April 24, 2015

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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Homeschooling Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner. I often come across questions on social media or through email that I feel would best answered in a newsletter, because I feel so many can benefit from the answer…This question was on a Facebook Homeschool group: I’ve been toying with the idea of taking December ‘off’. Does anyone […]

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November 17, 2020

Self-Care in Autumn

We are now in mid-autumn and the weather is getting colder, days are getting shorter. I love this time of year.I love Thanksgiving and Christmas time.I love the music.I love the smells of fresh baked breads, cinnamon, peppermint, pomanders, and pine.I love the goodwill people show towards each other.I love the thoughtfulness and consideration for […]

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November 14, 2020

A Classic Christmas Devotional

Christmas is just over a month away! Have you decided what your plan is this year? Do you sometimes feel that in the hustle and bustle of Christmas parties, shopping, presents, and decoration that the real reason for the season seems to get lost? I know I did! Have you been looking for ways to […]

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Hygge Homeschool

Hygge is back!  What is hygge and how do you pronounce it?“The Danish word hygge (pronounce hue-gah) is taking pleasure in celebrating the ordinary; spending a cozy evening with family or friends, sipping cocoa, sitting by the fireplace, perhaps dinner by candlelight… Words such as warmth, living well, security, coziness, comfort, reassurance, family, fellowship, friendship, and […]

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October 27, 2020

3 Ways to Homeschool November

Daylight savings time ends this weekend for 2020. The days are growing cooler and shorter. Soon winter will be upon us!  We had a sneak peek this week as temperatures here dipped to January temperatures. However, the temperatures did not stay low.  This morning is 11 degrees warmer than yesterday. It seems like one more […]

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October 12, 2020

How to Leverage Mealtime

We live in a busy world. Most of us have our plates filled to the brim. During 2020, many families have rediscovered family dinners together. As we move past 2020, let this be one blessing we choose to keep in our lives.  Slow down. Don’t rush your family meal. Avoid overloading the family schedule.  Make […]

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October 6, 2020

Three Reading Strategies

Most parents want their children to become proficient readers. They know thar reading is a vital life skill in our society. Most adults know that reading is an essential key to self-directed lifelong learning.  Yet, at the end of fourth grade, only about 36% of children are proficient readers at grade level or above. This […]

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September 29, 2020

A New Thanksgiving Tradition- A Classic American Thanksgiving Devotional

Have you seen the meme about “Merry Thanksgivoween?” The meme has a picture that blends Halloween with Christmas and pilgrim snowman, as well as,  a token jack-o-lantern with a pilgrim hat and beard. Really, this implies that being thankful and celebrating that thankfulness to God, is being lost as the holidays merge.  Just say NO! One […]

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