Finishing Strong #5 – 2 April 2014

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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!

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Finishing Strong 4/02/14

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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.

Life of Fred {Homeschool Math}

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! 

Making a Diorama of Danteís Inferno

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About Eva Varga

Eva is passionate about education. She has extensive experience in both formal and informal settings. She presently homeschools her two young children, teaches professional development courses through the Heritage Institute, and writes a middle level secular science curriculum called Science Logic. In addition to her work in education, she is an athlete, competing in Masters swimming events and marathons. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, learning new languages, and above all spending time with her family. ♥