Homeschool son’s last college application essay.

I’m back!

Common AppI had to minimize my blogging for the fall.  Focus on my eldest child’s admission process for college and getting everything organized for the great FAFSA filing.

Being homeschoolers, we don’t have a fancy counseling department that I can call up, or monthly presentations that our family can attend in the evenings.  It’s up to us to do the research and go through the process of applying to colleges.  Scary.  Hard. And almost over.

I just read the last version, of the last essay.  I have our Visa sitting on the arm of the chair ready to plug in to pay for the application and to forward the ACT scores.  And then this stage of life is over as we wait to hear back from the various schools dotted around the US.

I have been stir crazy with ideas for writing. I know that writing consumes my mornings and I just needed to focus my fall on the college process and research for debt-free college options.  This morning I plugged onto my Minimalist Homeschooler site; after a couple months off, I was ready to see zero readers, and am shocked that I have had over a hundred visitors most days.

Please comment!  I’d love to hear why people are seeking to simplify their homeschooling. I have no idea the age of my readers or the stage in homeschooling.

As for this new year, I’m committed to keeping our schedule and our shelves streamlined and focused on quality.  It’s been working . . . less scattered worksheets and half finished projects.  We have read more books, put in more time at the piano, deeper science concepts, and have gone further in our math.

I hope to hear from my readers . . . and yes, I’ll let you know about the college decisions as the come back.



  • Amy

    January 7, 2015 at 7:38 am Reply

    We have four kids. 17 year old boy who is a junior, 14 year old boy who is a freshman and twin girls who are 4. After homeschooling from kindergarten on, the boys decided they wanted to try public school this year. Now I am minimizing much of our lives, including our homeschool, and looking forward to a simpler learning environment with the girls!

  • Amy

    January 13, 2015 at 8:14 am Reply

    Thanks for sharing about decluttering & minimalist homeschooling. Just what I was needing. It is so hard to get rid of potential unused curriculum. It helps to see that someone can do this & still be able homeschool adequately & even better when they are not wadding through so much stuff. Thanks again.

  • Already Reedemed in Texas

    January 13, 2015 at 12:30 pm Reply

    Home schooling my 11 y.o. daughter and 8 y.o. son in Texas. Trying to get streamlined and still struggling with what matters most after five years of doing this. We’ve been able to do so much together and have moved ever closer to a Charlotte Mason approach. But I don’t know how this will change in the next year or two as my daughter goes in to sixth and seventh grades. I want her schooling to become more rigorous, knowing she’ll rise to the challenge, but don’t want to add more just for the sake of work. Any advice?

  • learninglittlebits

    February 9, 2015 at 8:49 am Reply

    I am enjoying your blog. I am a homeschooling mom of 9, only 7 left at home. We too are working on reducing our stuff! Been working on decluttering our home in 2014. 2015 is dedicated to reducing home school items and working on getting back to the basics in our curriculum.

  • Anne

    March 22, 2015 at 12:14 pm Reply

    This year has been busy in a very different way — applying for colleges. It seems like every time we are “done”, a new step of the process pops up. I am very thankful we started minimalizing our studies last year. More quality time for the basics, so that I could focus on studying up on the FAFSA. In one way, it ended up being a forced minimization, as I had no time to even look at new curriculum. Every curriculum fair I was invited to, I had a legitimate excuse . . . we were visiting college fairs. Thanks for your encouragement. I hope to be back writing more.

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