Welcome and Happy New Year!
We’re back in the swing of things and children have returned to school. Do you know that many students are taking diagnostic tests starting this week? That’s right! After students have been home for two weeks during winter break, testing begins as soon as they return to school. And, the testing season ends in May. Yes, nearly five months of testing.
Now, we could sit here all day and complain about students having to take so many tests. We’re far beyond that point. I’m more concerned about taking action and creating solutions. In my ebook that was released this summer, How to Conquer the School Year Successfully: Success Tips for Parents & Children, I suggest that you beat the calendar.
The best way that you can prepare your child to conquer testing successfully is to plan and prepare. Derek Triplett always says, “Prepare while you have the time because when the time comes, you won’t have time to prepare.” He is absolutely right!
So, how can you prepare your child for the testing season?
- Ask for a copy of the testing schedule. It will definitely help your child when you know what tests they will take. We must ensure that children get to bed on time and eat a healthy breakfast. Additionally, children show a greater concern about their academics when their parents are aware of what’s going on.
- Keep children active on days out of school. Learning should happen around the clock. We seem to think that learning stops at the sound of the dismissal bell. Why do we believe that children should be out of school without engaging in any academic material? Bookstores offer several workbooks for you to choose from, and there are thousands of free resources that you can Google. And, don’t forget about the hundreds of academic APPS that you can download. Most importantly, ask your child’s teacher for activities and lessons.
- Encourage children. I’m sure we all agree that children take too many tests. But, right now, we are past that point as I previously mentioned. Children do not need to hear us complaining about testing. Instead, we must build their confidence! They must know that they are greater than a test. We will see significant results if we help to strengthen and improve their mindsets.
How do you feel about testing? Are you ready to prepare your children to do their best? Let me know by commenting below!
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