It’s EOG Time

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Students throughout North Carolina are taking end-of-grade tests this week. Aligned with the Common Core standards, students will need to be on their A game to make their best scores, especially third graders who are up against the latest standards for Read to Achieve. Third-graders must pass the reading portion of the EOG in order to advance to the fourth grade, or attend six-week summer reading camp.

I don’t have a child in school yet, but hear from many parents how stressful EOGs can be on kids. I’m a believer that learning should be positive and enjoyable, and filling in bubbles seems to be stressing kids out more than helping them.

Here are some tips you can use to help them feel less stressed about the tests this week.

Parent University offers these tips to help students prepare:
· Encourage your child to get a good night’s sleep before the test.
· Provide your child with a nutritious breakfast before the test.
· Set your alarm a little early each morning and make your time together at home pleasant and encouraging.
· Make sure your child arrives at school on time.
· Give your child a hug and let them know you have confidence in them.

And when it comes to the actual test taking, these three tips can help them work their through the tough questions. Tip No. 1: Prioritize. If unsure of an answer, use a number system to show the level of confidence in an answer, and then go back and check the answer again.

A little note in their book bag that also encourages them seems like a nice, encouraging touch. And remind them to just relax and breathe.