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Popular at The Post: 2014 in Review

 

2014 was a banner year at The Homeschool Post!  We gained new writers, a new design, and new management.  Those are some pretty big changes that came along with some growing pains, but that’s to be expected.  The team is ready for 2015 with renewed enthusiasm and big plans for things to come.

Some of our plans include:
  • new monthly themes
  • Homeschool Blog & Tell linkup on the third Friday of every month — be sure to share your posts with us!
  • enhanced email newsletter with subscriber freebies {sign up here}
  • adding even more great writers to our team (contact us if you’re interested in applying)

The Homeschool Blog Awards voting wrapped up Dec. 29th and the votes are being tabulated.  {Winners will be announced next week so stay tuned.}

Top 10 Reader Favorites in 2014 at hsbapost.com

Looking over the stats from 2014, these are the top ten posts that resonated with readers:
  1. Sex Ed for Homeschoolers, Part 1: Too Little, Too Late {You can read Part 2 here.}
  2. Build Each Other Up: Nurturing Relationships in Homeschool Families
  3. Dear Homeschool Parents Whose Kids are Still in the Books
  4. Homeschool Portfolio Tips for Beginners
  5. 5 Reasons You Should Write a Homeschool Blog
  6. Socialization Starts at Home
  7. 10 Tips for a Frugal Homeschooling Staycation
  8. Three Things I Couldn’t Homeschool Without
  9. Schooling by the Calendar Year
  10. Mid-year Slump? How Homeschool Moms Recharge

We hope you enjoy your time here at The Homeschool Post and keep coming back for more encouragement, information, and connection with the online homeschool community!

We want to hear your ideas and questions. What would you like to see at The Homeschool Post in 2015?

 

 

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Sara (47 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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Meet Dan

 

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Hi Everyone!

I am new here to the HSBA Post and very excited to become a contributing writer.

My wife Inez and I have two beloved children. John is just about 10 and Christine recently turned 8 – neither of whom has ever spent a day in school.

I promise to bring a bit of a unique perspective here to HSBA Post. Not only am I that rara avis – a homeschool dad blogger – but I’m also a homeschool dad who has actually done a whole lot of hands-on education, homeschool group activities, laundry, cooking, nose-wiping, etc.

Inez, a Wall Street exec, generally works outside of the house Monday through Thursday. For many years my work was online (trading financial markets) and more recently it’s been teaching math to genius and wannabe-genius kids nights and weekends. So I’ve generally enjoyed a 4-days-on, 3-days-off home educating rhythm. It’s definitely fair to say that we’ve managed to split all aspects of homeschooling right down the middle.

Inez and I have been shuffling up and down the Boston-NYC-Philly corridor for our entire lives. However we did squeeze one glorious year in Charlotte, NC in, we’ve spent a lot of wintertime in Naples, FL….and now we are temporarily living across the pond, in London!

To see what we’ve been doing across the pond – click here.

I would characterize my homeschooling philosophy, if pressed to choose a single label, as “aggressive”. I passionately believe that children are capable of far more than almost anyone or any institution thinks they are. Specifically, I am very partial to what’s been called “the trinity of childhood genius”: math, music, and chess. However, what I think really distinguishes my style is: very heavy computer usage, a strict ZERO television and ZERO video games policy, and (ideally) a 365-day learning regimen.

Why do we homeschool?

Well our ultimate goal is to raise morally upright entrepreneurs or at least highly self-motivated young adults who have had the benefit of broader life experiences than we had. But I think you’d be more interested in what led us to homeschooling.

When John was around 3.5 years old we started doing reading, writing, and math with him. Well he took off, to put it mildly, so there was no way were going to send him to kindergarten where he’d be bored out of his mind and might even “act out” like his father allegedly did. I had also come across the trenchant wisdom of John Gatto online….and well, if you’ve read any Gatto you’ll understand, that he probably sealed the deal. We’ve never since looked back or doubted our decision to home educate in the slightest. On the contrary, every year seems to get better and better.

But I’m not simply a guy who’s happy with how homeschooling has worked with his own family…

No I’m a huge fan and advocate of homeschooling period. I strongly believe that it’s the solution for so much of what ails individuals, families, and society today. I’m genuinely excited when I hear about parents pulling their kids out of school and I’m always eager to encourage and help out anyone who is just starting out any way I can. I would, if I could, talk homeschooling all day long!

Here’s the rest of my gang:

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So look out for my columns here on HSBA Post and visit my blog at HomeschoolDad.com.

 

Dan (6 Posts)

Husband to Inez. Father of John and Christine. Homeschool Coach, Accelerated Math Teacher. Former derivatives trader and future scratch golfer! Follow our learning adventures at HomeschoolDad.com.


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