Teach Developmentally

When teaching developmentally, one takes into consideration the child as an individual. Teaching and learning are much easier for a child when they are developmentally ready. One can approach education from a curriculum based teaching approach or a mastery based teaching and learning approach. Most schools are curriculum focused rather than mastery focused. Knowledge has […]

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The Bicycle Approach to Homeschool

Keep Pedaling and Moving Forward!When parents begin to homeschool, many look for a curriculum as a vehicle to help move their children towards being educated. Maybe the vehicle is not just a curriculum, but taking other things into account that impact children’s heart, allegiance, character, work ethic, brain development, core body balance, executive function, socialization […]

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How to Create Your Own Nature Notebook

SuppliesA sketch pad made with at least 65 lb paper, 5.5” x 8.5” size or 9” x 12” size, works best. Paper weight is determined by how much 500 sheets (a ream) of 24” x 36” paper weighs. This heavier paper works better for inks and water color pencils. Water color paints can be carefully […]

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Nature Notebooks

​I would like to show you how easy it is to introduce and integrate science, art, and literature into your homeschool curriculum through nature studies.In the previous article, I shared the importance of establishing the habit of a daily walk with your children. I had already been walking regularly with my children for almost a […]

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Nature Studies, Nature Notebooks: A Parent Child Journey

​Do you feel intimidated by science? Are you one of the many in our culture that has had distasteful experiences in school, turning you off to natural science? If you are homeschooling, have your friends asked the invariable “What about science” question? Many people suppose that science can only be taught and learned in the […]

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Welcome to the Mentoring Our Own Blog!

Welcome to my Mentoring Our Own blog. This is my new, optimized, all-in-one website. I will blog here about homeschool, home, family, and life! That about covers everything, doesn't it? Mentoring Our Own was originally a yahoo group I started in January 2002. The group was an online home for our local homeschool study group. […]

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