PARENT TIPS: It’s That Time of Year for Testing Your Child’s Reading!
Reading tests will always be a part of your child’s educational journey. Although it conjures up negative feelings, assessment is necessary.
The dreaded “high-stakes” testing is around the corner. The Common Core Standards have just been unveiled this year. What is a parent to do to minimize their stress and more importantly, the stress of their child?
PARENT TIPS to lessen the stress for your child:
- The International Literacy Association offers this informative brochure to help guide your understanding about reading tests. Click on the ‘parents’ tab and look for the brochure on preparing your child for tests. The first step for helping your child is to be informed yourself.
- Eat Right to Relieve Stress
Shake-Em-Up Scrambled Eggs
Utensils: sharp knife + cutting board + 1-quart jar with cover + large skillet + pancake turner
Ingredients: 1 medium tomato + 4 eggs + 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (about 2 ounces) + 1/2 teaspoon salt + dash pepper + 1 tablespoon butter or margarine or olive oil
Directions: 1) wash and cut stem end from 1 tomato. Chop the tomato into 1/2 inch pieces on cutting board. PLACE IN JAR. 2) Add 4 eggs, 1/2 cup shredded cheese, 1/2 teaspoon salt and dash of pepper to the chopped tomato in the jar. COVER THE JAR TIGHTLY and SHAKE WELL. 3) Melt 1 tablespoon of butter or margarine or olive oil in skillet over low heat. Tilt and turn the skillet to coat evenly. 4) Pour the egg mixture into the hot skillet and cook over a medium heat. Turn gently with pancake turner as the mixture starts to set at the bottom. 5) Cook until the eggs are cooked through but are still moist. 5-8 minutes.
Variations: use chopped celery, or green pepper in place of or in addition to the tomato. You could even add 1/2 cup of chopped ham, turkey, or bacon. Your child can decide.
Buckaroo Buckeye’s CAUTION TO PARENTS: I know mornings are busy for families getting ready for work and school. It would be so much easier to grab a breakfast for your child at the local fast-food restaurant but research shows that children who rely upon fast-food for meals will perform below those children who don’t on academic tests!