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I have mentioned before and you may have picked up that I get great delight in colouring with the kiddies. And as a result, all of the kiddies spend many a good minute head bent over a colouring book, hand drawn sketch or their own creative etchings.

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I was colouring with the ‘youngest’ the other day and when we finished I realised that we had inadvertently taken pointers from the other. I never insist that they colour within the lines or use the correct colours for objects. I figure that in time their teachers would make those rules happen but while they are with me we can explore. So it was surprising to see that just from watching me colour she was colouring within the line. And my colours were not the colour that a giraffe is supposed to be.

Can you guess whose is who?

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Wish the other things in life were so easy. I have never been good at studying. I never did it! ( I had a good memory and I paid attention in class.) So I am finding it hard to insist that the big daughter buckle down and study her books. and boy does she need to She is doing Grade 4 Literacy and Numeracy today and Friday plus end of term exams.

I am not going to go into how I think that children shouldn’t be subjected to the rigours of exams and testing.

I just wish that I could lead by example in studying as well. Sigh

Exams can be unnerving no matter how prepared you are

so I am re-posting this list that I borrowed from the Gleaner ( ignore the GSAT parts information still valid)

TIPS FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS

  • Parents should remain calm
  • Parents are being encouraged to support, rather than pressure their children
  • Parents should focus on positive words in the eventuality that children have negative perceptions prior to the exam
  • Parents should help GSAT students refocus if they have doubts
  • GSAT students should be well rested before the exam
  • Parents should make plans for children to have a nutritious breakfast and a snack during the two days of the exam
  • Parents should not hover at the exam centres
  • Students should ensure that they take enough HB #2 pencils with them for the exam
  • Students should listen to the instructions of the examiners and concentrate on their own work
  • Students should be confident in themselves
  • Parents should find fun things for the children to do over the next day leading up to the exam, rather than focus on preparation for the exam

Wishing all the students taking Grade 4 Literacy and Numeracy

Plenty Hugs and Good Luck

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I remember when I did common entrance like it was yesterday.

That nut in my throat, the butterflies in my belly. I was so happy when it was over.

I do feel for the sweet children that have to go through the GSat testing tomorrow and Friday.

Because the road to these exams has been long and stuffed with plenty plenty work.

Wishing all those sitting them plenty luck, patience and remembering 😀

Saw this in a Gleaner article about the GSat and thought I would share it here….

TIPS FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS

  • Parents should remain calm
  • Parents are being encouraged to support, rather than pressure their children
  • Parents should focus on positive words in the eventuality that children have negative perceptions prior to the exam
  • Parents should help GSAT students refocus if they have doubts
  • GSAT students should be well rested before the exam
  • Parents should make plans for children to have a nutritious breakfast and a snack during the two days of the exam
  • Parents should not hover at the exam centres
  • Students should ensure that they take enough HB #2 pencils with them for the exam
  • Students should listen to the instructions of the examiners and concentrate on their own work
  • Students should be confident in themselves
  • Parents should find fun things for the children to do over the next day leading up to the exam, rather than focus on preparation for the exam

And to all the parents wishing you good luck and God filled patience.

 

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Well we have been busy over here… but definitely not doing any exciting Kid Friendly stuff.

Nope we have been busy in the land of long division, highlands and lowlands, fractions and oh yes collective, abstract and common nouns.

Being a kid is tough, but luckily Christmas is right around the corner!

I did the math and there are only 30days until school goes out for Christmas holidays over here WOOHOO! (I still can’t believe how quickly it has come this year!) Christmas is our all-time favourite time of the year. Ok so it is my favourite time of the year and the children just get to come along for the ride.

Anyway next week is exams for us so this weekend will be filled with lots of revisions and cramming. Yes I know they are only 10 and 8 but it is our reality.

Also going on this weekend:

Both events would probably see us there.

I am especially excited by the book launch we love Jamaican author Kellie Magnus children’s books here.

And we are also thinking to put up the Christmas lights! What do you think too early?

What are your plans for this weekend? Would it possibly include a restaurant outing for Restaurant Week?

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