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Foreign Languages

American Sign Language (ASL): (all ages) Ms. Everett introduces conversational American Sign Language and Deaf culture. This study will include grammar, vocabulary, cultural norms, and some technology. Ms. Everett utilizes PowerPoint slides during class and brings her own children onscreen to help her demonstrate signs and expressions. Most lessons will come from Lifeprint.com and students are encouraged to watch Hoeden ASL lessons and the matching videos of Dr. Bill teaching too. He’s a Deaf college professor who has been gracious enough to let us use his materials in this course and seeing multiple signers will help comprehension in real life.
April 2019 – October 2019

About the teacher: Ms. Everett is a homeschool graduate, a homeschooling mother of 2, and a certified teacher in Florida. She has a Masters Degree in Special Education: Disability Services and studied Deaf Education. She works as a video relay interpreter and a community interpreter. Ms. Everett describes herself as someone who has anxiety and is a little different than your average person with her doctor saying she probably has what used to be called Asperger’s Syndrome but is now part of the Autism Spectrum.


Japanese 1 with Prairiepeace2: (high school) Prairiepeace2 teaches Japanese using the Irasshai Welcome to Japanese textbook and workbook. The Irasshai method of learning to speak Japanese follows a performance-based approach. Students are expected to use Japanese instead of just memorizing vocabulary words and grammar rules. Before class, students are to watch the assigned video from the Georgia Public Broadcasting website. During class, students will read the textbook lesson, complete the interactive activities, and complete the assigned workbook pages together. Students will also learn about the Japanese culture.
August 2020 – TBD

About the teacher: Prairiepeace2 is a current homeschool student and active member of Hoeden since the very first class offered. He enjoys anime, video games, cooking, baking, Harry Potter, Dungeons and Dragons, and more. He is an active member of our local 4H. He has goals of moving to Japan as an adult to study the history and culture as an archeologist.


Medical Terminology: (ages 13+) In this class, Mrs. Shelly reads and discusses the Medical Terminology by David Andersson book with voluntary student participation. Note-taking is taught by example. There are optional printable caboodle packets and question packets for the book. You may purchase or borrow the book. Each lesson has vocabulary and unanswered questions for students to work with and study on their own. Mrs. Shelly models note-taking, questioning, and self-guided study.
May 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.


Spanish Conversations: (all ages) Mrs. JM teaches Spanish on a conversational level. During each lesson, she presents a handful of words and then uses them in basic sentences. This approach opens the door to sentence structure without slowing down the growth of Spanish vocabulary. Mrs. JM uses a chalkboard and breaks words down into their individual sounds to help students learn both proper pronunciation and spelling. Students love seeing what unique pointer Mrs. JM has chosen for each lesson (Harry Potter wand, Mickey Mouse glove, whisk, etc)!
Jan 2019 – April 2020

About the teacher: Mrs. JM is from Mexico and was raised in the United States. Spanish is a huge part of her family. Of her four children, 1 is in the Army, 1 is in college, 1 is a homeschooling 5th grader, and the youngest is 2 years old. Mrs. JM has an Associates in accounting. She is very outgoing and talkative which often brings laughter to her class. She loves being a homeschooling parent as well as a homeschooling teacher for all of her students.

Shelly Mabe
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