Today was the first day of California Standardized Testing for Rebecca, this big huge deal for students grades 2 - 11. We're in Silent School Mode, volunteers do not work in the classrooms for two weeks, and everything is very serious and a bit stressful. Now, my gal can seriously work herself up about things, to the point of making herself sick, so I've not done anything to build this up. We've gotten reminders sent home about the importance of having a good breakfast, being well rested, getting to school on time - things we practice every school day anyway, so I'm just trying to keep it fun and make it seem exciting instead of tense.
So, to keep it festive, a classroom gift of much-needed pencils was in order. When I picked her up after school, Rebecca said the test was "not what she expected," though she wouldn't expand on that for me, and I don't know if that was a good thing or a bad thing. She did say that she thought it was long. I think she probably did great, based on her practice tests from last week, and from her regular schoolwork. Only eight more days to go.