Toys & Games at NestLearning.com

Meet Dan

 

IMG_5520

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:

IMG_5949_453x335

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

 

Dan (3 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.


A Word From Our Sponsors

Homeschool Products from Nest Learning
***3 FREE Complete Drawing Lessons from the SEE THE LIGHT 9 DVD/36 lesson ART CLASS curriculum that is used by many homeschooling families. Recommended for ages 6 + + http://www.seethelightshine.com/free-lessons/***

The 10th annual Homeschool Blog Awards and our new look

As promised, we’re back with a new look and all the details on the much-anticipated 10th annual Homeschool Blog Awards!  We hope you are as excited about it as we are!

You can find all of the important information about the Awards on our special page that will be updated throughout the Awards season.  Nominations are quickly approaching, beginning October 6.  Is your blog ready?  Check out all of the categories and begin to think about your favorite blogs (and your own blog) so you will be ready to participate when the nominations open.

HSBA Information

We hope you will help us spread the word through your own social networks and homeschool groups.  We would love to see the 10th annual Awards be the biggest and best yet.  We hope it blesses the homeschool community in a big way!

Navigation on the site has changed a little.  You’ll find excerpts of our most recent posts on the home page.  At the top and bottom of the pages and posts you’ll find our social media links.  You can also navigate by using the search box and most recent posts links in the sidebar, or the categories and most popular posts in the footer.  Awards info is easy to find at the top menu and on the home page.  The Homeschool Post has been around since 2006 and there are many goodies to read in our archives as well.  We hope this layout will make reading easy for you.

 

Please join our community on Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest. To get all of our recent updates, including the latest news about the Homeschool Blog Awards, subscribe to our email newsletter here:

 

Enter your Email:
Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz


 

Sara (34 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.


A Word From Our Sponsors

Homeschool Products from Nest Learning
***3 FREE Complete Drawing Lessons from the SEE THE LIGHT 9 DVD/36 lesson ART CLASS curriculum that is used by many homeschooling families. Recommended for ages 6 + + http://www.seethelightshine.com/free-lessons/***