Kat Hutcheson is the COO of Secular, Eclectic, Academic INC and a second generation homeschooler. She has a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of South Florida and a passion for academically rich, developmentally appropriate early childhood education. Kat was homeschooled by her father, a disabled veteran who wasn’t afraid to color outside the lines and inspired a lifelong love of learning. She is an avid bibliophile whose kids have inherited her book addiction. Currently homeschooling both high school and kindergarten, she uses an eclectic mix of homeschooling styles, often creating her own curriculum to meet her children’s various needs and interests. Her goal, like that of her own parents, is to encourage her kids to be lifelong learners — learners who aren’t afraid to try and fail and try again as they follow their individual paths to wherever they may lead.
Embracing What Works & Letting Go of What Doesn’t: Advice from a Second Generation Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschooler
Tuesday, July 23rd
As homeschoolers we have the power to make our children’s education just as unique as they are. We get to celebrate their strengths and accommodate their challenges, to meet them at their level and help scaffold the skills they need to grow and learn. “With great power comes great responsibility,” and that responsibility can often cause home educators to worry. Am I doing enough, am I doing too much, am I pushing to hard, should I push for more? These are common questions in the homeschool community. In this session Kat Hutcheson will share advice from her experience as both a homeschooled student and a homeschooling parent to help you embrace what works, let go of what doesn’t, stress less, and enjoy more as you give your children the gift of an individualized education.
Playing School: Developmentally Appropriate Preschool & Kindergarten for Students with High Academic Needs
Wednesday, July 24th
When parents ask for advice about homeschooling preschool and kindergarten the response is mostly “just let them play.” While this is often sound advice meant to calm nervous new homeschoolers, combat the “Am I doing enough?” mindset, and help parents understand what is developmentally appropriate in early education; what do you do when just playing isn’t enough for your child?
Play is important, finding balance with an academically minded young learner is too. This session will cover topics such as reading your child’s cues and finding the right amount of structure for your child’s needs, adjusting curriculum to meet your child’s physical and academic development, ideas for hands on learning & meaningful play, instilling a love of learning from day one, and how to handle the naysayers when you have a child with high academic needs (including the voice in your own head).