Finishing Strong #70

Happy Wednesday! Thank you for supporting our link-up by coming by every week to see what incredible posts are shared with us.  We (myself, Heather at Blog She Wrote, Heidi at Starts at Eight, and Megan & Susan at Education Possible) love being a part of this community.

The co-hosts of Finishing Strong enjoy providing an opportunity for those homeschooling tweens and teens to connect and collaborate. Each week, the Finishing Strong link-up provides inspiration and resources for teaching our children. It is our hope that you find the link-up as beneficial as we do.

With that said, I am curious – do you have ideas or suggestions on ways in which we could improve the link-up? What components do you like best? least?

How to Craft Himmeli / Barnesklubb @ Eva Varga.netChristmas is just a couple weeks away and like many, our tree is decorated, garlands and stockings are on the mantle, and a wreath hangs on the front door. One of my favorite holiday activities is doing crafts with my kiddos. If you and your kids enjoy handcrafts, I’m sure you will enjoy creating an elaborate mobile with simply straw and string, Himmeli.

Himmeli is a traditional Finnish handcraft that is generally done at Christmas time.  Back in the day it would be hung above the dinner table to ensure that next year’s rye crop would be plentiful.

Finishing Strong Favorites

Here are three posts I enjoyed reading last week as well as the most popular one, as always, in the #1 spot.

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1. This week, the featured post was: 25 Gifts for High Schoolers by Misty at Year Round Homeschooling

2. 11 Awesome Homeschool Sites That Are Free by Tara at Embark on the Journey

3. Free Winter Copywork: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Tina at Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool

4. Writing Activities in Different Styles by Beth at Classes by Beth

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Finishing Strong #59

Happy Wednesday!

Thank you for supporting our link-up by coming by every week to see what incredible posts are shared with us.  We (myself, Heather at Blog She Wrote, Heidi at Starts at Eight, and Megan & Susan at Education Possible) love being a part of this community.

Finishing Strong #59

Our Featured Post

This week, the featured post was: Teens will Love these 5 Fabulous Books & Learning Activities by Education Possible

Teens will Love these 5 Fabulous Books & Simple Activities

My Favorites:

What Does a Homeschooled Teenager’s Schedule Look Like? by Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

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Ten Ways to Use Ordinary Notebook Paper by Blog, She Wrote

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Brain Training: FUN Ways to Build Stronger and Faster Brains by Our Journey Westward

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Pre-High School Writing “Must-Have” Skills by Classes by Beth

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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 #58

Happy Wednesday! Thank you for supporting our link-up by coming by every week to see what incredible posts are shared with us.  We (myself, Heather at Blog She Wrote, Heidi at Starts at Eight, and Megan & Susan at Education Possible) love being a part of this community.

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Our Featured Post

This week, the featured post was: 5 Days of High School Literature by Meredith at Sweetness & Light.

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My Favorites:

Shakespeare Summer Club: Performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by angelicscalliwags

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5 Favorite Chapter Books to Read Aloud by Forever, For Always, No Matter What

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7 Tips for Moms Who Want to Model the Joy of Learning by Tea Time with Annie Kate

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I’ve Got an Independent Learner. Now What? by This Sweet Life

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What are you going to share with us this week?

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  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.
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Finishing Strong #57

We’re off to an exciting new school year! Hard to believe my kids are now in 6th and 8th grades. If I had not blogged about all our adventures, I’d wonder where the time went. ?

As noted last week, Finishing Strong is back and we are excited to make it better than ever. Each week, one post will be selected as our “Featured Post”. In addition, each of the co-hosts (myself, Heather at Blog She Wrote, Heidi at Starts at Eight, and Megan & Susan at Education Possible) will be selecting four of our personal favorites. We encourage you to visit each of our blogs to see if the post you shared with us has been selected.

finishingstrong#57 @EvaVarga.netOur Featured Post

Each week our featured post will selected based upon the post in the link-up that received the most click. This week, the featured post was:

finishingstrong#57 @EvaVarga.netClassically Homeschooling’s 2015-2016 Curriculum Choices by Classically Homeschooling

My Four Favorites

After our long hiatus over the summer, I was delighted with the entries that were submitted this past week. I enjoyed catching up with everyone’s summer activities and gleaning wisdom from the seasoned homeschoolers as they plan and prepare for the high school years. Here are my four favorites this week. Did I choose one of your favorites?

finishingstrong#57 @EvaVarga.net3 Ways Tweens Can Earn Money by Tara at This Sweet Life

Tara’s family follows a system very similar to our own and as she states, “Our rule is that no “chores for pay” can be done until the regular chores – make bed, feed pets, do dishes – are done.” I love the ideas Tara shares for ways tweens can earn money. Starting a small business a perfect learning experience – my son has used his experience helping his dad wash the family car to begin his own car detailing business.

finishingstrong#57 @EvaVarga.netTeaching & Mentoring High School Math by Heather at Blog She Wrote

Though I am comfortable with math, it has never been my strong suit. Like Heather’s family, we also use Life of Fred for it introduces concepts regularly and is designed for students to read on their own. My daughter has worked through them relatively independently until recently when she began Advanced Algebra. It has become more difficult for her so we’re working through each chapter together. The advice Heather shares for when the kids get stuck is perfect.

finishingstrong#57 @EvaVarga.netHow to Find Activities for Homeschooled Teens When There Isn’t a Local Homeschool Group by Kris at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers

In the past two communities in which we have lived, there has been a very large contingent of homeschool families. Each connected with another via active Facebook or Yahoo groups. We have now moved to a smaller community and it has been harder to connect with others. Kris’ posts helps remind me that there are options! A little creative sleuthing can uncover hidden gems in your community. We’ve already contacted the local art museum for teen volunteer opportunities. My next task is Toastmasters!  Thanks, Kris!

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Guide to Foreign Language for High School Homeschool by Jimmie at Jimmie’s Collage

Foreign Languages have always been a major component of our homeschool. As my daughter is entering high school next year, we are considering additional languages. Jimmie’s post provides strategies for students with low interest as well as students like my daughter with high interest in language learning.

What are you going to share with us this week?

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  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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