Category Archives: Homeschool High School

The Waiting Game

The Waiting Game

There are many teens caught in the waiting game – waiting to grow up, waiting for a girlfriend, waiting to get a driver’s license, waiting to get away from home. To be fair, many adults are caught in the game as well – waiting for a promotion, waiting for the big break, waiting for .Continue Reading

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 forContinue 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

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 wholeContinue Reading

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 changedContinue Reading

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 OptionsContinue Reading

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, SecretsContinue Reading

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 theContinue Reading

Volunteer Service Hours

Volunteer Service Hours

I frequently get questions about Community Service Hours (or Volunteer Service Hours). Folks are a little fuzzy on what is meant by the term and how many are needed. Let’s start with a definition. What does the term mean? Volunteer Service Hours are the compilation of time your student spends doing things for other people.Continue Reading

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 toContinue 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

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 forContinue Reading

Are Your Trees Bent?

Are Your Trees Bent?

Here on the plains of Oklahoma we have legendary winds from the south. At certain times of the year they can rip an opened door out of a person’s hand, send lawn furniture tumbling, and rip a flag to pieces in a matter of days. In fact, the common joke around these parts is thatContinue 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

Do The Math!

Do The Math!

Do the Math! By Jeannette Webb Today’s teenagers live in a privileged world.  They have plenty of food.  They live in a nice home.  Dad functions as an ATM machine and picks up the tab for shopping mall trips, cars, travel, and entertainment.   Our student’s hands do not labor to butcher or prepare theContinue Reading

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 homeschoolContinue Reading

Save College for . . . .College!

Save College for . . . .College!

  It seems that colleges get more competitive by the year and many parents continually worry that their students are doing enough to get them in the door of better schools. As a result, many homeschoolers abandon the search for the best education available and leap into a full slate of dual enrollment classes atContinue Reading

Feeling Inadequate?

Feeling Inadequate?

Are you feeling inadequate today? Do the challenges of parenting and educating your children make you question yourself, your motives, and your direction? Do you worry, in the wee hours of the night, if you are jeopardizing your child’s future? Is there a tiny nagging doubt that you are smart enough to do this? YouContinue 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

Trying Out Careers, Part 1

Trying Out Careers, Part 1

I am troubled as an educational counselor when I come across a student who hasn’t really experienced life in the real world. Sadly, I have to report that it is more common than you might imagine. The parents of these kids often operate at opposite ends of the continuum. The laid-back parents surround their kidsContinue Reading