It is standardized testing time at Zoe's school and I think, the entire state of Connecticut. I have mixed to ambivalent feelings about these tests, but Zoe seems to be handling them well so I am not going to worry too much about it right now, but it is something to take seriously since it becomes part of Zoe's record as a student.
However, I have discovered that there is a secret upside to the testing period that no one talks about. During the two weeks of testing there is no homework. This is like a vacation for me as a parent. Not once this week or last have I had to worry about when Zoe will do her homework nor have I had to review it or help her with it or anything. When she gets home from school I don't have to drop everything to asses the homework situation. It's hard to explain what a small, but meaningful joy this is.
Zoe has a daily planner that she is supposed to write her daily homework assignments in and last night as I was emptying her backpack I noticed that on the planner in the entry for yesterday she had written "Do what Zoes do best." I asked her what that meant. She said her teacher told them they should do what they do best after school today and that for her it meant "running, jumping, and being loud." Of course. At least she knows herself well!