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."

Inspire Your Students to Love Reading

Posted in Teaching on August 3, 2017

Inspire your students to love reading by catering to their learning preference

As homeschoolers we want nothing more than to create lifelong reading lovers. We want our students captivated by the many adventures and journeys in literature. We want to inspire their own creativity and engage in new possibilities and dreams. That's why many of us choose curriculum based upon books, classics, and (you guessed it) reading! Read More »

Math for Learning Styles: Customizing the way you teach math

Posted in Teaching on August 2, 2017

She will be happier if you teach math according to her learning style

We all have memories from our childhood that have stuck like cement. Some we are grateful to remember; others we wish we could forget. One of my most vivid memories, and one I wish I could wipe clean from my memory, was of being humiliated in front of the entire Geometry class. I was no Read More »

Learning Styles Part II: Why They Matter & Unique Strategies

Posted in Homeschooling on May 27, 2017

Another happy stock image family for learning styles

One of the most common questions I hear when talking with families and parents about homeschooling is “does learning style really matter?” Most of us are familiar with the concept of learning styles and agree that there are different, unique ways of learning. However, not everyone agrees that learning styles matter enough to impact our Read More »

Learning Styles in Your Homeschool: Learn to speak your child’s language

Posted in Homeschooling on May 22, 2017

Happy Stock Image Family

When we all start our homeschooling journey, though we may be going different directions with curriculum, style, and motivation, we all have one purpose in mind: to see our children thrive and flourish under our teaching. We want more time together and stronger bonds as a family, a flexible schedule based on our needs, and Read More »

How the Brain Works Part IV: Leverage the Doer

Posted in Homeschooling on May 16, 2017

The Brain's Basal Ganglia

Early in this series we talked about how to Strengthen the Thinker. That the Thinker, which is responsible for planning, setting goals, controlling impulses, solving problems, thinking creatively, making decisions, etc., uses up a lot of energy. And I shared a few strategies for strengthening this incredible resource from scheduling brain breaks to planning your Read More »