Category Archives: Homeschool High School

Giving Grief Time

Giving Grief Time

While the households of current seniors are in a whirlwind of activity, the homes of last year’s seniors are strangely quiet. After the massive college application push, the excitement of college acceptances, the joy of graduation, the exhilaration of summer plans and the preparations for college, students head giddily into a new life. Left behind…

Diluted!

Diluted!

Dilute: make (something) weaker in force, content, or value by modifying it or adding other elements to it. When our children were younger, we lived in a tiny town perched on the side of a breathtaking Colorado mountain. There were few cultural opportunities in this rural mountain area and my daughter, an accomplished violinist, opened…

ROI

ROI

For generations Americans have seen college as an investment to a better future. The whole family would scrape together the funds and make huge sacrifices to send a smart, hardworking son. He, in turn, would earn higher wages, help the younger siblings, and pull the rest of the family into a different socio-economic level. Back…

Guiding Your Kids Through High School

Guiding Your Kids Through High School

The high school years are an amazing time of growth for our children. Before our very eyes they transform from youngsters to young adults. They move from childish games to planning their future. With the right help, they replace uncertainty with confidence and immaturity with wisdom. And yet, these years are fraught with anxiety for…

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…

The Hard Work of Parenting

The Hard Work of Parenting

We live in an age of the quick fix and short answer. We experience life in sound bites. Somehow, we’ve come to expect that things should be quick and easy. If those are the kinds of answers you are looking for in Training for Excellence, I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed. Parenting, educating children, the whole…

Awakening Possibility

Awakening Possibility

Benjamin Zander conducts the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. At the age of 45, he had a life changing insight. He explained, “I’d been conducting for twenty years, and I suddenly had a realization. The conductor of an orchestra doesn’t make a sound. [His power depends] on his ability to make other people powerful. And that changed…

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…

Secrets to Successful College Apps

Secrets to Successful College Apps

   I’m pleased to announce my new eBook series, The Thinking Mother’s Guides to Homeschooling. Right now there are two Kindle releases on Amazon, with seven more in the planning stages. They are short, very inexpensive books, but jam-packed with useful information for homeschooling families.   Just in time for the college application season, Secrets…

Passing the Baton

Passing the Baton

 Relays were one of my favorite events as a track and field athlete. As a member of the highly proficient team, I would be in position, hand strained back, watching until my teammate, thundering down on me would yell. Once I snapped into a sprint, we had a very narrow window of opportunity for the…

Overcoming the Asian Bias

Overcoming the Asian Bias

The college admissions game has gotten brutal and, as the competition mounts for entrance into elite colleges, hardworking Asian students often find themselves overlooked and underrepresented. Much of this is due to unfavorable stereotyping. Before you get too upset, you need to realize that there are all kinds of stereotypes associated with students applying to…

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.…

Uncomfortable Miracles

Uncomfortable Miracles

I feel rather sorry for the Israelites.   Scripture records so beautifully the miracles that God wrought on their behalf.  It also chronicles so painfully (and so publicly) their ungrateful reactions to the miracles they would have handled differently. Take manna.  Here was a food they didn’t have to grow, kill, cut up or preserve for…