Parrish Mort

Parrish Mort

Bio

Parrish  is a 16 year home education veteran whose children homeschooled from kindergarten to college. She has volunteered for VaHomeschoolers for 18 years in a variety of capacities; these include publisher of VaHomeschoolers Voice, executive director, president of the board of directors, conference director, lobbyist, government affairs director, and Helpline volunteer. Parrish is a frequent homeschool conference speaker. Her post-homeschooling career has taken her into the public school system. For the first half of 2016, she taught PreK as a long term substitute and now works as a paraprofessional for fourth grade special education students. She likes to think she is bringing a bit of homeschooling to the public classroom.

Sessions

Legacy Circle Induction of Parrish Mort and Lois Curling
Saturday, Session 2, 10:30–11:45 a.m.

Please join us as we thank Lois and Parrish for their many contributions to the homeschoolers throughout Virginia!

Plan Your Way to Kindergarten: Homeschooling Preschool
Saturday, Session 2, 10:30–11:45 a.m.

Preschool is a time of exploration, discovery, and learning through play and modeling. Parrish will share ideas for celebrating everyday moments as teachable moments. She will offer some ideas for fun ways to introduce and reinforce pre-literacy and pre-numeracy skills, without the “drill and kill” that can create burnout—in both kids and parents. Learn about developmentally appropriate ways to help your little ones learn at home and in the world—sparking curiosity, imagination, and a positive relationship with learning.

You’re Doing What? How to Answer Inquiries from the Simply Curious and the Outright Hostile
Saturday, Session 4, 2:45–3:45 p.m.

Tired of people questioning your choice to homeschool and challenging your methods? Uncertain how to ward off the “well-intentioned” concerns expressed by friends and family? Parrish discusses when to explain your choices, when to change the subject, and how to develop the confidence to face any naysayer.