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Yearly Homeschool Schedule Types – Pros and Cons

Yearly Homeschool Schedule Types – Pros and Cons

There are so many different ways we can approach homeschooling. Beyond picking out methods or curriculum, there is also a matter of the scheduling. The three most common yearly homeschool schedule types are traditional, Sabbath, and year-round. But once again, the wonderful thing is that we are free to choose what best fits our families' needs at any particular time. And we can even try them all! I have used all three approaches so far in our journey and have found each to have its positive and negative points. But having tried them all, I also have a clear favorite....Read More
Simple Guide to the French School System

Simple Guide to the French School System

The concept of school is pretty much the same worldwide. The year begins in Fall and finishes in Spring. And the school day itself begins in the morning and finishes mid-afternoon. They offer courses for language acquisition, math, science, history, and more. But each country has its own peculiarities.  School is mandatory for all children from age 6 until age 16. There is a current law proposal in discussion at the Senate after having already passed the Parliament that would change the mandatory starting age to 3 years old. Here is a simple outline of the French school system. French School...Read More

God’s Discipline, His Grace

The is the 2nd post in a 3-part series about God's grace. You should read the first, Our Failure, God's Grace before continuing with this one about God's Discipline. In Our Failures, God’s Grace, I showed how wonderful it is that no matter how much we may fail, God has given us His grace so that we need never worry. However, as wonderful as God’s gift of grace is, we must never think that we can get away with anything we want and life will be perfect. As mothers, we know that discipline is a necessary tool in guiding our...Read More

Our Failure, God’s Grace

We are all failures. Ever since Adam and Eve, when sin entered the world, no one has ever escaped failure. Sure, we may have succeeded at some things, eventually. But our failure is unavoidable. This should make me anxious or afraid or sad. But it doesn't. And you know why? Because of God's grace. No matter where we have failed, we know that we are forgiven and that we can start and try again. We know this because it is THE reason Jesus came down and died for us. We have all experienced the ultimate failure, the failure to be...Read More

Easter Traditions in France

What is the traditional Easter meal in your family? Do you eat ham or turkey or something else? Is there a reason why your family chooses that particular meal? If you live in France or have French ancestors, chances are you will have a lamb roast or un gigot d’agneau as they say in French. And there is a definite reason for this choice, as with the other French Easter traditions. Here are some of the Easter traditions in France. Pâques Let’s start with the name for Easter in French, Pâques. Translated literally, it means Passover. As with most languages...Read More

Money Management for Children

Money makes the world go round. At least that is what they always tell us. In this modern age, just about everything we do requires us to use or at least think about money. This is not a natural instinct. Money management is a skill that needs to be learned intentionally. Unfortunately, in most schools, and even among homeschoolers, personal finance is one subject that we tend to neglect. Sure, we teach them how to count coins and dollars. We give them math lessons asking them how to figure the cost of things. But this is just the most simple...Read More

4 Ways to Fulfill Mother Culture

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. For more information, please visit my Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy pages. Should we as homeschool mamas expect our children to be learning when we aren’t? Is it proper to demand that they read and learn if they don’t know what that looks like? Mother Culture is a term used in Charlotte Mason circles to describe the intentional growth and education of the mother, specifically as it relates to reading. And even though...Read More

How to Homeschool on a Budget – 5 Resources to Help You

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. For more information, please visit my Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy pages. Homeschool on a Budget We all want the best for our children. The best education, the best home, the best food, etc. But in this modern society, the best usually means expensive. However, as stay-at-home moms, we often are required to live within a strict budget. Most families need two incomes just to cover the expenses of raising a family. And...Read More

Get Organized – Digital Planning

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. For more information, please visit my Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy pages. I recently discussed the pros and cons of using paper planners to keep track of our insanely busy lives as mothers in my post Get Organized - Paper Planners. But these are not the only tools available to help you get organized. With the invention of computers and now smartphones, so many of us have replaced our paper planners for the...Read More

Get Organized – Paper Planners

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. For more information, please visit my Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy pages. We all have busy lives. It seems that no matter how many things we check off our to-do list, three more things pop up to replace it. Especially if you're a mom. Whether you stay at home, work, homeschool or do any combination of the three, you have at least double the amount of work as anyone else. And that is...Read More