Finishing Strong #80 - Eva Varga

March 16, 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!

It is sugaring time in the northeastern states. From what I have read, it’s a fabulous year and buckets are overflowing with sap. Most people don’t realize that you can tap a variety of maple tree species and that maple sugaring is not limited to the eastern states.

In the western states, Sugar Maple is an ornamental species found only on college campuses and occasionally in someone’s yard. Oregon’s most prevalent native maples are Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) and Vine Maple (Acer circinatum).


I set out to prove that maple sugaring is a hobby families all over can enjoy. Come along with me as I share Discovering the Joy of Maple Sugaring at Home.

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:


11 Awesome Homeschool Sites That Are Free by Tara at Embark on the Journey

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.


We traveled to Italy just a few months ago and were fortunate to see Michelangelo’s David while we were in Florence. For this reason, I love Michelangelo for Kids by Tonia at The Sunny Patch. I look forward to trying out her ideas for fresco paintings.

AwesomeHomeschoolSites Like Megan, my family loves to travel. Her post, Virtual Field Trips for Middle School at Education Possible provides a wealth of suggestions and resources for those times when you can’t physically go but can enjoy a tour from the comfort of home.


I have been struggling to help my little man stay organized. He has loose papers for every subject floating around the house and he wastes time trying to find the draft of a piece he has written. Tina’s post, How to Put Together a High School Writer’s Notebook, at Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus helped provide a little structure. She linked to many free printables and inspired me to walk my Writer’s Workshop teens through the process.

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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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