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Diane Speed

Diane Speed | Homeschooling MomDiane Speed has been a home educator for almost twenty years. Using an academic, college-prep program of her own design, she has tutored two children from pre-school through high school. In 2013 her son completed high school and was awarded a full academic scholarship — tuition, room, and board — at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he recently graduated with a degree in screenwriting. Diane's resourceful 17-year-old daughter, meanwhile, is still at home, playing classical guitar and ukelele; she also composes and sings her own songs and "messes around" on an upright piano she rescued from the streets, where it had been abandoned on someone's curb.

Diane is also the founder of the Classical Kids Network, the home-school support group she has led since its inception in 2001. Classical Kids now serves more than 200 families in CT and surrounding states. In 2007 Diane launched the group's website to enhance its services to member families. The website's library of resources is open to the public.

Prior to being a home-educator, Diane was a management consultant, designing team-building and sales-training programs, as well as software training programs. As a homeschooling mom, she has turned that expertise into two programs to benefit homeschooling parents:

Diane is also an accomplished science teacher. At The Blend she teaches two courses of her own design:

With another homeschooling mom, Monica Kiehnle, she designed a third science program, Physical Science & Ecology (2 semesters). In the fall of 2020, she began offering a new kind of program with her Science Intensives — 8-week programs on specific topics like Ecology, Anatomical Systems, Genetics, and Botany.

Finally, the program called "The Blend" was Diane's brainchild. Founded in 2014, The Blend was an innovative approach to rich, challenging high school content, and it was delivered to local families until the advent of COVID in the early spring of 2020.


Roy Speed

Roy Speed | Homeschooling DadRoy Speed is a writing consultant and a homeschooling dad. He has a B.A. in English from Northwestern and a passion for history and for Shakespeare. He is a sometime lecturer on business writing to MBA students at The Wharton School.

In the business world, Roy is an expert on writing in large organizations. For three decades he has created writing training of various kinds, including eLearning programs. One such program has been translated into 17 languages and become required training for hundreds of thousands of people in dozens of countries around the world.

Roy writes essays — see, for instance, his essay in City Journal on teaching writing — and he is also the author of The Writer's Guide to Grammar (2019), which is available both as a student workbook and as a companion teaching guide & answer key.

In the homeschooling world, Roy has taught Shakespeare and other literature, as well as history, writing, and grammar. His teaching has been hailed by homeschooling parents as "outstanding," and one parent has written:

He turns kids into Shakespeare fans and really teaches his students how to read closely and think deeply.
    His writing classes are equally inspiring! There is no busy work (both of my kids are very turned off by busy work). The assignments in Mr. Speed's writing classes are meaningful and serve a very specific purpose. All assignments are reviewed and lead directly to discussions in class. Students really learn to write — my kids have turned into writers who look forward to writing.

Another parent writes:

DS has taken several composition courses before this, and [Roy Speed's Logical Communication] is the best he's had by far.

What's more, Roy has become something of an expert in the skills involved in close reading of difficult texts. His articles on annotating texts, for instance, have been discovered by high school English teachers around the country — you can see those articles here and here — and are now assigned reading for students in dozens of public high schools.

Among the courses Roy has taught in recent years:


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