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”
I always struggle to find good books/series for my children to read. How do you make sure the books your children read are age appropriate?
I came across this good article recommending books for 4th/ 5th graders and most of these books are approved by kids as well.
When you are on this website, checkout the other articles on their website as well.
Unlike Math and English, Science is a subject which is hard for the parents to help their children master at home. You might not have enough knowledge or have the right resources to satisfy your child’s curiosity in different fields like chemistry, space, nature, earth, physics, technology, astronomy etc. Continue reading “Review of Summer Camps at the Science Centers”
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”
In my previous post Homework – Part 1 , I had mentioned that parents need a lot of resources to help their children with homework and in this post I am trying to share some math resources.
I hear a lot of parents complaining that the kids don’t have any homework. This is my take on the subject. Continue reading “Homework – Part 1”
The Challenge Math is an online program offered by Noetic Learning. It is a very inexpensive way of receiving math problems for a specific grade level on a weekly basis. They offer 3 sessions, one in fall, one in spring and one in summer. The weekly assignments consist of 5 timed problems. It’s a good mix of problems touching topics like geometry, algebra, probability etc appropriate for the grade level. On an average the time commitment is 10-20 min per week. They have provided some samples questions on their website to try out before you register.