The Top Homeschooling Parent of 2014 is a Dad!

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There is no question about the importance of education. In fact, many stay-at-home parents take on the responsibility of educating their own kids through homeschool programs. Most of us typically see moms who get into this program, but it becomes refreshing to know of dads who do it too!

Scott is a homeschooling dad who embarks on a stay-at-home journey to educate and care for his 4 children. He loves it, appreciates it, and most definitely deserves the recognition of Top Homeschooling Parent Blogger for 2014!

Here’s what Scott from A Dad First says about Homeschooling.

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1. Has blogging made any impact on your homeschool teaching skills?

Homeschooling is just one facet of what I blog about…as the domain name suggests, it’s more about being a dad. In my case, a dad whose family homeschools. The impact, for the most part, is the other way around, as the homeschooling often provides material for the blog. That being said, though, the blog has also conected us with other homeschooling families that I otherwise wouldn’t have connected with, from vastly different backgrounds and both foreign and domestic.

2. What made you decide to have your children homeschooled?

Oy. That’s a story. Actually blogged about that in 2006.

3. Are there any blogs or posts on the internet that you found most inspirational towards homeschooling?

If I dug through years of blog posts I could probably find a few, but remember more the people I’ve connected with over the years, that I really respect as parents, whether they homeschool or not. Christine Young (From Dates to Diapers), Fredrick Goodall (Mocha Dad), Allen Paul (HomeschoolDaddy) to name a few off the top of my head. {feel free to link ’em}

4. What advice can you give other parents who are trying to decide whether they should homeschool their children or not?

First, know off the bat that it is a lot of work. Be willing to put for the effort to plan, to find out your state/country requirements, to find the learning styles of your kids, and to learn to enjoy it…because if you don’t, they won’t. But also know this: you CAN do it.

5. What subject do you find the most challenging to teach? Why?

Fortunately, I don’t do the teaching. My wife does. Though I do get the chance to step in and help explain certain things from time to time.

6. What is your favorite subject to teach? Why?

See above. 🙂

7. What do you feel is the most rewarding part of homeschooling your children?

For me, it’s having a closer bond. Not perfect by any means, just closer. In today’s world, the way schools are arranged, parents don’t get much time with their kids. In the morning, they may or may not see them before school; after school, there’s dinner, activities, and homework. What’s left before bedtime? Homeschool allows us to not only spend more time with them, in all kinds of different environments with all different ages.