Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years 4-9-14

It is the time of year for many families to begin planning for the next school year!

Each week we look forward to sharing new posts filled with ideas and encouragement for homeschooling middle and high school.

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Our favorite posts from last week:

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.

Eva from Eva Varga enjoyed:

Homeschooling High School is Not As Hard As You Think Though my kids are not yet in high school, I really appreciated this post. It gave me a lot of things to think about and helped put me at ease when planning and preparing for the high school years.

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The Salamander Room: Amphibians and Reptiles As a science specialist, this one really charmed me. My kids have a newly rediscovered love for herps and though we read (and enjoyed) this delightful story when they were younger, it is time we revisit it. I strongly believe that children’s books are a wonderful teaching tool for all ages and this book proves it. There are so many ways to integrate this book into the curriculum and Heather shares many. :)

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Susan from Education Possible liked:

Writing Co-op for High School Students This post really touched me because my son also struggles with writing. We’ve decided to spend the next several months focusing on building his writing skills and confidence so the timing of this inspiring post was perfect!

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High School Electives What a great reminder that high school is about so much more than just academics! Extracurricular activities and volunteer opportunities will not only give student a chance to explore their interests, they can also significantly help with the college application process.

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Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years 4-2-14

Welcome to the Finishing Strong Link-up!

Spring is here! For many families that means getting outdoors to explore nature, starting new homeschool projects, and planning for a new school year. We would love to hear about your adventures!

Please stop back every week to share your creative and inspirational posts about homeschooling older kids.

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Here are a few of our co-host’s favorite posts from last week:

Amy from Milk and Cookies liked Celebrate Spring with Hodgepodge Art! from Heather Woodie

We are NOT an artsy family. Painting, drawing, sculpting…it is a challenge for us. Heather, Tricia, and Nana make chalking look SO easy. This post has convinced me to give art another try! Pass the chalk pastels, please.

Celebrate Spring with Hodgepodge Art!

Amy was also a fan of: The Benefits of Making Mistakes: Lessons from Toll House Cookies from Megan Zechman.

My blog name tells you that I am definitely a fan of cookies, so I immediately clicked over to see how Megan was going to creatively incorporate yummy cookies into her homeschool. Not only did I discover a new book about inventors, I learned the difference between baking with 3 different styles of chocolate.

The Benefits of Making Mistakes: Lessons from Toll House Cookies

The Finishing Strong Link-up is brought to you each week by – 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 Life of Fred Homeschool Math by Heather Woodie

Have you heard of Life of Fred? LOF is an innovative and unusual Math program written by a college professor who teaches math to children while they follow the Life of Fred. She uses it as her main math program and I use it as a supplement to our math program. This post provides a very detailed explanation of LOF, a unique and fun math program.

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Kyle was also excited to see: Year Around Homeschool Planning Schedule by Tina

Maybe it’s just my personality but unless I plan it out it just isn’t happening. When I first began homeschooling I took a class from Tina IRL and ever since I’ve used her planner pages in my homemade planners. As we begin to school multiple levels from High School to preschool I’ve found planning is even more important and then ever!

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Kyle also wanted to let everyone know how much she really likes the blog AngelicScalliwags!

This is one creative homeschool Mama as you will see. This woman used Playmobil to explain Dante’s Inferno to her students. This is off subject but in her post she has the biggest basket I have ever seen it almost engulfs her teenager.Back on topic….she created a Playmobil Diorama that does a better job explaining the rings of the inferno then my professor did at Berkeley! At the end she says “I’m not sure how we did it, and I’m certain I never want to do such a complex project again, but we did finish it and in the assigned week. Phew. Never again though.” What I want to know is how she thought of this in the first place?! If you are looking for creative homeschooling go no further stop and visit Angelic Scalliwags!

Making a Diorama of Dante’s Inferno

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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, 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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Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years 3-12-14

Welcome to Finishing Strong!

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What a great launch week!

A big thank you to all of the bloggers who linked up their fabulous posts, full of ideas and inspiration for homeschooling the older years.

And thank you to all of you who stopped by one of our co-hosts’ blogs to read all of the posts that were shared, as well as for liking, commenting, and sharing.

Your favorite post from last week:

Everyone loved Homeschooling Big Kids from Mary at Homegrown Learners. It is a round up of her four most popular posts focusing on teaching your middle grades student.

Our favorites from last week:

Weren’t last week’s posts great? Make sure you take the time to read them.

Eva from Eva Varga liked Coaching Writing with a Writers Workshop by fellow co-host Heather at Blog She Wrote.

She said, “Heather’s post really resonated with me because as a science teacher, I struggle with teaching writing. I have been looking for something fun and creative to put a spark into our writing curriculum and I know this is it!”

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Another favorite of Eva’s was Biology Comedy Hour by Susan at Susan’s Homeschooling Blog.

Susan’s comedy hour was a very creative way to culminate a project. Eva said, “I love the homemade green screen and have added this to my ‘honey-do’ list. I can see so many applications of this in all subject areas.”

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Megan from Education Possible was immediately drawn to Cherry Blossoms in Porcelain Vase Art Project by Jolanthe at Homeschool Creations.

Megan loved how Jolanthe found inspiration on Pinterest, but took it a step further by taking parts of multiple pins to create her own Asian-themed watercolor project. “I can’t wait to use this project to teach my girls some water color techniques,” Megan said.

Cherry Blossom in Porcelain Vase art project from Homeschool Creations

She also liked Homeschool ‘Mommy Marks’ and Universities by Annie Kate at Tea Time with Annie Kate.

Megan appreciated the advice Annie Kate’s gave to homeschooling families looking to have their “mommy marks” supported by a college or university. She said, “I’m going to have to keep very good records!”

 

Bloggers, by linking up, you may be featured on our co-hosts’ social media pages or our Finishing Strong 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
Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years

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*By linking up, you agree for us to share your images, always with credit!

So tell us, what have you been up to?