France


Lascaux is impressive: 20000 year old cave paintings now presented with high tech personal interactive tablets and headphones. The Lascaux caves, which give us a window into our predecessors’ palaeolithic life, are located in the Dordogne region of central France.  They have  attracted world wide attention since their discovery in 1940 by […]

A visit to the Lascaux Caves





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Ce post décrit  ce qui s’est passé a notre inspection académique annuelle, ceci est obligatoire pour vérifier les enfants qui sont éduqués  chez eux en France. Ce qui se passe le jour même semble être du hasard, mais théoriquement tous les tests ou contrôles seront similaires. Il y a également […]

L’IEF (Instruction en Famille) EN FRANCE : L’INSPECTION ANNUELLE


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This post describes what happened at our annual academic inspection, a compulsory academic check on children who are educated at home in France. Exactly what happens on the day seems to be a location lottery, but theoretically all inspections or contrôles should be similar. There is also a 2-yearly inspection […]

Home Learning in France: The annual inspection









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Want to teach English abroad? Doing a 4-week intensive CELTA (Certificate Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course is a bit of a whirlwind – often a life changing whirlwind but a whirlwind nonetheless. I remember it well. Facebook came into its own for me as fellow participants and […]

Location independent or travel adventurer: what’s a “slow CELTA”


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By Jen This rural sleepy region in France has an older population. Sprightly octogenarians can be seen out chopping wood in the winter, or in the fields rounding up cows in the summer. The air is clean, there are more cows than people. There’s a back-to-nature traditional approach to life. […]

Europe’s first Elephant Sanctuary





Have you ever seen the film ‘Etre et Avoir’, To Be and to Have? It’s a docufilm which was released in 2002 about a tiny rural school in the Puy de Dome region of France. It beautifully follows the daily life of a schoolteacher and his little class of 4 […]

Moving abroad: 3 little Scots arrive at primary school in ...



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A journalist from the Sunday Post newspaper in Scotland contacted us recently after reading our blog. Could he ask a few questions, it was a great human interest story? Sure. OK. Our blog started out as a diary and an update for family and friends that we were safe, well, […]

Taking the kids out of school – did the papers ...


A year or two after we moved to France I started as a parent helper at our primary school’s swimming lessons. I sat at the back of the minibus every Friday with a tiny school full of kids, winding along little country lanes towards “the big town” and the swimming […]

How to Collect Wild Musrooms and Survive!




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By Jen We have been travelling by campervan for a few months now – in France, Spain, Portugal, the UAE, and Thailand (the campervan stayed in Europe). We have met other travelling families whilst on the road, and have joined internet groups where we can exchange tips and thoughts and […]

10 things we learnt within a few weeks of setting ...