Testing for Kindergarten: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Ace the Tests for: Public School Placement, Private School Admissions, Gifted Program Qualification
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Testing for Kindergarten: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Ace the Tests for: Public School Placement, Private School Admissions, Gifted Program Qualification

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Karen Quinn has successfully taught hundreds of parents how to prepare their children for testing, and Testing For Kindergarten is her ultimate, comprehensive guide to having fun while teaching to the underlying abilities every test assesses.

Whether your child is going to a private kindergarten or a public school, he or she will most likely be tested—and placed i...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Touchstone (first published June 18th 2010)
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It's interesting because here in Columbia, SC, in the city public school system, my 5-year old was not tested prior to entering kindergarten. However, there is a K4 program for which children must be tested in order to enter it, and from what I've been told from other parents, you must “fail” the test in order to get in. I guess this prepares children who are behind in specif areas for kindergarten. But since testing for Coco won't be until August sometime, I don't have any first-hand experience...more
Notorious Spinks
When asked to read this book I decided to read the synopsis and bio of the author. After doing my little investigation I was eager to get this book in my hands. In Testing for Kindergarten, Quinn goes the extra mile to help parents understand the testing that all children will face before they reach the age of five. She took on the role of concerned parent to compile the strategies that every parent should know when it comes to their children taking and acing tests. As parents we tend to think o...more
Kim Palacios
Sep 24, 2012 Kim Palacios rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Parents interested in school admissions, private school, gifted programs.
"Testing for Kindergarten" presented well-researched, play-based enrichment activities that the author herself used with her own children, alongside practical tips for success in education in the current environment (of uber-competitive schooling).

I'll admit--I was skeptical that a book with this title might be a manual for psycho-parenting. All parents want their children to do well, but we've all known a few who are too competitive, too intense, and who take preparing their children for schoo...more
I was skeptical about the title of this book. My daughter is about to embark on testing for kindergarten so I wanted to be informed, but there is heavy warning about trying to prep your child for intelligence tests so I was scared that even looking at such a title would hurt the process. I am glad that I decided to take a look! This book isn't about how to cheat on an IQ test, it is about raising your child with a clue. Since I have read many parenting books and publications, attend parenting cl...more
A very straightforward and clear book about how intelligence tests are administered to children, and (even better) how to enhance the ways you normally interact with your children to help their development, both for their education and for non-academic life skills. Although the writing can get a bit dry with a lot of lists, it's not too long and I appreciate that the book doesn't spend extra effort repeating itself. The best parts are when the author is relating the information to her own story...more
Great for getting an understanding of how your child may be tested and what it means for their school experience. Especially applicable for those in NYC. If you school district offers some of the other tests listed in the book than it should be helpful. It also has fun ideas of games and activities you could do with your preschooler (3 to 5) that can help prepare them for testing and develop their thinking in several areas.
I really enjoyed the games/activities lists. Many of them you can do in the car.
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(note one chapter in: highly embarassed to be reading this!)
Good book with great tips to prepare your child for school.
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The only useful book I read on IQ testing for kids
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