Finishing Strong – Homeschooling Middle & High School #113

If you are a parent who is homeschooling middle school or high school kids or are a blogger who writes about homeschooling older kids, welcome to Finishing Strong! Every Wednesday we, along with our friends, Heather from Blog She Wrote, Eva from EvaVarga, and Heidi from Starts at Eight host this link up for you.

Hopefully, through the posts below, you’ll find the encouragement and advice you’ve been looking for.


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Art Projects for Teens

I don’t know about you, but there are weeks when I struggle to fit art into our lesson plans. One tool I use regularly in our home school is workshops like this Valentine’s Day Mixed Media one. These high quality video lessons are the perfect way to add art to your homeschooling day.

First, I let my girls each choose a project that interests them and then we make sure that we have all of the materials they need to complete it. Then they following along as Alisha teaches them the techniques. My older kids love creating these pieces and appreciate being able to do them on their own.

This particular workshop is one of Alisha’s mini ones, so it’s the perfect one to try if you’ve never done one of her mixed media workshops.


Check out these posts from last week.

Finishing Strong - Homeschooling Middle & High School #113

1. How to Make a Four Year Homeschool High School Plan by Blog, She Wrote

Homeschooling high school isn’t as scary as we all think it will be, but having a plan is crucial. If you’re wondering how in the world you’re going to figure out what you need to do for the next four years, Heather has some great tips for you.

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2. Why Teens Hate Editing Papers and How to Help by 7 Sisters Homeschool

Oh, my gosh, this is something my kids and I have been fighting about for years. I know editing is not high on any student’s list of fun activities, but I never understood why my girls were so against making their papers better. This was a real eye opener for me and I think will help ease some of our editing battles.

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3. Non Fiction Books – The Whats & Whys For Your Homeschool by Starts At Eight

Not only do I love book lists, but I’m a HUGE non-fiction fan and believe all home schools should use them regularly in their lesson plans. If you’re looking for new non-fiction books to try or want to know why you should use them in your home school, you’ll definitely want to read this.

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4. Teens and Social Media: Is Humiliation Inevitable? by The Sparrow’s Home

I don’t know a parent today that isn’t thankful that social media wasn’t around when they were teens, myself included. We were lucky that our social gaffes and embarrassing actions live on only in our memories and not on the internet for all to see. But our teens are living in this world and it’s important that we help them navigate this minefield.

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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. Thanks for hosting today! I look forward to coming back again 🙂