|The recommendations below are for the typical gifted child taking the C level of the NNATŪ (Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability TestŪ) commonly given in Grade 2. NNATŪ and Naglieri Nonverbal Ability TestŪ are registered trademarks of NCS Pearson. The recommendations made here are those of thinktonight and are not endorsed by NCS Pearson.
Building Thinking Skills is my number one recommendation. Level 1 is for the typical child in Gr 2-3 and Level 2 for the typical child in Gr 4-6. The most difficult questions on the NNATŪ will require analysis skills at the level of those presented in Level 2 but you might want to start with Level 1 and work up. The software covers the same skills, with the same examples, but the presentation is very different. For the NNATŪ you want just the non-verbal activities in Building Thinking Skills. Have a look at the sample pages (click on "more info" below for the product you are interested in) and see how difficult your child finds them.
Visual Perceptual Skill Building teaches a child how to really perceive what they see. It's one of the skills you need to understand what the NNATŪ questions are asking of you. There is a choice of book or software. The book is printed in black and white. The software contains a pdf file of the same book in color. Many of the exercises can be done on the computer and color adds an extra layer of challenge.
Think Ahead Games requires children to find a path through a grid of shapes. They need to recognize patterns, classify, compare and contrast and more. These skills are all required to perform well on the NNATŪ. Think Ahead Games has adjustable difficulty levels so works well for all ages.
Memory Challenge is focused solely on visual memory. While this is not tested for in the NNATŪ a child with a strong visual memory has usually developed skills while developing that memory which positively impact testing. Memory Challenge has adjustable difficulty levels so works well for all ages.
Thinker Doodles are best described by viewing the sample pages. For young children it is important to develop the visual skills necessary to complete these problems (the fine motor component isn't relevant for the NNATŪ).
SET is a game of visual perception. It can be played solitarie or with multiple players. It requires the identification of sets of cards based on four attributes - color, symbol, number and shading. The ability to quickly identify similarities and differences and classify them into sets will stand a child in good stead in a test like the NNATŪ.