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Rampant Child Abuse in France

Rampant Child Abuse in France

We all know what is happening in the world today. In fact, I don't think there has been a day when fear for our lives isn't shoved down our throats by those sworn to protect us. But it has taken a whole new level in France. There is rampant child abuse in France. It is caused by the leaders. And it is enforced by the Education Nationale. I'm talking about masks. France began requiring masks on children as young as 11 years old last year after the first confinement. When middle school and high school aged children returned to school...Read More
Homeschool Harassment – An Open Letter to the Education Nationale de France

Homeschool Harassment – An Open Letter to the Education Nationale de France

Just recently, we received our convocation requiring our presence at our yearly homeschool harassment, I mean inspection. Contrary to previous years, we will not be inspected in our schoolroom. Instead, using the excuse of the moment (we're all sick and we're all gonna die!), we are required to go to the administrative offices of the Education Nationale in Calais. This is my open letter in response to the continued harassment we have suffered as homeschoolers who require oxygen to live. An Open Letter to the Education Nationale re: Homeschool Harassment Dear Education Minister & Agents of the State, We know...Read More
Can France Ban Homeschooling?

Can France Ban Homeschooling?

Only two years after the last fight, homeschooling families in France must take up arms again. The last reform hasn't even had a chance to be fully implemented. Yet the government is looking to create even stricter reforms. Most notably is the requirement of all children to attend school starting at age three. This effectively bans homeschooling. But can France ban homeschooling? Announcement to Ban Homeschooling In a televised announcement on October 2, 2020, President Macron declared that he would be limiting home instruction to very strict cases, notably for reasons of health. This measure would be implemented in response...Read More
Homeschooling in France is in Danger

Homeschooling in France is in Danger

There is a general panic going around the homeschool community in France. This after President Macron announced on live television on October 2, 2020, his plan for fighting radical Islam. This plan includes making school mandatory for everyone starting at age 3. Does this mean that homeschooling in France is in danger? In a word, yes. He is also quoted as saying that instruction at home will be "strictly limited, notably for health reasons." When will this happen? As early as September 2021, all children will be required to attend public school (or a private school recognized by the government). They...Read More
Be More Intentional With Reading Challenges

Be More Intentional With Reading Challenges

Reading challenges are one of my favorite ways to read. And explore new books. Besides having a handy list of the books I want to read, the challenges require me to search outside my comfort zone when looking for new books. And this is especially important because of the limited time I have to read. Mothers are notoriously busy. And we often have difficulty doing things for ourselves. It’s not that we don’t want to. But with children who need looking after, meals to prepare, the house to clean, among other responsibilities, it can be next to impossible finding the...Read More
What to Expect When You’re Inspected – Return of the “Frise Chronologique”

What to Expect When You’re Inspected – Return of the “Frise Chronologique”

It's that time again. When the state asserts its dominance over its citizens and shows its power by visiting our family in full force. The yearly French homeschool inspections. This year, for the first time, we were graced with the presence of three employees of the state. The inspector tasked with questioning me, one pedagogical counselor for my oldest daughter, and one pedagogical counselor for my second daughter. We have proven every year for three years now that our system works. Time after time, (though our children are English speakers from birth) my children have performed to their expectations and...Read More
What to Expect When You’re Inspected – Now With 2 Children – A French Homeschool Inspection Story

What to Expect When You’re Inspected – Now With 2 Children – A French Homeschool Inspection Story

This has been a difficult inspection to write about. Mostly because I don’t like thinking about it. For the first time, in the school year 2018-2019, I had two children going through a French homeschool inspection. My oldest was in her 3rd year of school and doing fairly well. My second daughter was just starting her first year. And she was struggling. Struggling to stay focused. Fighting with me when she didn’t like something. Stalking off in a huff when she got frustrated. And really fighting with everything French. I really didn't know what to expect with her first inspection....Read More
Back to the Classics Reading Challenge 2020

Back to the Classics Reading Challenge 2020

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. One of my favorite reading challenges is the Back to the Classics Reading Challenge that is run by Karen at Books & Chocolate. Every year for the past few years, she has assembled a list of 12 categories of books that were written before 1970. Last year was the first time I participated. And though I did not succeed in finishing,...Read More
Review – Back to the Classics Challenge 2019

Review – Back to the Classics Challenge 2019

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 joined the Back to the Classics Challenge last year as a way to be more intentional in the reading of the classics. But also to keep a record and review of those I did read. And though I intended to complete it when I signed up, things changed during the year. I found more challenges I wanted to join. For...Read More
5 Fun Games for the Charlotte Mason Homeschool

5 Fun Games for the Charlotte Mason Homeschool

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 is known mostly for her concept of using living books for learning. And if you know anything about her method, you are aware that it involves a lot of reading. I mean a lot. But what does she say about using games? Is it possible to use games in a Charlotte Mason homeschool? Yes. And No. Kids hate school....Read More