Fileccia College Prep Homeschool 2013-2014


Well, it is that time of year again! This year marks several milestones for our family. My oldest daughter, Lindsey, is entering her senior year of college in pre-med. It is with her 15 years ago that our homeschooling journey began when she was in the 2nd grade! Lauren will be a junior, and my baby boy is entering into middle school. This marks the first time that I don’t have an elementary student! I have officially passed the point of silly art days, wrapping up as mummies, and exploring the backyard! Looking back, it seems so hard to believe that we have come so far. What started out as pure fear, has ended up being one of my greatest accomplishments in life. I am so thankful that we decided to take this path. It has not always been “fun” but it has been worth it! I would not change one thing about homeschooling. Even our “failures” were done together. Another change this year is the way we “do” school. We have always had a “school” room. I am one of “those” moms! I loved the write-on boards, bulletin boards, and individual child area. But, I lost my schoolroom to Lindsey, who at 20, wished to have her own private area. So, I had to rethink how we have would start this new year. I decided to clean out my kitchen desk and give that area to Cameron. It is set in a small hallway and away from the distractions of the downstairs. Yet, it would allow him to be near to me.

We are a Classical Conversations family. Lauren will be doing Challenge II, and Cameron is in his last year of Foundations and Essentials. In addition to CC he will be doing Saxon 7/6 math, Switched-On Schoolhouse Science, Sequential Spelling, and Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries for history. To keep him organized and on track, I purchased 4 plastic magazine holders. There is one for each subject. This allows him to work “through” the holder. Remember, he is a “boy!” He knows that if there is still a book or notebook in the holder, then he is NOT done with the subject.

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Above him is a write-on calendar. This is where we keep track of our crazy month! On the right side of him is another write-on calendar. This one is ONLY a week. Every Sunday afternoon, I write out his weekly assignments.

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As he completes the assignment, he then erases it. Again, he is a boy! We have to have checks and balances to keep him on track!

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Lastly is MY bin. This is a wonderful storage container that I purchased at Staples Office supplies. I love that it holds ALL of my teachers manuals! Even though I no longer have my little decorated schoolroom, I am very happy with our new arrangement.

So what about you? What does your homeschool set-up look like this year?

Happy Homeschooling!
Nancy Fileccia

Coming Soon: AJTL Products for Founders Academy!






AJTL friends, we have a big announcement to share with you!

We are so excited to share with you that A Journey Through Learning has signed a contract with Lynn Schott of Founders Academy. Coming soon are AJTL products for the Founders Academy amazing online classes! Stay tuned to the AJTL blog, Facebook, and Pinterest for information on upcoming product releases to correspond with these great classes.

Upcoming classes in development for January and February include:
Thursday, 1/17 – Happy Birthday Martin Luther King
Monday, 1/21 – I have a Dream
Thursday, 2/7 – Happy Birthday Abe Lincoln
Monday, 2/18 – President’s Day Celebration
Thursday, 2/21 – Happy Birthday George Washington

Be sure to check out the next Founders Academy online class through Currclick:
Live! Christmas at the White House

Friday, December 14th – Noon to 1:00pm Central Time Zone
Take a peek inside the White House, and see how America’s first families have celebrated Christmas through the years.
Join in the fun in the live, online virtual classroom. Students will be able to see and hear instructor Lynn Schott through her HD web cam, and will be able to see a PowerPoint presentation on the screen. Students will be able to communicate in a chat window.

You will learn:

-First Family Christmas traditions
-White House decorations through the years
-White House Christmas treats – the annual White House Gingerbread House
-Presidential holiday entertaining in history, beginning with George Washington
-The National Christmas Tree on The Mall in Washington, D.C. – Where does the tree come from?

This class is only $7 for the entire family! Registration is at Currclick.

Have You Heard Our Big Announcement?


Do you LOVE Lapbooks?

Do you LOVE Classical Conversations?

They you will LOVE the two mixed together!!!

Some of our Lapbooks have been approved to be used with Classical Conversations cycle 1 by Leigh Bortins, founder of CC. Over the next several weeks, we will have Lapbooks, review games, Early Learning File Folder Games, Note booking pages that will be compatible with History, Science, and Latin for Cycle 1 as well.

A Journey Through Learning is also sponsoring the Baton Rouge, Louisiana Summer Practicum.

Remember to check back daily for new products. They will be listed under a tab for CC on our website.

We would love to hear from you about ideas for products. Remember, we create these for YOU to use! So, tell us what you would like to see in them!

Want to attend a Lapbooking workshop? 

Upcoming Workshop Dates

Mardel Christian Bookstore

Lapbook Workshop

Date: May 10th

Location: 4652 S. Cooper St., Arlington

Mardel Christian Bookstore

Lapbook Workshop

Date: July 27th

Location:  5622 Johnston St., Lafayette

Guest Sponsor

Classical Conversations Summer Practicum

Location: Baton Rouge, La.

Date: June 21-23

Ways to Keep Up with Special Promotions, New Products and other Exciting Lapbook Events

One of my goals as the Promotions Director for A Journey Through Learning is to help you find the special promotions we have going.  So, in this post, I am going to list ways to help you stay in the loop.

First, there will be promotions only available buy subscribing or following us.  Sometimes we will only post codes for those who are fans on Facebook, or blog readers or twitter followers or newsletter subscribers.  In order to get in on those promotions you will need to be a subscriber, follower or fan.

Below is a list of links to use to follow, fan or subscribe, so you don’t miss another deal. Winking smile




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Now you shouldn’t miss another promotion.

Happy Lapbooking!