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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
Mayor’s Office Interview – Round 2

Mayor’s Office Interview – Round 2

Every two years, the law requires the Mairie in the town of your residence to file an enquête with the Education Department before your yearly inspection. This enquête is, at its base, an interview with the mayor's office. It is intended to be just a simple questionnaire to establish a little about your family dynamic and how it relates to homeschooling. The mayor’s office uses this interview for two reasons. One is for keeping records of the schooling of the children in their city. The other is to prepare a file for the Educational National. Normally, any employee from the...Read More
The Essential List of Charlotte Mason Resources

The Essential List of Charlotte Mason 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. For more information, please visit my Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy pages. What is the Charlotte Mason method? Is it just a philosophy or a detailed schedule or a curriculum? If you have been looking for a program or style of homeschooling that follows both the child’s individual development but also gives a detailed guide of how to encourage their growth, then this method might be for you. The question you may be...Read More
Alternative Meal Plans

Alternative Meal Plans

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. As I mentioned recently, my family has been on the search for the perfect way to eat to stay healthy. You can read more about that in my post, Healthy Eating Habits. But due to these decisions, the traditional way of meal planning doesn’t work for us. So I have had to find alternative meal plans to fit my family. Not...Read More
Healthy Eating Habits

Healthy Eating Habits

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. There are so many ideas out there about which healthy eating habits can help you lose weight or improve your health. From the keto diet to veganism to raw food, everyone has their perfect plan for getting all the nutrients the body needs in the best way possible. But ultimately, the choice rests with you and your family. Whatever plan you...Read More