Finishing Strong #101 - Our Winner is Announced!

October 26, 2016

Last week was so much fun! I just love being part of this community – finding inspiration from one another as we each strive to do the best we can to homeschool our tweens and teens has always been the cornerstone of Finishing Strong. Last week – we were able to giveaway $100 cash to one lucky winner.

Martha S. ~ Congratulations on winning Finishing Strong’s 100th Edition Cash Giveaway.

Finishing-Strong-500x500Welcome to Finishing Strong ~ a weekly link-up dedicated to families homeschooling middle & high school kids. Each Wednesday, moms just like you share their best tips, encouragement, advice, and more for teaching older kids at home.

Finishing Strong is hosted by me here at EvaVarga along with my friends – Heather from Blog She Wrote, Megan and Susan from Education Possible, and Heidi from Starts at Eight.

Just prior to the spring primaries earlier this year, we enjoyed a A Visit to Our County Clerk’s Office. In Oregon, we utilize a mail-in ballot system. Our field trip was thereby very enlightening and the kids have both been able to explain this process in more depth in recent discussions with their grandparents.


As our national election is just around the corner, I encourage you all to reach out to your county clerk. I understand that even during the voting cycle, they encourage citizens to observe the process.

Last week’s most popular post, What’s the Difference Between Unschooling and Radical Unschooling, was shared by RedHeadMom8 who blogs at There’s No Place Like Home. Every time I read about Unschooling, I think “That’s me!”

Unschooling and Radical Unschooling

Home education is not always about academics. There are many lifeskill that we strive to impart upon our children whether we choose to homeschool or utilize a brick and mortar school. I thereby really enjoyed Susan’s Teaching Kids Life Skills: How to Tie a Necktie at Education Possible this past week. It is a great reminder that even the little things are important.

How to Tie a NecktieAnother post I really enjoyed was Why Spending Time Growing in your Talents is Worth It by Belinda at Live Life with Your Kids. As she shares her philosophy for “productive free time” it reminds me a lot of what my family as coined “passion projects”. As she elaborates she also discusses “… developing these skills [talents] to be about how we can benefit others, not just self.” I love this and plan to incorporate this mindset into our passion projects in the coming weeks.

Time Talents

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As always, thank you for helping us to make Finishing Strong a key resource for families who are homeschooling through the middle & high school years.

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