Category: French

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

Best Way to Learn a New Language

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. Have you ever wanted to learn a new language? Do you think that it is something that you need special training to do? Or a special teacher to teach you? If you are reading this, I can guess that you speak at least one language already. And I'm guessing that your children speak at least one language already as well. You see, it is not as difficult as it seems to learn a new...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

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

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 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 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. It is so difficult staying organized. But here's the problem. Planners are generic....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

How to Homeschool in France

  There is a lot of information out there about how to homeschool in the United States. One of the best resources is the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) which has compiled all the legal information necessary to homeschool in each of the 50 states. There are also a large number of websites and blogs dedicated to homeschooling in the United States. These sites have information about different styles, methods, curriculum, and resources. You can find tools to help you on your journey that are both paid and free. This plethora of information can seem daunting at the beginning but it...Read More