meeting them right where they are and
helping them grow.
TOS: Do families have to enroll in
Wings to Soar full time?
Beth Ellen: Many families choose just
level. Others may choose just Wordly
Wise Online or an online adaptive
Through Math. Some older students do
better with outside accountability from
our teachers in one or perhaps all areas
as they test their wings and move toward
TOS: What are some of your classes or
courses? ( www.wingstosoaronline.com/
Beth Ellen: Students in 5th-12th
webcam classes with one of our teachers.
In;addition;to;dozens;of;other;core;cur-riculum self-paced independent study
out-of-the-ordinary electives such as
Forensic Science, Art or Music Appreciation, Intro to Business, and Digital
To help students prepare for life
beyond high school we offer Career
Explorations, ACT/SAT/GED prep, Real
TOS: What do you offer for struggling
Beth Ellen: While students of all
learning levels can benefit from our
customized approach to learning, our
language-based learning challenges such
as dyslexia, autism spectrum, and other
reading, writing, and spelling struggles.
With my training in Orton-Gillingham and Davis dyslexia remediation,
National Institute for Learning Disabilities / Differences, autism spectrum, and
attachment disorders and experience
working;with;rape;victims,;eating;dis-orders, depression, ADHD, OCD, nonverbal learning disabilities, and reactive attachment disorder, I serve as our
Weaknesses in memory, attention,
processing speed, &/or sequencing are
at the root of many learning struggles.
We are excited to be able to offer Fast
ForWord’s targeted workout for the
brain that addresses these underlying
customized intervention package. We
also offer special support for students
and parents with learning challenges in
our core classes as well as one-to-one
online tutoring/parent coaching.
We treat each child as an individual,
not a label. As one parent said, “Wings
to Soar addresses learners a conventional
classroom can’t or won’t. If schools were
represented by muffin tins - neat, orderly,
and uniform in their output - Wings to
Soar better resembles a potter’s wheel. Beth
Ellen evaluates my son’s strengths, weaknesses, capabilities, and personality, and
creates a holistic approach to his education! Wings to Soar sees my son like I do,
as a masterpiece in progress.”
TOS: What advice can you give a fam-ily;making;the;transition;from;public/
private school to educating at home
Beth Ellen: You are teaching a
CHILD, not a curriculum. Go as slow as
they need, but as fast as they are ready.
Whatever curriculum you choose, print
or online, it needs to serve as your guide,
had little or no say in the curriculum
your student used, you now have a huge
have to place your student where you
your child from school for a reason –
group, through The Old Schoolhouse, and
perhaps Wings to Soar Online Academy.
TOS: Beth Ellen, we appreciate your
your devotion to staying on top of the
newest developments and products available for homeschoolers!
Be;sure;to;stop;by;Wings;to;Soar;On-line Academy (www.wingstosoaronline
can help your family.
Heather Mader lives in a household full of
music with her husband and 4 children.
“Have Faith; Have Fun” is their motto. She
loves to encourage homeschooling families
to heed the Lord’s leading in every aspect
of life, love, and education. Heather also
loves to bring stories to life as a voice over
artist, which is handy for family read-alouds. Heather is an editorial assistant
at TOS and can be reached at hmader@
Beth Ellen Nash has her Education degree from the University of Wisconsin—
Madison and has 15 years of experience
working with struggling learners. She is
currently curriculum coordinator and
intervention specialist for Wings to Soar
Online Academy. She has been the Home-school and Special Needs Consultant for
Cornerstone Learning Connections, her
dad’s educational store that specializes
in serving homeschoolers for the past 10
years. Beth Ellen has tutored, assessed,
and/or consulted with hundreds of families. She is the author of Wings to Soar:
Integrated, Multisensory Language Arts
with Words You Really Use.
you choose, print or
online, it needs to serve
as your guide, not your
for the realities of life and
together as co-teachers
with the parents.