Many of the kids like the challenge of being timed, but some get very nervous about it. To combat the test nerves, I teach them breathing techniques to help them focus and relax. We also do positive visualizations of ourselves feeling very comfortable with the test, knowing a lot of the answers easily, and feeling good about the test when it is completed. They giggle the first couple of times we do this, but then they ask to do it as the year progresses. I think relaxation techniques are important for young children to learn. We live in such a high stress society, we need to help our young ones learn to deal with the pressures they will come face to face with.
I am so glad we have Monday off! Have a great weekend everyone.