Why We Homeschool With Bridgeway

Why we homeschool with Bridgeway - from allfortheboys.com

*Disclosure – we received a discount to Bridgeway in exchange for sharing our experience here on the blog. However, all opinions are our own.

My family is so excited to be starting our Bridgeway Homeschool Academy journey this year and we’ll be taking you along with us! Last year was our first year homeschooling, the boys were in 5th and 6th grade, and we loved it but we were looking for something just a bit more than I could offer myself, which is when we discovered Bridgeway.

There are so many reasons people choose to homeschool (or not). There are so many things to take into consideration when determining what type of schooling works best for each family and each child. My boys have been in public school (on a variance to a school we chose) since Kindergarten and have both done very well with their grades and social interaction. However, we were driving quite a bit each day, learning styles were changing, tests were changing, teaching was changing and we were wanting to travel more, which all prompted me to start looking for something different.

Homeschooling has always been in the back of my mind, especially since I started working from home. One concern I had though, was how much time I’d be able to devote to the boys’ curriculum planning, scheduling and record keeping. I did ok last year on my own, but my work is picking up a bit and the boys were wanting even more. Bridgeway seemed like a great compromise and once we started researching all they had to offer I was hooked!

We’ll be sharing our experiences throughout the year here on allfortheboys.com but I thought it would be fun to list the top 10 reasons we are homeschooling specifically with Bridgeway this year:

  1. They are fully accredited.
  2. They have amazing record keeping and offer official transcripts and diplomas.
  3. Customizable curriculum – Bridgeway takes all of these into account when coming up with a fully customized learning plan for EACH child including which curriculum is used each year:
    • Learning style
    • Personality style
    • Ideal Learning Environment
    • Academic strengths
    • Academic needs
    • Future hopes and dreams
  4. Bridgeway has academic advisors that help with anything throughout the year and are truly an active role in each child’s education from choosing curriculum to difficult concepts along the way.
  5. Flexibility – I mentioned customizable curriculum but they also have an online learning option which makes learning while traveling that much more attainable. Either way the schedule is completely up to me.
  6. Travel – no matter where we go or how many trips we take, we won’t have a school calling to find out where our kids are and/or get a notice about too many missed days. I want my boys to learn through experiences as well as a great curriculum. With Bridgeway I can take their learning with us and their academic advisor is still available while we travel!
  7. Technology – Technology isn’t going anywhere and with Bridgeway the boys will have more opportunities to improve their typing skills, research skills and online interaction.
  8. Choices – even with a full curriculum I can still choose to expound upon concepts that excite them with extra activities and projects.
  9. It puts learning into my boys’ hands. Together we can learn how each boy retains information the best and can use that early on to get them excited for new subjects and concepts. This is something that is so important to me. So often kids get bored with school and just go through the motions. Once my boys realized that they can do science in the yard, reading in the car on the way to the museum or math in a fort, they started coming up with unique ways to take in information.
  10. Learning Labs – in addition to the regular curriculum, Bridgeway also offers live online classes where the boys can interact and learn  in awesome interactive classes. This year my boys are taking architecture with brick building using LEGO® and a LEGO® computer program, K’Nex Robotics and amusement park experience. Awesome right?!

Like I said, we’ll be sharing our journey with you each month throughout this year and would love for you to follow along. Feel free to ask any questions along the way!

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