With FCAT less than one week away, it’s crunch time when it comes to making sure your children are prepared. In addition to offering practice problems, there are a variety of things parents can do to make sure their children are ready for the FCAT, or any test. Here are some suggestions:
Leading Up To FCAT
- Exercise – Make sure your child is active during the days leading up to the FCAT. Children should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Research has proven that children who are physically fit, and exercise on a regular basis, score higher on tests.
- Establish an Evening and Morning Routine – Set a proper bedtime and wake time leading up to the FCAT. This will establish a routine and get your child accustomed to going to bed at the proper time and waking up with enough time to get ready for school. Getting enough sleep allows the brain to retain information and be alert for the day.
- Have Fun – It is important to make sure that you allow your child time to decompress and not think about the upcoming FCAT. Test anxiety can cause children to under perform, so trying to curb some of that anxiety by allowing your child to engage in fun activities is very helpful.
Day Of Test
- Prepare a Healthy Breakfast – It is important to offer a balanced breakfast that will sustain your child throughout the day. Prepare a breakfast that is high in protein to keep them full throughout the morning, has complex carbohydrates such as whole grains or vegetables for a steady stream of energy that won’t make them crash and healthy fats to help absorb the foods’ nutrients.
- Stay Hydrated – Drinking water throughout the day will help your child stay hydrated and sharp. Staying hydrated helps people easily retain and recall information. Send your child to school with a refillable water bottle so he or she can stay hydrated throughout the day.
- Give Words of Encouragement – Tell your child that he or she will do well on the FCAT. Providing children with words of encouragement can have a positive effect on their self esteem. This has been proven to help children perform better on tests.