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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

10 Favorite French (and Other Language) 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

What to Expect When You’re Inspected – Part 1

When homeschooling in France, a letter of intent must be sent yearly to the Education Department for your primary residence. No permission is required. But the intent must be acknowledged for the home instruction to be legal. After receipt of these letters, the educational department sends an inspector to verify that instruction is, in fact, taking place. There must be at least 3 month's delay between the reception of the letter and the yearly inspection. And they are required to give a month's notice. As mentioned in my previous post about homeschooling in France, this inspection happens in 3 steps...Read More

Bilingual Charlotte Mason Method

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. First of all, what is the Charlotte Mason method? To best answer that, we should also know a little bit about who Charlotte Mason was. In purely personal terms, Mason was an educator of the classical style in England at the turn of the 20th century. Starting as a simple teacher, she eventually became a lecturer. Later she started an organization (known as PNEU, Parents' National Education Union) that provided resources for parents teaching...Read More

Staying Organized for the Busy Mom

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. I LOVE planners! As a homeschooling mom with 4 young children, planners are a life saver. Literally. Between the appointments, activities schedule and to do list, there is so much going on any given day. Without some way to track it all, I can easily get lost. But here's the problem. Planners are generic. Planners are created to satisfy the masses. They are either extremely detailed or so basic even the months aren't labeled....Read More

Interview with the Mayor’s Office

Ah! The joys of French administration. In this post, I explained the legal requirements of homeschooling in France. After sending a letter of intent to the Mayor's office in the place of residence, they would then send a delegate every 2 years starting the first year of homeschooling. If you remember, they are to verify 3 things: reasons for homeschooling names and ages of children activities practiced outside of the home by the children And they are to visually verify the family's means to homeschool (designated learning area, books, papers, pens, etc.) These are basically for census purposes. It is...Read More