This school has been over 40 years in the making. That is how long I have been instructing birth through adult, regular education and special education, at a mental institution and homeschools, public and private schools, and as a teacher and an administrator.
Through the lessons learned through my mistakes and successes I have experienced over the forty plus years, I begin New Park Street Christian Academy. The online part of the school is unique, but the rest of the teaching methods and curriculum have been successfully used and will be used successfully again in meeting the school's mission of supporting Christian parents in the training of their children through providing an individualized instruction built on the individual skills of each student.
The instructional method used at New Park Street Christian Academy has been described in many ways, but my favorite is when my methods are compared to a very organized home school. Fifteen students of varying skills and ages all working on material challenging for each individual based on the previous days work, all the time in front a live teacher teaching, correcting and encouraging them as they move through their skills, progressing individually.
Imagine a class of students working at their own skill level. When their assignment is complete, the student presents it to his teacher for immediate correction, reteaching, and/or encouagement, and his next assignment. Students learn to wait for their turn if necessary.
I don't need to label any of the students educationally. Labels do not change my appoach to how I instruct a student or the materials used. What changes my instruction and materials used is the student's skills and confidence. Educational labels are for getting funding or for poorly trained teachers to give excuses for a child's lack of learning.
The school is begun with the humility and hope of knowing its success depends on the mercy of my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.
The oviding an individualized education built on each student's individual skills.
I am Tim Ihms, the founder, head master, instructor, book keeper, and part time custodian at New Park Street Christian Academy. The blogs on this page are written for the parents of New Park Street students and for those who may be interested in sending their child to the school some day.