It is that time of the year to start thinking about summer plans. Many of the top rated summer programs are now open for registration.
If you have a High School Junior who will start working on college application essays this summer, John Hopkins has a very popular essay writing course which can also be taken online at your on pace. Check out their website.
Davidson Academy is a very reputable institution for gifted students. Their summer program registration is now open. http://www.davidsongifted.org/THINK-Summer
Belin Blank Center’s summer program registrations are also open. Read more here.
Check out WashU’s summer programs for High Schoolers here.
Science Centers in various cities offer various camps during summer. Read more here.
Algebra Readiness Test is given to eligible students in elementary school or middle school to test their ability to take more challenging mathematics coursework. Algebra Readiness Test (a.k.a Iowa Algebra Readiness Assessment,IARA in Iowa) is given to students who have scored high in NWEA/MAP testing, and in state administered standardized tests like Iowa Assessments. IARA can be given to students as early as 4th grade or 5th grade (depending on the school district) to eligible students to place the them in secondary mathematics curriculum. Continue reading “What is Algebra Readiness Testing?” →
It’s back to school time! Hope everyone enjoyed their summer. I am ready for the kids to go back to school and get back to a regular routine.
You will find many websites with information on physical, cognitive and social milestones for a child’s growth. But it is not easy to find information on what to expect in each grade in school as far as academics goes. Before the kids head back to school, here is an overview of what to expect in the year ahead from what I have learned over the years. Continue reading “Back to School: What to expect this year (academic milestones for each grade)” →
Here are some summer programs to keep your high schoolers busy and challenged this summer. Continue reading “Summer Learning opportunities for High Schoolers” →
Challenge Math is a great way to prevent summer learning loss of math skills for children in grades 2-6. It is a very inexpensive way of brushing up your child’s math problem solving skills during summer. It takes very little time commitment and has flexible schedule. Check out their website.
Read more about Challenge Math on my previous post here.
The registration for the Summer Enrichment Adventures (SEA) by the West Des Moines Community Schools is now open! Continue reading “Summer Programs by West Des Moines Schools” →
ISU’s OPPTAG Summer Camps are open!
The applications for the summer camps at the Iowa State University’s OPPTAG, a program for the Talented and Gifted children from grades 3 through 11 are now open. It opened today, March 1st and a couple of the math camps are already full by the end of the day. Please check the eligibility requirements for each groups before you apply.
You can find more information on their website here. These camps are on the expensive side like most other college camps as I mentioned in my post for Belin Blank at the University of Iowa. Read here for similar programs in other states.
I do not have personal experiences or opinions to share about the OPPTAG camps. Both my children haven’t had a chance to attend them yet. So if you have any experiences to share about this camp or any other college camps, please leave a comment below or you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Many of the students who attend public schools in Iowa took Iowa Assessments (formerly known as ITBS) a couple of weeks back. If you have a third grader, this is the first time they took a standardized test administered by the state. Any test in which the same test is given in the same manner to all test takers, and graded in the same manner for everyone, is a standardized test. Continue reading “Standardized tests in public schools” →
The Belin Blank Center at the University of Iowa provides resources and support for educators and students in the field of gifted education. There are various opportunities and programs for students at grade levels 2 – 12. Students and teachers from 11 countries participated in the various programs at Belin Blank last year, but it is surprising that many local students and parents are not aware of this great opportunity at the U of I. Continue reading “Belin Blank Center at the University of Iowa” →