Interview with Jamie Lynn Pennington

Age: 34
Ages/Grades of Children: dd age 10 grade 5, dd age 12 grade 7
Location: Tennessee

Why and when did you decide to homeschool your children?

From the time we decided and started praying for kids, we had a strong desire to home educate them. I had two miscarriages, one in 2001 and the other in 2002. This was a devastating time for us, but God saw fit for us to finally have our first little blessing in March of 2003 and our second in 2005. There was never a question for us whether or not we would homeschool. It was just like the seed had been planted early on, and that was what was going to take place for our family. We had always felt that it was our God-given right to teach our kids what they needed to know. We didn’t need an outside source deciding for our children what and when they would learn certain aspects of life. Also, we wanted their education to be about learning and the enjoyment of it. Not stressing more about keeping up with the Joneses, which is what “traditional school” seems to have become. We wanted them to be brought up and taught in an unbiased environment where they felt confident in themselves and would ask questions if they so choose and not feel like all eyes were on them if they didn’t fully grasp something the first time. We also wanted to be able to take time and encourage on any subject that piques their curiosity and maybe not dwell so long on those that do not. We have been home educating through an umbrella school since 2007 and I have to say, it has been nothing but a blessing!!

Describe your homeschool in three words.

Blessing, Imperfect, Satisfying

What’s your proudest homeschool moment?

When my oldest read her first “I can read book” all by herself. This was my ‘YEP! I can do it’ moment!

What’s your goal as a home educator?

To give my kids the best education I can and not only try to prepare them for the future but for Gods kingdom.

What’s the best homeschooling advice you’ve ever received?

Appreciate the little things!

How has homeschooling changed you?

It has definitely made me more patient and smarter. (LOL) I have learned so much right along beside my kids that either wasn’t taught or I missed in school.

How has homeschooling benefited your family?

It has made us very close knit.

Who do you turn to when you need homeschooling advice? Why?

I turn to social media. I have become acquainted with so many wonderful homeschool mommies who don’t care to lend advice. Our umbrella school is also wonderful. Any time that I call or email them, they answer my questions or concerns, and I have never once felt rushed or like I was being a burden to them.

Which Bible verse helps you most with homeschooling?

I would have to say I have two: Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. And Psalm 121:1-2 – I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

Which quote helps you most with homeschooling?

“Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” -Albert Einstein

What was your biggest misconception about homeschooling prior to becoming a home educator?

That I had to teach every subject offered for that particular school year from the first to the last page of the curriculum guide book and stay on a strict day-to-day schedule. However, we do have a planner, but I no longer beat myself up if our day of learning takes an unsuspected turn.

How do you overcome homeschool challenges?


What do you find most difficult about homeschooling?

Getting over my own doubts and fears.

Describe your teaching style.

I am not really sure. (LOL) I just sort of go with the flow and even though we do have a curriculum guide that we go by, I am flexible if my kids take a big interest and want to stay on one subject for a couple of days.

What is your favorite subject to teach? Why?

My favorite is Bible class. I want my kids to be rooted in God’s Word. All other subjects build on that because it all started with God to begin with.

Describe a typical school day at your home.

I normally ask which subject each want to cover first and we go from there. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, laundry, house cleaning, and all else just gets fit in here, yonder and there.

How do your children feel about being homeschooled?

They seem to love it. We have always told them to feel free to come to us if they feel like they would like to try something different. But that has yet to happen.

Which resources or curricula have been most beneficial to your homeschool?

We mainly use Abeka and Bob Jones and of course the KJV Bible.

What would you say to someone who may be contemplating homeschooling?

If you feel like this is what God wants you to do, then don’t question it. It, like everything else, will have its days when you look up and wonder, “Am I doing the right thing?” I can’t speak for everyone, but I feel, in all honesty, that everyone will ask that question at one time or another during their time of homeschooling. On those days, you just have to sit down with the Lord and be reminded why you chose this route in the first place. If you decide that this decision is what is best for your family, I promise, you will not regret it. It is such a blessing and will give you such enjoyment watching your little one learn and grow in so many ways.

How can we connect with you?

Instagram: @Jamie.Lynn.P

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sarah Kogan says:

    As a fellow homeschooling mom, I am intrigued by the stories of other homeschoolers. I enjoyed learning about Jamie. Great interview!


    1. Jamie Lynn Pennington says:

      Thanks Sarah!


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