Hi, thanks for stopping by. I’m Kate, mama to two amazing little people (Jack and Sarah)and former high school teacher. I now homeschool our two children inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach and Project-Based Homeschooling.
An Everyday Family
My family and I live in Canberra, Australia. Even though Canberra is our nation’s capital, it is not a big city as you would expect, but rather has a peaceful country feel with bushland, vineyards, rolling hills and mountains. My husband and I have two amazing children, Jack who was born in 2009 and Sarah who was born in 2011.
‘Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid’ – Albert Einstein
This is Jack. He is 7 years old.
He is bright and articulate and has oh-so-much energy. He is inquisitive, determined, can be quite a bit stubborn and has the biggest belly-laugh you can imagine. He can be intense and has strong emotions but there is also such potential for this intensity. He has such drive to know and understand.
Jack has Cerebral Palsy and Autism. His CP mainly affects his balance, perceptive awareness, core muscles and lower limbs. Cerebral Palsy and Autism are part of Jack; they do not define him. I admire his determination, resilience and strength.
“Do you suppose she is a wildflower?” – Lewis Caroll
This is Sarah. She is 5 years old.
She is cheeky and loves exploring all manner of things. She is independent and content although loves being close to me. She is the chattiest little thing you ever did meet! Sarah loves to spend her days wrapped in a beautiful pretend world. She can often be heard singing to her dolls or taking them on magical adventures.
This is me.
I taught high school for nine years before choosing to finish paid-work and be with our children. I was originally a Japanese language teacher although moved into Special Needs and ESL/Literacy as this area interested me and the need was greater.
When Jack was about 6 months old, my husband and I started talking about how we wanted to raise our children. We talked a lot about our family values and their education. We talked A LOT about education.
It was not long after that I stumbled upon The Reggio Emilia Approach. It was perfect. Child-led investigations, open, free spaces to play, a deep connection with nature and an emphasis on exploring and creating. I read and read and READ. I read everything I could find on Reggio and child-directed learning.
It was then that I came across Lori Pickert and her truly inspiring approach called Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners; an approach which incorporates Reggio principles of extended child-led investigations and takes it into the home and beyond the preschool years.
My husband and I have since decided that we would home-educate our two children; primarily using Reggio principles of child-led investigations and Lori Pickert’s Project-based approach.
An Everyday Story is the story of our two children and our lives. It is the story of our experiences through childhood and home-education. It is the story of our days. It is the story of my life.
I am Kate and this is my world.