Today we're talking with Melissa Langley of Grace Christian Homeschool (By the way if you're like me and you want to know how she came up with that great name for her homeschool checkout her about page).
Melissa is a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew for the 2014-14 year with me. Today she is sharing with us how she homeschools and a bit about her home life.
Kemi: Melissa can you tell us a little bit about your children's ages and grades?
Melissa: We homeschool 3 children:
- Jonathan, 16, grade 11
- Stephen, 13, grade 8
- Sarah, 11, grade 6
Kemi: What homeschooling method do you use?
Melissa: We are all over the board with homeschooling styles. We lean more towards the classical method but I’d say overall we are very eclectic. You can read more about our homeschool method here.
Kemi: Can you give us a peek into your typical homeschool day?
Melissa: We try to get our homeschool day starting by 9:00. My husband is home in the mornings so we usually start with family devotion time. My high schooler pretty much takes off on his own after that and I work any studies together with my other two (history, Bible, art, grammar, spelling). Then they finish on their own. We normally complete our day by 2:00 or so taking an hour break for lunch. Sometimes it’s a little earlier and sometimes a little later.
Here are some examples of our homeschool weeks.
Kemi: We love to see where homeschooling happens. Can you give us a peek into your homeschool room?
Melissa: Our Homeschool Area
Kemi: So Homemaking Organize is all about homemaking or the details of home. We love to find out how others keep their homes. Can you tell us about your own homekeeping and how you manage to fit it in with homeschool?
Melissa: Uhm yeah, still working on this one! I am constantly tweaking and trying new things. Motivated Moms is a big help for me. I am also a fan of Flylady. My children do help a great deal as they get older too. They do their own laundry which helps tremendously. I admit that I am a control freak and it’s hard for me to let them do some chores because I am picky particular. I am still working on that one. The biggest thing for me is to take little steps each day and week to keep things maintained because once I let it go I become overwhelmed easily.
Kemi: Do you have any crafts or hobbies that you would like to share?
Melissa: I love to knit and crochet. I mainly work on dish cloths during TV or YouTube watching time. They are quick and easy and my favorite thing to use while doing the dishes. I love trying my hand at different crafts such as making gifts, wreaths, and anything on Pinterest. I also enjoy trying new recipes when the budget allows but keep finding myself heading back into the same dinner rut for some reason. YouTube has become a new hobby lately too.
Follow along with Melissa over at Grace Christian School to see how she handles this thing called life. A typical day may include anything from menu planning to chauffeuring. She has not got it all together nor does she have all the answers but she’s trusts that God does. It is His strength and grace that she clings to daily.