Author: Bekah Morel

Making SMARTER Goals

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. At no cost to you, I may receive a small commission. For more information, please read my privacy policy and disclosure policy. We all need to make goals if we want to progress in life. Whether it is something personal like losing weight or family oriented like buying a new house, we need to take steps if we want to achieve them. Many people have taken to using a method known as the SMART method. But based on past experiences, I think we need to take it two steps further and make it...Read More

A New Year, Your Best Year 2019 Conference

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. While purchasing from any of these links will not increase the price you pay, I do receive a small commission. Boy, this year is really ending in a frenzy! Between our homeschool inspection the week before Christmas and all the birthdays in our family, I am overwhelmed. There are so many wonderful things happening between now and the new year that I just can't seem to keep up! Luckily, one of those things will help me get focused right off the bat. It's the 2019 Conference A New Year, Your Best Year. This conference is...Read More

Setting Attainable Goals for 2019

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. Though you will not pay any more for any product, I may receive a small commission.  The new year is fast approaching. And I'm starting to think about setting all those goals that I want to accomplish. We used to call them resolutions. But the problem with that is the word "resolution" has taken on a connotation of something we will probably never achieve. So now we say "goals" in the hopes that we will be better able to attain them. Some of you may have already decided what you want to accomplish....Read More

Back to the Classics Challenge 2019

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. Though the price for you does not change, I may receive a small compensation.  I've always been a reader. And I do enjoy reading the classics from time to time. But, the list of classics I'd like to read never seems to get any shorter. I get caught up in the new books, the fun books, the necessary books for school and never get around to reading from my classics list. That is why this year, I am joining a Classics reading challenge. Karen from Books and Chocolate has been hosting this challenge...Read More

Daily Homeschool Schedule in a 4-Day Week

As anyone with children knows, trying to keep a clean house is next to impossible when they are all at home. Add homeschooling to the mix and you are guaranteed to fail. Here are my basic rules. Well, first of all, there are some seasons in life where you just have to accept a dirtier house, unless you have help like a maid. I’m talking about when the kids are all under 5 years of age. Sure, they can help with some of the chores. But there is no way you will have as clean a house as you did...Read More

2018 Homeschool Thursday Bundle – Limited Time Freebies

Christmas is coming early to all homeschooling moms! On the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Homeschool Thursday. But instead of deals that save you money, instead is offered over 70 homeschool resources for FREE! Heather Bowen at Life of a Homeschool Mom and the Homeschool Bloggers Network has gotten together to offer over $1200 worth of homeschool resources from now, November 29, 2018 until Monday, December 3, 2018. Included in this bundle are eCourses, eBooks, curriculum, worksheet packs, planners, unit studies, copywork, Bible studies, chore systems and more! My bilingual Christmas bookmarks are included if you haven't...Read More

Top 10 French Resources

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. While purchasing from any of these links will not increase the price you pay, I do receive a small commission. Even though we are currently living in France, we homeschool mainly in English and follow the Ambleside Online curriculum schedule. However, being in France, we are beholden to their laws and must pass a yearly inspection. This requires me to include French lessons that fall in line with the French program. My children need to be able to pass an oral or written test at each inspection. I wrote more about the laws and...Read More

Best Christmas Holiday Tradition

As everyone knows, the holidays can be extremely draining on the budget. This is one of the main causes of stress during this season. But those of us with kids also know that Christmas is a test on our children's character development. With all the ads directed right at them, it is nearly impossible for children, especially young children, to fight their desire for more "stuff." They get greedy for the new toys they see everywhere that they just have to add to their list. Which is already 10 pages long. They can't stop the feeling of wanting from creeping...Read More

Top 10 Reasons to Homeschool – Holiday Edition

While cleaning up the schoolroom for the 100th time since yesterday, I kept asking myself, "Why did I decide to homeschool, anyway? Wouldn't it be great to just drop the kids off at the school down the street?" I even have the choice of two schools within walking distance, one private and one public. This being the holiday season, these are the reasons I came up with: 10. Every day can be a snow day - even in Arizona. I mean, who said there needed to be snow to have a snow day? Doesn't feeling too cold to get out...Read More

What to Expect When You’re Inspected – Part 2

In this post, I described my first inspection with the educational department after beginning homeschooling in 2016 with my oldest daughter. I also explained a little about the legality of homeschooling in France. And I included a synopsis of the elements of a yearly inspection. The Second Inspection Since this decree was put into place between my two inspections, I was able to see a change in how these inspections take place. First of all, we did not have our inspection for the second year until the month of March. This gave us plenty of time to be well-established in...Read More