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Back to School: Year-Round Homeschooling

Back to School: Year-Round Homeschooling

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. Are you getting ready to get back to school? Have you finished your shopping? Completed your lesson plans? Bought your curriculum? We haven’t. And that is mainly because we homeschool year-round. So how do you go “back to school” when you are a year-round homeschooler? Switch Grades One of the easiest ways to commemorate a change in the school year is...Read More
Ultimate Staycation Plans

Ultimate Staycation Plans

It’s summertime. The kids are on vacation from school. And even if you are homeschooling year-round, the kids’ activities are over. Not to mention the nice weather.  This is the time that most families schedule a vacation. A time of visiting new places and getting away from the routine. But what if you are on a budget? Or you just don’t like traveling? Maybe you have a child who doesn’t travel well or has health issues making travel too complicated. Sometimes a trip away, even for the weekend, is not possible. The answer is simple. Have a staycation! What is...Read More
Setting Attainable Goals – A Mid-Year Review

Setting Attainable Goals – A Mid-Year Review

In December of last year, I sat down to plan out my year. I tried to figure out a method I could use for setting attainable goals. You know, not those big, ou-of-my-immediate-reach dreams. But real goals that I could (with careful attention) reach by the next December. I wrote about how to set those initial goals in my post, Setting Attainable Goals for 2019. Then I followed that up with a post about my actual method, Making SMARTER Goals. Since it is now mid-year, it is time to work on the ER of my SMARTER goals. Evaluate We are...Read More
My Body, My Choice

My Body, My Choice

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've been hearing this phrase quite often in recent years. Women are chanting in the streets the slogan, "my body, my choice" in protest against laws limiting their right to get an abortion any time they want and to do it with government funding. While I may not agree with what they are protesting, I do, however, agree with that phrase....Read More
Nature Walks – Expectation vs. Reality

Nature Walks – Expectation vs. Reality

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. Charlotte Mason recommends frequent nature walks already in her first volume, Home Education. In fact, this is one of the main reasons I was so drawn to it. God has created such a beautiful world for us to live in. And I believe one of the best ways of learning about the world we live in (as well as our God)...Read More
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 3 until age 16. Find out how this affects homeschooling in my post How to Homeschool in France. Here is a simple outline of the French school system. French School Year As in the US, the actual school year begins in the Fall....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