Quarry Hill Nature Center

Science, animal science to be precise has always been a favorite subject for all three of our big kids. Every year we ask our kids what they want to learn and each year it has always been animal science. It is amazing how much one can learn about one subject. …

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Remembering the beginning of The Big Island Rendezvous!

I have always loved the Big Island Rendezvous in Albert Lea, Minnesota. My dad loves history and learning, he was and still is, great at teaching and inspiring in us girls the things he is passionate about. The Big Island Rendezvous was a perfect opportunity for our family to spend …

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Me, Not Them.

What is “Me, Not Them”? It is when I pursue my passions, goals, and continue my own learning journey. It is when I allow myself to simmer rather than putting myself on the back burner. When we first began our tje journey I laughed out loud when I read it …

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What I have learned about leadership

I have learned through out my life to pay attention to those who are successful at what I want to be doing in life. Do I want to be a better listener? Then pay attention to those who do it well. Do I want to learn how to plant a …

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What is Core and Why is it Important?

“Great Companies are driven by something beyond money and success: a purpose rooted in core values.” -Jim Collins- As I was shoveling our driveway this morning I had plenty of time to ponder my reaction at having to shovel in the first place. The snow is cold, the shoveling requires effort …

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Part 6: Titus’ Passion Tailored Learning

Titus, his very name makes me smile and giggle. He is affectionate as he is funny. He runs around all day doing ninja kicks, saying funny stuff, and running up to us with hugs. He is also an introvert, although while Maddie is an Introvert/Introvert, Titus is an Extrovert/Introvert. He can …

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Part 4: Inside Maddie’s Passion Tailored Learning

Maddie is our first born. She thrives on schedules, order, and her brain is the most peaceful when she knows all her ducks are neatly in a row. She loves playing with others, but as an introvert she needs time alone to recharge. Passionate about animal science and their habitats …

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So much to learn.

There are times as a parent when my kids when I ask myself, What is my kid doing? Whether it is throwing tantrums, struggling with math, or any other issue my kids have. I have learned I need to ask myself questions and do a self evaluation. My cousin and …

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Part 3: Homeschool Tailored to Passions not Textbooks

Mark and I  have always taken a classical approach/CharlotteMason/unschooling/Thomas Jefferson Education approach in teaching our kids. We have always believed that our relationship with our kids must come first, then discipline and guidance, and academics follow after both of those. Kids are smart, they don’t care what we know until …

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Part 2: What Our Days of Learning Look Like

The key to homeschooling with as little stress as possible is to learn to become flexible. Time is not your keeper, you are not held to eat breakfast at 8am every. single. day. If math takes twice as long as normal it is ok to skip science, reading, history, or …

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