I can smell it in the air…testing season is upon us. I, like most educators, hate (strong word, it’s appropriate) the amount of testing we do. It seriously interferes with learning time. But that’s another topic for another time. This post is to give you tips you can easily implement to help your tiny human get through this season.
Write a letter to your child to read before testing. Think of it as a quick pep talk. I REEEEAAAALLLLYYYY encourage a letter on the day your tiny human has the test on the subject they find most challenging.
Teach your tiny human to have positive self talk. (How we speak to our kids becomes their inner voice so hopefully they hear you cheering them on all the time.) Short affirmations can refocus your child and keep them determined. I am a hard worker, I got this, I’m doing my best, etc.
Have an uneventful morning. Kids are…well they’re often a train wreck. They have on one shoe. They can’t find their favorite shirt, they haven’t brushed their teeth. AAAAUUUUGGGGHHHH! but…try to remain calm. An argument first thing in the morning means they aren’t as focused on the task at hand.
Relax…you and your tiny human. It’s just a test. A test does not define you or your child.