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 work and homeschooling look like for our family.

I shared recently that I never planned on becoming a working mom. Yet, my passion for social media and mentoring others has lead me to working. It’s called working, but to me it’s really letting me play and do what I love. Using skills I have learned through my blogging …

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Choosing Classes at the MACHE Conference

The first year we went to the MACHE conference I was a little overwhelmed at all my seminar choices. There was literally a class on everything you could imagine. Thankfully I had the thought to sit down and figure out what it was I was needing to hear. The first …

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Pine Ridge Siberian Tours!

A few days ago our family was able to experience Pine Ride Siberians. It is by far one of our favorite field trips to date. Cassandra’s passion for not only raising and training siberians, but also rescuing them was evident with each dog we met. Throughout our field trip we were able …

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MACHE homeschool conference a must in our homeschool journey!

The summer our daughter turned five we made the official decision to homeschool. While we were excited about our new adventure, we were also terrified. We were now responsible for the next eighteen years of our children’s education. Their ability to read, figure math problems, socialize in the world, and all …

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Part 7: Timothy’s Passion Tailored Learning

You may be wondering how Timothy’s passions can be tailored when he is only a year old. It’s funny, but even at a year old, he does already have interests and passions. He may not know that is what they are called, but I as his mom and mentor do …

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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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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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