My Well Planned Day is Anything But

I have been using the Well Planned Day planners for years and I absolutely LOVE them. So much so that, this year, the kids have started using their own student planners.

Despite my best intentions however, my plans never go as I envision. I thereby utilize the Well Planned Day planner book in a somewhat unconventional manner.

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If you were to ask me, “Which homeschool philosophy(ies) is your style?”  I would have to say it depends on the day; but we have always had a very relaxed homeschool style. At times, I consider ourselves to be Unschoolers. Other times, I would describe us as Classical homeschoolers, inspired by the philosophies of Charlotte Mason.

Our Well Planned Day

I begin each week with first penciling in the activities and obligations we have outside the home – language classes, music lessons, co-ops, swim team practice, and lodge meetings.  That’s it.

Rather than plan ahead the lessons and activities we will cover each week, I use my Well Planned Day planner as an ongoing record of what we have accomplished. After their Mandarin lessons, for example, I’ll note in the planner the topic of their lesson and the homework for the following session. This also helps me to stay abreast of what they are accomplishing each week.

Recently, I have also begun to use it to keep a running tabulation of the living books the kids have read independently and the audio books we’ve listened to in the car.  This helps me to dive into resources at my disposal (both online and in print) for discussion questions and activities to supplement their reading.

Back to school is coming soon and there’s no better time than now to start getting organized! The Well Planned Day Line of Planners are the perfect resources to help you stay organized and make the most of your time, so you have time for the things that matter most!


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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. 

This daily planner was designed by Rebecca Scarlata Keliher for the Home Educating Family Association – the same company that makes the Well Planned Day that I love so much. Whether you’re a seasoned blogger or just getting started, you’ll want My Blog Plan to help you stay motivated and on track.

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