Finishing Strong: The End of Summer 2016 Edition

August 31, 20161

Welcome back to Finishing Strong ~ the last Wednesday of the summer. Somehow I am not quite ready for public school to begin next month. Here in Oregon, most schools resume the week following Labor Day. Just as last year, I will be substituting again. I am thereby a little melancholy. I’ve been enjoyed our family free time.

In our homeschool, after taking July off for the first time ever, we’ve slowly begun to resume our usual routines. The only thing we have not yet added back into the mix is math. Geneva will be taking math at the college this year and it is likely to be pretty intense so I’m giving them another month off.



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, our weekly link-up is 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.

Ready to jump right in? Me too …

One of the activities we have most enjoyed this summer is our ecology field studies. Through my coursework with Master Naturalists, our family goal of hiking 52 different trails, and numerous field trips to local habitats, we’ve had a great time exploring the natural areas along the Oregon coast.

How well do you know Oregons wildlife? Here’s a fun Oregon Nature Quiz to test your skill.

problem based learningI am very thankful to have had the opportunity to review one of the William & Mary problem based learning units published by Kendall Hunt. Not only did we develop a deeper understanding of ecology concepts, we applied the skills we had learned to real-life science experiences.


The most clicked on post last week was:

The Plan – Curriculum Choices for Grade 8 by Jen at Practical, By Default

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My top choices were:

College Entrance Exams FAQs for Homeschoolers by Ann at Annie & Everything

Why Teach Shakespeare? by Heidi at Starts At Eight

Six Steps to Planning High School at Home by Lisa at Bright Ideas Press

Time Management for Teens by Susan at The Sparrow’s Home

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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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      • 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 31, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Thanks for featuring my post on Time Management for Teens! I shared to Facebook and Twitter!

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