Ways to Help Our Kids Get Through PARCC Testing

I’m not ashamed to say that school wasn’t my favorite place to go

Sharpened number 2 pencils in hand, two to be exact, a good breakfast and out the door and off to school for a full day of testing.Oh, how I dreaded those days.Although I cringed the days of testing, the apprehension was higher when the results were in.

I’m not ashamed to say that school wasn’t my favorite place to go, but I also can look back with slight regret wondering what if, things would have worked out differently?What if school had been my prized place to go.Knowing that dwelling on the ‘What ifs’ changes nothing, I keep those experiences in mind and I’m always looking for ways to help make my kids look at school differently than I did.

how I help my kids get through the testing as stress free as possible

This week many of our kids, grades 3rd through 8th and high school will begin taking the PARCC Tests. Short story long, PARCC is PARTNERSHIP FOR ASSESSMENT OF READINESS FOR COLLEGE AND CAREERS.That’s a darn mouthful.I’m not here to debate if this testing is beneficial or battle out my beliefs of the Common Core State Standards.I’m just here so I won’t get fined LOL.For real though, I’m sharing how I help my kids get through the testing as stress free as possible and hoping you may adopt some of my ideas or spark your creativity to come up with your own.

One thing I do to help my kids look at school differently than I did growing up, is by sharing some of my experiences with them, when I see them facing similar battles that I faced growing up.Of course when sharing my experiences I have to be selective with each child and make sure I share what’s age appropriate for them at the time.I think it also let’s them see that, although I’m a parent now, I’ve walked in their shoes and I know how this may be challenging for them.Hopefully this helps them feel comfortable and willing to come and talk to me when they need someone to talk to.

Another way I like to shine some light on my kids educational experience, is to make sure that when they’re testing, things on the homefront are as stress free as possible.Here’s 10 ways I do this and depending on what type of test and the severity of the stress it can cause, I may subtract a few or add some more.

Prayer

This is where I begin and this is where I end, praying with and for my children when they’re about to take a test.Although I pray for my children daily, taking their hand and letting them hear me pray for them is refreshing to their souls.Though they may not always say it, they have come to me later and said thanks for praying for me, mom.I’m thankful to the Lord for allowing me to come to Him with my concerns and when I see Him answer my prayers.

Practice

From spelling test to PARCC, practice, practice, practice.A few weeks ago we had a parent meeting at my daughter’s school informing us of what we needed to know before our kids took the PARCC test.That’s when we received website information for the practice test.Daily Jala spent time on the site taking the practice test and getting familiar with the type of questions that would be asked and how to solve them.We both thought it was helpful because it gave her and myself insight on the testing process ahead of time.

Breakfast

Let’s make sure they get a good meal before leaving the house while testing.Does this mean you have to cook breakfast every single morning?No, but if you want to go right ahead.You can also make breakfast ahead of time, a bowl of cereal, smoothie or some quick frozen breakfasts meals that you can heat up in the microwave will do.I also like to ask my kids what they’ll like in the morning.If they say cereal, cereal it is and they better not expect bacon, eggs, grits and pancakes, if they suggested cereal.

Snack

Seeing as though I like to have dinner done before the kids get home, eating dinner at 3 o’clock is a bit early.So, after a long testing day at school coming home to a refreshing snack always makes the day.Days like this really calls for a tasty smoothie, some fruit, yogurt or whatever snacks your kids enjoy.

Dinner

Ain’t nothing like a home cooked meal and what better way to end the day with dinner.

Get Clothes Ready for the week

Of course you can set out the clothes the night before, but if you can do it for the entire week…Do it!You’d thank yourself in the morning.

Hair

For us moms with natural brown girls, throwing the hair up in a ponytail…is as is as it gets.However, when I put Jala’s hair in a ponytail I have to do this every morning for the entire week.That’s when braiding her hair up into french braids trumps the ponytail. So, I shampoo and condition her hair.

Then, braid it into french braids and it’ll look beautiful the entire week.This helps make our mornings a breeze.

Go to bed early

Jala has a 9 o’clock bedtime.I’m sure that may be considered a bit late for some, but it works well for us.Every night about a half hour before bedtime, Jala gets some “ME TIME’.During this time she gets to either watch one of her favorite Youtube channels or have some reading time.This week this won’t change. She’ll have her “ME TIME” and she’ll go to sleep between 8 o’clock and 8:30 to make sure she get’s enough rest and she’s bright eyed and bushy tail in the morning.

Stress Free

Um, who doesn’t like a stress free home?I know I do and that’s one thing I’ve always strive to do was to create a peaceful atmosphere in our home.

Set Timers To Get To School On Time

Last and definitely not least, I set some timers to make sure our mornings are flowing smoothly to get the kids off to school on time.Who wants to get to school late and have to rush to get in their seat right before a test?Not me and our kids don’t either.Check out this post on how I set timers to stay on track.Not trying to toot my own horn, but I don’t think Jala has any tardies this year.Not bad for a mama that received detentions for being late all the darn time when I was in school.So thankful for maturity.

Hope this gave you some ideas on how to help your kids make it through PARCC testing and any other testing they may have coming up.What are some of the things you do to make sure your kids get through testing stress free?

 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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3 Things I’ve Learned From My Daughter Taking Swim Lessons

When my kids play sports, I tend to learn a lot about myself.The good, the bad and my inconsistencies.My youngest has been swimming now for a little over a year and the first thing I learned about myself when she began swimming…
1.An old dog doesn’t want to learn new tricks.

My sweet mother attempted to give me swim lessons at our local YMCA when I was a little girl.After the first day of lessons and a horrifying water going up my nostrils experience, I quit!Stick a fork in me because this shriveled up girl was DONE!I told my daughter about my life shaking experience and she’s convinced that I should either take swim lesson or she would teach me herself.We’re all familiar with the saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Well, this old dog doesn’t want to learn new tricks!I was done the day I took one leap out of that pool to exit and I’m still done today.

2.I have helicopter mom tendencies.

Really don’t think there’s any explaining with this one.If you’re not helicoptermomish…your kids are the one’s I see running around the grocery store without supervision 😉

3.Don’t beat myself up over what I didn’t do with my older kids.
It’s easy to get stuck in the regret of what I didn’t allow my older kids to learn. What’s done is done and what they were able to learn and participate in, was sufficient. Next.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Things My Husband Say All The Time

We all have strange, weird, unusual, only we can say it, sayings.  Like when I was younger my mother would always say,

We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

Which meant, I don’t feel like talking about that now and when we’re about to cross that bridge, I’m going to say it again.

Well, there’s a whole bunch of sayings my husband says and I don’t think he’ll ever stop saying them.  Ever!  He’s guaranteed to say one of these sayings per day if not, all in a day.

Here we go

Twos and fews

Which means this or that.

Peace and Hair grease

If you don’t take nothing else, take it easy.

Take your time going, but hurry back.

This one I despise because he says it whenever I leave the house.

Ain’t nothing slick to a can of oil.

It’s like pissing in the wind, it’s all on you.

Yes, he says that.

Chilling like a villain trying to touch the ceiling.

A whole bunch of nothing.

in response to someone asking what’s going on.

The one that tops everyone of these is said on a daily basis….

Sounds like a plan.

Does you spouse have any favorite sayings?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Scripture of The Week: Proverbs 21:9 – Are you a quarrelsome wife?

Lord, the man you gave me made me do it….. is what I’d love to say after trying to make my argument with my husband.  The past few weeks I’ve been working on zipping my lips.  I really need help with zipping my lips and how to respond non argumentative. The main reason meditating and breathing God’s word is a must in my life.

 

Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

 

proverbs 21 9

 

Do you have trouble zipping your lips or responding appropriately to your spouse?  Let’s work on this together and see the Lord work in our mind’s, heart’s and mouth’s.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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What’s in Our Picnic Basket #LoveandMarriage

My husband and I had it all planned out. Drop the kids off at Vacation Bible School and head over to the park for a little quality time together for a picnic. As soon as we dropped the kids off it began to pour down raining. This  lead us to putting our creative skills to work.   Head home and enjoy our picnic on the Living Room floor.

picnic

We were determined to have a picnic. LOL

 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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