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Bridgeway Tip Tuesdays — Holiday Edition

by Jessica Parnell | Dec 02, 2014 | 2 min read

Surviving the highs and lows of the holiday season can be a bit stressful for any family — especially if you are homeschooling. Parents of traditional students often get extra time while the kids are in school to catch up on shopping, decorating, baking, or whatever else is on that never-ending holiday to-do list. Homeschool moms and dads have to juggle the holiday demands while continuing to push their kid’s education, a challenging feat!

Let’s be honest, some days you are just going to feel like you don’t have it all together. You’re going to feel scattered, distracted, anxious, and potentially even Scrooge-like. (Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us!). For days like these, we prepared a handy guide of activities and tips from ourselves and around the web that will help you keep your homeschool family full of holiday cheer this season.

We’re here to help you find a way make it all work out with a little extra patience, ingenuity, and time management.

Ideas for Having the Best Holidays Ever! This free downloadable from compiled tips, crafts, and ideas from over 800 homeschool families to give your family the best holiday season ever!

Fold a Fir Tree. Bring the holiday festivities right into your living room with these beautifully folded fir trees. Use different color craft paper to turn your home into a winter wonderland!

ADHD Holiday Survival Tips. While the holidays are often a time to revel in the unexpected, many parents and children with ADHD, sensory issues, or other social disorders can find those joyous surprises often leading to sensory overload, meltdowns, and disappointments. Follow these tips from Bridgeway Academy to keep your holiday season peaceful, graceful, and tantrum free.

Preparing for College. For parents of a college-bound homeschooler, the holidays are a perfect time to take a break from your homeschool activities and focus the extra effort on college admissions. These helpful tips from will keep you homeschooler plenty busy this holiday season to ensure they’re ready come graduation.

Macaroni Snowflakes. If you’re looking for a quick and easy snow-inspirited craft for your holiday season, has you covered. Check out this fun macaroni snowflake for a cost-effective way to decorate your homeschool room this year.

And in case you missed anything on the blog this month, here’s a wrap-up of what we posted.

Nov. 3 Online education promotes excellence rather than pigeonhole struggling learners

Nov. 12Advice for Homeschooling and Adoption: A Parent’s Guide to Getting Started

Nov. 14Advice for Parents: Navigating the Early Signs of a Learning Disability

Nov. 21 Inspiring Gratitude That Lasts Beyond Thanksgiving

Nov. 26 The Most Unpredictable Time of the Year: ADHD Holiday Survival Tips

Remember that even though you chose to homeschool your child, you don’t have to go at it alone. A local co-op, or a nationally accredited online academy like Bridgeway helps ease the burden on homeschool parents and allow them to focus on their child’s learning, rather than the tedious day-to-day.

If you’d like more information on Bridgeway Academy or are looking for more holiday tips and tricks, you can go to our website, or you can check out our blog.

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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