In the latter part of March, the guidance lessons for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students focused on preparing for the CRCT. Each grade level viewed a powerpoint appropriate for their grade level, followed by a question and answer period.
Parents can help their children prepare for the CRCT in several ways:
1. Daily preparation is the key to success. Take time to superivse and check your childrens' homework. This time investment will pay off in the long term.
2. Encourage your child to go on Study Island, First in Math and other skills tutoring sites. These sites make learning fun and provide great reinforcment of skills.
3. Help your children discover their strengths and weaknesses and help them address their weak areas. If they don't know their multiplication tables by memory, help them drill and memorize them. This will help them save time on the math portion of the test.
4. Make sure your child is getting plenty of sleep, exercise and a healthy breakfast during testing. Studies show that foods higher in protein prevent a drop in blood sugar levels that can cause hunger and mental "fuzziness." Although many of us can get by on 6-7 hours of sleep each night, growing children need 10-12 hours of sleep for optimum brain functioning!
5. Help allay fears about the test by encouraging your children to talk about it. Encourage them to think positive thoughts, think of images that make them feel relaxed and take deep, slows breaths to calm them down.
The lessons covered the following ASCA standards and competencies:
Academic Domain Standard A: Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge, and skills that contribute to effective learning in school and across the life span.
GC:AD-A2.1 Apply time-management and task-management skills GC:AD-A2.2 Demonstrate how effort and persistence positively affect learning Standard B: Students will complete school with the academic preparation essential to choose from a wide range of substantial post-secondary options GC:AD-B1.2 Learn and apply critical-thinking skills