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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 (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.


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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 (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.


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Top Ten Wednesday: Best Nitty Gritty Homeschool Blog

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Each week, until April, we will be highlighting the Top Ten Bloggers from each category of The 2013 Homeschool Blog Awards. We understand the hard work that is involved in running a successful blog. Kudos to all who were nominated, all who made the top ten and to our winners!

This week we are highlighting the 2013 Best Nitty Gritty Homeschool Blogs!

Best Nitty Gritty Homeschool Blog

These homeschool bloggers are brutally honest and open about the realities of homeschooling. These are the moms that make you feel better and let you know that it is OK that we aren’t perfect. What would we do without them?

Winner 2013 Best Nitty Gritty Homeschool Blog

Confessions of a Homeschooler was our big winner this year! Erica’s blog is full of great reviews, resources, homeschooling advice, encouragement, and even meal planning ideas!

Top Ten 2013 Best Nitty Gritty Homeschool Blogs

In no particular order:

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