Category: Faith

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

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

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

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

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

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