I don't know about your school, but this time of year is always a little stressful and crazy at our school. It is that dreaded time of year... time for Standardized Testing!!
As a kindergarten teacher, I don't feel quite the stress that my colleagues do, but you can't help to get wound up in the craziness when you are around it!! A few years ago we started something at our school to help include our youngest learners in this important time of year.
Each kindergarten class adopts a grade level during the test. Each morning during the duration of the test, our kindergarteners deliver a special message to their adopted grade level about what good test takers do. The older kids love seeing our smiling faces each day and hearing that last piece of advice before taking the test can't hurt either. :)
This year we have a western theme throughout our school, so our darlings are deputies!! Here is my posse I had with me today - The lead deputy is behind the camera :)
Here is an example of the messages we bring every morning. The teachers post these in their classrooms or outside on their doors and they serve as a visual reminder for their students.
My kids always have such a good time helping their older friends in the school....and it can't hurt to start hearing and talking about good test taking habits right now - hopefully it will help them when they are ready to take the test next year... :)