Each year we require our third through tenth grade students to take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test. In fact, we ask them to take it in both the fall and the spring. The MAP test is different from many standardized tests in that it is taken online and is adaptive to the student's ability. For example, when your third grader begins the test, the first question will be a typical third grade level question. If your child answers the question correctly, the next question will be slightly more difficult. As your child continues to answer questions correctly, the test gets progressively more difficult. When your child answers a question incorrectly, the next question is adjusted to be slightly more manageable. Thus, the MAP test is successful in identifying the actual academic level of the child as it adapts back and forth to find the level of the student's academic comprehension, knowledge, and skills.
Ignite Christian Academy is happy to announce the locations and dates for the 2013 ICA graduation ceremonies. This year, ICA will host two regional graduation ceremonies, and we will again offer a virtual ceremony as well.
On May 10, the Dallas area ceremony will be held in Allen, Texas, and the Orlando area ceremony will be held in Maitland, Florida, on June 7. [Read more…]
This fall, we have had many requests for a place where parents can build relationships with teachers and other ICA parents. In response to this request, we have created the ICA Parent Teacher Partnership Facebook page. This is a closed group with a mission to partner with parents and build relationships between the home and school that ensure the education of the whole child via an academically excellent, Bible-based education.
When your child suffers from a chronic illness that requires long hospital visits and treatments, it's hard to keep up with life, let alone worry about the schooling he's missing. Long stays on the hospital bed, late nights worrying, fighting through the physical effects of medication or therapy can all hamper a student's ability to keep learning. [Read more…]
How frustrating would it be to see one thing and have it be something else? How trying would it be to not be able to pronounce a sound, write the correct letter, or learn phonics rules? For many dyslexic students, this is a way of life. Letters and words might was well be in code or a foreign language for these students.
Tests can be daunting; sometimes outright frightening. (Find ideas for tackling test anxiety.) As a parent, you want to help your learner do their very best. This can involve much parental support, like helping complete homework late at night, quizzing in the car, and even doing memorization or practice problems during meal time. [Read more…]
Some kids think math class is boring, but they'll sit and watch a sports event for hours. Hmm, how can we merge the two to make both more relevant and useful? How about using sports to teach math skills? [Read more…]