High Desert Daily
(Victor Valley)–Every year, students all across the High Desert are sat down, handed pencils, and told that it’s time for their yearly state testing. Most of the time they are given a couple of weeks warning before the testing, but there is still a big deal made about these tests. Kids get nervous when the adults around them make a big deal out of something like this. What can you, as a parent, do to help ease your child’s anxiety over the state testing? It’s important to remember that children are our future and if they advance our economy and the well being of this country advances.
Get Some Rest – Of course we all know that children need their sleep, but did you know that most children don’t get their required hours of sleep every night? During your child’s state testing, it is so important that they get at least the recommended hours of sleep, nightly. No one wants their child so tired that they do poorly during the tests that matter most in their educational life. So even if it’s a battle, get those kids to bed on time or, better yet, early.
Be sure that your child eats a healthy dinner the night before a test. Having a healthy meal can help your child feel better and sleep better. Eating an unhealthy dinner can interfere with getting a restful sleep and it can even cause problems the following day. Feed your child a balanced meal with protein, veggies, and whole grains. Avoid fried or greasy foods. Your child will sleep well and wake up feeling better. Do not upset your child before bed. When children, and adults, go to bed upset or stressed out, this affects the quality of sleep. If your child doesn’t sleep well the night before a test, he/she isn’t likely to do as well on the test
Eat Breakfast – You’ve heard the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, it’s true. So make sure that you child isn’t so rushed off to school that they don’t have time for a good, nutritious breakfast beforehand. Just remember how bad you feel in the mornings when you’re trying to get your work done, but your stomach is growling so loudly that it’s a wonder your dog does growl right back. Feed those young bellies before the young minds need to think clearly at test time.
Speak Positive – All children will pick up on their parents feelings on any given subject, and that includes their state testing. So when you discuss this part of their schooling with them, always speak positive about it. Let them know that they will do great and you’ll be proud of them no matter what. Make sure that they know to do their best and that’s all you ask of them. And secretly remember that if your child does do poorly, the majority of schools have built-in test make-up days after the initial county-wide testing is over. So it’s not hopeless if your child needs more chances to get a good grade.
Do That Homework – When your child’s school starts preparing the students for their upcoming state tests, many teachers will send home practice worksheets, extra homework, and possibly even access codes for online practice tests. Make sure that your child understands that this homework is just as important (and possibly more so) as their regular homework and that it should be done with just as much diligence as the homework they do during the rest of the school year. So, as a parent, it is our responsibility to make sure that our children are doing this extra homework each night.
Don’t Skip School – Lastly, make sure that your child is at school, on time, and ready for action every day that the state tests are being administered. Attendance is mandatory. If your child has a dentist appointment scheduled, move it to late in the afternoon or to a completely different day. Don’t pick your child up early. And if they wake up not feeling well, make sure that they are really ill before letting them skip school that day. Testing is usually split up over several days so that the children don’t get overwhelmed, so make sure that your child understands that there will not be any random skipping of school during those days. If something drastic does happen and there’s nothing you can do to prevent a missed day, make sure that you find out exactly what days will be scheduled for make-up tests.
In the end, try to calm your child’s anxieties about the state testing, but also insure that they understand these tests are important to their educational advancement. Be supportive, be helpful, listen to their concerns, and let them know that you are there for them no matter what their scores are. None of us like to be tested, but sometimes it’s a necessary evil of our civilization.
Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Testing Kids!
3/4 cup of Cream of Wheat with 1/2 sliced banana on top. Serve with 1/2 cup of Milk, and two Turkey Sausage Links.
1 Whole-Wheat Bagel toasted, topped with 2 teaspoons Peanut Butter. Sprinkle a few Raisins on top. Serve with 1/2 cup Orange Juice and 1/2 cup of no-sugar added Apple Sauce.
1/2 cup Oatmeal, topped with Craisins or Raisins. Serve with 1/2 cup Milk and 1 slice Whole-Wheat Toast topped with an All-Fruit Spread.
1 Slice Breakfast Pizza, served with 1/2 cup Orange Juice and 1/2 cup fresh Blueberries, Strawberries or sliced Banana
1 Bran Muffin, served with 1/2 cup Pineapple Chunks and 1/2 cup Milk.
Raisin Toast, topped with 1 teaspoon Margarine and sprinkled with Cinnamon. Serve with 1/2 cup Applesauce or Cottage Cheese and 1/2 cup of Milk.
1 Hardboiled Egg, served with 1/2 toasted Whole Wheat Bagel, topped with finely shredded Cheddar Cheese. Serve with 1/2 cup Orange Juice.
1/2 cup Cottage Cheese topped with 1 teaspoon Toasted Wheat Germ. Serve with 1/2 cup Vegetable Juice and 1/4 cup Sliced Grapes.
1 small container of Fruit Yogurt. Serve with two Turkey Sausage Links, 1/2 cup Orange Juice and 1 Toasted Bagel topped with 1 teaspoon Margarine.
One cup Fruit Smoothie, served with 1/4 cup dry Cheerios on the side to add crunch and texture.
2 Scrambled Eggs, 1 slice Whole Wheat toast, topped with 1 teaspoon Margarine, serve with 1/2 sliced banana, and 1/2 cup 100 percent Cranberry Juice.
Combine 1/2 cup toasted Wheat Germ with 1/4 cup peanut butter. Spread mixture on apple slices or 1 sliced banana (sliced length-wise). Serve with 1/2 cup milk.
2 Pancakes topped with 1 teaspoon Margarine, and 1/2 cup of diced Granny Smith Apple. Sprinkle with Cinnamon. Serve with 2 Turkey Sausage Links and 1/2 cup 100 percent Fruit Juice.
1/2 grapefruit sprinkled with a small amount of sugar. Serve with Whole Wheat Toast topped with 2 teaspoons almond butter, and 1/2 cup juice or milk.
1 slice Banana Bread, 1 orange, 2 Turkey Sausage Links and 1/2 cup milk.