Category Archives: Academics

Enough is Enough

Enough is Enough

On a stunning Southern California spring day we were driving to meet our son to celebrate years of hard work – his college graduation from the California Institute of Technology. My cell phone buzzed and I heard a strangled voice, “Mom, one of my classmates committed suicide yesterday.” The beauty of the day was shattered…Continue Reading

The Junior Gauntlet

The Junior Gauntlet

The spring semester means different things depending on where your student is in the high school progression. Freshmen are still exploring activities and learning to hold their own in difficult high school classes. Sophomores are rolling along in their AP class(es) and settling into their extracurricular focus. Seniors are breathing easier after completing the college…Continue Reading

Just What Are Colleges Looking For?

Just What Are Colleges Looking For?

It is the college application season and students around the world are gearing up for the frenzied rush to apply to the school of their dreams. Hovering ever present in the back of their minds is the question of what colleges want. They feel that if they just work hard enough through high school and…Continue Reading

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation

The letters of recommendation (LOR) required by colleges are the source of much confusion and, to be honest, rarely as powerful as they could be. Let’s shed some light on this particular piece of the college application. There are several types of recommendation letters – teacher recommendations and character recommendations – and that is where…Continue Reading

Trying Out Careers, Part 2

Trying Out Careers, Part 2

In the last post, we explored how to follow a child’s interests, develop important skill sets, and research potential careers. Today, let’s look at a very specific example of how my daughter found the perfect career fit. Music From the age of seven, my daughter loved her violin. We were on a rabbit trail. We…Continue Reading

Pursuing Life With Excellence!

Pursuing Life With Excellence!

Pursing Life With Excellence! By Jeannette Webb  While enjoying a delightful meal with a few members of our church family, an interesting topic came up. One guest, a former university department head, told the story of a returning student. At age 46, with a family and a full time job, this gentleman decided to go…Continue Reading

Do You Know How to Interview?  Pt. 2

Do You Know How to Interview? Pt. 2

Do You Know How to Interview? Part 2 By Jeannette Webb   Last time we looked at how to help younger children learn communication skills that will, in time, help them be better interviewers. Now we turn our focus to students at the cusp of college interviews.  Know Thyself Before ever walking into the interview, you…Continue Reading

Does Your Kid Know How to Interview?  Pt. 1

Does Your Kid Know How to Interview? Pt. 1

Does Your Kid Know How to Interview? Part 1 By Jeannette Webb  This is the time of year my appointment book is filled with seniors wanting help with their interview skills for college admissions and scholarship competitions. Thanks to Skype we sit face to face whether they are in China, California, Africa, or the Deep…Continue Reading

Feeling Discouraged?

Feeling Discouraged?

Feeling Discouraged? By Jeannette Webb   It’s the time of year that many moms and dads begin to feel discouraged. You started the school year out with a wonderful vision of what each of your children would accomplish, what you would accomplish. And somehow it has not gone as planned. Subjects have not progressed as they…Continue Reading

What are You Learning These Days?

What are You Learning These Days?

What are You Learning These Days? By Jeannette Webb  I greatly admire Charlotte Mason and the educational philosophy she espoused. Her approach looks more like life than an institution. And, she clearly saw the importance of the educator’s continual education:  “Never be without a good book on hand. If you will read and ponder, you…Continue Reading

Attitude Check

Attitude Check

Attitude Check By Jeannette Webb  I’ve spent the last 31 years working with kids. That’s a really long time. And, when I need to make a prediction about where that child is headed or understand how they handle their lives, the best place to start is the parent’s attitude. You heard me – the parent’s…Continue Reading

How to Shop Homeschool Conventions

How to Shop Homeschool Conventions

How to Shop at Homeschool Conventions   By Jeannette Webb   Many of you will be heading to homeschool conventions or book fairs in the coming weeks in order to prepare for the rapidly approaching school year.  In the past I’ve written about developing a home environment of discovery.  Conventions are wonderful opportunities to find…Continue Reading