Finishing Strong #75 ~ Homeschooling Middle & High School - Eva Varga

February 10, 2016

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

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

Bloggers, you are encouraged to link up your best ideas, encouragement, and advice that’s appropriate for older kids being schooled at home.
Make sure you take some time to read the posts shared below. I know you will find them helpful!

Finding a balance between devices and other areas of life is something we are struggling with in our home. To be honest, my son has been so caught up in the virtual world of Minecraft that he has not had much interest in other things – not even piano or Lego – two of his lifelong passions. It has caused some concern in our family and thus we have been talking a lot about goals.

Unplug & Get SMART: Goal Setting for Teens

Sitting down and making a plan has really helped us to see the world outside and rediscover the joys of discovering new things. We still have a long way to go, but we are seeing progress. Learn more in my post, Unplug and Get SMART.

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Each week, the post shared that received the most clicks is featured on all four host blogs. Here’s the most popular post from last week:

Middle School Book Club

Learning with Other Families: Start a Middle School Book Club by Susan at Education Possible

When choosing posts to highlight, I look for posts that are inspiring to me as a homeschool mom with two kids in middle school. Here are three posts I enjoyed reading last week. I’ve annotated each to give you a peak into what I liked about each of the three I selected.

Historical Fiction for Civil War

As a family we are planning a trip to the East Coast this fall and will be taking in many historical sites. One of stops my son is most looking forward to visiting is Gettysburg. Thus, Heidi’s post Historical Fiction for the Civil War is the perfect starting point for us as we begin to plan our summer unit study plans.

Arts and Crafts for Middle School Boys

My son has never been as interested in art as my daughter. However, he has always been very creative and has used duct tape for so many projects. For this reason, I love Everyday Arts and Crafts for Middle School Students for the activities outlined are of particular interest to boys. Thank you, Mother of 3.

February Nature Calendar

Heather’s daughter, Rebecca, has begun to create a personalized nature study calendar with challenges and inspiration. I just love the idea and am so very inspired by this project. You won’t want to miss it, February 2016 Nature Journal Calendar.

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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