Finishing Strong: School is Back in Session

September 7, 2016

For the past few weeks, my Facebook feed has been filled with pictures of “First Day of School” photos from family and friends across the country. Neighborhood parks, libraries, and museums are quiet. I’m beginning to hear the familiar probe of unsuspecting adults, “Why aren’t you kids in school?” when we visit the library or grocery store in the middle of the day.

Around the world, school is now in session once again. As homeschoolers, many of have made the decision to school year round. We have chosen to forgo the usual schedule for a more relaxed approach. We are amongst them.

This is one reason that I love the post Misty shared with us last week, Embracing a Relaxed Homeschool Journey. It is a great reminder to,

Take time to discover what your family loves and build your relaxed homeschool journey around it.


Welcome to Finishing Strong ~ 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.

I am delighted that families homeschooling middle and high school age students are coming together and finding inspiration in one another. That’s has been the goal of Finishing Strong since its inception. 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.I know you will find the posts that have been shared with us inspiring! Grab a cup of tea, kick back, and take some time to check out the wonderful posts shared below. What are your favorites?

The post shared last week with the most clicks was Our 7th Grade Curriculum from Mother of 3 who blogs at Our Unschooling Journey Through Life. My son is also entering 7th grade so I was intrigued to peak into their choices.

My favorite post this last week was written by Heather at Blog She Wrote. She describes how she does their Homeschool Planning with a Spiral Notebook. We have recently started to do the same and I am so excited about this format. So much easier than I ever anticipated. I still can’t believe it took me this many years to figure it out!!

Another post that intrigues me is from Tracey at unSocialized. She shares a list of several Free History Simulation Activities.  I wasn’t previously familiar with these and am excited to give them a try – especially the Revolution Dinner Party. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

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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