The Testing Season is Upon Us
All parents want to see their child excel in school. As the testing season approaches, parents can play an important role in helping their children give their best performance on a test.
Check out these tips for a better learning experience:
1. Read to your children and have older children read to you.
2. Discuss with your children what they have read.
3. Make sure your child reads at least 20 minutes a day.
4. Know what kind of homework teachers expect and make sure your child completes the assignments.
5. Provide your child with a regular, quiet place to do homework.
6. Expect your child to take rigorous courses.
7. Take an active interest in what your child is doing in school. What is he/she learning? Communicate with them daily.
8. Access Study Island regularly.
Check out these tips for a better testing experience:
The Night Before Testing:
1. Be sure your child gets to bed on time. Research shows that a well-rested child will perform better in school.
2. Help children resolve any immediate arguments before going to bed.
3. Keep your routine as normal as possible. Upsetting natural routines may make children feel insecure.
4. Mention the test to show you are interested but don't dwell on it.
5. Plan ahead to avoid conflicts on the morning of the test.
The Morning of the Test:
1. Get up early to avoid rushing. Be sure your child is at school on time.
2. Provide a good breakfast for your child, but not a heavy one.
3. Have your child dress in something comfortable.
4. Be positive about the test. Acknowledge that tests can be hard and encourage your child to do their best.
After the Test:
1. Talk to you child about his/her feelings about the test and make sure you acknowledge their efforts.
2. Discuss what was easy and what was hard; discuss what your child learned from the test.
3. Explain that performance on a test is not a condition for you to love your child; you love your child for the person he/she is.