Kathy Ceceri began homeschooling her children over 15 years. Her goal as a home educator has always been to keep things interesting for her kids -- and herself. Her sons have successfully homeschooled from kindergarten to college, and she's now a lot smarter than when she started.
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Kathy is the author of numerous books of learning activities for kids and families. She was also the "Hands-On Learning" columnist for Home Education Magazine and has written parenting and educational articles for FamilyFun and Wired magazines and the bestselling Geek Dad series of books. Kathy was a Founding Editor of the Wired.com blog GeekMom and the first regular mom contributor to GeekDad.com. Her family's homeschooling "at-home science" blogs were featured in The New York Times and Chemical and Engineering News. She can often be found teaching STEAM programs at schools, libraries, museums, and Maker Faires around the country. And she is a regular member of the Parenting Roundabout podcast.
Kathy's Activity Books for Kids and Families
Making Simple Robots (coming in 2014 from Maker Media)
Kids will learn what makes a country a country as they design a nation for themselves. Activities include making a flag, money, and stamps, drafting a Declaration of Independence, writing laws, and creating a map of their new land.
Elementary-age children and up can find out how robots work by building projects that demonstrate actual robotics concepts using everyday materials like cardboard and duct tape and "hacking" old electronics parts.
The history and culture of the Silk Road reaches from China to Northern Europe and from the ancient Romans through the Middle Ages. Readers will travel with explorers old and new while making projects like silk embroidery, homemade noodles, decorated glass beads, and a Mongolian yurt.
World Myths and Legends retells tales from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas and helps readers think about why the same themes, characters, and events may show up in different parts of the globe. Projects include a mini-mummy, indoor boomerang, and Three Sisters garden.
Kathy's projects for parents and kids include a super-simple superhero costume, snack food hacks, and a DIY lava lamp.
Kathy's Other Websites and Enrichment Programs
Find great educational projects and activities for homeschoolers and other families.
- Crafts for Learning
- Home Chemistry
- Home Biology
- Home Physics
- Integrated Science
- Wired.com GeekMom
- Wired.com GeekDad
Kathy holds a BA in English Literature from McGill University in Montreal and studied Illustration at Parsons School of Design.
By Kathy Ceceri:
When I began homeschooling I had no background or training in education. Thanks to the many helpful homeschool veterans I met and the wealth of resources available, I acquired the skills needed to help my own kids learn and grow into independent and productive young adults. Along the way, I became a passionate advocate for homeschooling and the benefits it can bring to many families and children.
Today I love talking to new or prospective homeschoolers and helping them find ways to make this lifestyle work for them. Homeschooling may not be for everyone, but for families who are interested and committed, it can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life!