Our Fall Recap of High School Chemistry with Bridgeway Academy (Plus a coupon AND a giveaway valued at over $80!) – CLOSED

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We have been so fortunate to partner with Bridgeway Academy again this year for another of my son Jackson’s high school courses.  Last year Jackson took Apologia Biology with Bridgeway and had an exceptional experience (PLUS got his high school biology and lab credits!) throughout the year.  For this, Jackson’s junior year, he is taking their FYC Chemistry with Lab, which is in Bridgeway’s Live Online Classes category for high school students.

Keep reading for more on our chemistry experience PLUS a giveaway and a discount code for you!


How do Bridgeway Academy’s Live Online Classes work?

Bridgeway Academy excels at providing fascinating online classes for students using certified teachers, exceptional curricula, and top-notch web technology.  Each week, students meet in an online classroom where they’re able to connect with instructors and fellow classmates to learn, collaborate, and complete assignments.  Following each’s week’s online class, students read, work on projects, write, and (in the case of the science courses) perform experiments at home.  In addition, Bridgeway Academy‘s Moodle site enables students to take tests, submit assignments, work on course content, and view their grades.  Students need a computer, high-speed internet, and a headset with an attached microphone in order to attend these live online classes.


FYC Chemistry with Lab

Bridgeway Academy‘s FYC Chemistry with Lab course is designed for high school students and is taught in a regular school year (fall and spring semesters).  Completing the course provides 1 1/2 credits for the course and the lab work.  This chemistry class is taught by a certified science teacher (as well as a high school advisor for Bridgeway), Melissa Lindahl.  We purchased the textbooks for the course, which are the Integrated Physics and Chemistry Textbooks and Activity Books from Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum.  (We are only using the chemistry texts from this set which comprise a full year’s course; the physics texts would cover a year’s worth as well.  But we’re not taking physics this year so we don’t need that portion!)  Because experiments are part of this course, we also purchased Bridgeway Academy’s Chemistry Kit and Lab Manual.

Each week, Jackson attends a virtual class online with Mrs. Lindahl and his classmates, who are from all over the U.S.  The class lasts for an hour and a half.  Mrs. Lindahl teaches the week’s material.  She also spends time in class covering some additional chemistry equations (math).  Then, for the rest of the week the students have reading assignments, activity book Q&As, fill-in-the-blanks, and short essay questions to do.  There are also experiments assigned that students complete at home, and record in their lab manuals.  Most of the materials utilized in the experiments are in the lab kit (except for some household products like distilled water). Tests and quizzes are administered online.


Our Experiences

We have, truly, loved everything we have done with Bridgeway Academy.  Their classes are well-organized, well-taught, and are both effective and challenging at appropriate age levels.  Josh spends about an hour working on and studying chemistry each school day.  He spends more time on chemistry than he does on most of his other homeschool subjects (except for math, perhaps).  That is not that surprising, honestly; chemistry is a subject that requires substantial effort from its students.

From September through mid-November, this class has covered the following topics:

  • The periodic table of the elements
  • Chemical symbols
  • Lavoisier and his list of elements
  • Sulfur, carbon, graphite, coal, platinum, zinc
  • Alloys
  • Cobalt, nickel, manganese, molybdenum, tungsten
  • Gases and the atmosphere
  • Hydrogen, humidity, and barometric pressure
  • Balancing equations (and other chemistry math equations)
  • Acids, bases, and pH

He has also completed several experiments.  (They haven’t been too freaky.  But they have included chemicals that required careful use and gloves, as well as meticulous cleanup afterwards!)

He is learning a LOT in this class.  It is interesting and challenging at the same time.  The experiments effectively illustrate the principles being taught.  And frankly?  High school chemistry is so not my area of expertise.  I am grateful for a teacher who can teach this subject to my son!

I am also appreciative of Mrs. Lindahl’s responsiveness.  I emailed her several weeks ago about a difficulty Jackson was experiencing with the math equations they were learning.  She responded really quickly, understood our concerns, told me that there were other students experiencing the same thing, and that she planned to address these issues in class.


Here’s what Jackson has to say about his chemistry class: “The weekly class is put together incredibly well.  The teacher explains things well.  The interaction between the teacher and students is well-balanced.  The schedule is good.”  He likes his teacher and his classmates, and the time he spends with them each week.

Again, from the homeschool mom’s perspective, I am so happy that Jackson is able to take Bridgeway Academy‘s high school chemistry class.  I just have so little to offer in this arena!  And since the colleges in our state require high school chemistry class and lab on entering students’ transcripts, we really needed this.  I can rest assured that Jackson is getting an excellent education in chemistry; something that I would have been quite challenged to provide.


And, Bridgeway Academy has a coupon for you to use!

Bridgeway Academy is happy to provide a 15% OFF one of their classes, when you use the coupon code FINCHDEC18!  You can register now for spring semester classes; registration for those closes December 15, 2018.  Check out the Live Online Classes by following the link.  Then when you register, just enter the code FINCHDEC18 for 15% OFF the course price!  (This does not apply to textbooks or materials, just the courses themselves.)

Perhaps you, like me, find that there are courses that your homeschool student needs to take that are just not in your skills set.  Or, maybe your homeschool needs a breath of fresh air and you think that an online class might really benefit your student.  Or perhaps your elementary, middle school, or high school student would enjoy an online class with students from all over the country.  There are many reasons that Bridgeway Academy could be amazing for your family.  Check out the course link above.  I’m certain that you’ll find something captivating!


And Bridgeway Academy and FINCHNWREN have a giveaway for you to enter!

We’re so happy to cohost this fun giveaway!  With the fall school semester heading to a close, and the holidays right around the corner, we thought it was the perfect moment for our readers to get the chance to win a #Pampering Gift Set!  (We’ve definitely got a blue and pink theme going here!)  One FINCHNWREN reader will win the following goodies:

  • A gorgeous, soft, pink big-knit infinity scarf from Old Navy (valued at $16.99)
  • A blue, pink, and white plaid flannel throw (sized 50″ x 56″) from Old Navy (valued at $10)
  • A chunky wooden verse block plaque with Psalm 143:8 scripted on it ($4.99)
  • Blue peacock fleece socks (also) from Old Navy (valued at $5)
  • Vanilla Bean Noel Fine Fragrance Mist from Bath & Body Works (valued at $14)
  • OPI Nail Lacquer in refreshing blush pink “Let Me Bayou A Drink” (valued at $10.50)
  • Bridgeway Academy’s beautiful blue travel mug (valued at $15)
  • Renee Green’s funny & encouraging new book, The Breaking Point

This #Pampering Gift Set giveaway will run from 11/27/18 through 12/15/18.  To enter, just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below.  That will  take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways.  When the giveaway closes on 12/15, one winner will be selected and contacted. Best wishes—and don’t forget to check out Bridgeway Academy‘s amazing classes for your student!

Enter here!


Enjoy!  –Wren


DISCLOSURE:  From time to time, FINCHNWREN may receive a free product or service in exchange for our honest opinions expressed in our blog. We are not required to write a positive or glowing review, nor are we additionally compensated for these reviews. We share our own opinions, and our family’s opinion, of these products. We’re disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.







Kwik Stix: A Review, a Mini-Art Lesson for You, and a Giveaway (ends 9/21/18)



Hi friends!  I have a new set from Kwik Stix to share with you…and another set for one reader to win!

Kwik Stix has been a family favorite art media of ours for years.  From time to time, we are privileged to receive a new set of Kwik Stix from The Pencil Grip, Inc. to use to create art in our home.  Recently, we received a gorgeous 12-pack of Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint in Metalix.  So fun!  Let me tell you more about them and I have a 6-Pack set of Metalix Kwik Stix to give away at the end of the post.



What are Kwik Stix?

Kwik Stix are solid tempera paint sticks.  They give you all the richness and beauty of paint without the mess.  With Kwik Stix, you don’t need water, cups, paint, or brushes.  The tempera paint sticks are housed in plastic containers that are much like glue sticks.  Like glue sticks, they have a cap and a roller which enables the user to roll the paint sticks up and down.

Kwik Stix are designed for children ages 3 and up.  They are non-toxic, nut-, egg-, and gluten-free.  They dry almost immediately after they’re applied.  And, they can be used on paper, wood, cardboard, canvas, and many other surfaces.  (We’ve used them on most of those!)  They come in regular and thin styles.  These Metalix Kwik Stix are the regular size, and measure at a width of about 3/4″ wide and the paint sticks themselves are 3 1/2″.  They’re just perfect for preschoolers’ hands as well as bigger kids’ hands.

Because they’re so self-contained, the Kwik Stix are perfect for travel or car use.  They’re amazing to use at home for either fun or school.  We’ve loved to use our Kwik Stix in our fine art studies in our homeschool.  Here’s the way we used them as we learned about artist Mark Rothko recently!


New Metalix 12-Pack

So—we got to try the newest Kwik Stix 12-pack of Metalix tempera paint sticks.  These come in a gorgeous array of colors:  white, yellow, reddish orange, fuchsia, lime green, dark green, navy, purple, gold, bronze, silver, and black.  Each stick is a beautiful color with metallic flecks in the color, which translate beautifully to paper.

Learning about Rothko with Kwik Stix

Mark Rothko was born in in 1903 Russia (now Latvia) as Markus Yakovlevitch Rothkowitz.  He and his family immigrated to the United States via Ellis Island in 1913.  His family ended up in Portland, Oregon, where he completed high school.  He attended Yale University for several years but did not graduate, athough he received an honorary degree from Yale 46 years later.

Rothko relocated to New York City and attended Parsons The New School for Design in the early 1920s.  He painted in the Modernist style, and was also influenced by German Expressionists.  He taught both painting and clay sculpture at the Center Academy of the Brooklyn Jewish Center for 22 years, as he painted his own artworks.  He painted for the WPA in the 1930s.  During this decade, Rothko began to use color fields in his artwork, using color to express idea and emotion rather than recognizable figures.

In 1938, Rothko became a U.S. citizen.  In 1940, he shortened his name from Markus Rothkowitz to Mark Rothko.  Hitler was growing in power and Rothko was fearful of both deportation and anti-Semitism.  During WWII, influenced by Surrealists like Dali and his work grew more and more abstract.  Rothko began to use huge canvases and enormous blocks of color.  Critics called this new style “multiforms” which became the style Rothko was most known for.


How to create in the style of Rothko using Kwik Stix

Kwik Stix are perfect to use to create your own Rothko imitation!  He loved using vivid, complementary colors to express ideas.  Here’s what we did!

  1. First, Google or Bing “Mark Rothko paintings” and find a painting that particularly appeals to you.  (We selected two of his works called “No. 61” and “White Center” for ours.)
  2. Since Rothko preferred using vertical or “portrait” background for his paintings (instead of horizontal ones), your students can do the same.  Take a sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock and cut it in half so that you have two 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ sheets.  Turn the sheet into portrait format.
  3. Pull out the Kwik Stix colors that match the paintings.
  4. Start with the lightest colors first and color from side to side.  Work from lightest to darkest and continue to color.  Notice the shadings Rothko used and add additional color where needed.
  5. We used paper napkins to rub different textures into the paint.  Because Kwik Stix is designed to dry so quickly, you have to move quickly on this part.  It’s a great tool to add to a Rothko imitation, though; even though he used large blocks of color he’s renowned for the texture he painted with.
  6. Be sure you cover your entire sheet of paper; paint all the way to the sides.
  7. Ta-da!  Your own Rothko art study.


How to win your own set of Kwik Stix

I have one gorgeous set of Kwik Stix Metalix 6-Pack for one reader to win.  To enter, just click on the Enter here! link below.  That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form where you can enter in a variety of ways.  Giveaway ends 9/21/18.  Best wishes!

Enter here!


You can also find Kwik Stix at these retailers:

-in-store at Walgreens

-in-store and online at Michaels: http://www.michaels.com/search?q=kwik%20stix

-online at Target: https://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=kwik+stix+paint

-online at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=kwik+stix


Enjoy!  –Wren

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Deadline extended to register for fall Bridgeway Academy classes!

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Are you still finalizing your child’s fall homeschool courses?  If so, I have good news for you!



You can still register your children for fall courses through Bridgeway AcademyBridgeway Academy offers fantastic online classes in all core subjects and in many electives for students in elementary, middle school, and high school.  Students attend classes online with other homeschooled kids from around the country, which are taught by experienced, interesting, certified teachers.

We’ve had fantastic successes in the two classes Jackson has attended with Bridgeway Academy; high school biology and elementary marine biology.  (You can click on the highlighted links to find out more about those.)  Bridgeway Academy also offers many other science courses.  As well as courses like these:

  • Music Appreciation
  • Writing
  • Computer Technology
  • Renaissance History
  • Algebra
  • Public Speaking
  • Geography
  • and much more!

Check out the course catalog and learn more by visiting Bridgeway Academy’s Live Online Classes page.  From there, you can see everything Bridgeway offers.  You’ll be amazed!

Registration deadline info

Bridgeway Academy has extended their course registration deadline til September 10, 2018.  So head on over!  You can sign up via the Bridgeway Academy’s Live Online Classes link.


Enjoy!  -Wren


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DISCLOSURE:  From time to time, FINCHNWREN may receive a free product or service in exchange for our honest opinions expressed in our blog. We are not required to write a positive or glowing review, nor are we additionally compensated for these reviews. We share our own opinions, and our family’s opinion, of these products. We’re disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

Back-to-School Goodies Giveaway from FINCHNWREN and Bridgeway Academy (ends 8/30/18)

I am so happy to celebrate the back-to-school season for 2018-2019 with you!  This year again, the FINCHNWREN blog is partnering with the fabulous Bridgeway Academy to bring you a giveaway to start out the school year with some amazing goodies.  One winner will win a cool Back-to-School prize package valued at $150!  (Look below for a complete listing of the entire prize package.)



Our experiences with Bridgeway Academy

Last year, during the 2017-2018 school year, we were blessed to serve as a blog partner with Bridgeway Academy.  As a result, my son Jackson (then in 10th grade) enrolled in Bridgeway’s FYC Biology with Lab.  He earned 1.5 credits for this high school biology class, which was taught by an exceptional science teacher (Mrs. Carla Berg) and utilized the Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Biology.  This top-notch course was part of Bridgeway Academy‘s Live Online Classes and was taught weekly, throughout the school year, in an online classroom.  Jackson was able to interact online each week with his instructor and fellow classmates.  Following the weekly class meeting, he would read from his biology textbook and work on online assignments via Moodle.  He completed experiments, semester projects with class presentations, and even dissections!  We couldn’t have been happier with our Bridgeway Academy high school biology experience.  (You can read more about Jackson’s high school biology course by following the highlighted link.)


Looking forward to High School Chemistry this year

This year, we’re thrilled to be partnering with Bridgeway Academy again!  I’ll be writing about Jackson’s class experiences over the upcoming school year as he participates in Bridgeway’s FYC Chemistry with Lab.  This course will also be taught weekly online throughout the school year, utilizing the  Paradigm Chemistry Textbook Set and the Bridgeway Academy Chemistry Lab Kit.  Jackson will meet online with his teacher and fellow classmates; complete reading assignments, experiments, and projects; and upon completion of the course will have accrued 1.5 high school credits for his transcript.

I’m so happy for Jackson to have this opportunity.  We have homeschooled since the very beginning of his school career; from pre-K until now.  And there are a number of subjects that I feel confident in guiding and teaching my son in.  However, chemistry is not one of those!  Yet Bridgeway Academy, with its excellent courses, certified teachers, and resources, is making it possible for Jackson to become educated about this branch of science while interacting with other students and being taught by a skilled instructor.  I truly couldn’t ask for more!


Are you looking for an exceptional educational experience for your child?

If so, do check out Bridgeway Academy.  They offer fascinating Live Online Classes for students in elementary, middle school, and high school with great instructors.  The online classrooms are organized and well-run by experienced teachers.  This might be just what you’re looking for in your own homeschool, whether it’s to provide a class you don’t think you could personally teach well; or a way to create interest in an unusual subject; or to enable your children to interact with a new teacher or other students online.  There are so many reasons that I believe that you could benefit from Bridgeway Academy classes.  Visit them at Bridgeway Academy and learn more!

And just remember, the enrollment deadline for 2018-2019 classes is approaching swiftly…August 30, 2018.  So don’t delay!  🙂


And now…your chance to win an amazing Back-to-School Giveaway!

We have a wonderful collection of goodies to help you start off your school year!  One winner will receive the following:

  • “Math Fact Oh” Properties game from Learning Resources (cool math game for ages 7 and up that teaches math properties–including algebra!)
  • The Robin Takes 5 Cookbook for Busy Families (for the mom who needs fun & healthy ideas for family meals)
  • Give Your Child the World (fabulous resource for finding great world literature for all age groups)
  • Starbursts Mini Stained Glass Coloring Book
  • “Smiley Faces” Incentive Charts
  • Applause Sticker Pack from Trend 100 count
  • Acid-Free Apples Sticker Set from Creative Teaching Press 65 Count
  • Team Player! Award Certificates from Creative Teaching Press 30 Count
  • Up & Up Colorful Index Cards
  • Wireless Gear Cable Organization Ties
  • Reward Erasers 60 count Kitty and Puppy Faces (for ages 3 and up)
  • Bridgeway Academy t-shirt
  • Bridgeway Academy travel mug
  • Bridgeway Academy student planner
  • Bridgeway Academy highlighter
  • Bridgeway Academy backpack


How to enter:

Simply click on the pink “Enter Here” link below.  You’ll be taken to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways.  Giveaway closes on August 31, 2018.  Best wishes!

Enter here!



This year, we’ll be sharing more with you about our experiences with Paradigm Chemistry for high schoolers and Bridgeway Academy.  Stop back by to learn more about our homeschool life and science!

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From time to time, FINCHNWREN may receive a free product or service in exchange for our honest opinions expressed in our blog. We are not required to write a positive or glowing review, nor are we additionally compensated for these reviews. We share our own opinions, and our family’s opinions, of these products. We’re disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

The prizes for the Back-to-School Giveaway were provided by Bridgeway Academy and the FINCHNWREN blog, and will be shipped to the winner by Bridgeway Academy.  Winner will be chosen and will have 48 hours to respond via email with his or her name and physical mailing address.  If the winner does not respond within that time period, the winning entry will be disqualified and a new winner chosen.


Enjoy!  –Wren

New from Bridgeway Academy: Author in Your House & Coupon

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Are you considering which writing curriculum you’d like to use in your homeschool this year?  Well, if you are, consider Bridgeway Academy!  They have some fascinating new online classes taught by best-selling author Renae Green called Author in Your House which might be just what you’re looking for.

Bridgeway Academy provides excellent online classes taught by accredited, skilled teachers in all subjects.  My son Jackson has taken two online courses from Bridgeway Academy and we couldn’t have been happier with his weekly class time, his assignments and studies, and his overall experience both with his teacher and his classmates.  He has learned so much.

Author in Your House is a new course which is available for middle school students (grades 5-8) using the book Chasing Dreams, which details the life of 12-year-old Rebecca’s life in the early 20th century.  High school students can take Author in Your HouseWrite Your First Novel with Renae Green guiding them through the writing of their first novels.  Either way, students will receive a first-class education in writing from a skilled and gifted author.  Visit this link to view the Course Catalog which details the information on these and other classes for elementary, middle school, and high school students.


Plus, you can purchase these at a discounted price through July 20!

Families can get 15% off Bridgeway Live Online Classes (course materials and additional kits excluded) by using the code SUMMER2018 at checkout.

We have loved our Bridgeway Academy experiences.  If you’re looking for some amazing class opportunities for your students, please visit the Bridgeway Academy website and learn more!


Enjoy!  –Wren


Our Experiences with Bridgeway Academy’s Apologia Biology Course & Lab 2017-2018 (Plus a Coupon)

I can hardly believe it, but we are in the final few weeks of my son Jackson’s 10th grade homeschool year.  We were incredibly blessed to be able to partner with Bridgeway Academy this year, and Jackson took his high school biology course–Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Biology (FYC Biology Course w/Lab)–online with them.  I couldn’t be happier with Jackson’s experiences, and I’d love to share our final thoughts with you as the semester winds down!



Bridgeway Academy

Are you familiar with Bridgeway Academy?  The company provides accredited homeschool options that can fit any family’s lifestyle. From customized textbook and online options to live online and blended learning, Bridgeway helps families find exactly what they need for a successful homeschooling year.  Live courses, which are attended online by students in first grade all the way through 12th grade, provide fascinating academic experiences for families. In fact, thousands of students have participated in Bridgeway Academy Learning Lab classes from 1989 to the present day.  And parents will be interested to know that 92% of Bridgeway Academy enrolled students proceed to their first choice college!


High School Biology & Lab with Apologia

Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Biology is the course I had always hoped and intended to use with my son for his high school biology credits.  The textbook is both rigorous and intellectually challenging, and covers biology in an interesting way.  Chapters cover the following topics:

  • the definitions of life and biology plus classification, taxonomy, and biological keys
  • Kingdoms Monera, Protista, and Fungi
  • the chemistry of life
  • the cell, cellular reproduction, and DNA
  • Mendel and Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Ecology
  • Kingdom Animalia (invertebrates, arthropoda, chordata)
  • Kingdom Plantae
  • Reptiles, birds, and mammals

Each chapter also includes two challenging review sections (for test preparation), experiments, and question-and-answer portions in addition to text, vivid photos and diagrams.  This is the textbook that is utilized by Bridgeway Academy in the FYC Biology Course w/Lab, along with the company’s Biology Lab Kit.  The lab kit provides everything from a stainless steel dissection kit, lab supplies, and 7 lab specimens (earthworm, grasshopper, perch, crayfish, frog, cow eye, and fetal pig) for the dissections that are covered in the course.  When the student completes this course (with a D average or above) he’ll have accumulated 1.5 academic credits for both the biology course and lab.


High School Biology with Bridgeway Academy

So, what does Bridgeway Academy bring to the table when they’re offering an online course with the already-excellent Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology?  What would you think if I answered, “More than I could have imagined!”

First of all, they provide an exceptional online classroom experience.  Bridgeway Academy utilizes Moodle for its online classrooms.  Collaborate within Moodle allows students to attend classes alongside their peers who are taking the same class.  The teacher teaches the class via video and students can interact with him/her and with each other using their own computers’ cameras or text chat.  Moodle also provides a way for teachers to administer tests and daily or weekly assignments.  Students upload their assignments and projects to Moodle, where teachers grade them and a record of work is kept.  Technologically, Moodle made it very easy for Jackson to interact with his class, stay up-to-date on his assignments, and keep track of his work.  There were a few times where Moodle had glitches but they were few and far between.  And if you are taking an online class, that’s exactly what you need and want!

Secondly, Bridgeway Academy hires interesting instructors who bring years of education and training to the classroom.  Jackson’s biology teacher, Mrs. Carla Berg, is an experienced and accredited scientist and educator.  In every single class, Mrs. Berg brought impeccable scientific training to make her classes interesting and exciting to the students.  But just as important, she brought excellent classroom management abilities to bear as she guided students through their own interactions with the class.  I’m sure that she is also well-aware that students have different learning styles, because I saw her utilize classroom activities for visual learners, auditory learners, and kinesthetic learners in every class.  She also varied classroom activities every week, which helped her students stay engaged and learning all semester long.



Third, Bridgeway Academy provided a learning experience with this high school biology class that truly exceeded the best that I could have done myself.  I am interested in science.  But I freely admit to you that I am not a trained scientist, nor is high school biology my forte.  And honestly, the very thought of dissections…well, those also are not my forte!  But with Bridgeway Academy, I didn’t have to excel at any of those things.  Instead, Jackson was able to take a top-notch, academically rigorous, well-done biology class taught by an experienced teacher whose love for science poured out in each class.



What I’d like for you to know about our experiences

There are so many positive outcomes that both Jackson and I have experienced during our high school biology year with Bridgeway Academy.  (More than I could actually fit into a blog post!)  But there are things I’d love to share about them here.  (And I’ll try my best to keep the list from becoming too lengthy!)

  • He has received an exceptional education in high school biology that has prepared him well for college science coursework
  • He was challenged to produce his best work continuously throughout the year, whether it was on tests and projects, in-class participation, or daily reading and Q&As
  • He had the benefit of a well-educated and interesting instructor who was committed to her students’ success
  • Bridgeway Academy’s Moodle provided excellent record-keeping for each student (including a portfolio download option)



Does that sound amazing to you as a homeschool mom or as a student?  I just cannot speak highly enough about Bridgeway Academy and their incredible classes.  If you’d like to discover more about Bridgeway Academy, visit Bridgeway Academy Learning Labs and check out their extensive list of awesome online courses.  Whether your student is in the elementary, middle school, or high school grades, you’ll find some incredible options.

And just so you know, Bridgeway Academy would like to provide a coupon for you to use when you sign your child up for a class!  Just use coupon code WREN18 when you visit the Bridgeway Academy site to receive  10% off any Learning Lab purchase.  (Coupon expires June 1, 2018.)

Enjoy–and think of Bridgeway Academy when you’re considering your child’s next homeschool courses!  –Wren

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DISCLAIMER:  From time to time, FINCHNWREN may receive a free product or service in exchange for our honest opinions expressed in our blog. We are not required to write a positive or glowing review, nor are we additionally compensated for these reviews. We share our own opinions, and our family’s opinion, of these products. We’re disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.



Catching You Up~ Update from FINCHNWREN

Hi darlings!

You may have noticed that I haven’t been writing much lately.  I apologize!  I am continuing to heal from the chemotherapy (for new readers, the short story is I had an ovarian cancer tumor removed and a summer/fall of chemo).  I am really feeling better each month as my body heals from everything.  But I haven’t done much on the blog in the past few weeks.  I haven’t forgotten it, though, or you!

So, since it’s spring break (yay!) and I have a moment to share with you, I wanted to update you on some happenings in our lives for the past couple of months.


Our weekend getaway



We don’t have a LEGO store near us (well, yes, we can shop for LEGO at Walmart/Target but we don’t have the full-blown experience of an actual LEGO store).  But earlier this month, we went on an overnight trip to a bigger city that does!  And of course we had to visit a mall that has a LEGO store.  We wandered around happily there for (seriously) about an hour, then my son spent some birthday money on some new sets.




I even got to do a little girly shopping at a cute boutique!  Even though it’s definitely still winter-ish here, I picked up this top for spring and summer.  I love empire waists in both dresses and shirts and I fell in love with this one.  Can’t wait to wear it with some jeans or shorts.



We also took our son to Dave & Buster’s.  I have to admit; I am not the huge gamer in the family.  So there wasn’t a lot that I did while we were there besides Skee-Ball.  The guys played Star Wars games, racing games, etc.  But!  I happened to discover a Donkey Kong game!  That was my favorite game to play in college.  So I got to play a few rounds on that.  Sadly my skills have hugely declined over the years.  But it was fun.  🙂


In homeschool

Homeschool in high school looks a lot different than it did during our elementary years.  We’re focusing on making sure that Jackson gets the courses completed for his high school transcript that he needs for college applications.  So this year we’re working on history, literature, grammar, foreign language, math, biology/lab, Bible, and some computer programming.

I am SO thankful that Jackson has been able to take his high school biology and lab from Bridgeway Academy.  His teacher is fantastic, we’re using the Apologia biology textbook and I love that he gets to interact online with fellow students.  We have gotten to the portion of the textbook that focuses on the animal kingdom (from microscopic on up).

And that means…dissection.

I have to tell you that my high school biology course (also in 10th grade, in public school in a great school system) did ONE dissection.  Jackson has already done THREE.  And there are at least 4 more to go; perch, cow eye, frog, fetal pig.  (I wish I could tell you that the last two didn’t horrify me…but they do.  But I’m not telling Jackson!  I’ll just be there standing by supportively while he does the dissecting while keeping my opinions to myself.)  He has already dissected the earthworm, the crayfish, and the grasshopper.  We are learning a LOT.

Here’s a picture of some of the tools from his dissection kit.  Check back in May for pictures of the actual dissections!



Jackson and I also participate in our local homeschool coop.  He takes a drama class and I teach an art class for elementary students.  It has been a good semester.  There have been some different types of challenges for me as a teacher but some wonderful experiences as well.



I was planning to share with you about what I’m eating these days; about my new drawing adventure; and about a neat blogging event I got to attend last week.  But I think that this post is already long enough.  So perhaps I’ll get to mention those a little later!  🙂

I hope you are all having a wonderful spring break/end of March.  Thank you for reading!


Enjoy!  –Wren