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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 three. 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.


SPELLING: 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 Jayd is a caring homeschooling teen who is an avid reader, loves to cook, and likes random facts. Miss Jayd enjoys learning math and writing books.


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. The overall lessons and teaching method are kept the same. The first two books of the series, Nebula and Protostar, are taught in this class. This is a CIH class so you must have the curriculum to join the class. This class only goes through the first 2 books of the series.
April 2019 – October 2020


Harry Potter Studies: (ages 8+) This class is a science and literature class based on the Harry Potter series Book 1-4. Students are expected to have read the scheduled chapters prior to class. Class includes reading comprehension questions, a project, and 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 – September 2020


High School Literature Book Study: (ages 14+) Mrs. Shelly reads and discusses The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery AND MORE 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 three. 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 three. 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 three. 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+) Everything You Need to Ace English Language Arts in One Big Fat Notebook: Classes include vocabulary, note-taking practice using note-cards, and ends 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.


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 three. 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.

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