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Why Do We Love IXL?

March 23, 2022 | Kate Streelman

What is IXL?

IXL is an iPad app we use in first grade to support our language arts and math instruction.  Our math curriculum partners with IXL to have specific activities for students based on each days lesson.  The language arts content is extensive, covering everything from phonics, to reading strategies, to grammar!

When do we use IXL?

In first grade, IXL can be used during math working time to support the lesson of the day.  It is used during reading groups and phonics lessons to reinforce concepts.  It is even used during DEAR time to practice skills (when we have iPad passes!)

Why do we love IXL?


“You can earn badges and prizes for doing it!” -Zuriel, Weaver, and Ricky

There are a variety of ways to earn badges: number of questions answered, time spent, skills mastered, and so much more!

“It really helps me get more things into my brain so I can get better at math.” – Alex

“If you finish language arts, there’s always another level and it helps me learn stuff, gives you levels, tells you the time and how much you got right.  It helps you learn and gives you prizes!” -Michelle


Kate Streelman

Lead Teacher, Fourth Grade

Kate Streelman is passionate about teaching. In second grade, she decided that when she grew up, she would be a teacher and she has written proof of this goal! She is a graduate of Eastern Christian Schools and Calvin College. Ms. Streelman grew up in suburban New Jersey and has greatly enjoyed moving closer to New York City. Prior to teaching at Mustard Seed, she taught in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Kate joined the staff as a first grade teacher in 2017. Every year brings new experiences, excitement, and challenges, and Ms. Streelman looks forward to them all. A shy student growing up, Ms Streelman loves the community of Mustard Seed and how easy it is to be a part of it. She also likes to find ways to help all students feel like they are a part of that community.

Outside of school, Ms Streelman loves to read, doodle and paint, and spend time with friends and family. She enjoys exploring the area, finding new places to eat and relax, and just going for walks.

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