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 out 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 (1 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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What’s New at The Homeschool Post?

 

 

 

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Are you enjoying the excitement of starting a new homeschool year?  Do you have renewed energy and big plans for the months to come after taking some time off this summer?  Fall always inspires me to start with a clean slate even though we really homeschool year-round.

The Homeschool Post has some big things in store this fall, too.  We’re getting a redesign, just in time to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the annual Homeschool Blog Awards!  How exciting is that?  We’ll be going offline over the weekend to make some changes behind the scenes, but we’ll be back next week with a whole new look.

Speaking of the Homeschool Blog Awards . . . start thinking about nominations!  {Tweet This} They are coming soon and we want this Awards season to be bigger and better than ever in celebration of the 10th anniversary!  I’m looking forward to seeing the nominations and rewarding fellow homeschool bloggers with recognition and prizes.

We are also adding new writers to our team, including a homeschool dad.  We have plans to add more writers to the team and are opening up guest post opportunities, so get in touch if you’re interested in more information.  If you are a homeschool vendor interested in advertising opportunities or Awards sponsorships, please contact us as well.

Since taking over here at The Post this spring, things have been a whirlwind.  I have been a reader of this blog since 2008 and a writer on the team since 2013.  I have the utmost respect for the homeschool community here, our team of writers, our founder Sprittibee, her successor Lisa (who has been a good friend and mentor to me through this process), and all that goes into maintaining a valuable resource that aims to encourage, inform, and connect homeschoolers.

I pray you are all blessed by reading and interacting with The Homeschool Post!

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Blessings on your homeschool journey,

 

Sara (28 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 Misty

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Hello! I’m Misty and I blog at Joy in the Journey. I am so excited to be a contributor here at The Homeschool Post. My hubby and I have been married since March 2003, and we have three beautiful children.  Alyson is 9, Kristen is 7 and Daniel is 3. I never planned on homeschooling, or even staying home full time with my children. But, God had other plans!

My dream from the time I was a little girl was to teach. I would line up my stuffed animals and make them “listen” while I read books. I was the designated “baby sitter” at family events while I taught my cousins their ABC’s and 123’s.

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I met my husband while I was working my way through college at our local Wal-Mart. I worked midnights, he unloaded trucks. I still remember him pulling that pallet jack around the corner with his backwards ball cap. He captured my heart, and eight months later, we were married.

I used to think that moms who stayed home all day were lazy.  And the ones who homeschooled?  They seemed down-right nuts! Then I became a mom in September of 2004. Alyson was the perfect baby, and I couldn’t fathom putting her in daycare so I’d be able to finish school. I planned on one day going back, but for the time being was content being a mom. Alyson has since grown into a beautiful young lady. She loves to read, help with her siblings, and is my “Suzy Homemaker” with her cooking and sewing skills.

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After Alyson was born I felt very strongly about wanting to raise our family in a Christian home. I was a church bus kid and grew up in church, but I fell away after High School. I always knew I wanted a Christian home for my family though and I rededicated my life to the Lord in September of 2005. My husband was saved in November of 2005. We have been serving the Lord ever since!

Our second child, Kristen, was born in 2006. She was a beautiful baby, but was colicky and sick off and on for the first 3 years of her life. We spent so many nights in prayer for her, and dealt with doctor visit upon doctor visit. We ended up finding out that she has a very rare food allergy to bakers yeast. God has since blessed us with Kristen being a healthy little girl and we are eternally grateful.  Kristen is our animal lover. She devours nonfiction books, and is set on one day being a veterinarian. She has a heart for helping and loving all of God’s creatures.

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Shortly after Kristen’s birth, God began dealing with my heart about homeschooling. We had been in church for a couple of years at that point and I had very strong convictions about it. My husband did not, and we sent Alyson to preschool. I prayed and prayed for God to soften his heart, and after an occurrence at the school she attended, he agreed to give homeschooling a try.

We began homeschooling officially in 2010 and haven’t looked back. God has still given me my dream of being a teacher, and I no longer think those homeschooling moms are nuts ;) . I love homeschooling because it gives me such an amazing opportunity to spend time with my children. I have taught them to read, been there when they “get it” and there when they don’t . Homeschooling provides the personalized education I feel that children need.

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After our homeschooling journey began, we were blessed with our firecracker Daniel. After being a mom to girls, I don’t think I was prepared for life with a boy! He keeps me on my toes and can melt my heart and drive me crazy at the same time with one little word “momma.”  He loves all things boy, and thinks his dad is the best thing ever!

One of my favorite things to do is help and encourage new homeschoolers. When we first started on our homeschool journey, I felt lost. I had NO clue what I was doing.  A few moms helped me along the way and now, I love being “that” mom for others.  Homeschooling has been such a blessing in our lives, and I really enjoy talking to moms who are considering homeschooling. I also love gleaning information from those who have been on the homeschooling journey for a while.

So, that is me, in a nutshell! If you would like to learn more about our family, head on over to my blog Joy in the Journey where I share our journey with homeschooling and my journey with finding the joy in the everyday moments of motherhood.

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Misty (2 Posts)

Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a free Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.


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