Category Archives: Academics

Rejecting the Checklists

Rejecting the Checklists

I don’t really think of myself as a rebel, but as I look back over the years my husband and I have parented, I have to admit that it sure looks like it!  Growing up I was a list checker and tended to think inside the box.  However, some combination of marriage and children andContinue Reading

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 notContinue Reading

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 shatteredContinue 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 collegeContinue Reading

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.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 andContinue 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 whereContinue 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. WeContinue 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 goContinue 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, youContinue 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 DeepContinue 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 theyContinue 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, youContinue 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’sContinue Reading

Keeping Doors Open

Keeping Doors Open

Years ago I decided that I would not be the one who shut doors in my children’s lives. That was God’s business. The way I saw it, my job was to keep as many doors open as possible throughout their growing up years and wait to see what He had in mind when the timeContinue Reading

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 outContinue Reading

Being Smart Isn’t Enough

Being Smart Isn’t Enough

Being Smart Isn’t Enough By Jeannette Webb I meet them too often. They are good students – sharp, pleasant. They are the kinds of kids you enjoy having in your home and are grateful that they populate your homeschool or church group. They pretty much hang with the crowd, not causing trouble, but not exactlyContinue 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 findContinue Reading

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 toContinue Reading

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 anyContinue Reading