Jessica Parnell, Author at Homeschool Base

About Jessica Parnell

Jessica Parnell is a homeschool evaluator, consultant, and mom. She earned her MS in Secondary Education and Teaching from Bucknell University and is currently the president of Bridgeway Academy. Her educational experience is not limited to just homeschooling. She is a former public high school teacher and spent over ten years working as an educational trainer. After all these years of experience, she firmly believes there’s no such thing as a “cookie cutter child.” Because each child is fearfully and wonderfully made, they will learn and function 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."

How to be the Best Homeschool Parent and Teacher (Drawing Boundaries)

Posted in Homeschooling on November 15, 2017

best homeschool parent and teacher

“Mom, really? Why do I have to do this anyway?” I remember the first time my oldest refused to do schoolwork. I was livid, thinking, “I’m the teacher! Why are you questioning me?” But the truth is that this scene is totally normal and to be expected in every homeschooling room around the world. Homeschooling Read More »

Creating a homeschool environment that everyone loves

Posted in Homeschooling on September 21, 2017

One homeschool's classroom for doing homework

The homeschool year is just beginning for many of us, which means planning, scheduling, and organizing your life to prepare for a great year. Maybe you’re a seasoned homeschooler, or maybe you’re just starting out. Regardless, if you’re like me, you get the itch to create a unique, purposeful, and organized homeschool space. But with Read More »

Is your student a right fit for homeschooling?

Posted in Homeschooling on September 2, 2017

A happy homeschooling family

For many parents, the decision to homeschool is one that tugs at their hearts but boggles the mind. We can easily grasp the benefits--more time together, the ability to help my child overcome learning struggles or advance at a faster pace, and the opportunity to enjoy learning outside of the walls. But what lies ahead Read More »

10 Most Important Steps to Get You Started in Homeschooling {Part 2}

Posted in Just Starting Out on August 5, 2017

This family took the necessary steps to start homeschooling today!

So, you’re ready to homeschool. Awesome choice. The flexibility, family time, and individualized approach to teaching your child is going to pay off big in your child’s confidence and growth. And you can have peace of mind with no fear of bullying, homework woes, or dreaded bus rides! But starting something new is never easy; Read More »

10 Most Important Steps to Get You Started in Homeschooling {Part 1}

Posted in Just Starting Out on August 4, 2017

These are the steps to get your family started in homeschool

When I decided to homeschool as a young mother, it was because I had already seen the incredible results that homeschooling was having on kids of all ages. I was a teacher and homeschool evaluator here in Pennsylvania. So, I had spent five years meeting with homeschoolers, reviewing their portfolios and seeing the incredible adventures Read More »