I have added Home School Support for students in the grades of fourth, fifth, and sixth in the subjects of math and/or writing/grammar to the educational options at New Park Street Christian Academy.
Home School Support is an integral part of New Park Street Christian Academy as it has been in my two previous schools. The idea of supporting home schooling families fits right in with the school's mission of supporting our families through individualizing the expectations and goals for each student. That is what homeschool families do naturally already!
This method of supporting home school families is even more conducive in its support than my previous schools because the home school family's child is at home while being taught by me allowing the family to listen to what is being taught and how. The family is able to listen and maybe use my teaching methods to help clarify the families methods to better teach the rest of the children in their house.
Home School Support at New Park Street Christian Academy gives the home schooled students the opportunity to learn with other students around their age. There is something to be said for the influence of positive peer influence on a student's effort.
My experience has shown me that in a positive and encouraging learning environment like at New Park Street Christian Academy, students eventually become motivated by the successes they make as well as observing the successes of others.
Just like in a home school environment, each and every student at New Park Street Christian Academy has individual goals built on the previous day's successes. My students are all working to meet my expectations as far as the quality of work and accuracy. And for each of those students, my expectations are different for the quality of work and accuracy.
My hope is to have all my students be confident learners. I want them to know they have a strong base of skills to build on each day.
For all of my students, I expect them to work hard while they are with me. They have to be respectful to me and encouraging to the other students.
The instruction is individualized as I have said before. I could have one student as a sixth grade student working on memorizing his addition facts while a fifth student in the same math class is working on concepts from a traditionally seventh grade math book and the rest of the math class is somewhere in between working towards meeting their individual goals.
It is usually motivating for students to know that each day their success in class is dependent on the quality of learning from the day before.
The Home School Support is a part of New Park Street Christian Academy for a selfish reason also. While most of the home school families attending my support programs in my two previous schools happily continued providing the majority of their children's education at home, some decided to enroll their kids into the full time program. A great opportunity for the academy and the home schooled student.
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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.