Category: Homeschool

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
Money Management for Children

Money Management for Children

  Money makes the world go round. At least that is what they always tell us. In this modern age, just about everything we do requires us to use or at least think about money. This is not a natural instinct. Money management is a skill that needs to be learned intentionally. Unfortunately, in most schools, and even among homeschoolers, personal finance is one subject that we tend to neglect. Sure, we teach them how to count coins and dollars. We give them math lessons asking them how to figure the cost of things. But this is just the most...Read More
How to Homeschool on a Budget – 5 Resources to Help You

How to Homeschool on a Budget – 5 Resources to Help You

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 all want the best for our children. The best education, the best home, the best food, etc. But in this modern society, the best usually means expensive. However, as stay-at-home moms, we often are required to live within a strict budget. Most families need two incomes just to cover the expenses of raising a family. And we have made the...Read More

Word of the Year – 2019

I'm sure you've heard the idea of choosing a Word of the Year. If not, basically it means choosing a word that represents what it is you would like to focus on for the year. This directly relates to some sort of goal in your life. And in some cases, the word can even be turned into a phrase. I've heard about this trend for a couple of years now but was a bit skeptical. I usually prefer to wait it out to see if it is something that lasts (thus verifying its usefulness). I also want to make sure...Read More
February Doldrums – Overcome the Mid-Year Slump

February Doldrums – Overcome the Mid-Year Slump

  Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. If you decide to purchase anything from these links, it will not cost you any extra but I may earn a small commission. It's that time of year again. We've been in winter mode for at least 4 months and it will probably last for another 3. The fun holiday period is over. And the excitement of working on new goals has started to wear off. My daughter read the book Seabird by Holling Clancy Holling last year and fell in love with a new word - doldrums. If you don't know...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
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 (among others)...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