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    Autism Awareness Month: Keep Your Labels Off My Child

    If you have experience educating a special needs child, you know, or at least suspect, that children labeled as “learning disabled” possess certain strengths that far exceed those of an average or even advanced student. However, you have probably also noticed that rather than promoting those strengths and using them to help these students succeed, many schools focus on having them meet the same standards as every other child. As a result, both children and parents are in danger of giving themselves the label of “inadequate,” “stupid”, or even “failure.”

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  • Autism Awareness Month: Keep Your Labels Off My Child
  • 5 Things You Must Know To Prepare Your Child For College
  • Jumping Outside of the Box: ADHD and Kinesthetic Learning
  • Student Profile: How Homeschooling Helped This Student See The World
  • You Don’t Have to Accept Common Core
  • Recharge Your Homeschool Classroom and Avoid the Mid-Winter Slump
  • Do You Schedule Your Homeschool Day Efficiently?
  • International Homeschool Adventures in Costa Rica: Meet Violinist Irina Cassanovas
  • Do You Incorporate Learning Styles into Your Homeschool Teaching Methods?
  • Are You Considering a Mid-Year Curriculum Switch?
  • New Year’s Resolutions for Teens: How to Pick Them – and Stick to Them!
  • Christmas in a Homeschool Wonderland
  • Nurturing a Give-Back Generation through Education
  • Flexibility: Mind & Body
  • Teen Holiday Survival Guide (Tips & Tricks to Ease the Madness)
  • No More Winter Blues! 10 Great Ideas to Keep Your Homeschooler Active During Winter
  • How Can I Keep My Children Learning over the Holidays?
  • Jesus is the Reason for the Season – Worshipping through the Holiday
  • Common Core, Testing, and Your Rights
  • Homeschool Finance: Avoiding the College Debt Trap
  • Ten Creative Writing Dos and Don’ts for Students
  • Blog Awesomeness – Top 5 Teen Homeschool Blogs to Follow
  • Digging into Common Ground: The Truth about Common Core Standards
  • FORUM FRENZY: How to Make the Most of the Online Homeschool Forums
  • Equestrian Extraordinaire: Bridgeway’s Renee Pope of Amarillo Texas
  • The 3 E’s of a Homeschool Classroom: Enthusiasm, Energy, and Enjoyment
  • Love Tech? Try Our List of 7 Teen-Friendly Apps for Education
  • Virtual Field Trips – A New Way to See the World from Within Your Homeschool Classroom
  • Ancient Martial Arts in Modern Times – with Sophia Kontos
  • Get organized! Eight tools to help you stay on track during the homeschool year
  • How to Face the Back to School Blues (Without Sighing and Rolling Your Eyes)
  • Ready to Get Back in the Saddle? Take a Look at Bridgeway’s Curriculum Roundup!
  • Is Your Child a Handful? Tips and Tools for Homeschooling Parents
  • Teens: How Do You Talk to Your Public School Friends?
  • Nine Great Educational Apps Your Kids Will Adore
  • Spring into Homeschool, Fun Projects for All
  • A Visit to Robofest 2013 World Championships with Riley Prochaska
  • Homeschooling a Learning Disabled Child Successfully
  • What Do You Do When Your Parents Are Struggling?
  • The Big Ten: Why Parents Decide To Homeschool
  • Digital Romance – A Social Guide for Teens
  • A Single Parent CAN Homeschool: A How-To Guide
  • Building Your Own Homeschool Yearbook? Easy Steps to Success!
  • Cheating in Traditional Schools: Is it An Epidemic?
  • Love, Faith, and Resourcefulness is the Key to Homeschooling Success – Meet the Hannah Family
  • SAT’s, ACT’s, PLAN’s? How to Navigate the Standardized Test Jungle
  • Homeschool Teens: Feel Isolated? Tips and Tools for Social Success
  • College Admissions: 6 Must-Do Tips for Success!
  • Caroline McClelland Traverses the Big Wide World
  • Joint Homeschooling: Is It Legal to Homeschool Children Other Than Your Own?
  • Teens: 5 Tips to Make the Transition from Homeschooling to College a Success
  • Let the Real World into Your Homeschool Classroom
  • A Passion for Learning
  • When Moms Have to Work: Why Homeschooling Can Work for Working Parents
  • The Story of Faith Rowan – Embracing a Gift from God
  • Can You Withdraw Your Child From Public School Mid-Year?
  • Building a “Case” Against Homework: Is it Really Necessary?
  • An Interview with Bridgeway’s Taylor Lawson: Gymnast on the Rise!
  • Weathering a Down Economy with High Spirits, the Homeschool Way
  • Teen Post: What do YOU Want to Do with Your Life?
  • Happy New Year! 6 Solid Homeschool Goals for 2013 to Get You Motivated
  • The Kid Known as “The One Boy USO” Reaches Out to Our Brave Soldiers Abroad
  • The Night Before Homeschool Christmas
  • Hurricane Sandy – The Aftermath: Getting Relief to Families
  • The Detroit Strike and Homeschooling
  • Teen Post: Meaningful Family Christmas Gifts on a Shoestring
  • Holiday Cheer: How to Survive a Homeschool Christmas with Peace and Joy
  • The Recipe for Success: Bridgeway Student Brittany Hindt Follows Her Heart, and it Leads Her Home!
  • Homeschooling Questions? We’ve Got Help on the Way!
  • Teens With Learning Disabilities: How Do You Fit In?
  • Homeschooling and Community Service – What Does It Mean To Your Family?
  • Learning Disabilities and Successful Homeschooling: Why It Works!
  • When Students = Athletes: Balancing the Equation
  • Who’s Got Game? Guest Author Raquel Pedraza Gives Us the Scoop on Tennis and Homeschooling!
  • Seasonal Learning: Lessons for Autumn and the Holiday Season
  • Teens: What To Do About Homeschool Burnout Blues
  • Homeschool Know-How: Identify Your Child’s Learning Style – Today
  • Bailey Gambertoglio: Singing, Dancing, Acting – It’s No Sweat Cuz She’s a Natural!
  • An Overview of Bridgeway Learning Labs – Are They Right for Your Child?
  • Teens: How to Pick a Sport That Fits Your STYLE
  • The Hard Facts About Student Athletes – From Every Perspective
  • Elizabeth “Ebee” Price Journeys Across The Big Pond for the 2012 Olympic Games
  • Teens, Trends, and Terms – A Helpful Glossary for Parents
  • Real Versus Virtual Friendships – How to Navigate the Social Media Seas
  • The Price of Popularity: Is it Worth the Cost?
  • Research Paper Ahead? Tools For The Avid Online Scholar
  • Homeschooling Student Spotlight: Ashley Zinsmeyer – Teaching and Learning are a Never-Ending Circle of Love, Faith, and Growth
  • Expand Your Horizons: How to Make Learning through Digital Media Work for Your Child
  • Fathers and Homeschooling
  • What to Do When Mom Says “NO” to Digital Media
  • Online Research 101: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
  • Guest Spotlight – Author Kimberly Roberts Tells Children Why The Caribbean is Truly Jammin’!
  • Hands On Summer Learning – Get Physical!!!
  • Summertime Blues: What to Do When It Strikes You Hard
  • Welcome Back Summer: 5 Ways to Enrich, Enjoy, and Connect
  • Graduation and Goodbye’s – Sarah’s Creation Adventure
  • Be, Do, But Most of All… Try It! Meet the Daring Homeschooler, Miss Kendall Murphy
  • Homeschool Classroom – Take Spring Learning Outdoors!
  • Pssst… Here Are 5 Spring Field Trip Ideas Your Parents Won’t Resist!
  • “Spring” into Fall! How to Set Up a Successful Homeschooling Academic Year NOW
  • Homeschool Student Spotlight: On the Hunt for Big Adventure with McKenzie Sims
  • How Do You Build a Homeschool Curriculum That Best Suits Your Child?
  • Is Mass Customized Learning the Wave of the Future?
  • Proms and Homeschooling: To Prom or Not To Prom?
  • Community Service Ideas for Your Young (Or Not-So-Young) Homeschool Student
  • Spring Break – Sarah’s Creation Adventure
  • Homeschooling Violinist Extraordinaire: Kitsho Hosotani
  • Look, Listen, Learn. The World Around You as a Homeschooling Teacher!
  • What’s Your Leadership Style? Make Homeschooling WORK for You (No Matter What Your Personality)
  • Plant the Seeds of Greatness in Children– Growing Our Leaders
  • Life Lessons and More – Sarah’s Creation Adventure
  • Homeschooling Student Showcase: Clark Jones Plants the Seeds of New Life With Gardening and Prayer
  • Should You Parole Your Homeschool Students After the Shoveling is Done?
  • 7 Great Activities For Homeschooled Kids – Psst … They’re Not Boring At All
  • The Scoop on Virtual Learning: Are Video Games Helpful or Harmful to Our Kids?
  • Hold on to your Parental Rights!
  • Student Showcase: In a Far-Away Desert Land – Introducing Kari Peiscopgrau
  • Back to School – Sarah’s Creation Adventure Homeschool College Writer
  • The Legal Side of Homeschooling – What You Need To Know
  • School Choice Week – Public, Private, or Home? How to Make the Ultimate Decision
  • Teen Post: Build Your Financial Awareness Now – You Might Be Glad You Did!
  • Why Homeschool Mentoring Can Help Your Child Succeed
  • Winter Break – Sarah’s Creation Adventure
  • Parents Who Can’t… (Remember) Teach!
  • Bridgeway Homeschool Academy Christmas Card Winner – Anthony Willis
  • The Parent Trap: Time & Homeschooling
  • Teen Post: Cyber Bullying, Pregnancy, and Peer Pressure
  • Accreditation and Homeschooling: What You Need To Know
  • Thanksgiving Thanks – Sarah’s Creation Adventure
  • Meet Victoria Porrata, the Amazing Homeschool Philanthropist
  • How to Teach Homeschool Science When You Are Not a Physics or Chemistry Expert
  • Trends in Education: Schools From Greeks to American Homeschooling
  • Homeschooling Flexibility in Learning: Spend More Time on Topics You Love
  • Elementary Education: Flexibility in Learning with Homeschooling for Grades K-5
  • Exploring Geology – Sarah’s Creation Adventure
  • Student Showcase: A Star is Homeschooled
  • 5 Tips on How to Start Saving For College
  • Real World Education: High School Science in Action
  • How Can We Fix Our Educational System?
  • Road Trip and More! Sarah’s Creation Adventure
  • My Life-Changing Decision to Homeschool: Guest Post by Eddie Majkowski
  • Homeschooling the Early Years: A Homeschooling Guide to Early Childhood Education
  • Teen Post: Can Homeschooling Improve Your Family Relationships?
  • Parents As Teachers: How Good a Teacher Am I?
  • Don’t Let the End of Summer Get You Down: 5 Ways to Make Going Back to School Fun
  • Westward Ho! Sarah’s Creation Adventure
  • 5 Reasons Why Homeschooling is Smart for Your Children
  • 7 Tips Low Stress, Get You and Your Kids Back in the Education Groove
  • School Choice: Do You Have a Better Option? Why Homeschooling May Be the Right Option for You
  • How to Keep Your Children Engaged: 5 More Ways to Keep Your Kids Learning This Summer
  • Homeschooling Statistics: Fact or Fiction
  • 5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Learning This Summer
  • 7 way to learn list, Teen Post: How You Can Customize Your Education
  • Homeschool Parenting: 5 Things You Must Know
  • Homeschool Student Showcase: 2011 Bridgeway Academy Valedictorian Dances Off To College
  • Getting Ready for Graduation – Three Simple Tips for the Homeschool Parent
  • Just For Teens: Is Homeschooling Right for You?
  • What Government Budget Cuts Mean for Your Child’s Education
  • Spelling Bee Champs and Published Authors – Homeschooled High Achievers
  • How to Create a Homeschool Portfolio
  • Sports and Extracurricular Activities for Homeschoolers
  • Homeschool Spring Fever
  • How Homeschooling Builds Self-Esteem in Teens
  • Is the Homeschooling Trend Growing?
  • Why “No Child Left Behind” Left So Many of Our Children Behind
  • Homeschool Curriculum Review-Write Source
  • Top Ten Reasons to Criminalize Homeschooling
  • Homeschool Success
  • Homeschool Success Stories
  • Homeschool Curriculum Reviews-Walch Daily Skillbuilders
  • Homeschool Curriculum Reviews-ACE English
  • Homeschool Curriculum Review-Language Smarts
  • The Twelve Days of Homeschooling
  • Is it Time to Homeschool?
  • What do Homeschoolers do after “School”
  • Can you Count an Audio Book on your Reading List?
  • Avoiding Homeschool Drama
  • Christmas Teaching Idea: What we Have
  • Christmas Teaching Ideas: Thanksgiving
  • A Homeschooler’s Biblical Perspective on Thanksgiving
  • Thanksgiving in America Today-A Homeschool Study
  • Halloween Teaching Ideas for Homeschoolers
  • Thank a Homeschooling Pioneer
  • Homeschooling Works!
  • Homeschool Curriculum-Remedial and/or Review Homeschool English Course
  • Homeschool Curriculum-Remedial Math for Homeschoolers
  • Homeschool Students and College Admissions
  • The Drawbacks of homeschooling
  • Homeschool Math Contests
  • Writing Contests for Homeschoolers
  • Homeschool Life Lessons
  • The Importance of Games
  • Perseverance: Not Just for Ants, Rams, and Snails
  • Kids in December
  • Joys of Homeschooling
  • Support our Soldiers
  • The Busy Homeschoolers Survival Guide
  • Hard Work Beats Talent
  • Homeschooling and Socialization
  • Homeschooling and Keeping Teens Interested
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  • Autism Awareness Month: Keep Your Labels Off My Child
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    Autism Awareness Month: Keep Your Labels Off My Child

    If you have experience educating a special needs child, you know, or at least suspect, that children labeled as “learning disabled” possess certain strengths that far exceed those of an average or even advanced student. However, you have probably also ...

    5 Things You Must Know To Prepare Your Child For College

    College can be a scary thought for parents and students alike. The classes, the pressure to succeed, the cost, the students, and the distance from home can all feel quite daunting. That’s why parents need to get an early start ...

    Jumping Outside of the Box: ADHD and Kinesthetic Learning

    Before my son Devon was diagnosed with ADHD, we nicknamed him Beasty Boy. The joke was if he wasn’t crashing, dashing, and bashing, he wasn’t happy. He needed to move, jump, kick, and run constantly, and from a very early ...

    Student Profile: How Homeschooling Helped This Student See The World

    Being in the homeschooling world, I get questions all the time asking about the pros and cons of teaching your children at home. There are some pretty common myths out there, including the idea that by taking your child out ...

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    Homeschool Curriculum Review-Write Source

    If you are looking for a colorful, engaging and step by step homeschool writing course, then be sure to check out Write Source.   These easy to use textbooks break down writing instruction into manageable chunks and teach in a fun and creative way that grabs kids attention and keeps them engaged.

    5 Reasons Why Homeschooling is Smart for Your Children

    Education tends to make parents nervous…and with good reason: your child’s social, emotional and economic future is at stake. Private and parochial schools may not be an option for your family due to financial reasons or other constraints, and with severe budget cuts starting to curtail learning and activities at our nation’s public schools, parents are anxiously looking for options.

    Have you considered homeschooling?

    Parents Who Can’t… (Remember) Teach!


    Parents learn to teach again quickly.

    Inevitably it will happen: you WILL doubt your skills as a teacher. After all, most public school teachers have a thorough knowledge of their subject area – backed up by a degree and classroom experience. And you? You’re merely a parent whose last memory of algebraic equations may have swished out the door with that old pair of bright red parachute pants.

    Do You Incorporate Learning Styles into Your Homeschool Teaching Methods?


    How to Utilize Learning Style Assessments to Increase Every Child’s Potential

    The phrase “learning style” has been a hot-button topic in recent years, and has many parents scratching their heads as to its usefulness, validity, and benefit to their family’s homeschool classroom. Questions abound: Do my children have distinct learning styles – and do they vary widely? Am I teaching the right way? If I realize my child favors one style over another, should that be the ONLY way that I disseminate information?