Kathy Ceceri homeschooled her two sons from kindergarten until college, and learned a lot in the process. As an educator, her goal has always been to keep things interesting for her students—and herself. She continues to do that through her articles, her hands-on activity books on topics like robotics and geography, and her classes and workshops for children and adults throughout the Northeastern United States.
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 Make, FamilyFun and Wired magazines. As a Founding Editor of the Wired.com blog GeekMom and a top contributor to GeekDad.com, she contributed to the bestselling Geek Dad series of books and co-authored Geek Mom. Her "at-home science" homeschooling blogs have been featured in The New York Times and Chemical and Engineering News. In addition to her writing in print and online, Kathy leads STEAM programs at schools, libraries, museums, and Maker Faires around the country, and presents workshops on homeschooling and hands-on learning to parents and classroom teachers. She is also a frequent guest on the Parenting Roundabout podcast.
Kathy's Activity Books for Kids and Families
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Making Simple Robots
Making Simple Robots is based on one idea: Anybody can build a robot! That includes kids, English majors, school teachers, and grandparents. If you can knit, sew, or fold a flat piece of paper into a box, this book will help you start building simple robots today!
Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future
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.
Micronations: Invent Your Own Country and Culture
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.
The Silk Road: Explore the World's Most Famous Trade Route
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
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.
GeekMom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families
Projects for parents and kids, including a super-simple superhero costume, snack food hacks, and a DIY lava lamp.
Kathy's Other Websites
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Kathy holds a BA in English Literature from McGill University in Montreal and studied Illustration at Parsons School of Design.
I learned how to teach thanks to the many helpful homeschool veterans and the wealth of resources available. Along the way, I became a passionate advocate for homeschooling and the benefits it can bring to many families and children. I am always happy to share my experience with others, and help them acquire the skills they may need to help their own kids learn and grow into independent and productive young adults