What is your name and general location?
Kat, Sacramento, California
How many children do you have and what are their ages?
Two boys (5 & 2)
What are the main reasons you chose to home educate?
We’ve decided to home educate because we want to allow more time together. More time to play. More time for experiences. More time to simply be.
Part of that stems from losing my mother when I was a teenager. Since then, I’ve been acutely aware that our time together is limited. I want to spend as much time with my kids as I can, because that time together isn’t guaranteed.
Do you follow a specific method or style of teaching?
I’m mostly just winging this whole thing so far. As a first year homeschooling family, we’re still trying to figure out our style and philosophy. The former teacher in me likes the structure of lessons, and tests, but the hippy in me wants to be free and just play. Attempting to strike a balance will be a theme for our year.
What is your favorite aspect of homeschooling?
I love that I’m able to curate lessons and activities that appeal to my boys’ interests and learning styles. It’s also been great to enjoy museums and zoos while most children are at traditional schools!
What is the most challenging thing about home educating?
It’s difficult to decide what to say yes too. I’m learning that I can’t do everything. I can’t say yes to everything. My children’s education has to come first, and everything else will have to fight for the little bit of leftover time and energy I have.
What is your family rhythm like?
We spend our mornings playing, going on field trips, or exploring. After lunch, little brother takes a nap while big brother and I do our school lessons. We try to keep our formal lessons to under an hour a day.
How do other people react to your choice to home educate?
Surprisingly, most of our family and friends have been supportive!
How do you plan your homeschool year and what curriculums do you use?
We’re using The Good and The Beautiful curriculum this year. It’s truly good and beautiful! We’re trying to “school” 3-4 days a week for most of the year.
How do you make time for yourself?
That is definitely a work in progress! Usually, I wake up very early before anyone else and take time for myself.
What insight or advice can you share about being a home educator?
I’m not sure I’m in a position any advice because we’re so new to this homeschool world, but many have recommended that I try to stay flexible with my expectations and plans. Our lives are always evolving and changing, and our education should evolve and change with it.
Thank you Kat for sharing your journey with us! You can find Kat at thiskathouse.blogspot.com or on Instagram at @this.kat.house