I read an article, “Some Parents Pay Up to $400 an hour to Prep 4-Year-Olds for NYC’s Gifted Test” in the Wall Street Journal in Oct 3, 2018. According to the article, as early as 4-year old goes to prep school for gifted program test in NY. Parents pay $400 per hour to get a tutor at prep school.
I understand parents want the best for their children. I am a parent and I want my daughter to be someone who can contribute to the society rather than a taker. But $400 an hour tutor is excessive to me. I don’t know how NY gifted program process works, but I want to suggest a less expensive option. My daughter got into the gifted program in WA, without a tutor.
Here is disclaimer. I don’t think it will work for every child or every family. And I do not believe that it was a sole answer for my daughter to get accepted into the gifted program.
A sample question, from the NY gifted test shown below, is the clue of my inexpensive way to educate your children.
Mark the correct box that fills in the larger picture.
My answer is a magazine called “Mathmania”.
We subscribed many books and magazines through promotions at her kindergarten and grade school. We bought any books and magazines she was interested. Mathmania was her favorite. She just had fun going through every page by herself. This book was so colorful and entertaining to look at that she was having fun while learning. Honestly I did not sit by her when she was looking at the Mathmania book. She was pretty much on her own while “solving a problem” in the book. Mathmania was a cost effective educational baby sitter for her.
Another disclaimer: I do not receive any money from the publisher of this book.
Mathmania might not be an answer for your children for getting into gifted program. But I would encourage you to find book, video, or something free or less expensive tool to educate children before sign up for $400/hr prep school. It is important that your child must like the tool; else s/he won’t actually use it.
Do you have any cost effective strategy for gifted program or college? If so, please share with us.