Monday, March 23, 2015

10 ways to say Good Luck to kiddos taking exams


Do your kiddos/grandkids/neighbors take state mandated tests?  Here in Texas we are gearing up for the dreaded STAAR tests.  I have kiddos in the 4th and 7th grades so they will be taking two days of the Writing assessment test next week and then the Reading and Math portion come later in April.  I love to have a little something waiting at their breakfast spot to let them know I'm thinking about them and wishing them good luck on their tests.  Read on for my top 10 ways to say Good Luck to your kiddos during exams!

1.  Smartie Pants - We know to send them off with a good night's rest and a good breakfast - but a few Smarties never hurt anyone!
printable found here
2.  You're no Air Head! - My teen LOVES air heads so I knew this had to make my top ten!
3. Lunch Box printables - Slip one of these into their lunch box for a guaranteed smile!  My favorite one is "I'm your greatest FAN!"
4.  Simply the Best (no link found to original source) - a cute way to serve OJ the morning of the test
5.  You are EXTRAordinary - (no link found to original source) - kiddos love chewing gum - and it's a great stress relief!
6. You ROCK - You can paint an actual rock or I was thinking Pop Rocks would be fun for this too!
7.  CHEWS your answers carefully - More bubble gum greatness!  Could also work for gummy bears or anything chew-y! :)
8. Don't go BANANAS - Here's a healthy option to balance out all the extra sugar from above.
9. ORANGE you glad testing is almost over?! - This would be fun to deliver to your kiddos class once all the tests are complete!
10. You're so SHARP - everyone knows fresh pencils write better! :) Send your kiddos to school with a few new writing instruments for maximum efficiency!
printable found here

Do you have fun traditions that you do with your kiddos before big tests?  We'll be saying extra prayers for a calm mind, intentional thoughts, and extra wisdom during the next few weeks!  I have more fun school related ideas on my School Stuff Pinterest Board.  You can check it out here:

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Have a blessed day!  Gig 'em and God bless!
Holly

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Thank you, Karissa from A Fresh Start, for featuring my ways to wish good luck to kiddos taking exams!  Much love!

30 comments:

  1. GREAT ideas, Holly! Alise will be testing a few weeks after Easter Break. I will definitely keep these ideas in mind for her class! And what's even better, she can help assemble them, too!

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    1. Thanks, Laura! I love these ideas because they are super duper easy to execute - I can even pull them together right before I head to bed (cause sometimes things get done at the last minute around here!) :) Good luck to Alise on her tests!

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  2. Those are some GREAT ideas, Holly! I will definitely need to remember them for the next test.
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    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Alisha! I'm always on the looking for little a little "happy" gift! :) Have a great day!

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  3. These are really cute ideas!! I'll have to save for later! Thanks for linking up!!

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    1. Thanks, Keri! Super cute and easy - my favorite kind of "happy" gifts! :) Thanks for hosting! The group of co-hosts for Tuesday Talk are such a great group of girls!!!

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  4. Thankfully I have friends like you to alert me that there are actually tests going on!! Clueless

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    1. Haha! I always add it to my calendar. I wouldn't have known it with Colby but it's definitely on my radar with Holden!

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  5. My girls are 26 and 22 and my youngest is a senior at Fresno State....during finals week, I always try to send care packages! They love them and so do the roommates! HAHA when they were younger, and still at home, I always made sure to give them healthy breakfasts and little treats when they got home!

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    1. I LOVE to send care packages! We like to send our nieces and family friends little goodies during finals. Maybe I'll do a post soon about what we include in our boxes! I know they LOVE receiving a little surprise in the mail! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

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  6. Stopping by from Penny's Passion link up! These are really cute ideas! I'll have to remember them, for down the road. My little one is only one:)
    Lindsey

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    1. Hi, Lindsey! I'm so glad you stopped by! Enjoy your little one - school seems SO far away but you'll look up and they'll be in middle school before you know it. It use to really irritate me when people said that to me :) but now I completely understand! Thanks again for stopping by! Hope you'll come back soon!

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  7. What cute ideas! I can't wait for Xavier to get more involved in school and such to be able to give him little things here and there :)

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa! I'm always on the lookout for inexpensive, easy, and cute ideas to made an ordinary day just a little bit better! It's so much fun to get a surprise and I love doing it for the kiddos. Xavier will be there before you know it! Thanks for hosting the link-up! Have a great day!

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  8. Such cute ideas! I'll definitely be tucking these away for when my little one is in school!

    Glad I found you through the Momma Told Me link-up!

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    1. Thank you, Brandyn! Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you back soon! Have a great evening!

      Holly

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    MAria

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    1. Thank you for letting me know, Maria! I linked up a couple of things I had this week and I've also added your button to my link-ups page. I host a link-up on Wednesday and would love to have you! It's open from Wednesday through Saturday each week. Thanks for stopping by! Have a super weekend!

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  10. Thank you for contributing to Motivational Monday!

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  11. I love this! My daughter is only 3 so no state testing as of yet, but I've been hearing a lot about the state mandated testing and it's not great feedback.
    Love the idea having something to encourage them.

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    1. Thanks, Tiffany! Yes, the state mandated tests cause lots of stress and worry - my poor daughter was in tears last night. :( I had pencils laid out this morning and it MADE HER MORNING! No tears and she left for school with a little extra dose of confidence. I love finding little ways to encourage them! Thanks for stopping by While I'm Waiting! Have a wonderful week!

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  12. Holly - thanks for sharing these cute ideas. I am visiting from Katherine's Corner Blog Hop. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi, Debi! So glad you stopped by! I laid out pencils this morning for the first day of testing and my kids loved them! Something so simple but a super easy way to start their morning with a little bit of happy. Thanks again for stopping by!

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  13. This is a wonderful idea to help keep the kids motivated during a stressful time. I hope they do well on the tests!

    And thank you so much for linking up with us at the Thank Goodness It's Thursday party!

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    1. Thank you for hosting, Sarah! Such a fun link up! Happy you stopped by! The kiddos woke up to find a few freshly sharpened pencils and a little reminder of how "sharp" we think they are. :) Thank you for the thoughts! I know they will do great (and will be super happy when the tests are over!). Have a wonderful week!

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  14. Thank you for the super cute ideas :)

    I will be putting these to use when my hubby's jr. high class has to take the science test. (btw my husband is a jr. high science teacher - I didn't want anyone to be confused and think my husband is in the 8th grade ha ha)

    Have a great week :)

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    1. JulieAnn, you made me giggle with your clarification! :) Aren't these super cute ideas? I used the pencil one yesterday and the Smarties one today. And, please tell your hubby thank you for teaching middle schoolers - there's a special place in Heaven for him (coming from a mom of a middle schooler) :)

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  15. Another signature post from you! Pinned this one too. Thank you for always inspiring parents to get outside their comfort zone and love on their kiddos a little bit more.

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    1. Thank you, sweet friend! These darn tests can be so stressful for them so it's the least I can do as a mom to send them out the door with a smile on their face knowing I'm thinking and praying for them! Thanks for sharing!

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