We began our state testing today.  Dun. Dun. Duuuuuuuuuuun.

It’s a big day in my world.  It’s the day that leads to all those decisions on whether the kids have learned enough.  On whether the kids can apply their knowledge.  On whether I’m good enough.

There are so many things I’d like to say in response to that.  Like, you know, where kids are at when they walk into my room on the first day of school.  Or, you know, the fact that I’ve had 9 new kids arrive in my room throughout the year this year that did not start the first day.  I’ve had 7 kids leave, and of those 7, 3 came after the beginning of the year, and have already left again.  But, you know, let’s put all of our eggs into one basket to determine major decisions in their, and my, educational path.  I digress.

To pump the kids up a bit, and give them something positive to start each testing day, I bought some fun treats and came up with some cute, motivating sayings to help brighten their mornings before testing.

Use a Sharpie to draw on string cheese and attach this cute saying to give kids a boost before major tests.

Yesterday, before we even began testing, everyone got one of these.  I just used a Sharpie to draw on the string cheese.  If you don’t live in a snowy area, or if your testing is later in the year, this may not make sense.   But for Winterpocalypse2014 here in Chiberia, this works perfectly!

Use candy canes and a fun saying as a way to give kids treats before state testing.

This morning, we began round 1 of testing.  There are three tests on the applied skills portion of our state testing and today was our Math portion.  This also gave the kids some peppermint, since I’ve heard that it also improves focusing.  Can’t hurt, right?  My Scentsy was also going, just in case…. 🙂

Use a donut and a witty saying to pump kids up for state testing.

{No, your screen didn’t suddenly change.  The other images were taken at work.  These were taken at home since we haven’t continued testing yet.  I haven’t yet mastered photography, not that I think I ever will!}

On Monday, for the next round of testing, each kid will get a mini donut and this note.  We’ll be doing our writing assessment prompt, and they’ll need some motivation to continue writing for the extended period of time.

I’ll also pass these out on Tuesday for the last test of this round.  It really works that the testing falls during Easter since I found tons of Easter candy that works!

Use candy and cute tags to give kids a boost before state testing.

We’ll finish out this week test free, but the following week begins our next round of tests- the big one!  The you-must-pass-this-or-you-are-retained test.  The big kahuna.  We’ll have some new treats each day for this test as well.

Treats to help motivate kids for testing.


Use Tootside Rolls and this cute tag as a treat before big tests or events.

The next few weeks will be long and stressful.  When it’s over, we’ll have a couple months before our final round of state testing continues.  Unfortunately, the way things are set up for us, the final round isn’t as difficult as this round.  So, that does mean, once it’s done, it’s done and we can breathe a little easier and enjoy the rest of the year.  Hopefully these treats give kids a few things to look forward to.

If you want to download these to use with your kids, just click the image below to head to my TpT store and get it for free.

Free testing treat labels to encourage kids.