As a homeschool mom of over twenty years, Leah Simpson is an organized whirlwind of activity. She provides training not only for her five children, but advises other homeschool families as well. In college Leah earned a degree in public speaking. Before children she held positions in education, broadcast sales, and local government. As children arrived, Leah put her life skills to work in teaching her own children. While some may approach home schooling as a part time endeavor, Leah is quite the opposite. She uses her organizational skills to run a well-oiled educational machine in her own home.
Leading a field trip group for six years, serving as a director for Classical Conversations Foundations for seven years, teaching IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) classes for ten years, organizing and co-teaching Omnibus for six years offered front row experience in nurturing today’s youth. While excellence in academics governs many of her decisions, cultivating her children’s personal relationship with God dominates her planning. As a second generation homeschooler she mimics many of the profitable experiences of her childhood.
With five children whose ages range from 16-25 years old, she schools with both traditional and classical concepts. Ideas in this blog vary from how to occupy preschoolers while schooling their older siblings, car school, customized education plans for each child, organizing the house cleaning, to Legos and knitting during reading time.
Passionate to share the gospel with many unreached people, Leah’s parents, Bob & Aloha Vance, traveled to the West Indies. Since this island offered no formal schools, Leah’s mom tutored or home schooled her children. A private school back in the United States graciously provided each year of curriculum as needed. Later her family resided in the United States. Although she attended a private school while in the U.S., her time on the mission field allowed her to benefit from personalized schooling. Long before the word “homeschool” was coined, she profited from a customized approach to her education. Although she experienced private, public and home schooling…. She favored her experiences as a homeschooler.
Some advantages included extra time to indulge in reading, photography, music opportunities, volunteering and lots of swimming in the islands she called home.
A VISIONARY, TEAM-BUILDER AND INITIATOR
Five Children Homeschooled for nearly 25 years
Initiated and built three homeschool groups.
Custom built education for her own children with an emphasis on growing in their spiritual life
ACTIVE FOR 30 YEARS
AWANA is a 75 year old Bible memory program that implements game time, stories, and Bible memory to achieve Biblical literacy.
Graduated from 10 years of AWANA as a child.
Served for 20 years as a director, leader and conference speaker
Initiated a club of 200 weekly students.
Each of her children have completed ten years of memorizing Awana verses and catechism while enjoying serious fun and camaraderie.
Field Trip Group
Built a field trip group of 20 families
This group fulfilled the basic needs of networking and fun while providing hands-on educational experiences.
Classical Conversations - Foundation
Enrichment and Core Academic Memory Work in Grammar Years
Created a fast pace environment for learning in eight subjects by launching CC of Memphis launched with 32 students and 12 families.
First CC community in Tennessee which still thrives today.
Memphis Homeschool Tutorial
Homeschool Tutorial for 6th-12th Grades
Sensing a need for more college prep classes, Leah developed a tutorial with classes for 6-12th graders.
Classes offered academic excellence in all subjects with tutors who represent mastery in their fields
MHT offered high caliber education to college bound students to compliment their work at home.
Workshops, Evening events, Luncheons
Subjects such as Intentional Homebuilding, Routines and Rhythms for Homemaking, Hospitality, The Whole Child, Save Room for Dessert, Finding JOY, The Value of MOM, Saving Money Without Scissors interest a wide variety of women.
Leah’s strong sense of frugality, loyalty, and lifelong love of the Lord inspire women of all ages.