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Creative Writing: Collaborative Secret World of Talking Animals: (all ages) Mrs. Shelly helps students work through collaborative story writing using the chapter pictures from The Secret World of Talking Animals by The Thinking Tree as the building blocks to the Creative Writing process. Lessons are taught in a voluntary, free flow discussion setting. Students under the age of 8 will need help from a parent or older sibling. There are plenty of links for students to utilize to further their study. Mrs. Shelly models interpersonal discussion and self-guided collaborative study by all ages in this group class.
May 2020 – TBD

About the teacher: Mrs. Shelly is a bio-adopt mother to 6 children and grandmother to two. She has homeschooled for over 20 years, has 4 homeschool graduates and two at home. Two of her children graduated with an Associate Degree at the age of 17/18 respectively, another is certified in welding, and yet another is still in college. Mrs. Mabe is an avid advocate for Blue Collar Education and “College at 14” for homeschooling families. Mrs. Mabe facilitates education by reading and DOING the work with the students.


Elementary Writing Words to Sentences: (1st grade and up) Mrs. Amie teaches students the parts of speech, types of sentences, proper punctuation and capitalization, and how to write a complete sentence. This class is an interactive lecture styled presentation. Mrs. Amie teaches lessons with easy-to-follow slides on a projector and white board. She builds in reviews to keep things fresh in the minds of her students. There are class notes, an E-book, reference charts, and teacher-made worksheets available in the class Archive. Mrs. Amie also created an optional review/summer packet to be used at the end of this class.
March 2019 – April 2019

About the teacher: Mrs. Amie was a nurse for several years in a variety of settings including a substitute nurse at her local school. This opened the door for her to substitute for teachers and she fell in love with teaching. She has been homeschooling her 2 sons, currently ages 12 and 8, since preschool and she is expecting her third baby in December 2019. She describes her teaching method as “an interactive lecture presentation” and utilizes a projector, white board, and Power Point to help students understand the process of writing.


Endangered Species Collaborative Study Class: (ages 10+) Mrs. Shelly helps students work through collaborative study and writing using The Endangered Species Science & Research Study Guide by The Thinking Tree. Chapters are used as the building block to the collaborative study process. Each animal studies will become the topic for a 5 Paragraph Essay. Lessons are taught in a voluntary, free-flow discussion setting as Mrs. Shelly shares her computer screen to search for answers about each endangered animal. There are plenty of links for students to utilize to further their study. She models interpersonal discussion and self-guided collaborative study by all ages in this group class.
May 2020 – TBD

About the teacher: Mrs. Shelly is a bio-adopt mother to 6 children and grandmother to two. She has homeschooled for over 20 years, has 4 homeschool graduates and two at home. Two of her children graduated with an Associate Degree at the age of 17/18 respectively, another is certified in welding, and yet another is still in college. Mrs. Mabe is an avid advocate for Blue Collar Education and “College at 14” for homeschooling families. Mrs. Mabe facilitates education by reading and DOING the work with the students.


Flash Classes with Miss Jayd: (varies by unit) In this class, Miss Jayd makes flashcards and reviews them with students. The review also shows students how to use them for studying on their own. These classes start with math facts and then move on to vocabulary and spelling.
May 2019 – TBD

About the teacher: Miss Jordan, aka Miss Jayd, is a homeschooling teen who LOVES to go live and use her artistic abilities! She is an amazingly eclectic, hands-on learner. She plays the guitar, is teaching herself piano, and dabbles in ukulele! She likes to up-cycle everyday things and create, create, CREATE!


Grammar Galaxy: (1st grade and up) Grammar Galaxy is a story based comprehensive language arts program which encompasses reading skill development, literary concepts, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, public speaking skills, and composition. Even though the curriculum is broad in scope, the lessons are short. Grammar Galaxy is a mastery approach with built-in review. Mrs. LaMonte reads the one chapter per lesson and then does the work alongside the students. This class has a new teacher, Mrs. Laura, starting with Nebula Lesson 16. The overall lessons and teaching method are kept the same. This is a CIH class so you must have the curriculum to join the class.
April 2019 – TBD

About the teacher: Mrs. LaMonte is a mother of 3 and a homeschool veteran of 15 years. She has one graduate and two at home. One of her children is dyslexic, one has chronic illness, and one has ADD/anxiety. She is a proponent of gentle homeschooling and firmly believes that children will get where they need to be in their own time. Mrs. LaMonte facilitates Grammar Galaxy by having the students follow along or listen as she reads the story and then doing the work together.

Ms. Laura is a homeschooling mother of 5. She has homeschooled for 11 years. She is an avid nature lover and enjoys spending her days outside. She also is a huge Whovian and Potter Head. Ms. Laura works alongside the students in classes. She does the projects and reading right along with them. She also tries to convey the message that learning is individual and the students have the freedoms to complete each project how they see fit.


Harry Potter Studies: (ages 8+) This class is a science and literature class based on the Harry Potter series in book order. Students are expected to have read the scheduled chapters prior to class. During class, Ms. Laura and PrairiePeace2 ask reading comprehension questions, complete a project, and model vocabulary study. The reading comprehension questions and project supplies are included in a printable packet. The projects vary from crafts to science experiments and each project is done step-by-step on screen.
May 2019 – TBD

About the teachers: Ms. Laura is a homeschooling mother of 5. She has homeschooled for 11 years. She is an avid nature lover and enjoys spending her days outside. She also is a huge Whovian and Potter Head. Ms. Laura works alongside the students in classes. She does the projects and reading right along with them. She also tries to convey the message that learning is individual and the students have the freedoms to complete each project how they see fit.

PrairiePeace2 is the second oldest son of Ms. Laura and is an assistant teacher in some of her classes. He really enjoys Hoeden, especially Geography with Mrs. Shelly. He’s a member of our county 4H and enjoys bb gun, air pistol, and archery through that. He also loves playing video games and reading.


High School Literature Book Study: (ages 14+) Mrs. Shelly reads and discusses The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and The Giver by Lois Lowry with voluntary student participation. Note-taking is taught by example. There are optional printable caboodle packets and question packets for the books. You may purchase or borrow the books or use the PDF copy provided in the classroom archives. Each lesson has vocabulary and unanswered questions for students to explore. Mrs. Shelly models note-taking, questioning, and self-guided study.
May 2020 – TBD

About the teacher: Mrs. Shelly is a bio-adopt mother to 6 children and grandmother to two. She has homeschooled for over 20 years, has 4 homeschool graduates and two at home. Two of her children graduated with an Associate Degree at the age of 17/18 respectively, another is certified in welding, and yet another is still in college. Mrs. Mabe is an avid advocate for Blue Collar Education and “College at 14” for homeschooling families. Mrs. Mabe facilitates education by reading and DOING the work with the students.


Hoeden Spelling with Mrs. Shelly: (ages 12+) Mrs. Shelly helps students improve their spelling and vocabulary. Each week, Mrs. Shelly reads a 20 word spelling list, 10 word vocabulary list, and a paragraph for dictation. Students write down how THEY think the words are spelled before Shelly shows them how it should be spelled. The dictation contains all of their spelling words for added practice. There is a caboodle for students to use as a guide for studying the vocabulary words after class. The only supplies for this class are pencil, paper, and a dictionary.
February 2020 – July 2020

About the teacher: Mrs. Shelly is a bio-adopt mother to 6 children and grandmother to two. She has homeschooled for over 20 years, has 4 homeschool graduates and two at home. Two of her children graduated with an Associate Degree at the age of 17/18 respectively, another is certified in welding, and yet another is still in college. Mrs. Mabe is an avid advocate for Blue Collar Education and “College at 14” for homeschooling families. Mrs. Mabe facilitates education by reading and DOING the work with the students.


Literature with Mrs. Shelly: (all ages) Mrs. Shelly reads and discusses 2 books in this class: Seedfolks and Charlotte’s Web. There is a printable caboodle for each book. You may purchase or borrow the books. Charlotte’s Web has a link to the PDF of the book. Each lesson has vocabulary and unanswered questions for students to explore on their own. Mrs. Shelly models note-taking, questioning, and self-guided study.
October 2018 – December 2018

About the teacher: Mrs. Shelly is a bio-adopt mother to 6 children and grandmother to two. She has homeschooled for over 20 years, has 4 homeschool graduates and two at home. Two of her children graduated with an Associate Degree at the age of 17/18 respectively, another is certified in welding, and yet another is still in college. Mrs. Mabe is an avid advocate for Blue Collar Education and “College at 14” for homeschooling families. Mrs. Mabe facilitates education by reading and DOING the work with the students.


Middle School BFN English: (ages 12+) In this class, Ms. Laura reads each chapter of Everything You Need to Ace English Language Arts in One Big Fat Notebook, reviews the vocabulary, models note-taking on index cards, and ends the lesson by going through the short chapter quiz from the book. Book lists for fiction and nonfiction are given as suggestions only; use your discretion on appropriateness for your student.
March 2020 – TBD

About the teachers: Ms. Laura is a homeschooling mother of 5. She has homeschooled for 11 years. She is an avid nature lover and enjoys spending her days outside. She also is a huge Whovian and Potter Head. Ms. Laura works alongside the students in classes. She does the projects and reading right along with them. She also tries to convey the message that learning is individual and the students have the freedoms to complete each project how they see fit.


Middle School Easy Grammar: (ages 12+) Mrs. Loewen teaches students middle school grammar in a warm conversational-lecture style approach using Easy Grammar Plus Teacher’s Edition as the spine for the class. At the beginning of each class, she does a quick review of the previous lesson. She then covers new material and works through several workbook examples on poster board before assigning that week’s homework pages which are optional but recommended. When this class starts, Mrs. Loewen teaches from a second book: Everything You Need to Know to Ace English Language Arts in One Big Fat Notebook. After the first 16 lessons which alternate between the two books, it was decided to split the books into their own classes. This class continues with just the Easy Grammar Plus book.
April 2019 – TBD

About the teacher: Mrs. Loewen has enjoyed homeschooling her seven children for the past 20+ years. Her oldest 4 children have graduated (Engineering graduate, Teaching graduate, one in medical school, and one will start medical school soon). Her youngest 3 are still at home enjoying an unschooling approach with lots of reading, creative arts, and traveling as a family.


Spectrum 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, and 6th Grade: (1st – 6th grade) Mrs. Shelly works with students to complete the Spectrum Focused Practice for Math and Language Arts Mastery workbook for each grade. Each lesson will consist of a few pages from each section of the book. Pages are assigned for homework occasionally. These workbooks are consumable and are necessary to taking the class.
January 2020 – March 2020

About the teacher: Mrs. Shelly is a bio-adopt mother to 6 children and grandmother to two. She has homeschooled for over 20 years, has 4 homeschool graduates and two at home. Two of her children graduated with an Associate Degree at the age of 17/18 respectively, another is certified in welding, and yet another is still in college. Mrs. Mabe is an avid advocate for Blue Collar Education and “College at 14” for homeschooling families. Mrs. Mabe facilitates education by reading and DOING the work with the students.


Story Time with Mr. D: (all ages) Mr. D is a master story teller. He makes read aloud time the favorite time of the day and the kids always ask for “just one more chapter!” A few of the books read aloud in this class include Red Sails to Capri, Stuart Little, and The King’s Equal.
January 2019 – May 2019

About the teacher: Mr. D is a father of 3 homeschooled children. He is a semi-professional actor turned data analyst. These days, he uses his artistic ability to bringing great stories to life.

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