We love LEGO!

Did you know that building blocks are essential for cognitive development?Any kind of activity that includes fine-motor skills sends millions of impulses into the brain – building new synapses – thus expanding cognitive horizons of your little one ( this actually applies to humans of all ages!)

LEGOs are a must have educational toy for kids.  Boys and girls will love making these LEGO hearts!


So let your kids build – and rest assured that their brains are only getting smarter! 

Why gifted and talented testing?

So, many parents go about their daily routines raising their wonderful and smart children – until one fine day they find out that junior will need to take a placement test to get into a) pre-school,  b) private school, c) accelerated math in school or d)  all of the above!

What placement test?   Well, this really depends  on your school system or private school.  The major cognitive tests are CoGAT, NNAT, OLSAT,  Inview, SCAT … ok, there are many more.  And I’ll get into all of them in later blog posts.  The good thing is that there are plenty of online resources for parents and on Amazon to help with the placement testing process.

Here’re the marching orders:

  1. Be proactive!  – Find out from the school what tests are given to your child and when!
  2. Do a few practice tests with your child!  – This is a no brainer. Practice makes perfect.  Even the brightest kids do poorly on standardized tests!  Being familiar with test format, and question types is a life saver!
  3. Pep talk!   – Ok, I learned this the hard way with my eldest child.  Go through the test taking instructions with your kid.  If anything, talk about answering all the questions!  Do not leave any of the questions blank!  If running out of time,  just guess at the end.
  4. Supplement school curriculum with in-home worksheets and puzzles! – Ok, the U.S. early education system needs your help.  Don’t wade through the system.  Be your child’s advocate.  If junior is struggling with multiplication – work on multiplication worksheets, games, apps.  If analogies are hard – work on analogies with your child.  All the time you put into your child’s education is a great reward in itself! Your child’s success is even a greater reward!

Check out the resources that the Smarty Buddy Team has put together:

Elementary school aged kids:

  1. Smarty Buddy Inview Practice – Level 1 
  2. Smarty Buddy Inview Practice – Level 2
  3. Smarty Buddy CoGAT Practice
  4. Smarty Buddy SCAT  Practice
  5. Smarty Buddy Gifted and Talented Test  Practice
  6. Smarty Buddy App on Ios, Kindle, Android
  7. Smarty Buddy Multiplication App on IOS, Kindle, Android
  8. Smarty Buddy Division App on IOS, Kindle, Android
  9. Smarty Buddy Grade 1 Math App on IOS, Kindle, Android

Pre-school aged kids:

  1. Smarty Buddy My First Analogies


Welcome to the Smarty Buddy Blog!

Hey there!  You might have come across this blog and thought – oh,  just another blog…  Hopefully, our blog and discussions will help you in your journey to raising happy and successful kids!

The Smarty Buddy App team has been working very hard to create our product line, such that we completely put the “blogging” part on the back burner.  Not any more!

In this blog, we hope to discuss all the important aspects of parenting -education,  arts,  travel,  finance, and everything that helps us to grow as parents – and will hopefully benefit you and your family.

We have to disclose that we are the creators of Smarty Buddy App and authors of Smarty Buddy Books.  So our products will appear throughout our blog.

Happy reading!