Finishing Strong #109: It's a New Year and a New Start

January 11, 20172

The new year is well underway and we are back into the swing of our regular routines. Here on the Oregon coast, we are accustomed to winter storms and heavy rainfall. The past few weeks, however, have been quite unusual in that we actually had snow .. and not just a light dusting. We had nearly 4 inches accumulate in a 24hour period.

As a result, the area schools cancelled classes and we enjoyed a rare “snow day” with mixed feelings. My son was delighted until I reminded him that we homeschool and as such winter conditions did not impede our lessons. My daughter, who takes classes at the community college, was disappointed to learn her classes were, in fact, cancelled.

Finishing Strong #109: A New Year @EvaVarga.netWelcome 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.

I am excited to share with you a series of posts I am writing at Bright Ideas Press which provide an overview of the history of American art from Pre-Colonial times to today. Moving chronologically through All American History curriculum, each post summarizes the art trends and movements popular during the period and features one or two artists from that time period. In addition, I provide a related art lesson or project that you can enjoy with your students.

gilded-artThus far, five posts have been published and an additional five will be published this year. The most recent post, The Gilded Age & American Impressionism, details en plain-air landscape painting. It has been a very rewarding and informative process researching and writing this unit plan.

frustrating comments10 of the Most Frustrating Homeschooling Comments I’ve Ever Heard was the most clicked upon post from our previous edition of Finishing Strong. It comes to us from Shelly who blogs at There’s No Place Like Home. I have heard most all of these and several others I could add to her list. For example, “What about prom? You’ll miss prom.” 

gaming crafts real world learning I most enjoyed reading Susan’s post, Integrating Gaming, Crafts and Other Real World Learning into Your Homeschool, posted at The Sparrow’s Home. I am very intrigued by the game she describes, Quest for Arete, that gently introduces the concepts of the periodic table. I need to get a copy of this game for our collection.

daughter self-esteem I also really enjoyed reading 14 Ways to Teach Your Daughter Self-Esteem from Nicole at Homeschool Base. While we do many of the things she suggestions, her reflection was a good reminder that we are on the right track.

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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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  • Susan Landry

    January 11, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Eva, Thanks so much for featuring my game post! I will be sharing on social media asking folks to stop by and check out the link-up!

    • Eva Varga

      January 12, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      You are most welcome! We love board games. 🙂

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