OLSAT, ERB, SB5 : Private and Public School Information Workshop for Parents

Parent Information Workshop

We are holding one last workshop in September due to the calls and emails we have received from parents that missed our workshops in May, June and July.

To be held on Sept. 9th, 2009 at 6 – 7:30 PM in Lower Manhattan at The Barclay Street School, 6 Barclay St. We do not want to turn anyone away due to lack of space as we had to in past workshops.

Speaker : Harley Evans, President of Manhattan Edge Educational Programs and author of ” Birth to SAT : Parent’s Guide to Giving Your Child Edge in Education and Life” (being released Spring 2010) Agenda :

1. Why is this happening in New York City? … Just the Facts

2. 2009 – 2010 School Application and Testing Calendar

3. ERB = Private

4. Stanford – Binet 5 = Hunter

5. OLSAT / BSRA = Public Gifted and Talented

6. Sample Questions from the Tests

7. How to Prepare

8. 52 Part Survey for Honest Evaluation of Your Child’s Kindergarten Readiness

9. How to Improve Your Child’s Skill Set for the Long Road to the SAT (After All this is What it is Really About)

10. Questions, Anyone?

The cost per family is $70. You can apply the cost to any service we offer for 90 days. There will be a lot of information to digest and will be well worth your time and effort to attend. We are handing over to you 8 years of the latest research, our experience and the experience of our teachers (from Gifted and Talented Programs).

See you there!

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Improving Memory to Increase IQ Scores – Will this Help Your Child with the ERB, OLSAT or Stanford-Binet?

There is an excellent article I came across on the NY Times Blog that I wanted to share with everyone. It describes  studies that show the world’s IQ scores have been improving and attempts to answer why with an analysis of working memory.

We have been working on memory skills with children for years in our belief that improving those skills will gain significantly higher standardized test scores as well as IQ scores for those in our Play Prep program for 3 to 6 year old children. Link below…

http://judson.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/10/guest-column-can-we-increase-our-intelligence/?apage=9#comments

Working memory is “defined as the ability to hold information in mind while manipulating it to achieve a cognitive goal. Examples include remembering a clause while figuring out how it relates the rest of a sentence, or keeping track of the solutions you’ve already tried while solving a puzzle.”

The key contributor in these studies is James Flynn. ” Flynn has pointed out that modern times have increasingly rewarded complex and abstract reasoning. Differences in working memory capacity account for 50 to 70 percent of individual differences in fluid intelligence (abstract reasoning ability) in various meta-analyses, suggesting that it is one of the major building blocks of I.Q. (Ackerman et al; Kane et al; Süss et al.) This idea is intriguing because working memory can be improved by training.”

Did you get that?  …. “working memory can be improved by training.”

Many of the games we play through our Play Prep program focus on improving working memory in our children. We know that this work helps on the various tests … ERB, Stanford-Binet and OLSAT – that is why we do it.

What is Success?

To laugh often and much;to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have a great weekend!

Harley Evans