Keeping Kids Sharp for a Big Test
In the spring, all students in grades 4-12 are required to take standardized tests such as the WASL. Additionally, many high-school students will soon take the SAT exam. Wendy Weber, ND, offers the following advice for keeping your children sharp during testing season:
1. Make sure that your children get a good night's rest so that they can be well rested and alert on the day of the test.
2. Feed your children a good source of protein for breakfast on the day of the test. For example, they might have a hard-boiled egg, almond butter on toast or a bowl of granola with nuts.
3. Children should eat regular meals on the day of the test, since the brain requires glucose to function effectively. Make sure that they eat lunch or have a snack if the test is in the afternoon.
4. Try not to put too much pressure or emphasis on a test, since it creates anxiety for children. To alleviate some anxiety, help your children to feel prepared for the test. They should not only understand the material, but also know what it will feel like to take the test. Children can practice taking similar tests, such as sample multiple-choice tests or sample math problems. Children should realize that they can often re-take a test if necessary — even the SAT.
Naturopathic physician Wendy Weber works with children and adolescents, helping them to be as healthy as possible. She coordinates a special clinic at Bastyr Center for Natural Health for children who show symptoms or have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. The goal is to help children function as well as possible, which can be accomplished in a variety of ways, including through dietary changes, natural supplements and craniosacral therapy.
Writers: Sydney Maupin, Staff Writer; Wendy Weber, ND
Source: Wendy Weber, ND
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