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Math is NOT Just for Boys

October 3rd, 2016

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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The Spelling Bee

September 26th, 2016

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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The Lying Experiment

September 13th, 2016

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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Turning Everyday Activities into Learning Experiences for Children

August 25th, 2016

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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7 Abilities Your Child Needs for Testing Success

August 19th, 2016

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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Teach Your Child to Listen: Part 2

August 11th, 2016

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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Get Your Child to Listen: Part One

August 9th, 2016

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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Take Your Child to the Museum

August 4th, 2016

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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Kindergarten Readiness

August 2nd, 2016

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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Learning at the Zoo

July 28th, 2016

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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Reasons Parents Homeschool

July 27th, 2016

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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Back to School Checklist

July 20th, 2016

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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Speech Development Delays

July 13th, 2016

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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Common Core History Practice Questions

June 29th, 2016

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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5 Factors for Life Success not Taught in the Classroom

June 27th, 2016

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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Are Science Practice Questions Necessary?

June 17th, 2016

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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Preventing Summer Slide

June 14th, 2016

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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A Math Block

May 25th, 2016

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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Raising a Gifted Child

May 25th, 2016

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

May 24th, 2016

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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How to Help Build Your Child’s Memory Skills

May 24th, 2016

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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Why Talking to Your Child Increases Intelligence

May 23rd, 2016

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

May 20th, 2016

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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The Role of Music in Your Child’s Development

May 20th, 2016

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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Parent Tells All: Gifted and Talented Testing

May 18th, 2016

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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The Value of Dialogic Reading With Your Child

May 17th, 2016

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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Ruling Against the Parents

May 13th, 2016

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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Always Follow Through on Consequences

May 13th, 2016

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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How to Get Your Child Into a Competitive Nursery School

May 13th, 2016

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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Signs of a Gifted Child

May 11th, 2016

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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How Children Learn by Playing Board Games

May 10th, 2016

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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Is Your Parenting Making the Grade?

May 9th, 2016

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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5 Reasons Parents Should Embrace Common Core and State Tests

May 4th, 2016

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

April 28th, 2016

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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The Most Common Test-Taking Mistakes Older Children Make

March 31st, 2016

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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Should You Hire an Admissions Consultant for Kindergarten or Preschool?

March 29th, 2016

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

March 25th, 2016

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

March 22nd, 2016

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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Gifted Children With Learning Disabilities or Twice Exceptional Children

March 16th, 2016

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 kids […]

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Choosing Between Single Sex and Co-Ed Schools

March 15th, 2016

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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Why Give Your Child an IQ Test?

March 11th, 2016

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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What Level of the CogAT will My Child Take?

February 25th, 2016

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

February 17th, 2016

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

February 16th, 2016

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

February 15th, 2016

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

February 12th, 2016

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

February 11th, 2016

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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The 3 Most Common Kindergarten Admissions Mistakes Parents Make

February 9th, 2016

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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Testing Mom vs. a Tiger Mom‏

February 5th, 2016

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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Which Preschool is Right: Combination

February 2nd, 2016

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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Which Preschool is Right: Traditional

February 1st, 2016

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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Which Preschool is Right: Progressive

January 29th, 2016

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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Which Preschool is Right: Montessori

January 28th, 2016

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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Which Preschool is Right for Your Child?

January 27th, 2016

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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Tips For Getting Into A Competitive Private Preschool or Kindergarten

January 26th, 2016

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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Kindergarten Admissions: Part Three

January 22nd, 2016

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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Kindergarten Admissions: Part Two

January 21st, 2016

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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Kindergarten Admissions: Part One

January 20th, 2016

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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Fun Ways to Keep Your Kids Learning Over the Holiday Break

December 26th, 2015

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

November 24th, 2015

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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Increase Your Child’s Test Scores Through Play

October 5th, 2015

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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Top Tips on Preventing Brain Drain this Summer!

May 22nd, 2015

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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ELA Practice Test 4th Grade

May 21st, 2015

  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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Houston Gifted and Talented Practice

May 18th, 2015

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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Combating the Summer Slide with Board Games

May 13th, 2015

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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Finding Summer Math Programs

May 10th, 2015

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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Prevent Summer Learning Loss

May 3rd, 2015

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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Practice Questions for the FxAT ™ Test

April 30th, 2015

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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Preventing the Summer Slide

April 25th, 2015

The summer slide is a real problem, with kids across the country losing ground when they’re not in school day in and day out. It’s no secret by now that, without the structure and content of going to school every day, kids lose nearly 3 months of progress that they made in the previous school […]

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Math Common Core Questions

April 23rd, 2015

Parents across the country are up in arms about math common core questions. These questions are thought to be overly complicated and involved. Parents and advocates have posted photos showing math questions made up of a labyrinth of numbers being “paired” and “broken apart” in a way that most adults never saw when they were […]

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How to Prepare Your Child for the WISC®-5 (WISC-V) Test

April 21st, 2015

Parents across the country are beginning to prepare for the WISC®-5 test, also known as the WISC-V test or the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children® — Fifth Edition. Here’s a practice question for the WISC-V test. This is called a “figure weights” question, meaning that your child needs to weigh the figures on each side […]

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Is My State PARCC or SBAC?

April 18th, 2015

Many parents write to us wondering, “Is my state PARCC or SBAC?” If this sounds like a foreign language to you, it’s something you should start thinking about for your own child. PARCC and SBAC are the two major consortia associated with the Common Core State Standards, the new state tests that made their debut […]

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What to do About Summer Learning Loss

April 16th, 2015

Parents across the country worry about summer learning loss around this time of year. This describes the phenomenon whereby students lose, on average, 3 months of progress they made during the school year. The losses are worse for math than they are for reading. This is bad enough on its face, but think about what […]

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Preparing for the Virginia SOL Test

April 14th, 2015

Parents across Virginia are familiar with the Virginia SOL test. This state standards test is given to kids in third through eighth grade and covers math, science, English, and social studies. Virginia has decided not to join any of the consortia associated with the Common Core State Standards, instead choosing to stick with the Virginia […]

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What is the Summer Slide?

April 11th, 2015

Around this time every year, parents begin worrying about the dreaded “summer slide.” This term defines the phenomenon whereby kids lose ground over the summer due to the fact that they aren’t going to school every day and bringing work home with them. Many parents scoff at the notion that the summer slide is something […]

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PARCC vs. SBAC: Which is Harder?

April 8th, 2015

Lots of ink has been spilled talking about the PARCC vs. SBAC test, but one question we keep hearing from parents is: Which one is harder? That’s not as straightforward of a question as it sounds. The PARCC and SBAC, or Smarter Balanced, are two consortia that are both aligned with the Common Core State […]

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Common Core vs. Traditional State Tests

April 6th, 2015

Many parents wonder about Common Core vs. traditional state tests. After all, until just a few years ago each state had its own exam that it administered, and if you moved from state to state you could expect your child to take a completely new test once settled in your new home. These days, with […]

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What’s on the FxAT ™ Test?

April 3rd, 2015

Parents preparing their kids for the FxAT ™ test, or the Fairfax Abilities Test™, are often unsure of where to turn. The test is highly competitive, and parents across Northern Virginia begin preparing their little ones weeks or even months before the big day. Fairfax County is home to some of the nation’s best schools, […]

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GATE Test Practice Questions

March 31st, 2015

Many parents contact us looking for GATE test practice questions. These parents are often unsure of what’s on the test given the amount of content they find when they search for the GATE test. The first important thing to remember is that “GATE Test” is typically a generic description for a Gifted and Talented entry […]

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ELA Practice Questions

March 29th, 2015

Parents looking for ELA practice questions are often frustrated with what they find. ELA, of course, stands for English Language Arts and is part of the Common Core State Standards that rolled out across the nation this year. As with many other things related to the Common Core, the phrase “ELA” can seem foreign to […]

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What’s on the CTBS ™ Test?

March 26th, 2015

Lots of parents in Canada are taken by surprise when they learn that their little one will be taking the CTBS ™ Test, also known as the Canadian Test of Basic Skills.™ This test, which is administered to kids between kindergarten and 12th grade, is used to qualify students for gifted and other advanced programs. […]

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Preparing for the CogAT ® Test Form 7

March 21st, 2015

The CogAT ® Test Form 7, or Cognitive Abilities Test ® Form 7, is the most up-to-date version of the Cognitive Abilities Test, having replaced the Form 6 a few years ago. Now that the Form 7 test has been around for several years, fewer and fewer schools are using the Form 6 and the […]

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How to Find Common Core Math Practice Questions

March 19th, 2015

Common Core math practice questions have received a lot of attention over the past few years as parents across the country have posted what look like impossibly complicated math problems that are supposedly a result of the newly-implemented Common Core State Standards. These math questions often involve complicated ways of getting to what seems, at […]

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Preparation for the Fairfax Abilities Test™ (FxAT™ Test)

March 16th, 2015

The Fairfax Abilities Test ™, also called the FxAT ™ test or the Fairfax County Advanced Academic Programs, is the test for children who are looking to get into the Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) in Fairfax County, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C. Even though Fairfax County boasts some of the best public schools in […]

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Practice Questions for Common Core ELA and Math Tests

March 13th, 2015

Many parents find themselves looking for practice questions for common core ELA and math tests, especially when their kids find themselves looking at taking the Common Core test within a matter of months or even weeks. Back in the early and mid-2000s, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) meant that each state had its own curriculum […]

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AABL ® Test vs. ERB Test

March 11th, 2015

Many parents in NYC are wondering about the difference between the AABL ® test and the ERB test. That’s because the AABL test (Admissions Assessment for Beginning Learners®) recently replaced the ERB test as the admissions test for elite kindergartens in the city. The AABL test is an achievement test, meaning that it measures kids’ […]

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What is the Virginia SOL Test?

March 8th, 2015

If you live in Virginia, you’ve no doubt heard of the Virginia SOL test. This is the state achievement test given to kids in Virginia, and covers English, math, science, and social studies. SOL tests for English and math are given at the end of every grade from 3rd through 8th grade; SOL exams for […]

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Preparing for the WISC®-5 or WISC-V Test

March 5th, 2015

Many parents are beginning to hear about the WISC®-5 or WISC-V test, as it’s replacing its predecessor the WISC®-IV test in many schools. The tests have many similarities but there are a few important things to remember about the newest version of the test. First off, the Word Reasoning and Picture Completion subtests have been […]

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PARCC vs. SBAC Test

March 3rd, 2015

Have you ever wondered about the difference between the PARCC vs. SBAC test? If so, you’re a parent of a child who will be taking the Common Core test sometime soon! The Common Core State Standards were originally intended to produce a uniform test that would be given across all 50 states. The idea was […]

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What is the ELA Test?

February 26th, 2015

The ELA test, or the English/Language Arts portion of the Common Core State Standards test, is just one of the parts of the Common Core that kids across the country need to do well on state tests. These tests can, in many states, determine whether your child will be able to advance to the next […]

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Prep for the Texas STAAR ® Test

February 23rd, 2015

The Texas STAAR ® test is familiar to any parent raising a child in the Lone Star State. The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness is a standardized test given to kids in Texas between grades 3 and 8, and covers reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. The STAAR is often confused with […]

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What’s on the NY ELA Test?

February 21st, 2015

Parents across New York are frantically preparing for the NY ELA test – another name for the English Language Arts portion of the Common Core State Standards test in New York. This test is part of the Common Core State Standards that have swept across the country this year, replacing state-specific tests that were originally […]

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WISC®-IV vs. WISC-V Tests

February 19th, 2015

Parents across the country are beginning to hear about the WISC-V Test, the latest version of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children.® The WISC-V replaces its predecessor, the WISC-IV, which has been used for years as an IQ test given to kids between age 6:0 and 16:11. The newest version is similar to its predecessor […]

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Preparing for the Woodcock-Johnson IV ® Test

February 13th, 2015

The Woodcock-Johnson IV ® test, or Woodcock-Johnson Fourth Edition, was recently released as the newest version of the Woodcock-Johnson test. The Fourth Edition replaces the Woodcock-Johnson III, or Third Edition, which was used for some time until replaced by this newest version. The WJ 4 is essentially an updated version of the test, calibrated to […]

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Understanding Common Core Requirements by State

February 9th, 2015

If your child is facing an upcoming ELA Common Core test, you may be wondering what the test is and what subjects are involved. You’re not alone – due to the relative newness of the test itself, many parents across the country feel as though they’re scrambling to keep up and to help prepare their […]

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Levels of the NNAT ®-2 Test

February 6th, 2015

Parents looking to find out the levels of the NNAT ®-2 test or Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test® aren’t sure what they’re up against. Many think it’s a test that measures the same skills they learn in school. Others think it’s a test that will measure their kids’ reading abilities or math skills. Let’s face it: […]

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Practicing for the WISC®-5 Test or WISC-V Test

February 3rd, 2015

The WISC-V Test, or the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children®, is the latest version of the WISC test, taking the place of the older WISC-IV test. The update is big news for this IQ test administered to children ranging in age from 6:0 to 16:11. The latest version of the test has dropped the Word […]

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Preparing for the Texas STAAR ® Test

February 1st, 2015

The STAAR ® test or the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness ® is one of those standardized tests given to public school students to determine how much they’ve learned in their various subjects under English, Science, Math, and Social Studies. Scores matter a lot in these tests because whatever the performance of the […]

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What Are Common Core Requirements By State?

January 29th, 2015

The ELA Common Core requirements vary by state, and it can be difficult to tell what your specific state requires. First, some background: the State Standards Initiative is a nationwide initiative aimed at improving the quality of education for all students. Its goal is to achieve this by administering standardized tests on an annual basis. […]

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The Best Way to Prepare for the CogAT® Test

January 27th, 2015

Lots of parents these days are finding that their kid will be taking the CogAT® test. This test is a cognitive test often given to children to measure how well suited they are for a gifted and talented or other advanced program. Indeed, many kids find themselves taking the test early in the school year […]

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