Category: French

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
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
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
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
Simple Guide to the French School System

Simple Guide to the French School System

Important Update To find out what new proposal has been announced affecting all school children, please see my post Homeschooling in France is in Danger? 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....Read More
Easter Traditions in France

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...Read More
Best Way to Learn a New Language

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

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