lumosity for a 5 year old child

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My 5 year old is supposed to be taking a placement test in a couple of month's in order to start kindergarten and although I have him writing his alphabet and numbers, I wanted to know what else I might be able to do.  Is there sometype of lumosity for a 5 year old or a website that can direct me to what I'm seeking?

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Different countries and even different school methodologies inside them have very different thoughts on what your child should know before they come to school.

Maybe you should ask the school if they can give any guidance on this.
The best thing to do is get him happy and relaxed.
Do not pressure him
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Rather than sending him/her into the sterile and isolating world of internet puzzles and video-like games, try some age appropriate and sociable real games:  checkers, tic-tac-toe, Chutes and Ladders.  And card games like Go Fish and Slapjack.
Why do kids need a "Placement test" for kindergarden?  Wasn't the point of kindergarden to teach the kids those basics?

Don't make him too advanced or he'll be bored with school and hate it.  If we really want more advanced education, then maybe pre-k should be a new requirement so parents can pay 1 year less of childcare.  Do you want your child to skip grades?  He may not be emotionally ready to handle older kids and might be socially awkward for a few months, or more, with the older crowd.  It's not necessarily ideal.

Kids that age need to play mainly with other kids, not on a computer.  There will be plenty of time for computers.  They'll learn it quickly enough and they won't want to get off.
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I agree with all the other experts. Trying to teach your kids too much in a formal setting when they are very young is not ideal. Research supports this:

I think modern society puts too much focus on scholastic achievement. We forget that many of the greatest innovators didn't even finish school.
That's a great link from Slate.  At that age, it's much better to just give them cardboard boxes, Duplos(Legos for younger kids), or building blocks.  It'll save you money, plus your child will be a bit more creative.  These giant cardboard blocks are fun for them too.
Let the child have informal and unstructured play. This is how children learn at that age. They are problem solving, suffering the consequences of their decisions, planning, dealing with unforeseen circumstances and learning to interact with others. The list goes on, unstructured play has endless lessons a child needs. Allow your child to fail  occasionally, it holds important lessons for later in life.  All mammals since the beginning of time have use play for self teaching. Evolution sorted out those that did not.

In terms of reading, simply read to your child as often as you can, especially when he goes to bed. Dwell on the pictures and what is going on in each scene, they love this. Through books they learn about the world around them; the social moars of our society ; how others interact and problem solve; and gain an understanding of small moral dilemmas. They see how a narrative is constructed and hear countless words not heard in usual conversation. Reading to your child is REALLY important.

In short let your child be a child; read, talk and play with him. I was as dull as ditch water, barely able to read and couldn't count past ten at the age of 8.  My reading level at 10yrs  was that of an 8 yr old. I now have multiple postgraduate degrees and then some. I was a product of benign neglect and parents who read to me otherwise. Enjoy your child, a child is not a pet or a hobby or a project. They will develop at their own rate, boys often take more time but really take off when they do.

You child will be far smarter in the long run if you heed the advice from the many posters on this page.
My daughter entered a year early after passing a kind of 'entrance interview'. I expect that her personality had much to do with getting approval, but the important kinds of questions were on the order of "What is your home address?", "What is your telephone number?" and "Show me how you tie your shoes."

(That was some 30 years ago in a mid-sized U.S.A. town. The times might be different, and world regions are definitely different.)

As it happens, questions such as those, relating to living in 'the real world', can be important when just beginning structured interactions with other kids who are strangers. Also, a pretty fair fraction of kids who were at the appropriate starting age couldn't pass the same interview, though it didn't matter because they had to start anyway.

IMO, childhood is for being a child. The rules of social interaction in schools are easy enough for a well-adjusted kid to learn and to work within. Up at least into secondary school levels, parents can and should be the primary sources of knowledge. If you're comfortable with the child and the child is comfortable with life, kindergarten entry should hardly be worth a second thought.


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