Category Archives: Academics

How Valuable is a College Degree?

How Valuable is a College Degree?

Americans have always placed a high value on education. For generations we’ve seen a college degree as the key to advancement, the guaranteed ticket to a great job. Thus, it is rather unsettling to read the recent survey from McKinsey & Company that 45% of four-year college graduates are working in jobs that do not…

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…

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…

Is it Important to Learn to Take Notes?

Is it Important to Learn to Take Notes?

Learning to take notes is often a point of contention between homeschooling mothers and teens. Mom is convinced the student must learn to take copious notes to survive in college. The student is convinced they are intellectually superior and do not need to stoop to such measures. The truth is found somewhere in the middle.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Creating Memories

Creating Memories

Creating Memories by Jeannette Webb  A parent always wonders what memories of home will be carried into adulthood.  We work hard to create places of beauty where our children can blossom.  We slave over lesson plans to stimulate their minds.  The goal of every day is to provide a rich environment that calls them out…

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…

What Does it Mean to be Educated?

What Does it Mean to be Educated?

What Does it Mean to be Educated? By Jeannette Webb There is a huge debate raging today amid Christian families regarding what constitutes an education.  There are those who come down on the classical side that say you cannot be educated without reading certain books.  Then there are those that say the only way to…

Protect Your Child’s Health and Still Get Into Great Colleges

Protect Your Child’s Health and Still Get Into Great Colleges

Protect Your Child’s Health and Still Get Into Great Colleges By Jeannette Webb I have the honor and privilege of working with amazing students from all over the world.  They are extremely interesting, highly intelligent, and have often set extraordinary goals for themselves.  They enthusiastically dive into projects and soon become the backbone of any…