March 11

Countdown to SATs with Relax Kids

We all love Spring Time, but unfortunately it is the time of SATs and tests which can be confusing and stressful for parents and children.  SATs help teachers to learn more about how well your child is doing in their core subjects. Your child will be tested and assessed in Maths, English (and possibly Science). There are 6 weeks to go before SATs and so now is a great time to help them prepare so they feel relaxed and confident.
Week 1: Prepare •  Do some research and find out about SATs tests for your child's age group. •  Take an interest and talk to your child about their SATs. • Reassure your child that they don't need to feel anxious or worried as they will only be asked questions on things that they have already learnt. • Check to see if they are worried about any subject.  If your child is particularly anxious, you might like to try our Anxiety and Worry CD

Week 2: Research

•  Look up past SATs papers or ask your child's teacher •  Start a study chart where your child can work towards getting small rewards each week with a bigger reward at the end. •  Use the Relax Kids Star Stickers to plot their improvement.

Week 3: Practice

•  Sit down with your child each day and spend just a few moments working on past papers. • Make sure you do something relaxing every evening to help ease the stress of study. •  Try putting on a Quiet Spaces CD at bedtime to ease them into relaxation.

Download our FREE Relax Kids Ebook which has 21 days worth of relaxation exercises and is perfect for the run up to SATs

Week 4: Relax

• Alongside daily study, create regular relaxation times where you relax consciously together.  You may like to listen to a Relax Kids CD or read a meditation to your child. • Set up a relaxation corner.  Fill it with soft cushions, beautiful fabrics or maybe a comfy chair. Creating a corner of the room that is ‘special’ is a great way to encourage your child to enjoy relaxing. Candles, incense and relaxing music will all add to the calm and atmosphere of this special space. • Regular relaxation will help your child's concentration.  Try our Concentration CD if your child struggles with focus and concentration - just 3 minutes before study can make a big difference.

Week 5: Fun!

•  Ensure that alongside study and relaxation, your child has plenty of fun.  Regular breaks are essential. If your child feels under pressure, they will feel stressed and tired. • Set up times where they can play on the bike or Wii or do whatever they enjoy.  Exercise will give them a fabulous boost both mentally and physically.

Week 6: Affirm

• Reassure and Praise your child for all their hard work. • Make a list of all the things that they are good at. • Use the Star Cards to help build their confidence and Believe and Achieve CD to help develop their self-belief. • Don't forget to remind your child that as long as they do their best, that is all that matters.

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