Finishing Strong #62 - Eva Varga

October 7, 2015

Welcome back to Finishing Strong!finishing strong 62

This past week has been very chaotic for me – I’ve returned to the public school classroom as a substitute teacher, signed papers and received keys to our new home, brought home a head cold (my second in at least 20 days), and experienced my first school lock down after a vague threat to one of the county schools. Being home with my kiddos and reading the posts that have been submitted to our weekly link-up has really helped to keep me from losing it.

I really do love this community. I love reading about the adventures you undertake as a homeschool family. I revel in your successes and find solace in knowing that I am not alone in my struggles. I find inspiration and comfort in the studies you engage with your middle and high school age children.

We thank each of you for supporting our link-up by coming by every week to see what incredible posts are shared with us and for sharing your own. As before, in addition to our featured post, each of the participating bloggers will be selecting our personal favorites this week. Be sure to stop by each blog to see if your post was selected.


Heather at Blog She Wrote

Heidi at Starts at Eight

Megan & Susan at Education Possible

Our Featured Post

Reading Challenges for Parents & Teens @EvaVarga.netWow! I was so very surprised to see that one of the posts I shared last week, Reading Challenges for Parents & Teens, had received the most visits. I’ve been working hard to encourage my reluctant reader to read more frequently as well as to read more myself. I am delighted that others found my post of interest as well. What reading challenge appealed to you the most?

My Personal Favorites

Fostering Collaboration with Morning Meeting Time by Heather at Blog She Wrote really spoke to me this week. With our move back to Oregon, I have returned to the work force and am now substituting a couple days each week. I’ve been a little concerned with how this would work with my kiddos still homeschooling. Heather’s ideas for a morning meeting time reaffirmed my ideas and gave me inspiration to try new approaches to our day.

Why I Don’t Make My Kids Practice Piano by Belinda at Live Life With Your Kids is a wonderful post. I love how she describes the focus of their day: discipleship studies, discipline studies, discovery subjects, and finally delight subjects. She states, “Piano has been a delight subject … I have provided the tools, the lessons, the time – but never the motivation.” This is exactly how we approach music in our home as well.

The next post I would like to highlight is from Heidi at Starts at Eight, The United States Court System: A Unit Study, Part 1. The judicial system is one area of social studies that we haven’t spent much time on.

What are you going to share with us this week?


  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.
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  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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