Trending towards real

My favorite bloggers have, since the beginning, tried to present a balanced picture of life, rather than painting everything with a rosy glow. I’ve tried to do that, too, because we don’t have any rainbow-eating, butterfly-pooping ponies around here. {Anybody get my Horton Hears a Who reference?}

Lately, I’m seeing this trend towards “real” in blogland more often. And I like it.

trending towards real

Best of all, it’s being done well — which means telling the truth without violating the privacy of those we love, and without putting more negativity into the world. {Because the news has plenty of that.}
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Week-end: links & life {vol. 36}

“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” – George Bernard Shaw

silly sunglasses

Life requires a sense of humor. Like when you’re shopping and get tickled about ALL THE TAGS on the sunglasses. Bonus: my mom (shopping with me) thought I was a nut taking selfies in TJ Maxx.
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High school writing: Personal Statement essay

A few years ago, I used the Essay Rockstar online high school writing program with Lindsey and wrote a detailed review then; I recommend reading that post because I go into more depth on the actual course. In short, I liked it because:

A) it’s a great program
B) it gives a homeschooled student constructive criticism from someone other than mom.

Earlier this year, I decided to use this program with Kathryn, but rather than doing the full Essay Rockstar course, which includes 4 complete essays, we opted to do a “short course” with just one essay. Kathryn chose the Personal Statement because this type of essay will be useful for things like college applications.

personal statement essay program for high schoolers

Disclosure: I received this course in exchange for writing a review, but all opinions are my own. Also note: this post contains affiliate links.

Writing the “Personal Statement” Essay

The Personal Statement essay course includes seven lessons that teach students a 5-step writing process they can apply to any future writing project. Typically, this is a four-week program, but could be done a bit faster or spaced out a bit. It ended up taking Kathryn longer because of unexpected life happenings, plus a vacation in the middle.
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