Today we're talking with Leah Courtney of As We Walk Along the Road. Leah is a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew this year with me and I thought it would be nice to get a glimpse into her home and life and find out how she homeschools.
Kemi: Leah can you tell us a little bit about your children's ages and grades?
Leah: I have four- ages 15,13,10, and 9
Kemi: What homeschooling method do you use?
Leah: We are very eclectic. We mostly use a Charlotte Mason style, loving good literature. But we do follow some of the Classical methods as well. And I have been known to throw in any other curricula that I think would be a good fit.
Kemi: Can you give us a peek into your typical homeschool day?
Leah: We are late starters, so we get up slowly and eat and get dressed. We aim to begin between 9 and 9:30.
9-9:30 We meet and have devotions as a family. We go over what’s going to happen that day and read the Bible and pray.
After devotions we split up. My two high school students- 10th and 9th graders- work mostly independently. They head off to work, and I usually don’t have much to do with them unless they are stuck on something during the day.
From this point until lunch time, I work with the younger two- 5th and 4th grade. We have a literature based curriculum, and I do much of the reading aloud because we all enjoy that.
We are back together for lunch. After we get food on the table, I read aloud to all four kids. After reading, I sit down for my lunch and some work time at the computer. The kids take a short break and may do some needed chores.
After a break, the big kids go back to work, and I finish up with the younger girls. The younger girls then have some independent work to do. By the time they finish, we’re usually headed out to different activities for the afternoon.
Kemi: So you know that Homemaking Organized 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?
Leah: I have a housecleaning schedule. Certain rooms/areas are on certain days. I also try really hard to have a clean up as you mess up routine. If we put things away little by little, they don’t build up. Then when it’s the time to clean that area, it doesn’t take very long.
Kemi: Do you have any crafts or hobbies that you would like to share?
Leah: I do blog for some income. Most of my income is through affiliate sales or sponsored posts, but I also write and sell ebooks.I work occasionally in child care at our church.
Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. She was a school teacher in her former life and now loves homeschooling her children. Recently she began the adventure of homeschooling a high schooler. She loves reading and reviewing and blogging about life and homeschooling. You can visit her at As We Walk Along the Road.