Finishing Strong #6 – 9 April 2014

It is the time of year for many families to begin planning for the next school year!

Each week we look forward to sharing new posts filled with ideas and encouragement for homeschooling middle and high school.

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Our favorite posts from last week:

Don’t forget to check out all of the co-hosts – Aspired Living, Blog She Wrote, Education Possible, Eva Varga, Milk and Cookies, Starts at Eight, and Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.

Eva from Eva Varga enjoyed:

Homeschooling High School is Not As Hard As You Think Though my kids are not yet in high school, I really appreciated this post. It gave me a lot of things to think about and helped put me at ease when planning and preparing for the high school years.

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The Salamander Room: Amphibians and Reptiles As a science specialist, this one really charmed me. My kids have a newly rediscovered love for herps and though we read (and enjoyed) this delightful story when they were younger, it is time we revisit it. I strongly believe that children’s books are a wonderful teaching tool for all ages and this book proves it. There are so many ways to integrate this book into the curriculum and Heather shares many. 🙂

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Susan from Education Possible liked:

Writing Co-op for High School Students This post really touched me because my son also struggles with writing. We’ve decided to spend the next several months focusing on building his writing skills and confidence so the timing of this inspiring post was perfect!

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High School Electives What a great reminder that high school is about so much more than just academics! Extracurricular activities and volunteer opportunities will not only give student a chance to explore their interests, they can also significantly help with the college application process.

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Bloggers, by linking up, you may be featured on our co-hosts’ social media pages or our Pinterest board. We may even select you to be featured in a future post!

Guidelines for the hop:

  • ​Link up to 3 posts from your blog. Make sure you use the exact URL to the post, not to your home page. You can add any post related to homeschooling middle and high school students. Posts unrelated to that will be removed.
  • Please no advertising, pinterest, facebook, twitter, or other link-up links!
  • Grab our button to add to your post after you link it up. Each week we will be choosing our favorite posts to highlight on all 7 sites. If you were featured, make sure you add an “I was featured” button.
  • The linky will go live on each co-host’s blog each Wednesday at 6am EST, and will be live until Tuesday at 11:55 pm.

 

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Finishing Strong #5 – 2 April 2014

Welcome to the Finishing Strong Link-up!

Spring is here!  For many families that means getting outdoors to explore nature, starting new homeschool projects, and planning for a new school year. We would love to hear about your adventures!

Please stop back every week to share your creative and inspirational posts about homeschooling older kids.

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Here are a few of our co-host’s favorite posts from last week:

Amy from Milk and Cookies liked Celebrate Spring with Hodgepodge Art! from Heather Woodie

We are NOT an artsy family. Painting, drawing, sculpting…it is a challenge for us. Heather, Tricia, and Nana make chalking look SO easy. This post has convinced me to give art another try! Pass the chalk pastels, please.

Celebrate Spring with Hodgepodge Art!

Amy was also a fan of: The Benefits of Making Mistakes: Lessons from Toll House Cookies from Megan Zechman.

My blog name tells you that I am definitely a fan of cookies, so I immediately clicked over to see how Megan was going to creatively incorporate yummy cookies into her homeschool. Not only did I discover a new book about inventors, I learned the difference between baking with 3 different styles of chocolate. 

The Benefits of Making Mistakes: Lessons from Toll House Cookies

 The Finishing Strong Link-up is brought to you each week by – Aspired Living, Blog She Wrote, Education Possible, Eva Varga, Milk and Cookies, Starts at Eight, and Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.

Kyle from Aspired Living enjoyed Life of Fred Homeschool Math by Heather Woodie

Have you heard of Life of Fred? LOF is an innovate and unusual Math program written by a college professor that teaches math to children while the follow the Life of Fred. She uses as her main math program and I use it to as a supplement to our math program. This post provides a very detailed explanation of LOF a unique and fun math program.

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Kyle was also excited to see: Year Around Homeschool  Planning Schedule by Tina 

Maybe it’s just my personality but unless I plan it out it just isn’t happening. When I first began homeschooling I took a class from Tina IRL and ever since I’ve used her planner pages in my homemade planners. As we begin to school multiple levels from High School to preschool I’ve found planning is even more important and then ever! 

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Kyle also wanted to let everyone know how much she really likes the blog AngelicScalliwags

This is one creative homeschool Mama as you will see. This woman used Playmobil to explain Dante’s Inferno to her students. This is off subject but in her post she has the biggest basket I have ever seen it almost engulfs her teenager.Back on topic….she created a Playmobil Diorama that does a better job explaining the rings of the inferno then my professor did at Berkeley!  At the end she says “I’m not sure how we did it, and I’m certain I never want to do such a complex project again, but we did finish it and in the assigned week.  Phew.  Never again though.” What I want to know is how she thought of this in the first place?! If you are looking for creative homeschooling go no further stop and visit Angelic Scalliwags! 

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Bloggers, by linking up, you may be featured on our co-hosts’ social media pages or our Pinterest board. We may even select you to be featured in a future post!

Guidelines for the link-up:

  1. Link up to 3 posts from your blog. Make sure you use the†exact URL to the post, not to your home page. You can add any post related to homeschooling middle and high school students. Posts unrelated to that will be removed.
  2. Please no advertising, pinterest, facebook, twitter, or other link-up links!
  3. Grab our button to add to your post after you link it up. Each week we will be choosing our favorite posts to highlight on all 7 sites. If you were featured, make sure you add an I was featured button.
  4. The linky will go live on each co-hostís blog each Wednesday at 6am EST, and will be live until Tuesday at 11:55 pm. 

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Finishing Strong #4 – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn & Natural Disasters

Welcome to Finishing Strong!

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A favorite post from last week:

Our readers loved My Top 5 Pinterest Picks for Homeschooling Teens from Heather Woodie at Blog She Wrote. Are you using Pinterest yet in your home school?

Do you want to connect with other parents homeschooling older kids? Join our Finishing Strong Community on Google+!

Our favorite posts:

Heidi from Starts at Eight enjoyed Teens and Sleep, are they getting enough? from Livin’ in a Glass House.

The fact that her kids can get extra sleep when they need it is one of the reasons Heidi usually states for why she homeschools. She says, “I do believe in keeping a schedule, but being homeschooled allows our children to take the extra time to sleep when they need to.”

This post begs questions about teens, sleep, keeping a schedule, and how it all relates to their attitudes.

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High School American Literature 3: The Immigrant Experience from 7 Sisters Homeschool was also one of Heidi’s favorites.

She loves historical fiction and thinks it is a wonderful way to expose children to history. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith is the coming of age story of Francie Nolan at the turn of the 20th century in Brooklyn, where we are engaged in the throws of varied immigrants’ struggles to gain identity as “Americans”.

7 Sisters Homeschool also created a high school level study guide to accompany the book.

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Don’t forget to visit all of our co-hostsAspired Living, Blog She Wrote,Education Possible, Eva Varga, Milk and Cookies, Starts at Eight, and Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.

Susan from Education Possible liked Homeschooling Teens & Pursuing Passions at Living the Good Life With Kids.

She said, “It is wonderful to see teens finding and pursuing their passions. Through his love of gardening, Kyler is not only helping with the family garden, he is also taking the initiative to turn his hard work into a high school credit course.”

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Susan also enjoyed Natural Disasters Lesson: Earthquakes! at The Usual Mayhem.

Susan shared, “Science is not my favorite subject to teach, but my kids love hands-on science activities. These lesson ideas include everything from fun facts and myths, to tectonic plates and seismic waves. Plus you get to eat the experiment when you’re done – it doesn’t get better than that!”

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Bloggers, by linking up, you may be featured on our co-hosts’ social media pages or our Pinterest board. We may even select you to be featured in a future post!

Guidelines for the hop:

  1. Link up to 3 posts from your blog. Make sure you use the exact URL to the post, not to your home page. You can add any post related to homeschooling middle and high school students. Posts unrelated to that will be removed.
  2. Please no advertising, pinterest, facebook, twitter, or other link-up links!
  3. Grab our button to add to your post after you link it up. Each week we will be choosing our favorite posts to highlight on all 7 sites. If you were featured, make sure you add an “I was featured” button.
  4. The linky will go live on each co-host’s blog each Wednesday at 6am EST, and will be live until Tuesday at 11:55 pm.

 

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Finishing Strong #3 – Science Pinterest Boards & Journey North edition

Thank you for another great week!  We are amazed at all the wonderful information being shared about homeschooling older kids. It’s nice to know we aren’t alone on this journey.

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Your favorite post from last week:

The most clicked post was Not Finishing the School Year from Annie Kate at Tea Time with Annie Kate. She shared some encouraging words for moms who ever realized that they weren’t going to finish the school year in the way they had planned.

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Our favorites from last week:

Heather from Blog She Wrote chose Homeschool Science Pinterest Boards from Marci at The Homeschool Scientist.

She said, “As a science educator, I have a special place in my heart for all things science. Marci shares some fantastic science instruction along with middle and high school science boards.” Follow along!

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Heather also enjoyed Journey North Mystery Class by Sandra at School of Serendipity. She heard about this fun global game of hide-n-seek, but hasn’t tried it. You track seasonal changes in sunlight and explore other clues to find 10 secret sites around the world.

“I especially enjoyed how Serendipity explains how their process along with the detailed pictures of their data collection and extrapolation. Looks like this is a fun game to join,” says Heather.

Don’t forget to check out all of the co-hosts – Aspired Living, Blog She Wrote, Education Possible, Eva Varga, Milk and Cookies, Starts at Eight, and Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.

Tina from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus liked Planning the Logic Stage, Part 1 by fellow co-host Kyle at Aspired Living.

It reminded her it is not too early to start planning for next year. Have you started planning for next year’s curriculum yet?

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Because history is one of her very favorite subjects, Tina also enjoyed the Medieval Mini Presentation by Claire at Angelicscalliwags.

She felt, not only was it a great opportunity to show the benefits of homeschooling, but it is a great tool for reviewing what they have learned. “I hope Grandma and Grandpa were impressed,” she said.

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Bloggers, by linking up, you may be featured on our co-hosts’ social media pages or our Finishing Strong Pinterest board. We may even select you to be featured in a future post!

Guidelines for the hop:

  1. Link up to 3 posts from your blog. Make sure you use the exact URL to the post, not to your home page. You can add any post related to homeschooling middle and high school students. Posts unrelated to that will be removed.
  2. Please no advertising, pinterest, facebook, twitter, or other link-up links!
  3. Grab our button to add to your post after you link it up. Each week we will be choosing our favorite posts to highlight on all 7 sites. If you were featured, make sure you add an “I was featured” button.
  4. The linky will go live on each co-host’s blog each Wednesday at 6am EST, and will be live until Tuesday at 11:55 pm

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So tell us, what have you been up to?

Add your amazing posts that focus on homeschooling middle & high school students. Share your ideas, unique learning approaches, and encouragement, and more.


Finishing Strong #2 – Writer’s Workshop and Cherry Blossoms edition

Welcome to Finishing Strong!

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What a great launch week!

A big thank you to all of the bloggers who linked up their fabulous posts, full of ideas and inspiration for homeschooling the older years.

And thank you to all of you who stopped by one of our co-hosts’ blogs to read all of the posts that were shared, as well as for liking, commenting, and sharing.

Your favorite post from last week:

Everyone loved Homeschooling Big Kids from Mary at Homegrown Learners. It is a round up of her four most popular posts focusing on teaching your middle grades student.

Our favorites from last week:

Weren’t last week’s posts great? Make sure you take the time to read them.

Eva from Eva Varga liked Coaching Writing with a Writers Workshop by fellow co-host Heather at Blog She Wrote.

She said, “Heather’s post really resonated with me because as a science teacher, I struggle with teaching writing. I have been looking for something fun and creative to put a spark into our writing curriculum and I know this is it!”

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Another favorite of Eva’s was Biology Comedy Hour by Susan at Susan’s Homeschooling Blog.

Susan’s comedy hour was a very creative way to culminate a project. Eva said, “I love the homemade green screen and have added this to my ‘honey-do’ list. I can see so many applications of this in all subject areas.”

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Megan from Education Possible was immediately drawn to Cherry Blossoms in Porcelain Vase Art Project by Jolanthe at Homeschool Creations.

Megan loved how Jolanthe found inspiration on Pinterest, but took it a step further by taking parts of multiple pins to create her own Asian-themed watercolor project. “I can’t wait to use this project to teach my girls some water color techniques,” Megan said.

Cherry Blossom in Porcelain Vase art project from Homeschool Creations

She also liked Homeschool ‘Mommy Marks’ and Universities by Annie Kate at Tea Time with Annie Kate.

Megan appreciated the advice Annie Kate’s gave to homeschooling families looking to have their “mommy marks” supported by a college or university. She said, “I’m going to have to keep very good records!”

Bloggers, by linking up, you may be featured on our co-hosts’ social media pages or our Finishing Strong Pinterest board. We may even select you to be featured in a future post!

Guidelines for the hop:

  1. Link up to 3 posts from your blog. Make sure you use the exact URL to the post, not to your home page. You can add any post related to homeschooling middle and high school students. Posts unrelated to that will be removed.
  2. Please no advertising, pinterest, facebook, twitter, or other link-up links!
  3. Grab our button to add to your post after you link it up. Each week we will be choosing our favorite posts to highlight on all 7 sites. If you were featured, make sure you add an “I was featured” button.
  4. The linky will go live on each co-host’s blog each Wednesday at 6am EST, and will be live until Tuesday at 11:55 pm
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Finishing Strong! We’re Live …

I am very honored and excited to be joining 6 other homeschool bloggers in hosting a weekly linkup for homeschooling the middle and high school years. As a mom of a two children – one on the cusp of middle school, I’ve come to realize that blogs that focus on this age range are few and far between.

Introducing, Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years, a brand new link-up, specifically focused on homeschooling during these older years. We want to encourage families to finish strong as they continue their homeschooling journey.

Homeschooling an older child is different from the younger years and presents its own unique needs. It can be challenging and sometimes lonely, but it’s not impossible, especially with support.

Our hope is that this link-up gives families the ideas and encouragement they need to continue schooling their children at home.

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The amazing ladies co-hosting Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years are:

Amy Stults at Milk and Cookies

Eva Varga at Eva Varga

Heidi Ciravola at Starts at Eight

Heather Woodie at Blog She Wrote

Kyle McVay at Aspired Living

Megan Zechman & Susan Williams at Education Possible

Tina Robertson at Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus

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Looking for more encouragement and interaction? Join our Google + Finishing Strong Community.