Finishing Strong #22 – History Favorites

Welcome to Finishing Strong!

Today is all about history, so we’re highlighting some of the best history posts that have been shared with us over the past few weeks. There are plenty of unique ideas to get you thinking as you consider how you’ll be studying this important subject during the coming year.

History can be a boring subject for some students, especially if they think it’s all about memorizing dates. Hopefully you’ll take some of these hands-on ideas and strive to bring history to life in your home school.

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Let’s Have Fun with History

Teaching About Independence Day in Your Homeschool from 7Sisters Homeschool

The Angelicscalliwag Homeschool : Why History? from Angelicscalliwag

Project: Middle Ages History & Fashion from Blog She Wrote

History of the Ancient World and Tapestry of Grace Year 1 from Classically Homeschooling

The Liberty Bell: Timeline & Trivia – FREE Printable from Education Possible

How To Help Your Kids Love History and Save Money on History Curriculum from Family, Home, Health

3 Homeschool Co-op History Resources Worth Exploring from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus

Next week we’re going to look at some exciting ideas for learning about science. Hopefully you’ll join us!

Don’t forget to check out all of the co-hostsAspired Living, Blog She Wrote, Education Possible, EvaVarga, Milk and Cookies, Starts at Eight, and Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.

Bloggers, by linking up, you may be featured on our co-hosts’ social media pages or our Pinterest board. We may even select you to be featured in a future post!

Guidelines for the hop:

  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 7 sites. If you were featured, make sure you add an “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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Finishing Strong #20 – Getting to Know Heather

Welcome to Finishing Strong, the link up that supports families homeschooling middle & high school students.

This week, we are featuring Heather from Blog She Wrote, one of the eight bloggers who host Finishing Strong every Wednesday. She is sharing many of her amazing resources to help you educate your older students.

Don’t forget to add your posts below!

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I’m Heather Woodie of Blog, She Wrote which has been around since 2007. Formerly a middle and high school biology teacher, I have a lot of experience with teaching adolescents.

Ready to Finish Strong

For the upcoming 2014-2015 academic year we’ll be homeschooling an 11th, 9th, 7th, and 4th grader which puts in the thick of Finishing Strong!

Our homeschool style is eclectic, authentic, project-based, and student driven whenever possible. How we do school has changed a lot over the years from the time we had many young children at once who required more structure and more teacher driven instruction to the student driven, mentoring relationships I have with most of our students now. The blog posts at Blog, She Wrote reflect this transition as well. Lately, I’ve been enjoying updating old posts to make them new.

Popular Posts & Blog Specialties

  • Blog, She Wrote is home to The Geography Quest– A themed based geography challenge for all ages in your homeschool. With roughly 35 to choose from and more being published, you can send your students on a Quest to learn more about the world they live in.

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  • Teaching Science as Inquiry– I speak on this topic whenever I’m given the opportunity. Enjoy a look at how we incorporate science into our everyday lives without worrying if our ducks are all in a row. Relax and just explore together! Yes, even in middle and high school!
  • The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Sewing in Your Homeschool– You will find many posts on teaching sewing at Blog, She Wrote. My daughter is an aspiring fashion designer who started sewing at age 8. There’s something here for everyone from the novice, non-sewing mom to the expert mom who doesn’t think it’s easy to teach her student to sew. Projects, ideas, how-tos on instruction and mentoring. I blog frequently on this topic!
  • The Crafty Side of Math– Do you have a creative soul in your midst? Another of my specialties is helping my creative daughter apply math as she gains skills- even TO gain math concepts and skills.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Coaching Writers in Your Homeschool– My approach to writing is to meet my kids where they are and to coach them to be the writers they need to be. Our goal is clear written communication. Kids start in different places, but the end goal is the same. I love to share how we approach writing instruction in our homeschool.

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We are all about helping our kids to find their gifts and carve their niche in the world. I’m on a journey to help other families do the same!

Don’t forget to check out all of the co-hostsAspired Living, Blog She Wrote, Education Possible, EvaVarga, Milk and Cookies, Starts at Eight, and Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.

Bloggers, by linking up, you may be featured on our co-hosts’ social media pages or our Pinterest board. We may even select you to be featured in a future post!

Guidelines for the hop:

  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 7 sites. If you were featured, make sure you add an “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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Finishing Strong #10 – 7 May 2014

Welcome!

We are thrilled that you are here, at Finishing Strong, the link-up focusing on middle & high school students.

If you are looking for practical ideas and inspiration to help you homeschool older kids, you’re in the right place!

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Our favorite posts from last week:

Eva from Eva Varga enjoyed reading Methods of Homeschooling High School – Is There A Right One? from Sweetness and Light.

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She shared, “A friend of mine has made the decision to begin homeschooling this fall. Her daughter will be entering middle school and my daughter is approaching high school. I loved this post from Meredith; it provided a clear and insightful summary of homeschooling styles and how each is applied in the high school years.

Though we have been homeschooling since the beginning, we have always been quite eclectic in our approach. Meredith’s posts helped to clarify how we might strengthen some strategies to better suit the learning styles of my children.”

Her other favorite post was High School Skills: Analyzing Text from Blog, She Wrote.

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Eva said, “I have always struggled with language arts and I feel very strongly that Heather’s posts have really helped bring a new level to our curriculum. She has inspired me to try new things and explore new concepts. I look forward to integrating text analysis into our literature studies.”

Don’t forget to check out all of the co-hosts – Aspired Living, Blog She Wrote, Education Possible, Eva Varga, Milk and Cookies, Starts at Eight, and Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.

Megan from Education Possible appreciated 5 Tips to Teach Your Teen to Drive from The Chaos and the Clutter.

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Sharla does a great job detailing specific, yet simple tips every parent should think about before it’s time to teach your teen how to drive. Even if you’re a couple of years away from this milestone, most likely it’s something you are thinking about and worrying over.

Megan said, “I understand her fear of letting go and trusting them on the road with other drivers. The only thing I can do to lessen my anxiety is to make sure they are as prepared as possible.”

She also loved Algebra Help for the Hopeless Homeschooler from Our Journey Westward.

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Who hasn’t heard, “I’ll never use this when I grow up, what a waste of time!” over the years?

Megan said, “I think Real World Algebra, the resource Cindy shared, looks great! I try hard to make our lessons practical and I really like the idea of showing my children how math, specifically algebra, has real life application. Plus, the epitaph made me giggle!”

Do you want to connect with other parents homeschooling older kids? Join our Finishing Strong Community on Google+!

Bloggers, by linking up, you may be featured on our co-hosts’ social media pages or our Pinterest board. We may even select you to be featured in a future post!

Guidelines for the hop:

  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, pinterest, facebook, twitter, or other link-up links!
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Finishing Strong #9 – 30 April 2014

Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #9 Education PossibleWelcome to Finishing Strong, the weekly link-up for homeschooling middle & high school students!

Our favorite posts from last week:

Amy from Milk and Cookies liked reading Growing a Leader from BJ’s Homeschool.

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Amy said, “being the mother of a natural-born leader, I really appreciate hearing from other moms like Betsy. Her post gives lots of ideas, including some that are out of the box, for encouraging your son or daughter to become a leader in their community.​”

She also enjoyed 5 Reasons Why We Homeschool Year Round from Education Possible.

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“​Like Megan, I strongly believe in the benefits of homeschooling all year long, with many breaks throughout the year! I found myself nodding my head in complete agreement the whole time I was reading her post,” said Amy.

Don’t forget to check out all of the co-hosts – Aspired Living, Blog She Wrote, Education Possible, Eva Varga, Milk and Cookies, Starts at Eight, and Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.

Kyle from Aspired Living enjoyed Helpful Homeschool Habit: The End in Mind from Hodgepodge.

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Kyle said, “I think it is all too easy to get caught up in the fear of man, competition, fear of failure etc. in homeschooling and Hodgepodge’s post was an excellent reminder to put first things first.”

“I have the end in mind. Now that I have high schoolers, that picture of ‘the end’ is more clearly focused on what my desire is for them to be as adults.”

She also liked reading Mapping Out our Homeschool High School Plan from Homeschool Creations.

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When Kyle was exploring homeschooling, she was concerned about her kids’ ability to get into college and homeschooling through high school. One of her questions was, “how do you make sure your kids take the “right” high school classes?” The advice she received was to start with where you would like them to be in 12th grade and plan backwards.

She said, “this plan is yet another weapon in my arsenal of high school preparation to make sure my kiddos are prepared to pursue whatever path they choose. Plus, I am able to document and present a college or employer a transcript that demonstrates a well laid plan.”

Do you want to connect with other parents homeschooling older kids? Join our Finishing Strong Community on Google+!

Bloggers, by linking up, you may be featured on our co-hosts’ social media pages or our Pinterest board. We may even select you to be featured in a future post!

Guidelines for the hop:

  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, pinterest, facebook, twitter, or other link-up links!
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Finishing Strong #8 – 23 April 2014

Finishing Strong Week 8 Education Possible

Welcome!

Thank you for joining us this week at Finishing Strong – the link-up that focuses on middle & high school students.

Our favorite posts from last week:

Heidi from Starts at Eight enjoyed reading Poetry Happens from unSocialized.

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The title definitely captured her attention. She said, “I don’t love poetry studies, because I am a black and white, tell it like is person, and all the reading between the lines of poetry tires me.”

She liked how poetry just happened at the dinner table for this family and they each seemed to know some poetry all on their own. You can also visit Magnetic Poetry, where magnetic tiles with words on them are given to you and you arrange them to make a poem!

Her other favorite post was Do More Than Just Enough from Livin’ in a Glass House.

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Heidi shared, “I really appreciate Lynda’s thoughts on not just scraping by.” Lynda says about her son, “It makes perfect sense in his young mind to use the technology provided to take short cuts.” But then she reminds us all to do more than that. Do more than just the bare minimum, get your hands dirty and participate in life.

“This is a great reminder to remember to be grounded and be where you are, striving to live each day to its fullest,” said Heidi.

Don’t forget to check out all of the co-hosts – Aspired Living, Blog She Wrote, Education Possible, Eva Varga, Milk and Cookies, Starts at Eight, and Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.

Megan from Education Possible loved the Homeschool Middle School Acrostic Poem from 7 Sisters Homeschool.

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She said, “It was perfect for Poetry Month. I love working with acrostics with my kids. Plus it just made me laugh!”

She also enjoyed all of the FREE Online Curriculum Options for High School from Homeschool Gameschool.

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“I love that we have so many options available for our teens. It’s easier than ever to help them be successful. The fact that these are all free is a huge bonus!” Megan said.

Do you want to connect with other parents homeschooling older kids? Join our Finishing Strong Community on Google+!

Bloggers, by linking up, you may be featured on our co-hosts’ social media pages or our Pinterest board. We may even select you to be featured in a future post!

Guidelines for the hop:

  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, pinterest, 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 7 sites. If you were featured, make sure you add an “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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