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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Monday Mama Inspiration: Anxious?

It’s MonYAY!Hope you’re excited to begin this new week.However, I know that many of us can often experience anxiety in our lives and for some Mondays aren’t, MonYAY.Life’s trials, struggles and disappointments can be sure to leave us a bit anxious.

I’m always thankful for God’s word and this past month I’ve been experiencing some anxiety.Which led me to really lean in on God’s word and meditate on His promises.If I hadn’t, I would be a nervous wreck.Tore up from the floor up not knowing which way to go and definitely not easy to live with.Spending time in His word and in prayer restores my soul and helps me to focus on my Savior and not my problems.

In the book of Matthew it says, But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.When reading this I realized how my priorities were out of whack and I had to get them straight.My top priority is to seek God’s kingdom.Not mine, not the world’s or anyone else’s.My first concern is to Seek God’s kingdom, His rulership, sovereignty and authority and to seek His righteousness.His way of doing things, not my own.My waY is SCARY 🙁

I Hope that as you begin your week, you make seeking God’s kingdom and His righteousness your top priority. That’s what kingdom women do.

 

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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Hymnal Art/Hymnal Journaling

I’m sure I’m not the only one that remembers singing hymns growing up.Back then I had no appreciation nor understanding of what I was singing.However, as your relationship with the Lord grows and He brings you or of trials and test, your appreciation grows for those things you didn’t understand.

Today, I’m sharing how I use an old church hymnal to do hymnal art/hymnal journal in.I’m also sharing with a treasured hymnal I have from my grandmother’s church.I remember using one of these same hymnals when I would go to church with her.Check out the video below to see how I use it and why I enjoy doing hymnal art

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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Gardening Plans 2017 #GardenTalk

Let’s get our garden talk on!The weather here in the Chicagoland area has been amazing.We’re definitely aren’t out of the woods, but we certainly can’t complain.With the weather being so amazing this has giving us the opportunity to get some yard work done and begin making our garden plans for the year.

Check out the video below and let’s get our garden talk on!

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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Beaded Bookmark Tutorial Using Pantone Color of the Year

Who doesn’t love a cute bookmark and who doesn’t love some beautiful jewelry? Let’s combine the two and you have a Beaded Bookmark.Today I’ll be showing you how to create this beautiful beaded bookmark using the Pantone color of the year, green.

If you’ve seen my tutorial on how to Create Your Own Valentine Jewelry Set, many of the tools and supplies I used for that, we’ll use to create this Beaded Bookmark.

Tools

Beads of choice

Jewelry Wire

Seed Beads

Crimp Beads

Jewelry Crimper (Optional because you can use jewelry pliers as well)

Jewelry Pliers

First thing you want to do is pick out some green beads or color of choice.

 

Here are the beads I’m using for this project and I’m so happy I had these colors on hand.If you’re not a green kinda gal, choose the colors of your choice.I have a few green clothing items in my closet, but believe me it’s definitely only a few items and I’m sure many of us don’t grab the green item before colors like, black, pink etc.Let me know if green is your favorite color?

The next thing you’ll need is some beading wire.I’m using this silver beading wire and love the size because it allows the bookmark and any other jewelry you create with it to have some flexibility.

Next, you’ll need to get the book you’re creating this bookmark for.I’m creating this one for my journal bible, but I’ll also be able to use this bookmark in many other books too.Lay the wire inside your book to measure the length you’d like the bookmark.

After you’ve measured the desired length of your wire you can either preplan the layout of your beads or freestyle it.But before we begin loading the beads we’re going to use a crimp bead and create a closure at the bottom of the bookmark.This closure hangs out the bottom of your book and helps keep the bookmark in place.

Now, load up the beads beginning with the seed beads.Adding the seed beads may be the most tedious part of this project and they will be majority of the beadwork because you want them to lay neatly in the fold of your book.

After you’ve added all of the seed beads you’re going to get as creative as you’d like to add a creative flair to the end of your bookmark.This is the part of the bookmark that will hang from the top of your book and seen by all.So, make sure it’s CAUUUTE!

Lastly, added the same technique that we added at the bottom of the bookmark with the hoop closure and it’s done.Do you have a book in mind to create a bookmark for?If you get a chance to create this bookmark be sure to share it with me on Instagram I’d love to see it. Use the hashtag #HelpMamaRemote

 

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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