Analogies have been a part of Manhattan private school kindergarten admissions testing for years. While the ERB will not be required for entrance into most Manhattan private schools starting in the Fall of 2014, your child may still be required to understand and complete analogies.
Analogies are one of a few critical thinking skills your four or five year old should know how to handle. Analogies show us how well a child can make sense of his environment. Sometimes, children have the information required to respond to analogies, but they may be confused by the format of the analogy.
Here is an example of an analogy you can try out with your child:
Lemon is to Sour…As…Candy is to_______.
Practicing analogies with your child is a great way to warm up for the upcoming kindergarten admissions season.
At the Parents League Meeting at Grace Church on April 8, 2014, we learned Brooklyn and Manhattan private schools that will not require the ERB, will assess children in a variety of ways. Some private schools will meet with your child 1:1, others will meet with your child in small groups. Some schools will also visit your child at their current pre-school to see them in action in a familiar environment. No matter what format your child is interviewed, it is easy for admissions professionals to ask your child analogy questions.
This analogy game will support what is expected for language-based (vs. figural) analogies.
If analogies are too difficult, it may help to teach your child to understand how and why things go together. While your puzzle-savvy pre-schooler may put these puzzle pieces together with ease, be sure to always ask why the items go together. Initially, there is no need to expect a complete answer, as you may need to help provide the rationale. Whether or not your child solves the analogy listed above, always explain his responses, until he can do it for himself. For example: “Lemon TASTES sour, Candy TASTES sweet – yum!” Learning about opposites may be a helpful step in learning analogies as well.
Should you find your child has difficulty learning analogies, or you have any concerns about Manhattan private kindergarten admission interviews, please contact Stephanie Sigal M.A. CCC-SLP, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our site to learn more about our kindergarten prep program.