Hi, I’m Leah. Around the social media world you might find me as lcourtneymom. I’m a forty-something, homeschooling mom of four, and I love reading, reviewing, and tinkering with all things tech. I became a Christian as a young child in a Christian family, and my Christian worldview is important to- and hopefully reflected in- the way I live and parent and homeschool.
Once upon a time I was a school teacher, and I hold an undergraduate and graduate degree in elementary education, special education, and reading education. When I first left teaching to have my first child, I thought I’d be going back. Homeschooling was something I wanted to do- but only in the early years. God had other plans and worked in our hearts to lead our family into homeschooling long term. I never went back to full time teaching, and I’ve been blessed to be at home and homeschool my kids. (And being a teacher before surely didn’t make me a better homeschooler! But that’s another story.)
I’ve currently been married to my husband for twenty years. We have four children, three girls and one boy, and two are now teens! We live in (usually) warm and sunny South Carolina-right between the beaches and the mountains.
Our kids are involved in several extracurricular activities that make life busy and fun- competitive gymnastics, football and cheer, and praise and worship dance are some of the great things we’re involved in. It’s sometimes hard to balance this with having time to spend together as a family, and I’m sure we don’t always do it perfectly. But we try to make times to be together without all of the hurry and rush.
We’ve been homeschooling since birth, I like to say. But if you count “official” school years, this is our eleventh year to homeschool. We’re pretty eclectic. I’ve always enjoyed piecing together things I love to use and the things that fit the kids’ personalities and learning needs.
I use many Charlotte Mason principles. We love to use living books and discuss literature. We use a Classical model of using world history as our basis of study, going through history cycles from ancient to modern. We also love unit studies and lapbooking.
One of the best things about homeschooling is that we can choose what works for each child. Because I have some who love books and reading and some who hate to sit still, this works great for us. Sometimes it’s a little too great when the kids choose to use it against me- “But, Mom, why do I have to do this math? Isn’t one of the benefits of homeschooling that we can choose what works for each of us?”
I’ve been blogging for about six years now. I began blogging because I received so much encouragement and advice from reading blogs and being involved in the blogging community as a young homeschooling mother. The blog grew, and I realized as time went on, that I could offer that same support and encouragement to other moms that are coming along. So I began to expand the blog. I now write book reviews, curricula reviews, and informational posts.
As my blogging continues to grow, it’s my hope and prayer that I’ll be that encouragement and source of information for other homeschooling moms. I hope that by reading, moms are informed and are encouraged to keep going on those long, difficult days when it’s easy to wish for the big yellow bus to come and take them all away. And I desire to help families enjoy each other and the time they spend learning together.
I blog at As We Walk Along the Road. The name of the blog comes from our family theme verses for homeschooling. Deuteronomy 6: 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. As I blog, I enjoy sharing our family’s homeschooling journey as we walk along this road.