Abby Parnell | Homeschooling Help and Tips | Bridgeway Academy

Abby graduated from Bridgeway in 2014 and was one of the first students to participate in our dual enrollment program through DeSales University. She is currently studying to be a physician's assistant at Valparaiso University.

5 High School Homeschool Field Trips for the Summer

Homeschooling gives teenagers freedoms not otherwise found in a traditional school system — but sometimes the walls feel like they are closing in. That feeling makes you feel a bit bonkers, right? Remember, folks, the number one reason that homeschooling rocks is FLEXIBILITY! Sometimes, getting out of the house for a day on a homeschool […] READ MORE

High School Homeschool 101: Financing College

Homeschooling families are resourceful. We bond well, work efficiently together, and cheer each other on. Most families who choose to homeschool their kids have a college education in mind. When you make the calculations and discover the actual costs involved, sticker shock is a common way to feel. However, finding a way through the tricky […] READ MORE

How to Plan the Perfect High School Graduation

When all of the schoolwork is completed, the last test has been taken, and your homeschooled teen is ready to pursue the next phase of his or her life — it’s time to graduate! While some people believe graduation ceremonies are an artificial milestone, they also signify a rite of passage. They signify both an […] READ MORE

Fun Outdoor Spring Lesson Plans for Homeschoolers

We think the homeschool environment can be a great experience for parent and student alike, for quite a few reasons. In addition to the family bonding and unity it can create, you are also given an incredible gift through schooling from home: a unique flexibility to turn your classroom into exactly what you want it to be. Remember that […] READ MORE

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Why Exercise Solves Homeschool Sibling Rivalry

As the oldest child in my family, homeschool sibling rivalry constantly reared its ugly head. I often thought that my siblings were annoying or too clingy. I remember my sister always wanting to play with my friends, read my books, or wear my clothes (although honestly, this one went both ways). Now that I’m older though, […] READ MORE

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Helping Your Homeschooler Prepare for College

Homeschooling is a great way to help your children prepare for college. It instills qualities and skills that many traditional schoolers don’t learn until they reach college. Homeschoolers have the advantage of learning time management, motivation and self-teaching long before they ever set foot into a college classroom. Because of this, they often have an easier time […] READ MORE

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How to Apply to College for Homeschoolers

I remember applying to colleges like it was yesterday. I remember the excitement of online college searching, the Google image searches of college campuses, and the long phone calls with admissions counselors. Choosing a college is, in many cases, the most important decision of your life thus far. There are so many things to take […] READ MORE

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Why Homeschool Socialization is Important

People ask me about homeschool socialization all the time. As a former homeschooler, my friends who were not homeschooled are often surprised that I’m not “socially awkward.” What’s strange is that it’s not just the traditionally schooled who think that homeschoolers are socially awkward. For some reason, many homeschoolers feel that same way. But homeschoolers, like everyone […] READ MORE

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Keys to Motivation All Year Long

There have been days that I couldn’t find my motivation, and I’ve wanted to quit. I’ve wanted to break down, drop out of school and become a hobo living in my own personal train car. These days usually follow stressful weeks full of classes and homework, finals week, or the occasional exam day. And although […] READ MORE

Year-Round Homeschooling: A Teen’s Perspective

For some families, year-round schooling can be a debated topic. While some countries require year-round schooling for kids, America does not. And, the idea of completing schoolwork in the summer months is almost as bad as saying you dislike apple pie! It’s just not very American. However, for those families who need the additional flexibility […] READ MORE