Finishing Strong #16 – Getting to Know Susan & Megan

Welcome to Finishing Strong!

This week we are highlighting Susan Williams and Megan Zechman from Education Possible.

Hello! We are Susan and Megan, co-founders of Education Possible. We live in Central Florida, Susan with her husband and two boys and Megan with her husband and two girls.

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As eclectic, hands-on homeschoolers, we try not to use too many textbooks or worksheets. Instead, we use interactive projects, technology, and living books to foster learning. We spend a lot of time learning outside of the home, especially at Walt Disney World.

Throughout the years, we noticed fewer families were schooling at home through the middle & high school years. Our families are committed to homeschooling through graduation, and we hope that by sharing our passions and experiences educating our older children, we can inspire more families to finish strong along with us.

If we can do it, you can too!

Our goal at Education Possible is to encourage families to discover the world through travel and technology, create hands-on educational activities, and learn together using unique resources.

We frequently write about history because we love sharing how we make this subject fun for our kids. Recently, How to Get Your Kids to Hate History struck a chord with our readers. Many remember hating history while growing up, but want to see their kids develop an appreciation for the subject. Exploring the 13 Colonies – a FREE Study Guide is the beautiful resource we developed to help families learn about colonial history.

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Science is a great subject to bring in hands-on educational activities and some of our favorites have been volcanoes, creating a lava lamp, and trajectory. You can even learn How to Start a Science Co-op with your friends.

10 Volcano Activities for Middle School

We both love our children dearly, but neither of us wants them living with us forever, and we know it’s up to us to teach them the life skills they will need to succeed in college and eventually become successful adults. Some of the skills we’ve enjoyed teaching them include brainstorming, the benefit of making mistakes, and meal planning.

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As I mentioned, we love Disney and we frequently teach families how to learn at the “happiest place on earth.” We use the Disney parks as the backdrop for literature, science, history, and life skills training.

Education PossibleWe hope you will follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google+ Susan & Megan.

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.

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Finishing Strong #15 – Getting to Know Eva Varga

Happy Wednesday! It’s time to get to know our co-hosts.

Today Eva Varga from Eva Varga is sharing about herself, her family and her blog.

After you read Eva’s story, make sure you take the time to check out the other great posts linked up below and consider adding one of your favorites as well!

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Hello. Hola. 你好. My name is Eva Varga. I am a science educator, homeschool mom at Academia Celestia (the name selected for our homeschool years ago), and author of Science Logic Curriculum. We have a nature centered curriculum and use a unique blend of materials and methods suited to our lifestyle. We take our cues from the rhythm of nature and the children’s many and varied interests.

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Our approach to education is largely based on the classics with a heavy emphasis on travel, nature study, and foreign language. It is a little unschoolish, a little Charlotte Mason, a little unit-study, but mostly just us!

I have always loved teaching and sharing my passion for science. My mission is to provide my readers with the tools and inspiration to engage their students in meaningful, hands-on science and service learning experiences through tangible curriculum, shared resources, and real-world contexts.

I have been blogging for as long as we have been homeschooling and I have learned as much from my readers as I have from other bloggers I follow. It has been a very rewarding journey. Looking back, I would like to share with you a few of my most popular posts.

Shortly after we began homeschooling, my kids were really into bridges and so I devised an engineering unit to capitalize on their interest, Building Toothpick Bridges: A Lesson Plan. As a part of the unit, they constructed their own toothpick bridges and tested each design for strength. To this day, this post has been my most popular.

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Another popular post took me by surprise. Our heritage is important to us and I frequently share activities to engage children in the culture of Scandinavia. When I wrote Learning the Norwegian Lyrics to “Let it Go!”, I wasn’t aware of the extent of popularity of Disney’s Frozen.

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This past year, I have started to use interactive notebooking, particularly in math and science. I have shared many of the notebooking printables on my blog; and Scientific Classification and Dichotomous Keys has been a favorite of my readers.

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Lastly, I would like to share with you a post I am particularly proud of, Wonder & Asking Questions: 6 Steps to Project Based Learning. Here I share an example of one particular project we have recently undertaken utilizing the Project Based Learning Cycle. Perhaps it will inspire you to follow the interests of your children!

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Make sure to join us this summer as we take some time to get to know all of our co-hosts – Aspired Living, Blog She Wrote, Education Possible, Eva Varga, 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.
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Finishing Strong #14 – 4th June

Welcome to Finishing Strong!

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Some of our readers have been asking whether we’re going to keep our link-up going through the summer. The answer is – definitely!

You will notice one small change during the next two months though.

Instead of just sharing our favorite posts with you, starting next week, we’re going to take the opportunity to tell you more about those of us who have the privilege of co-hosting this awesome link-up.

We want to give you a chance to learn more about each of us as well as what we write about each and every week on our own sites.

Hopefully you’ll find some new favorite blogs to follow!

So who co-hosts Finishing Strong each week?

Don’t forget – continue to link-up your own posts right here and visit us each and every Wednesday for lots of encouragement and ideas for homeschooling your middle & high school students.

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.
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Finishing Strong #13 – 28th May

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Our favorite posts from last week:

Amy from Milk and Cookies enjoyed reading Educational Board Games for Kids and Teens from FundaFunda.

Amy really enjoyed seeing a list of family friendly board games that would appeal to tweens and teens. Sometimes kids from this age group forget how much fun simple board games can be.

There were a couple in Meryl’s list that she had never heard of before and will now be adding to her soon-to-buy list.

Her other favorite post was Middle School Math Contests, also from FundaFunda.

She has a huge soft spot for math, so any quality math post will be a favorite of hers! Amy really enjoyed this list of resources and contests.

Don’t forget to check out all of our 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 liked the Rhetoric Stage from Classically Homeschooling.

Each stage has it’s own unique challenges and joys, and Sara captures the essence of the Rhetoric Stage in this post. “We listen as much or more than we teach. The Socratic method is perfect for this stage. Ask leading questions, make the teens work through ethical issues, see the weaknesses of both sides of an argument, and determine what is right, what is wrong, and why.”

Isn’t this the goal of most homeschool parents, no matter which path we take?

She also enjoyed Review: Daily Grams from Tea Time with Annie Kate.

Kyle shared, “Like many homeschoolers, I absentmindedly proceeded down the path I had taken in public school and decided to teach grammar every year. Then just as my 3rd kiddo was going to begin grammar I attended a conference and three different speakers said that children do not need 12 years of grammar. In fact, many young children cannot grasp the abstract concepts of grammar. This was a light bulb moment for me.”

This post, highlighting Easy Grammar, shows how a formal grammar education can be achieved in less then one year. It is, as the Brits would say, “spot on”.

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

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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.
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Finishing Strong #12 – 21 May

Welcome!

We’re glad you have joined us this week at Finishing Strong – the link-up that focuses on middle & high school students.

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Our favorite posts from last week:

Heidi from Starts at Eight enjoyed reading 5 Tips for Using Eight Grade as a High School Prep Year from Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

The following quote really struck a chord with Heidi: “I really wish that I had tailored Brianna’s high school classes more to her interests instead of getting so boxed in with what would be expected from a traditional school setting. I lost sight of not following a broken model, which caused more frustration than there had to be for her high school years.”

As we are struggling through the end of our first child’s freshman year, I have to wonder if I am gong about it, or at least some of it wrong.

Besides this, Kris brings up some great points about things you can consider and be sure to have in order during your child’s 8th grade year.

Her other favorite post was How to Get Your Kids to Hate History from fellow co-host Education Possible.

Heidi shares, “I have loved so many in this series of posts that iHN members did. To take the angle of how to get your kids to hate something is both funny at times and eye opening as well.”

Megan reminds us all to step outside the textbook, step beyond all books as well and include hands on activites and related field trips, even watch a time period movie. These and many more great tips for teaching/learning/loving history are included in this post.

Have you joined our Finishing Strong Community on Google+ yet?

As Susan from Education Possible helps her son prepare for his first year of homeschool high school, she really enjoys reading all of the helpful posts in the Finishing Strong link-up.

Last week she loved the Measuring the Speed of Light with Chocolate from Tea Time with Annie Kate.

She said, “With fun and informative projects like this we look forward to continuing our “hands-on” approach as we begin homeschooling high school!”

She also enjoyed Teaching High School Subjects – You Have Options! from Sweetness and Light.

Susan shared that her son wants to include a variety of learning options for his first year of high school, including online, in-person, co-op and courses taught at home. She appreciated seeing that this is a plan that has worked well for other families too.

Did you know that there are 7 amazing blogs that make up the Finishing Strong link-up?

Check them out for even more middle & high school ideas! Aspired Living, Blog She Wrote, Education Possible, Eva Varga, 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, pinterest, facebook, twitter, or other link-up links!
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Finishing Strong #11 – 14 May 2014

Welcome!

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

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Our favorite posts from last week:

Heather from Blog She Wrote enjoyed reading Homeschool High School- How to Log Hours for High School from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.

She said, “As a homeschooling mom with almost two high schoolers with very different learning styles, I found fellow co-host Tina’s post on logging hours for high school to be very helpful. I’ve also been dabbling with electronic vs paper and pen planners and working hard to merge the two happily. Thanks for some specific ideas on how to get the job done!”

Her other favorite post was Science Milestones: The Binomial Naming System from Eva Varga.

Heather shared, “I have a few favorite topics within biology that I love to teach and classification is one of them. Science Milestones make me smile and the binomial system is one of the legacies that Carolus Linnaeus left us from his work so long ago. Thank you Eva for bringing to light aspects of science many homeschoolers may overlook!”

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.

Tina from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus loved Review: Henry Hudson by Ronald Syme from Tea Time with Annie Kate.

Tina’s interest was piqued by this book because last year when studying about explorers, she only found a handful of biographies that she considered worthy of reading by her middle school son. She will definitely be adding this book to her resource list.

She also enjoyed Board Games and Fun: Takenoko, Timeline, & Tokaido from Eva Varga.

She said, “Learning through games spans all ages and every family member can be involved. We really need to be sure we continue the fun of games through to the middle and high school years.”

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.
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