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Homeschooling Success: Becoming a Parent-Mentor


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How can you keep your child’s eyes bright and their heart engaged in learning? What can you do for a child who seems bored or uninterested in learning? What about the child who wants to, but for some reason is hitting roadblocks? An answer to all of these and more is found in the art of mentoring. Young children are vibrant bundles of energy and curiosity. With their zest for life, they are eager and ready to learn. Though their energy may take the form of climbing all over the couches or flitting from one thing to the next without finishing what they start, they were born to learn and are busy doing it. One of our most important jobs as parents and educators is to align our teaching efforts with their innate desires and capacity to learn and lead them along in the learning process. To do this most effectively, we need to practice the art of mentoring. In this presentation you will learn what this essential and powerful art is and why you want to practice it. You’ll take away three key principles of mentoring—and a practical, “here’s how you do it” mentoring model, complete with memorable examples of how it is done with young children. With mentoring, you can foster your child’s natural capacity to learn and keep their eyes bright and their heart engaged in life. 

Presenter: Angela Baker

When asked what she does, Angela Baker responds, “I do people.” Her passion is human genius and creating an environment where the genius of her children and those she mentors is discovered and developed. This life-long passion led her to seek alternative education for her children and leadership education for herself. She is an authentic, down-to-earth homeschool mom with 17 years of experience who knows the ups and downs of her “business.” As a speaker, Angela is known for her use of story to instruct, inspire, and create a memorable and applicable experience for audiences across the country. Through her teaching, people see new ways of connecting with their children and discover principles of education that really work in the context of family and a parent/child relationship.

Angela and her husband Roger live on a one-acre farm in rural Erda, Utah where their main crop is children—seven to be exact. She received a Bachelors in Family Science from Brigham Young University. Angela speaks regularly to adults and youth and has been mentoring individual parents and youth for nine years. In order to create an inspiring scholar environment for her own children, she founded Erda Leadership Academy. Now in its sixth year, this academy prepares younger scholars ages 11–16 for the rigors of a full scholarship.

For Angela, a favorite part of each day is reading to her children. She delights in clean bathrooms she didn’t clean; delicious food she didn’t cook; hearing the words “Can I help?” and spontaneous fun and laughter. She enjoys quiet study, fiery sunsets, climbing mountains, running, practicing the art of Taekwondo with her children, and refreshing moments of just sitting. Essentially, she is a human being who embraces the fullness of life and strives to respond in kindness to the people around her.


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