Finishing Strong #79

Welcome to Finishing Strong, a weekly linkup for those homeschooling students in middle and high school years. 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 – will find inspiration and ideas to engage your teens and preteens.
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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!

I myself haven’t written very much this past week. I am excited to share with you a project we recently undertook, however, that I know your kids will love.

diddleybows

We took part in a local Make Your Own Diddley Bow workshop and what a treat! It was fascinating to see the variety of styles and to learn more about the music. We are already learning how to learn to play it. My son plan to use this experience as part of the merit badge requirements for Boy Scouts.

Finishing Strong Favorites

Each week, the post shared that received the most clicks is featured on all four host blogs. Here is the most popular post from last week:

High School Math

You Don’t Have to Teach High School Math by Heidi at Hip Homeschool Moms

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.

journey

Saving the Wilderness Journey by Heather at Joyful Socks Mom

I loved reading Heather’s reflection of their homeschool journey and the struggles she has overcome. Children are remarkable and unique. As parents, we learn to adapt our approach to discipline and education accordingly. Count it all joy …

There it is … the choice.
Joy, or sorrow.
Trust, or doubt.
Hope, or discouragement.

College Tour

College Tour Do’s and Don’ts by Ann at Annie & Everything

We have been talking quite a bit about college recently. My daughter will be entering high school in the fall and we have been reaching out to the local community college as well as a couple of the universities she is considering to inquire about the possibilities of dual enrollment.

I am a planner. I like to see the big picture and create lists of things that need doing. Ann’s post helps me to see what steps we need to check off in preparation for a college tour. I love her advice,

Do let your child take the initiative in getting information, asking questions, etc.

Celebrate Pi Day

Celebrate Pi Day by Megan at Education Possible

We still enjoy celebrating the little holidays – just as we did when we first began our homeschooling journey. Pi Day is one of our favorites … not just because we love to eat pie. Megan has compiled a great list of activity ideas for older kids. I can’t wait to try out a few of her ideas!

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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?

Guidelines:

  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 4 sites. If you were featured, we would love for you to use the “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 #78

Welcome to Finishing Strong, a weekly linkup for those homeschooling students in middle and high school years. 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 – will find inspiration and ideas to engage your teens and preteens.
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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!

 

Finishing Strong Favorites

Each week, the post shared that received the most clicks is featured on all four host blogs. I am overjoyed that the most popular post from last week was one of my own.  Thank you so much everyone!!

Multiculturallit

Multicultural Literature for Middle School by Eva at Multicultural Kid Blogs

As a guest blogger on Multicultural Kid Blogs, I wanted to showcase quality literature for young adults. I thereby selected two books from each of the six major continents (excluding Antarctica) that provide readers with a little insight into culture and history.

In addition, I have selected a couple of posts I enjoyed reading last week. I selected each as they remind me of the activities that were a major component of our studies when my kiddos were little and we were just beginning on our homeschool journey.

Now that they are older and they have become more independent learners, we’ve lost sight of these other avenues that enriched our lives. I look forward to incorporating each more regularly in the near future.

nature study activities

Nature Study Activities for Teens by Betsy at BJ’s Homeschool Encouragement

When we go on family hikes or nature outings, we will occasionally sketch our observations in our journal. Not with the consistency we had in the past but when we come across something unusual or of interest. I love Betsy’s ideas for taking nature studies to the next level – entering nature contests, creating photo notebooks, making a nature journal, or even starting a small business project.

Other Worlds

Field Trip Ideas for Middle School by Mother of 3 at My Life’s Work

While we travel extensively as a family, the little field trips and local excursions have subsided as the kids are older. There is still yet so much to see and avenues from which to learn, especially now that we live in another state. Mother of 3 lists a variety of field trip ideas including museums and historical sites; she has encouraged me to explore where we live as though we are tourists.

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?

Guidelines:

  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 4 sites. If you were featured, we would love for you to use the “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.

Please Share!

Add our button to your post.

Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years

Were You Featured?

Grab an “I was featured” button!

Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years

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!


Finishing Strong! We’re Live …

I am very honored and excited to be joining 6 other homeschool bloggers in hosting a weekly linkup for homeschooling the middle and high school years. As a mom of a two children – one on the cusp of middle school, I’ve come to realize that blogs that focus on this age range are few and far between.

Introducing, Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years, a brand new link-up, specifically focused on homeschooling during these older years. We want to encourage families to finish strong as they continue their homeschooling journey.

Homeschooling an older child is different from the younger years and presents its own unique needs. It can be challenging and sometimes lonely, but it’s not impossible, especially with support.

Our hope is that this link-up gives families the ideas and encouragement they need to continue schooling their children at home.

Finishing Strong link up

The amazing ladies co-hosting Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years are:

Amy Stults at Milk and Cookies

Eva Varga at Eva Varga

Heidi Ciravola at Starts at Eight

Heather Woodie at Blog She Wrote

Kyle McVay at Aspired Living

Megan Zechman & Susan Williams at Education Possible

Tina Robertson at Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus

Finishing strong link up

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