Category: Homeschool

Family Read-Aloud Challenge

Family Read-Aloud Challenge

When you are a Charlotte Mason homeschooler, reading is one of the most important skills that you should teach and learn. But how do you get the kids excited about reading when they are still struggling through the beginning stages? Or if they aren't old enough to read yet? You can have a family read-aloud challenge!   When Reading Is Not Intentional I, personally, LOVE to read. You can ask my family and friends (and even ex-classmates at school). I have always had a book around. In fact, I'm even participating in a Back to the Classics reading challenge for...Read More
Making SMARTER Goals

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
Daily Homeschool Schedule in a 4-Day Week

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. But you still need a plan to get it all done. Here is an outline for a daily homeschool schedule using a 4-day week. My Basic Rules First 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,...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. I need to use French resources that will help my children pass an oral or written test at each inspection. I wrote more...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 – Year 2

What to Expect When You’re Inspected – Year 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. This includes a synopsis of the elements of 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 our routine...Read More
What to Expect When You’re Inspected – Year 1

What to Expect When You’re Inspected – Year 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