Finishing Strong: My Favorite Posts

August 10, 20161

The last time we met for Finishing Strong, summer was just beginning. Now it is coming to a close. Sadly, we haven’t taken advantage of our relaxed days nearly as often as I liked! I had visions of going to the river or the lake every week. This was something I really enjoyed about living in Redding, the lake was literally just ten minutes from our home.

Now, we have a view of the Pacific Ocean and could spend the day with our toes in the sand, but we have just been too busy. How did that happen? Having completed the Oregon Master Naturalist course, I was overly eager to begin volunteering and just over scheduled ourselves. Has that ever happened to you? Yikes!Finishing-Strong-500x500

Now that August is upon us, we’ve been slowly resuming our regular studies. We are excited to dive into several new curriculum choices this fall. I hope to share reviews of each as we get underway. Most exciting of all is that Geneva has taken the college placement tests at our local community college and she will begin taking courses there for dual enrollment. I am delighted that her math instructor will be her paternal great uncle; helping to smooth the transition to college studies.

Sea Slugs, Snails, and Sea Hares @EvaVarga.netSea Slugs, Snails, & Hares, Oh My!

This summer, I have been volunteering at the new Marine Life Center and have had the opportunity to learn so much about these fascinating animals. Let me introduce you to the gastropods.

LifeofFred Math CurriculaLife of Fred: Math Curricula for Middle & High School

We have been using Life of Fred for years now and have really enjoyed his adventures. I thought I’d share our experience since people often have a lot of questions about it.

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Finishing Strong Summer Favorites

Finishing Strong is a weekly link-up dedicated to families homeschooling middle & high school kids. Each Wednesday, moms just like you share their best tips, encouragement, advice, and more for teaching older kids at home.

Since its inception, the goal of Finishing Strong has been to bring families homeschooling middle and high school age students together and to provide inspiration for one another. We couldn’t achieve that goal without you.Thank you!!

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

There were many wonderful posts shared in our last link-up. I have selected my favorites to highlight below.


Art Supplies for Your Homeschool Art Curriculum

My daughter has always loved art. Over the years, her interest and her skills have only magnified. I strongly believe this is due in part to the fact that I have always provided her with quality art materials.

22 Free Lewis & Clark Activity Posters

I just love posters and task cards – I’ve used both resources in my classroom to great success; activity posters combine the best of both to create an engaging tool that is perfect for independent learners.

Homeschooling High School: Planning a Course for Both High School and College Credit

My daughter is beginning high school this fall and she’s already signed up for a math course at the college. Yet it’s expensive! Susan’s post walks you through an alternative to enrollment. How to prepare for and thereby pass a CLEP exam to earn college credit.

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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.
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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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One comment

  • Susan

    August 10, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Thanks so much for featuring my post on Planning Courses for both High School & College Credit. You made my day!

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