If it’s May, that likely means that your son or daughter is anticipating the end of another long school year. It also means that before they reach that nirvana, they must endure the dreaded end-of-year testing.
It seems like many of our schools are driven by these tests that determine not only whether our children advance to the next grade level, but also the overall grade for the school — which might impact teacher raises, salaries, or their jobs altogether.
It’s a lot of pressure to put on a child.
There are many things that parents can do to prepare their child for this rigorous testing. Here are a few ideas.
1. Talk About It
Don’t avoid the subject. Your kids know the tests are coming, so be open and honest about it and try to help them feel comfortable with it. Try to discuss the exams in positive terms and inquire about their feelings regarding the tests. Don't push, but ask them about their preparation and what they’ve been doing in school to get ready. Reinforce these lessons at home to make them feel more comfortable.
2. Help Them Prepare
If it’s possible for you to go over material for the tests, by all means, do so. Even if your child is getting these lessons in school, it can't hurt to reinforce them at home. The important key here is to not put undue pressure on them by demanding they study with you. Make it seem quick and easy with low stress. This approach will be much more successful.
3. Show Them Relaxation Techniques
Teach your child some relaxation techniques to use during the test like deep breathing, visualization, and focus.
4. Make Sure They Get Enough Sleep
The night before the test, make sure that your child doesn’t have a lot on their plate with extracurricular activities or other demands on their time. Make sure that they're in bed at a decent hour and that everything is ready for school in the morning.
5. Don't Rush the Morning Of
Try to have a healthy breakfast ready to go with plenty of time to spare for the morning of the test. If you prepare ahead of time and leave little to chance, you’ll have a much greater chance of success.
6. Meet With Their Teacher
If your child is having a rough time and is overly anxious about the tests, make an appointment with their teacher or principal. Explain your concerns and see if there are any tips to pass along to your child. When it comes to this type of high-level and high-stakes testing, it truly takes a village.
How do you help your child prepare for testing? Share with us in the comments!