Category Archives: Extracurricular Activities

Homeschooling to Open Doors

Homeschooling to Open Doors

Last week I introduced my new eBook series, The Thinking Mother’s Guides to Homeschooling. Today I’d like to tell you about the second book in the series. If you are considering homeschooling through high school or are already in the middle of it, Homeschooling to Open Doors: Smart High School Choices for Great College Options…

Keeping Track

Keeping Track

 When a college admissions officer evaluates your child’s college application, extracurricular activities will be given an approximate weight of 1/3 (2/3 going to academics). These figures will plug into the formula used by that particular college to rank your student. While 1/3 seems a bit insignificant, this is where students can really distinguish themselves from…

Career or Hobby?

Career or Hobby?

Every day I work with amazing kids! They have often reached near-expert status in an extracurricular activity such as music, debate, dance, or athletics. They have invested years in their chosen field and parents have often spent a great deal of time and money to help them reach those heights. Sometimes families choose to homeschool…

Is Opportunity Holding You Back?

Is Opportunity Holding You Back?

Opportunity is an interesting phenomenon and means different things to different generations. As I write this, I sit in a room that was built for my husband’s grandmother. In her generation, opportunity was the chance to board in town 20 miles away from her home so she could complete her high school education. For her…

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…

Raising the Bar for Public Speaking Skills

Raising the Bar for Public Speaking Skills

Raising the Bar for Public Speaking Skills By Jeannette Webb  We talked earlier about the Communications Club I established for my young children – a group of like-minded friends who loved each other’s kids and were invested in each other’s success. It was very warm and supportive. And safe.  That was fine in the younger…

A New Understanding of Leadership

A New Understanding of Leadership

A New Understanding of Leadership By Jeannette Webb  High on the priority list of college admissions officers and scholarship committees is the badly misunderstood concept of “Leadership.” Most people think they grasp the meaning of it, but I have found that few actually do. Somewhere along the line, we’ve come to believe that if our…

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…

Do What You Are

Do What You Are

  Do What You Are By Jeannette Webb   I couldn’t have chosen a more imperfect career fit. Neither could my husband. I border on extreme introversion. He is an off-the-charts extrovert. My career fresh out of college involved tons of people, constant interruptions, lots of travel, and everything else an introvert could hate. My people-loving new husband was a…

Gifted Kids, Part 3

Gifted Kids, Part 3

Gifted Children who are a Gift to the World, Part 3 by Jeannette Webb We’ve been looking at foundational principles in raising gifted kids. Today let’s explore the reasons to find difficult things for these children. Because most things are so effortless for the gifted child, they are often totally unprepared to deal with something…

Scholarships for Homeschooled Athletes

Scholarships for Homeschooled Athletes

 Scholarships for Homeschooled Athletes The decision to homeschool places families outside traditional support networks.  As such, they are often left wondering how to help their kids re-enter the traditional realm once their homeschool days are finished.  It’s hard for a parent to function in the many roles needed to help kids maximize all their opportunities.…