Finishing Strong #104: Connecting with and Learning from Others

November 9, 20161

We spent much of this last week at the pool. I can still smell the chlorine on his skin when my little man hugs me goodnight. We had a fabulous time though. Our team is in a transition period – new coaches and many new swim families. Hosting our annual swim meet was challenging with so many of us in new roles, but it also enabled us to come together and work towards a common goal.

That is what I love best about our Finishing Strong linkup – coming together regularly with a shared goal of providing a quality education for our children. Our diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and local resources guarantee that our approaches will be unique. Yet we are able to connect, share with one another, and ultimately grow – both as parents and as educators. It’s like a homeschool mom’s night out.


Similarly, our family vacation debriefs enable us to connect with one another. As we take time to reflect on each day as it comes to a close and discuss ways to improve, we learn more about one another and strengthen our family bond.  I share my insight into this new travel tradition in my post, Vacation Debriefs: When Things Don’t Go as Planned.


Welcome 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.


Lisa Trombley’s post, 5 Reasons to Read Aloud to Older Children, posted at Bright Ideas Press was the post clicked upon post last week. I love her reflection, “Our read aloud time is a time when we all can be together during the school day listening to and discussing our chosen story.” What a wonderful way to slow down and connect with one another.

“altI just can’t say enough good things about Heather’s Nature Journal Calendars. Her daughter is very talented and the calendars they share are a wonderful stepping stone to nature study. I’ve linked to the November 2016 Nature Journal Calendar linked hereabout you can find past calendars as well.

“altI enjoyed Vicki Tillman’s post, How and Why to Write a Syllabus for Homeschool Courses, posted at 7 Sisters Homeschool. My daughter is in high school this year and her post helped to simplify the process.

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.

What are you going to share with us this week?


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One comment

  • Heather Woodie

    November 9, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Thanks so much for sharing Eva!

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