Finishing Strong #82 - Eva Varga

March 30, 2016

We are back for another week of inspiration and delightful learning experiences specifically for teens and pre-teens. Here at Finishing Strong, the focus is on those who are homeschooling middle and high school years.

The weekly linkup provides an opportunity for you to share what you have been learning in your home. What experiences have you recently taken part? Are there concepts and subjects that you find challenging?

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 – you 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 was spring break here in Oregon last week. While most were enjoying vacations with their families, we continued on as usual – albeit with a more unschooled approach. With this in mind, I coordinated several learning activities for the local community.

On Tuesday, my son’s Boy Scout troop gathered to earn a merit badge in Stamp Collecting.

On Wednesday, we met at the library for our usual Writer’s plastics

Thursday brought everyone together for a newly revised STEM Club activity whereby we discovered how to Make Our Own Bioplastics.

Friday, we enjoyed a field trip to our County Clerk’s office to learn more about the election process.

On Saturday, my daughter volunteered at the library and on Sunday, we enjoyed a 5 mile hike where we came upon WWII bunkers.

We’ve resumed our normal schedule this week but the relaxed, unschooling approach last week certainly helped to reinvigorate our enthusiasm for learning. All in all it was a wonderful week.

Finishing Strong Favorites

Each week, the post shared that received the most clicks is featured on all four host blogs. The most popular post from last week comes from Megan at Education Possible:


5 Things Middle Schoolers Should Do Before Starting High School

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.

Science Quest

Like Heather, who blogs at Blog, She Wrote, we use a variety of resources for science in our homeschool. She says, “Science isn’t scary and it doesn’t require special curriculum.” For this reason, I love Science Quest: How to Determine the Frequency of a Trait. We enjoyed a short study of genetics in the fall, but Heather’s quest will be a great review.

Hands-On STEM

Continuing with the science theme, I selected Marci’s post, Hands-on STEM Curriculum for Homeschool for my next post. Like Heather and I, Marci’s goal is “to equip and encourage homeschool parents by taking the fear out of and putting the fun into science education.”

Simple Home Repairs

The next post I would like to highlight, Life Skills: Simple Home Repairs, comes from Megan Wild, a guest blogger at Starts at Eight. While not exactly science related at first glance – the tools we use to maintain our home incorporate many simple machines. “No matter what their level, giving your kids the skills to fix, create and build will enhance all other areas of their education.”

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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!
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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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