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History

High School US History: (high school) Mrs. Shelly reads and discusses a “dry” high school/college level textbook to teach students how to take notes and understand classes presented in this way. The textbook is provided as a printable PDF in the classroom. Mrs. Shelly models note-taking, questioning, and self-guided study.
January 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.


High School World History: (high school) Mrs. Shelly reads and discusses a “dry” high school/college level textbook to teach students how to take notes and understand classes presented in this way. The textbook is provided as a printable PDF in the classroom. Mrs. Shelly models note-taking, questioning, and self-guided study.
January 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.


Historical Topics: (ages 8+) Mrs. Shelly reads and discusses several books from the WhoHQ series: What Was/Were the… Age of the Dinosaurs, Ice Age, Salem Witch Trials, Wild West, Titanic, Great Depression, Twin Towers, Underground Railroad, Lewis and Clark Expedition, March on Washington, Boston Tea Party, Gold Rush, Vietnam War, Hindenburg, Chicago Fire, Pearl Harbor, Berlin Wall, D-Day, Hurricane Katrina, The Holocaust, San Francisco Earthquake, Pompeii, The Alamo, Battle of Gettysburg, and NASA. There is a printable caboodle. She models note-taking, questioning, and self-guided study.
January 2019 – 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.


Magic Tree House Unit Studies: (ages 7+) This class studies one Magic Tree House book per month in series order. Ms. Tabitha reads a few chapters of the story book in a separate video each week which is uploaded to the archives before that week’s lesson. This allows students to either listen to the story or read it on their own before class. During class, Ms. Tabitha asks some reading comprehension questions, reads from and discusses the accompanying Magic Tree House Fact Tracker book, reviews vocabulary words, and leads students through a fun hands-on project.
June 2019 – July 2020

About the teacher: Ms. Tabitha is a mother of 2 girls and has been homeschooling for 5 years. Her oldest daughter graduated college with her Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts and her youngest is currently homeschooling. Ms. Tabitha believes that children learn best when they are interested and engaged in a topic and facilitates education by including hands-on activities in her lessons whenever possible.


Middle School BFN US History: (ages 12+) Mrs. Shelly reads and discusses Everything You Need to Ace American History in One Big Fat Notebook. There is a caboodle and plenty of links for students to utilize to further their study. She models note-taking, questioning, and self-guided study.
January 2019 – November 2019

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 World History: (ages 12+) Mrs. Shelly reads and discusses Everything You Need to Ace World History in One Big Fat Notebook. There is a caboodle and plenty of links for students to utilize to further their study. She models note-taking, questioning, and self-guided study.
January 2019 – November 2019

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.


US History: (ages 8+) Mrs. Shelly reads and discusses What is the US Constitution?, What is the Declaration of Independence?, and What Was the First Thanksgiving? from the WhoHQ series. There is a printable caboodle. She 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.


US Presidents: (ages 7+) Mrs. Heck reads and discusses The New Big Book of US Presidents by Running Press and Kid Presidents: True Tales of Childhood from America’s Presidents by David Stabler. She teaches about the presidents in order using these two books. There are notebooking and note-taking printables provided.
September 2019 – May 2020

About the teacher: Dr. (Mrs.) Heck is a mother of 7 children and grandmother of 2. She has homeschooled for over 20 years and has four who have graduated with two still in high school. Of her four graduates, one is a business owner, one is enlisted with the United States Navy, one is completing his Associates degree in engineering, and one is a recent graduate and will be attending a culinary arts program. Dr. Heck has had many different jobs over the years including a US Navy Hospital Corpsman, a train driver/materials handling operator, instructor, cook/chef, and a mystery shopper. She obtained her doctorate degree in education curriculum delivery and design in 2008 and has created numerous online learning modules for corporations as well as for the US Coast Guard. Dr. Heck believes students should guide the curriculum and the learning process rather than the student conforming to the curriculum. Dr. Heck also believes that the information and curriculum should be delivered to the students through various methods, such as visual, auditory, etc. Most of all Dr. Heck believes learning should be fun otherwise the information will never be retained.


Women in History: (ages 8+) Mrs. Shelly reads and discusses several books from the WhoHQ series: Who Was… Sacagawea, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Annie Oakley, Helen Keller, Amelia Earhart, Anne Frank, Susan B. Anthony, Jane Goodall, Malala Yousafzai, Mother Theresa, Clara Barton, Rosa Parks, Ida B. Wells, Marie Antoinette, Marie Curie, Maya Angelou, Joan of Arc, Sally Ride, Jane Austen, Queen Elizabeth, Betsy Ross, Beatrix Botter, Eleanore Roosevelt, and J.K. Rowling. There is a printable caboodle. She models note-taking, questioning, and self-guided study.
January 2019 – 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.

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