When Kaden came out after taking the test (Language and Reading portion today), I asked him… “So how do you think you did?”
“I aced it,” he answered.
Such confidence! I hope he’s right! I’ll let you in on a little secret, though… WE DIDN’T STUDY OR PREPARE FOR IT AT ALL – NOT ONE BIT. The only thing I showed him how to do in preparation for this test was USE A CALCULATOR. They are allowing the kids (as young as third grade) to use a calculator on some of the problems… and my son has NEVER used one for Math. I don’t remember using a calculator until junior high (and not that often)!
Over dinner tonight (grilled cheese and tomato soup with a side of leftover peas and onions and a little fresh cauliflower) Kaden told us that the test he took was the “Iowa Skills Test”. He told me about having to make an “educated guess” on one of the “punctuation” questions. He said there was a little boy he met (a ‘new friend’) that was going much faster than he was. He said he only finished one part of the test faster than that little boy. His sister (age 7, grade 2) had been listening intently to him speak. She said, “I guess that other boy who went so fast was FROM IOWA, and that’s why he did so good on the test.”
I got a kick out of that. It is funny how kids take most things so literally.
Say a little prayer for us. We’re truckless (another breakdown that will involve a tow-truck tomorrow and possibly a bill we can’t afford), testing for the next two days (have to be there at 8:30am and sit around for four hours waiting), and plum tuckered out. I just popped a Benadryl because of all the pollen (we hit the park with some homeschool buddies this afternoon)… so I’m off to catch some much needed rest. Have a super Monday night and Tuesday morning!