacations and swimming! With all the fun in the sun it’s easy to forget about keeping your child’s mind active during the long break from school. Unfortunately, many parents forget that a long break from school means […]

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May 21st, 2015

ELA Practice Test 4th Grade

  Looking for an ELA practice test 4th grade? You’re not alone: millions of parents across the country are in need of practice materials for the Common Core state standards test, which consists of math and ELA, or English Language Arts, questions.  But before you go looking for an ELA practice test 4th grade, it’s […]

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May 18th, 2015

Houston Gifted and Talented Practice

Parents looking for Houston Gifted and Talented practice are often at a loss as to where to start. The testing process can be complicated, and it can be difficult to track down practice materials. Fortunately, all it takes is a little research and preparation to make sure that your child earns a top score on […]

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May 15th, 2015

PARCC Practice Questions

If you’re looking for PARCC practice questions you’re obviously concerned about your child’s educational future. The PARCC is one of the two major Common Core consortia (the other being the Smarter Balanced or SBAC consortium). The Common Core State Standards replaced state-specific tests and are aimed at having a uniform set of standards across all […]

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May 13th, 2015

Combating the Summer Slide with Board Games

This time of year, the summer slide looms as kids begin to mentally check out of school. As kids get ready to spend more time in front of the TV or playing video games, they run the risk of losing up to three months of progress that they made in school the year before. This […]

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May 10th, 2015

Finding Summer Math Programs

Looking for summer math programs for your little one can be a real challenge. Of course, these programs are highly sought-after by parents once the final school bell rings, since kids lose months of progress over the summer when they’re not in class. This is especially true for kids who aren’t great at math to […]

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May 8th, 2015

What is on the GATE Test?

If you’re wondering, what is on the GATE test, don’t worry: you’re not alone. Every year, parents in every state find themselves confronting the question of what will be on their child’s gifted and talented test, and how they can best prepare for it. The answer to this question may surprise you. Many parents are […]

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May 5th, 2015

Practice Questions for the SCAT Test

Parents often scramble to find practice questions for the SCAT test, which is also known as the School and College Ability Test. This test is given to kids who are being considered for the Center for Talented Youth, or CFY, at Johns Hopkins. The test includes a quantitative section and a verbal section; each one […]

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May 3rd, 2015

Prevent Summer Learning Loss

We have talked on this blog about how to prevent summer learning loss before. It’s no secret that summer brain drain, or summer slump, occurs for any child who goes all summer without consistent practice with the subjects they learn in school every day. The reason for this is obvious: when kids aren’t parked in […]

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April 30th, 2015

Practice Questions for the FxAT ™ Test

Looking for practice questions for the FxAT ™ test? You’re not alone: parents across Fairfax County, Virginia are concerned about their child’s performance on the test that determined whether they get into the Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) in Fairfax County, Virginia. The FxAT test, or Fairfax Abilities Test™ is, like so many other gifted tests […]

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