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."

Learning Brain Busters Part III: Engage The Filter

Posted in Homeschooling on May 5, 2017

Reticular Activating System

We started this series by discussing strategies for leveraging the Pre-Frontal Cortex, The Thinker, in order to maximize learning potential. From there we learned the power of emotions and how to keep the Limbic System, The Reactor, from taking over to help your kids overcome frustrations and get back on track to learning success. In Read More »

Learning Brain Busters Part II: Dampen The Reactor

Posted in Homeschooling on March 29, 2017

Image of the brain's Limbic system

Your brain is not just an information processing, learning, and problem-solving machine; it is responsible for the tens of thousands of connections and activities that keep you alive. Every second of every day your brain is working toward that single focused goal. Right now, your brain is hard at work making sure your blood is Read More »

Learning Brain Busters Part I: Strengthen The Thinker

Posted in Homeschooling on March 14, 2017

Prefrontal cortex

“Mom! I just don’t get it!” “I am so tired.” “Do I have to?” “This is stupid!” All too often these are common phrases that disrupt our homeschool week. We try so hard to get things done, to make things interesting and to keep it all together, but sometimes the kids are just not on Read More »