The South

Where tea is sweet and accents are sweeter; summer starts in April; front porches are wide and words are long; macaroni and cheese is a vegetable; pecan pie is a staple; Y’all is the only proper pronoun; chicken is fried and biscuits come with gravy; everything is darling and someone is always getting their heart blessed. -unknown

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Testing and other things.

Well, today begins SAT testing for Brooks as school. I had forgotten that you had to take those tests every two years while in school. Luckily, they had taken some practice tests to help them prepare for it.

I keep thinking that he has many more years of this ahead, and can't help but feel a little sorry for him. On the other hand, he has no idea what lies ahead for him, and that is the way it should be.

He told me all about how you have to bubble in the entire circle or it might not count. He also told me all about getting a good night's sleep before the test, and eating a good breakfast. He seems a little excited about something out of the ordinary to do.

The boys both got their report cards yesterday. Brooks got all A's. I am so proud of him again, only because I didn't think he would. I don't think I got all A's at his age. Reese did good in all of his areas of testing. (Like recognizing letters, numbers, counting, writing, etc.) It is so funny to compare the two report cards. However, Reese needs to work on his conduct. One thing in particular was not instructing other children on what he thinks they need to do. Oh my!

In other news, we are gearing up for baseball season to start. Brooks is being coached by a fellow member of church, so we are excited about that. His team name was up in the air for awhile, but has finally been settled on, "High Voltage." I think that is such a cool name for a team. Maybe we will draw lightening bolts on their faces before game time. Along with these upcoming games, is knowing that I am going to have to keep up with Reese at the ball field while these games are going on. (Sigh!) Last year we put a florescent yellow hat on him, so I could find him quickly. Now, where is that hat?
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tamara said...

Yay for baseball!!! My fellow baseball fanatic will be back!!!!!!! :) By the way, David is testing this week as well, and he has said NOTHING about it. He could care less. I remember taking it so seriously. Where's the happy medium?

Louise said...

I love the hat idea!!
And they are so smart!!! I can't believe they are already testing!!! I don't remember doing that so early!!!

Erika said...

Peyton has their big standard testing, the FCATs, the week before I'm due. They prepare these kids for this test ALL YEAR. It's crazy. For that reason alone, I don't want to have her a week early.

carrie said...

I feel really sorry for the kids today. The pressure to do well on these tests is crazy! Here in Tn they are a portion of their grade starting this year. I think that is overboard especially since i suffer from test anxiety. I also know, from a teacher's perspective, it is a lot of pressure on them, too. I hope he does well!