Finishing Strong #77

Welcome to Finishing Strong, a weekly linkup for those homeschooling students in middle and high school years. 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 – will find inspiration and ideas to engage your teens and preteens.

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!Finishing-Strong-500x500

If you ask a kid what they love best about science, they will undoubtedly reply, “Labs!” Hands-on activities and labs make learning difficult concepts more accessible for many students.

This is certainly true in chemistry. Earlier this week I shared a post, Polymers Are Fun, which included three polymer science recipes. While this is a fabulously fun lab for kids of all ages, the science concepts are particularly suited for middle school and high school ages.

Polymers Are Cool: 3 Recipes for Middle School @EvaVarga.net

Finishing Strong Favorites

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

British Literature

How to Make British Literature Understandable by Sabrina at 7 Sisters Homeschool

In addition, I have selected a couple of posts I enjoyed reading last week. I’ve annotated each to give you a peak into what I liked about each one.

World Religions

Teaching World Religions: A Unit Study Approach by Meredith at Sweetness and Light

When the kiddos were in elementary school, we enjoyed a lengthy study of world religions. Now that they are older, it is time we revisit this and Meredith’s post is a great resource for lesson plans and teaching tools.

Other Worlds

Creating Other Worlds- Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction by Heather at Blog, She Wrote

My kiddos are currently using Schwabauer’s middle school curriculum, Cover Story. We are really excited about Other Worlds and look forward to using this curriculum in the near future. Heather’s post helped confirmed the importance of not skipping over Adventure Novel. She also provides numerous additional resources for teaching science fiction and writing skills.

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?

Guidelines:

  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.
  2. Please no advertising, individual Pinterest pins, Facebook, Twitter, or other link-up links!
  3. Grab our button to add to your post after you link it up. Each week we will be choosing our favorite posts to highlight on all 4 sites. If you were featured, we would love for you to use the “I was featured” button.
  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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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. ♥

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