Welcome to Eva Varga - Eva Varga

Welcome! My name is Eva Varga and this blog is the online home of Academia Celestia, our homeschool on the southern Oregon coast.

I went from a public school science educator to homeschooling two kids in a project based, relaxed environment.

​If I can leave behind the convention of a brick-and-mortar school and homeschool with a relaxed and natural approach, so can you!

It is now my mission to mentor other families on their journey to homeschool naturally with purpose and joy.

I started blogging in the fall of 2007 to share with our families the things we were doing in our homeschool. Since then I have found a niche in sharing with others our brand of independent & authentic homeschooling.

My mission is to provide teachers with the tools and inspiration to engage their students in meaningful, hands-on science and service learning experiences through tangible curriculum, shared resources, and real-world contexts.

I feel very strongly that a global world view is equally important as our connection to our past and an awareness of our own cultural heritage. Follow along with us on our homeschool journey. Don’t hesitate to join in discussions, and leave comments.

Educational Experience

  • Master of Arts in Teaching  ⎜ Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Science ⎜ General Science
  • Bachelor of Arts ⎜ International Studies, Minor in Spanish
  • National Board Certified ⎜ Middle Childhood
  • Taught middle school science for four years and fifth grade for two years prior to having children 
  • Developed curriculum and staff development for faculty
  • Developed informal instruction and curriculum for natural resource agencies
  • Homeschooling mom for 18 years
  • Write curriculum for our children based on their interests and styles of learning
  • Oregon Master Naturalist
  • Certified Interpretive Guide

Why Do We Homeschool? 

 We began our homeschool journey in 2006 when our oldest expressed an interest in learning Chinese. At the same time, our son was diagnosed with congenital nystagmus. He also exhibited behaviors that likely would have been labeled as hyperactivity. As a public school teacher by training, homeschooling was not originally our plan, but we quickly realized that a public school setting was not the best option for us. You can read more about why we chose to homeschool in one of my earliest posts, Why I Want to Homeschool.

Posts I Want You to Read

These are posts which define who we are as homeschoolers and who I am as a blogger. Take the time to read and stick around for more!

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  • Desirea

    January 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Amazing! I had you as a teacher out at North Bay Elementry and just now happened to stumble upon your blog while researching homeschooling my own daughter!

    • Eva Varga

      January 27, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      Desirea!! Oh my goodness, yes! You were in Ms Lankford’s class and we swapped for history and science! So very cool! Are you on Facebook? I’m friends with Sharaea and many of your classmates. 🙂

  • cvassuncao76@gmail.com

    February 26, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Hello Eva,
    I àm Carolina Varga Assunção, from Brazil, and my Grand grand mother call Eva Varga, she is frow Hungarian , and they came to Brasil in 1902, but Eva stayed in Budapest.

    Congratulation from you blog, and I wish you much sucess!!

    See you,

    • Eva Varga

      February 27, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      How delightful! Varga is my married name. I hope to begin genealogical research into my husband’s family someday; family history fascinates me. Thank you for visiting! 🙂

  • Jeni B

    April 3, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    I am a pre-service middle school science teacher in North Dakota, and I fell in love with your plate tectonics graham activity!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this fantastic activity!!!!!

    • Eva Varga

      April 4, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂

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