Finishing Strong – Homeschooling Middle & High School #112

Welcome to Finishing Strong, the weekly link-up where bloggers who are homeschooling middle school or high school kids share their posts about schooling these older kids at home.

Below you’ll find all sorts of advice, tips, tools, and ideas that you can use in your home school.

The link up is hosted each Wednesday by us, along with Heather from Blog She Wrote, Eva from EvaVarga, and Heidi from Starts at Eight.


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Making Middle School Math Fun

I’m always looking for new ways to make math more enjoyable for my teens. Sometimes that means changing our curriculum or adding hands-on activities. If your middle schooler needs a little nudge in math, check out some of the resources and math games for middle school we’ve used (and written about).


If you're teaching math to older kids, add activities to your lesson plans that will get them more involved, like math games for middle school. Hands-on activities (instead of just textbook work) are a wonderful way to give your student real world application experience, while giving them a fun way to master their facts. I use board games, dice games, and card games when I can.



Did you read these last week?

Finishing Strong - Homeschooling Middle & High School #112

1. Choosing Curriculum with College in Mind by BJ’s Homeschool

When high school first made it on to my radar, I just assumed that I would just use the standard list of classes to teach my daughter. Luckily, I quickly realized that I could (and probably should) design our high school plan around her interests and future plans. Betsy shares how that worked in her home school.

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2. 3 Ways My Gifted/AP Education Made Me Stupid by There’s No Place Like Home

I can relate to many of these experiences Shelly shares here. I still remember sitting in my gifted high school English class after taking a placement test that we didn’t have to take because we were “gifted.” Most of us failed. A lot of our teachers had stopped teaching and pushing us, because they assumed we knew everything. Such a shame. That’s why I put little stock into those type of labels in education. I’d rather just encourage my kids to learn all they can and to do their best.
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3. Raising Teens While Saving Your Sanity: 12 Must Read Books for Parents by Eva Varga

I love book lists! There are quite a few on this list from Eva that are new to me. We all face different challenges parenting our teens and can use some help from time to time. This list is a great place to start.

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4. Choosing Curriculum: Should Your Middle Schooler Have a Say? by BookShark

When I started reading this post, I had a firm opinion. However, Melissa makes some excellent points both for and against giving your middle schooler a say in choosing their curriculum.

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Megan Zechman
I love homeschooling! Learning is a way of life for our family. Most days you will find us exploring our Central Florida community, having fun while learning. I am constantly looking for new and interactive ways to engage my older children.
Megan Zechman
Megan Zechman


  1. Woot! Thank you for featuring my post, Megan. 🙂