Finishing Strong #79 - Eva Varga

March 9, 2016

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!

I myself haven’t written very much this past week. I am excited to share with you a project we recently undertook, however, that I know your kids will love.


We took part in a local Make Your Own Diddley Bow workshop and what a treat! It was fascinating to see the variety of styles and to learn more about the music. We are already learning how to learn to play it. My son plan to use this experience as part of the merit badge requirements for Boy Scouts.

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:

High School Math

You Don’t Have to Teach High School Math by Heidi at Hip Homeschool Moms

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.


Saving the Wilderness Journey by Heather at Joyful Socks Mom

I loved reading Heather’s reflection of their homeschool journey and the struggles she has overcome. Children are remarkable and unique. As parents, we learn to adapt our approach to discipline and education accordingly. Count it all joy …

There it is … the choice.
Joy, or sorrow.
Trust, or doubt.
Hope, or discouragement.

College Tour

College Tour Do’s and Don’ts by Ann at Annie & Everything

We have been talking quite a bit about college recently. My daughter will be entering high school in the fall and we have been reaching out to the local community college as well as a couple of the universities she is considering to inquire about the possibilities of dual enrollment.

I am a planner. I like to see the big picture and create lists of things that need doing. Ann’s post helps me to see what steps we need to check off in preparation for a college tour. I love her advice,

Do let your child take the initiative in getting information, asking questions, etc.

Celebrate Pi Day

Celebrate Pi Day by Megan at Education Possible

We still enjoy celebrating the little holidays – just as we did when we first began our homeschooling journey. Pi Day is one of our favorites … not just because we love to eat pie. Megan has compiled a great list of activity ideas for older kids. I can’t wait to try out a few of her ideas!

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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.

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.
  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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