Saturday, November 17, 2007

Showing Uniqueness in Each Open Window

Libby left 11 windows open.

For those readers who are looking for more outdoor education tidbits...check back later! These "open windows" are on my computer, and have titles like "Essay for XYZ Conservatory" or "Personal Statement for ABC University". There are currently 5 Word windows in use, and 5 web browsers open to college application sites. There is also an online thesaurus open. Libby's computer is not working, so she is occupying mine. Today she is at music, so I have a few minutes to post. I am afraid to close these windows, though!

Advice to college applicants: Make sure the "auto save" function is functioning on your word processor! Reconstructing an hour of typing is not fun (fortunately, I did have auto save turned on...I just had to find the folder...).

One of the fun things about homeschooling is watching the kids become proficient writers. Like hearing your child say her first words, or teaching her to read, watching her prose become more fluent and mature, and her sentence structure more interesting, is a joy! As she writes, she sometimes asks me to check something for her, or read a sentence out loud. We often come up with the same solution at the same time, and laugh. She's no clone, but we do think alike, and often use the same turn of phrase.

So far, she has only been satisfied enough to press "send" once. That means that only one-of-eight applications is in. She wants each one to be different, while keeping with the requirements of the topics, which vary little with each school.

Deadlines are looming.


Theresa said...

That sounds just like the condition of my computer lately! My dd has narrowed her choices considerably, but still there are 3-4 essays PER SCHOOL! Yikes! I will be soooo glad when all we have to do is sit back and wait for the notifications to arrive!

MacBeth Derham said...

Isn't this crazy, Theresa? College applications weren't this bad back in our day, were they?