Project-based & Reggio inspired Living & Learning
Hi, thanks for stopping by. I’m Kate, mummy to two amazing little people (Jack and Sarah) and wife to my teenage sweetheart.
I am a former high school teacher. Now, inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach and Project-based Homeschooling, I am homeschooling our two children.
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 4 years old. He is bright and articulate and has oh-so-much energy. He loves music; especially playing the drums. He is inquisitive, determined, can be quite a bit stubborn and has the biggest belly-laugh you can imagine. He is intense and has strong emotions but there is also such potential for this intensity; such drive to know and understand. Jack has Cerebral Palsy. It mainly affects his balance, perceptive awareness, core muscles and lower limbs. Cerebral Palsy is something Jack has; it does not define him. I admire his determination, resilience and strength.
This is Sarah. She is 2 years old. She is cheeky and loves exploring all manner of things. She is independent and content although loves being close to me. She adores animals and loves being out in nature. She is a very active girl; you won’t find her sitting still for long. She definitely keeps us on our toes.
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 family values, things that were important to us, things we wanted to instil in our children and 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, home-education, and Cerebral Palsy.
It is also the story of my life. My love of photography, my desire to be (but not quite there yet) creative in the kitchen and the garden, the joy I get from sewing and the peace I feel when I am out in the Aussie bush.
I am Kate and this is my world.