New Year. New Goals. Planning for 2014-15

Like many families, the new school year brings new challenges and new opportunities.  Here at Academia Celestia, we begin each new academic year in July. We are excited for the new academic year and the changes it brings.

In addition to the usual changes, 2014 marks a significant change in our homeschool.  My daughter will be entering 7th grade and though her brother is two years younger, we do many of our subjects together.

This year we will begin our history cycle over. We will revisit ancient times and begin to map the world by heart. We will also dive more fully into literature and begin using a new writing program.

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Staying Organized

While we approach our schooling in a relaxed way, I rely upon my  Well Planned Day planner to keep me organized.  This year, I also purchased student planners for each of the kids so I’m hoping they will become a little more independent in this regard.

The Well Planned Day planner is designed with an easy-to-use format that will assist you in setting goals, logging academic and extracurricular activities, and ensuring that all of your days are productive. The tool I use the most is the weekly schedule where I can organize our week with class assignments, weekly priorities, dinner menu, and notes.

At the start of each new month, there is also a space where I list the books the kids are reading independently. Additionally, there is a space where I can make note of field trips and enrichment activities in which we plan to take part.

One component that I had not previously used is the report cards.  At the back of the book, there are report card forms printed on card stock that I can use to document each child’s progress through the academic year.  As transcripts will be important come high school, I will begin assessing the kids more regularly and giving grades.


In honor of our new academic year, I will be giving away a My Blog Plan planner book for free. 

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Homeschooling State by State: A Nationwide Linkup and Giveaway

When you first begin the homeschooling journey, finding the resources you need can be overwhelming. In an effort to alleviate some of the confusion, I have been writing a series of posts to help new homeschooling families navigate the waters in California.

Homeschooling in California

These past couple of weeks I have been talking about homeschooling laws, how to choose curriculum, finding co-ops and communities, and field trip opportunities in California. If you’re looking to start homeschooling or you are looking for more support and you live in California, I’ve gathered some great resources for you!  Just click the links below for laws, field trips, support groups and free resources!

If you don’t live in California, no worry!!  I haven’t been alone. There are nine other homeschoolers across the nation that have joined together to help bring you resources for all 50 states, plus a HUGE Homeschooling Giveaway with over $1400 in prizes!

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Giveaway Information

To get you off on the right foot this school year, we’ve gathered some of the best curriculum and supplies in a HUGE giveaway!   The Homeschooling State by State giveaway is divided it up into 3 huge prize packs worth over $450 each!

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