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5 Benefits of Live Online Classes

by Jessica Parnell | Mar 09, 2018 | 3 min read

We’ve all been there.
That routine you’ve had going since January has long since become a little too familiar. Get up, turn on the coffee pot, wake up your kids while the coffee perks, stare at your kitchen table piled with math worksheets, and so on. Homeschooling has become more monotonous than you’d like, and you’ve lost the spark that makes homeschooling so amazing for your family.

Enter live online classes (aka Learning Labs), where a love of learning ignites in your child or teen, and where you (yes you!) can take a break. This year’s courses are better than ever, and you get more of what you want — excitement, engagement, and creativity — right in your living room. These classes also allow your student to enjoy a rich learning experience while gaining skills for the future.
Let’s walk through five benefits of live online classes at Bridgeway Academy!

#1 – Learn independence

Live online classes bring a whole new level of independence, especially for middle and high school students. Your student will learn how to be accountable to an outside teacher, not just to Mom or Dad. Learning how to manage deadlines is a crucial life skill for all students! Live online classes put your student in charge of their homework. It’s important not to nag but to encourage them to schedule their homework around other activities. Learning independence early in life is a skill that will take them through their whole life!

#2 – Learn from new teachers

Sometimes, it’s good to be face-to-face with an instructor. Your child may be studying out of textbooks and just might be a *tad* bored. With live online classes at Bridgeway, no class is ordinary — they’re extraordinary! Our catalog of Learning Labs is unique to Bridgeway Academy. And our teachers are very passionate about the subjects they teach, so your child will be, too. From Magic Tree House courses (relive the Revolutionary War with Jack and Annie) to Creative Cartooning (yes, it’s exactly how it sounds), our certified teachers will spark a new kind of learning in your child. Live online classes show students what’s outside of the box.

#3 – Interact and collaborate with peers

There’s this strange myth going around saying homeschoolers don’t socialize with their peers. Bridgeway Academy begs to differ. Learning Labs are classes in real-time collaboration with teachers and students. Healthy debate abounds, and discussions don’t end, in live online classes. Students work with their peers to solve problems and discuss the material. This type of interaction gives students the confidence to use their social skills in the real world. For high school students, these skills are crucial to landing a job and developing leadership skills. Live online classes are a great way for your child to find their voice!

#4 – Explore creative topics

Bridgeway Academy is all about creativity. Our Learning Labs are unique to us — you won’t find them anywhere else. Your child will have a hard time choosing classes because there are so many interesting classes! For our younger students, we have Adventures in Digital Storytelling, where they can explore creative writing skills in a digital format. For our inquisitive middle school scientists, we have Fun with Science: Archaeology, where they learn about archaeology in a way that teaches them to think outside of the box. For our older students, Myths & Legends explores Greek and Roman legends. The benefit of these courses is that your student will be exposed to subjects that they may find “boring,” but will learn that live online classes are anything but boring!

#5 – Learning-style focused

In any class or curriculum, it’s so important to work within your child’s primary learning style to make success easier and more fun! With every live online class, each teacher will provide the support your child needs, incorporating learning styles into each lesson, assignment, and project. Every child has a different learning style, but if they’re struggling with a class, be assured the instructor will work with your child to adapt the classwork to suit the learning style. Read more about learning styles and why they are so critical.

Don’t know your child’s learning style?
Take this Learning Style Assessment to discover your and your family’s learning style.

Live online classes are a great way for your child, tween, or teen, to immerse themselves in subjects you know they’ll enjoy. And you get a break while they’re having a blast in class! The benefits listed above show Bridgeway Academy’s dedication to your child’s success. Registration for the 2018-19 school year is now open! Sign up early because classes fill up quickly.
Did we mention that you get to nap on the couch while your child learns? We say that’s a win-win!

Jessica Parnell
Hello everyone! I’m Jessica Parnell — mom, homeschool evaluator, teacher, and CEO of Bridgeway Academy. In my 20+ years of experience as a homeschool mom and evaluator, I have had the privilege of meeting homeschoolers that take a variety of approaches to their education. It is their many stories and successes that inspire me in my own homeschooling and I love to pass on the knowledge that I have gained from them to other homeschooling families. The one constant that always remains true is that there’s no such thing as a “cookie cutter child.” Each child is fearfully and wonderfully made and as a result, learns and functions differently. It’s our job to ensure that we’re raising each child to fulfill their individual purpose and when we can teach in a way that inspires them, we are on our way to homeschool success. When I’m not writing or teaching my children, I like to ski, write and participate in triathlons. I graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters in English and I am currently pursuing a degree in Neuroleadership.
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