Educational Sessions and Consultations
Are you looking for an alternative to sending your child to school in the fall or doing school online? Do you feel overwhelmed by the thought of how to create and manage a learning environment that works for your child while fulfilling your other life responsibilities?
Join me for a discussion of educational options across a spectrum from students who are fully enrolled and doing online classes to students doing hybrid blended learning, or those who decide to homeschool. I will present and examine the different options to help you make the best decision for you, your child, and your family.
I will share with you what I have learned over 15 years of homeschooling and supporting a teenager in high school and provide you with the tools and information to be successful whatever path you choose. I know from my own experience how rewarding and life changing this opportunity can be and how much your child can benefit from one to one guidance and support.
I am hosting two free informational sessions, one online and one outside with social distancing and masks for parents interested in exploring these options. Each session will be roughly 90 minutes, consisting of a presentation of information, a time to share issues and concerns, and a Q & A period. If you are unable to attend or if you have further questions after the session I will also offer free 20 min informational one to one Zoom consultations including a short post conversation write up of how I can help you. Email Kathy at email@example.com if you are interested in either option.
In addition, here is a short list of what I am currently offering:
One to One Support Sessions
You may simply need three or four one hour sessions to get you started and give you the framework needed to start your learning plan. I will work with you to brainstorm a basic learning plan for your child and identify some initial resources and ideas that would work for you and your family. I will also guide you to the administrative tools necessary for you to comply with state and district rules and homeschooling laws, if applicable. If you want to continue on in more depth, see the options below.
($50-75 per session, some pay what you can slots available. On zoom or in person, outside at the farm social distancing with masks)
One to One Consulting Sessions
You may prefer to have help to create a comprehensive or supplemental learning plan, a daily routine that works for your child, you, and your family’s needs along with a weekly check in. I will meet with you weekly in person (with appropriate distancing) or via Zoom to give you a chance to ask questions and get the support you need. Additionally, I will send you resources and information unique to your family’s situation to support you on your educational and/or homeschooling journey.
(Prices vary depending on the needs, set up a free 20 min consult for an estimate; on zoom or in person, outside at the farm social distancing with masks)
Outdoor Learning Circles
Ongoing clients have the option to engage in self-directed learning activities at Wild Goose Farm either independently or with one other family with whom you have decided to form a circle. You can walk or run the trails, choose to do the WGF self guided bird, tree or plant indentification walks, or do one of a selection of monthly suggested learning activities I provide for you. Keep in mind this is mostly a time for you and your children to be present to what unfolds and to follow your children’s lead. You may find yourself amazed at all the learning and fun that happens. In the words of Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, “Time in nature is not leisure time; it's an essential investment in our children's health (and also, by the way, in our own).”
(Fees to be decided, max 2 families; at the farm, outside, at a distance & with masks as the families decide)
Parent Support Groups
I will facilitate small group sessions for parents that will provide you with an opportunity to learn from one another, to listen and share ideas, read and discuss relevant articles, respond to writing prompts about your experience, and to ask questions and get answers. Gather a group of like minded parents to participate or if you’d rather, I’ll help to form groups to the best of my ability based on similar parenting styles and values.
($5-$10 per session, some pay what you can slots available. Max 6 parents; either online or at the farm, outside, at a distance & with masks as the group decides)
I have been an educator for 30 years as a public and private school teacher and as a homeschooling and public schooling mom. I have a Masters of Arts in teaching degree and am the co-founder and former director of the Center for New Americans - a school for immigrants and refugees. Throughout my career as an educator I have been recognized by my ability to create learning spaces in which learners of all ages can thrive and take ownership of their own education.
“Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your roadmap through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important, how to live and how to die.” --
-John Gatto, author, educator, recipient of teacher of the year award in NYC.