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Classes for Fall 2020

This Fall I am very excited to be teaching several classes that your crew might be interested in being a part of.

Two Delivery Systems:
In-Person at Grace Baptist Church on Haywood Rd in West Asheville. Classes are on Mondays at Grace.
Online-Live classes on MyHomeschoolFamily.com. These are NOT pre-recorded videos. These are Live, with interactive instruction. Online Classes will meet Wednesdays and Thursdays.

COST: The cost of all classes is 150 per semester.

Courses offered:
Introduction to Sign Language: ASL Start Up
This is a rigorous course that fulfills the requirements for high school credit towards a foreign language.

In Sign Language 1, students will be introduced to the basics and flexibility of Sign Language. They will learn about deaf culture, habits of effective interpreting, and the artistic beauty of the language. Learning is reinforced through large and small group activities, games, music and role play. 

This is an active course where students learn through doing, and being active. It is not a sit down and be quiet kind of class. Siblings and friend groups are encouraged to take the class together, so they can practice with each other.  Friendships form within the class as students get to know each other through conversation and interaction.

The applications of use are unlimited, and whether students dive deeper into learning and follow a path of working with folks who are hearing impaired, or whether they stop with one semester and learn just enough to communicate on a basic level, they will be enriched through the study of a language that engages the mind and the body.

If your student has studied sign language elsewhere, I will be glad to assess his or her current skills and determine which class would be the best fit.

Intro to Sign Language meets:
In-Person: Mondays 10:00 am
On-line: Wednesday 12:30 pm
Thursday 2:00 pm

Intermediate Sign Language: Conversational Sign
This is a rigorous course that fulfills the requirements for high school credit towards a foreign language.

In Sign Language 2 students will further develop their ASL proficiency and dive deeper into deaf culture and history.  They will learn more about the role of the interpreter in the community, especially the role of interpreting in a church setting. As in SL2, learning is reinforced through large and small group activities, games, music and role play. 

This is an active course where students learn through doing, and being active. It is not a sit down and be quiet kind of class. Siblings and friend groups are encouraged to take the class together, so they can practice with each other.  Friendships form within the class as students get to know each other through conversation and interaction.

The applications of Sign Language are unlimited, and whether students dive deeper into learning and follow a path of working with folks who are hearing impaired, or whether they stop with taking a couple of semesters in school, and learn just enough to communicate on a basic level, they will be enriched through the study of a language that engages the mind and the body.

If your student has studied sign language elsewhere, I will be glad to assess his or her current skills and determine which class would be the best fit.

Conversational Sign Language meets:
In-Person: Mondays 11:00 am
On-line: Wednesdays 2:00 pm
Thursdays 11:00am

Sign Language 3: Signing and Reading Signs
This is a rigorous course that fulfills the requirements for high school credit towards a foreign language.

Sign Language 3 has a goal of developing receptive and expressive ability, that allows recognition and demonstration of more sophisticated grammatical features of American Sign Language (ASL), each class meeting will be at least 75% silent (using only Sign Language to communicate). Students will also work to increase fluency and accuracy in finger spelling and numbers, as well.
Sign 3 is focused on interpreting – both Sign to English and English to Sign.

ASL3: A Silent Class meets:
In-Person: Mondays 12:00 pm
On-line: Thursday 3:00 pm

Entrepreneurship: Creating a Business Plan
Successful Businesses start with a well-thought out and researched Business Plan.

Do you have what it takes to operate and manage your own business? This course helps students build a business from the ground up, experiencing all aspects of planning a new venture–from determining the personal vision to conducting a market analysis and looking at start-up costs. In doing so, students learn how businesses truly drive the local and global economy. Entrepreneurship, which is a live class, not prerecorded, combines the flexibility of Internet-based learning with the benefits of face-to-face instruction.

Learning Targets:

Goal 1: Business Plan- Design, modify and present a professionally written business plan
Goal 2: Finances- Analyze the financial outlook for a start-up business venture.
Goal 3: Marketing- Create a company image and design a marketing/branding strategy.
Goal 4: Organization- Recommend appropriate business ownership/organization and management set-up.               
Goal 5: Personal Vision- Assess entrepreneurial attributes and evaluate a business venture against   personal vision.

Entrepreneurship meets:
In-Person: Mondays 1:30 pm
On-line: Wednesday 10 am

Career and Education Planning
I have my Masters Degree in Human Resource Management, with an emphasis in Career Development. I have worked with students from varied backgrounds for 25 years, helping them map Educational and Career Plans that are specific to their professional goals.

You:  “What in the world is Career Exploration?”
Me:   “Well, Technically, it is the process of researching evaluating and learning about modern work opportunities and how students can pursue the careers of their choice.”
You:  “Eh… sounds kind of boring.”
Me:   “Oh no, it is anything but boring! This is all about YOU and what your interests are; what kind of money you want to make; where you would like to live and what kind of job you’d like to have when you’re an adult; AND it’s about whether or not you want to or need to go to college, or a trade school, or pursue an apprenticeship.  It’s YOUR future, and that is anything but boring!”
You:  “Well… I’ll talk to my parents about it.  My current plan is to live in the basement until I’m 30, but whatev…”
Me:   “Yeah… you talk talk to your parents about that and I’ll see you in the Fall.”

Career Exploration is going to be guided by the interests and pursuits of the students involved.  After initial assessments and interviews, the class will host professionals from a wide variety of fields who will come and speak to the class about their field of expertise. Students will have opportunities to ask questions, research and consider options for themselves, which will lead to more meaningful discussions with their parents about Educational and Career Planning.

Career Exploration is a 1:1 Guided course. There will be times when the students involved will meet as a group. Individually scheduled.

Toddlers to Teens

I was reminded this morning of a post I made about 7 years ago on the Best Advice I ever got from my mom:
… when my oldest was a toddler and I a new mom, my mother was observing me one afternoon and after about an hour she said, “the toddler you allow today is the teenager you are stuck with tomorrow. Get control now, or you will never have it.”

I was so offended! HMPH!

I gathered my little bitties and I went home.

Mad.

But, I’m a ponderer. So I pondered…
It was the turning point for me as a mom. Obedience the first time, every time became the goal. Life became much more joyful. And my toddlers grew into teens who were/are such joys to be with.

I now have those toddlers as a young adult, and I will tell you, it was SO worth the effort. They are not beaten down and oppressed. Our girl is sassy and imaginative. Our young man is bold and strong-minded.
That obedience they learned to give us transferred to teachers, supervisors at work, and most importantly their God.

So, Go, Moms! These days of hard work and sunrise to sunset molding and instructing are worth your time. Hit your knees and obey your Father in Heaven, the first time every time.

Sign Language – Beautiful and Useful

When I was in the first grade, my mom had a stellar idea: She and I would attend a class and learn Sign Language together. That first Monday night we headed over to the campus for class, only to discover that I was the only child in a room full of adults.
The teacher was perfectly fine with me attending and encouraged both mom and me to keep coming. I don’t recall how many classes we went to, but I learned enough to teach my brother, so that we could talk to each other in church without getting into trouble. (Quite a win for 2 Preacher’s kids!)
I continued to learn a little here and there over the next 8 years, gradually adding to my vocabulary. I bought books, watched shows, read articles, anything to gain knowledge about American Sign Language (ASL) and the Deaf Community.

After my sophomore year of high school, my parents led a church camp for the summer. Another young man working at the camp was a Seminary Student named Marty, who was studying Deaf Ministry. He taught sign language classes every week that summer and I didn’t miss one. I couldn’t get enough and at the end of the Summer, Marty put me in touch with Barbara Porter, who led the Ministry for Deaf and Hard of Hearing at First Baptist in Columbia, SC.

Mrs. Porter spent time with me and helped me organize my thoughts and abilities. She recommended me for a teaching role for a Continuing Education Class at the University of South Carolina. I was a junior in high school, and taught at USC for 2 years. I also started interpreting during this period, as the Lord opened door after door.

I will finish this story next time. What strikes me as amazing is the way God put things together in life at the times when I could move forward.

Getting What You Pay For

This is my sweet mom and my son (18).
Her eyes are not closed because she blinked,
they are closed because she treasures the closeness.
Take time today to treasure the closeness.

(Note: I wrote this to a friend 8 years ago, when my kids were 10 and 12.  I now want to SCREAM it to those with kids still at home:  Treasure. The. Time.)

I am one frugal mama!  (Can I get an amen?)

I used to call myself “cheap,” but my Man didn’t like that very much.  Suffice it to say that I see bargain shopping as a competitive sport, worthy of Olympic status.  Seriously.

What I want to talk about has nothing to do with where to find the cheapest price on cheese this week (Grocery Outlet, by the way), rather it has to do with how you invest your time.  Specifically, how you invest your time with your children. Time is money.  Time is not cheap.  Time is fleeting.

We have 18 years, give or take a few here and there, depending on the circumstances, to invest in our children’s lives.  It seems so long at the beginning! Now that we are more than halfway through this bumping, winding, ever-exciting path of parenting, 18 years ain’t nothing!  No time at all.  I remember the hospital, lots of sleeping, nursing, and BOOM! here we are staring down the teen years like a double barrel shotgun aimed straight for our eyes. YIKES!  It makes me want to shore up how I spend my time.

There are things that rob time and kill relationship.  These are a huge waste.

Things that waste my time:  the internet, facebook, netflix, arguing with people in my brain, bad memories, being mad, gossiping, carrying a grudge

Things that redeem my time:  Teaching my kids, actively ministering together, snuggling, reading, cooking, learning, being a team, building a fire, setting up the camper, taking the more scenic route, cleaning my house, writing.

As you are looking for ways to save money, I encourage you to spend equal time looking for ways to wisely spend your time. Invest that time in those things that last forever.

A FAMILY LEGACY OF LOVE

This is a picture of Philip’s grandparents in the 1940’s, enjoying a Sunday afternoon with two of their sons and their families. They birthed and raised 4 sons and 3 daughters (and 3 other children who died much too young) in a two room cabin during the Great Depression.  They taught all of their children to work hard, and to love and take care of each other. Three of their sons served in WWII and their youngest served in Korea. Their daughters raised their own families and worked hard alongside their husbands.

By the time this picture was taken, their children were grown and out of the house, and grandchildren were beginning a new chapter of the family.
The seeds planted by these two have grown through generations of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Who are still teaching hard work and family commitments.

It has been almost 80 years since this picture was taken, and the seeds of taking care of each other, and enjoying the closeness of family are still flourishing. The children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren still get together each year to celebrate family; one of the granddaughters keeps up a family email to keep everyone informed of prayer needs; Chicken Stews and other get-togethers are organized throughout the year where memories are shared and new memories are made.

Today. Consider the legacy you are building for your family. Make the relationships so important that they last for generations.

Worry is just a waste of time!

In this season we are seeing the absolute sovereignty of God, and are joyfully resting in it.

IMG_20170814_173901606For years we have discussed and re-discussed
“what in the world are we going to do with Bill
(My mentally ill Bro-In-Law) when Mom
(my Mom-in-Law) dies?” Then out of nowhere
he was killed two weeks ago today in the freakiest
of vehicle accidents.

All those years of, “What in the world…” worries and fretting and time and energy, just washed away in a matter of seconds. God had opened no doors. He had tried to draw me into peace about the situation, and I refused to follow him. I kept at it.  I made phone call after phone call. As a family, we talked through a wide variety of scenarios.   I have a stack of paper work at my elbow of completed applications and pleas for appeal and waiver to the County and State Housing Authorities (to whom he owed money), that I am about to throw away. All wasted time. Wasted Energy. Wasted Worry.

Oh, How I hate to call it worry! Worry is sinful. It is direct disobedience to Jesus. (Luke 12)  Jesus says it is a complete waste of time. He goes on to say that those who worry, have little faith. YIKES!  “O You of Little Faith.” Luke 12:28b (ESV)
 Jesus does give us a fantastic alternative to worrying in Luke 12:31:
Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. (ESV)
Seek His Kingdom?  Here’s what that looks like:

  • Praying for the Church, fellow Believers, and Elders
  • Studying Scripture
  • Praying for the lost
  • Sharing the gospel
  • Feeding the hungry
  • Visiting the sick and those in prison
  • Meeting the needs of orphans and widows
    (Matthew 25 and James 1)


Instead of wasting my time worrying,
I am actually supposed to be ministering. 

What a contrast! 

I’m supposed to be actively serving other people, not fretting over the future –
over which I HAVE NO CONTROL.
To quote my teenage self, “DUH!”

Both of our kids started college this semester after a lifetime of homeschooling, one as a Freshman and the other through dual-enrollment while finishing high school at home.  Talk about a prime opportunity to worry.  Man!  I could join the Olympic Worry Team over this one if left to me own >Vice<.  However, that isn’t where I am left.  I am left humbly sitting at the dining room table knowing that to spend a minute fretting over cruel people, harsh words, conflicting world views, etc. is a total waste of time.

What I can do In Obedience is:

  • pray for my adult children
  • continue to study God’s word with them deeply and faithfully
  • continue to teach them how to share the gospel and challenge them to do so


Thank you all for praying with us and for us over the past months. Mom (my MIL) is under hospice care, and we are enjoying this peaceful time with her, and trying to meet her needs.  Her mind is still pretty sharp and we are thankful for meaningful conversations.  We are also very thankful for family who works together so well. It is a joy.
Finally, I encourage you to…
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.  Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)

3 Hots: Week 5, Day 4

Today we worked on a couple of house projects.  This means that all of the meals today were prepared by our Daughter, 13, and son, 11.  Actually most (like 90%) of the cooking in our home is done by the kids.  Let’s hear it for training up kids!  WOO-HOO!

Breakfast
Pancakes
Applesauce
Milk

Lunch – We built a bonfire outside to burn off some odds and ends from splitting wood, so the kids decided to roast hotdogs over the fire.  We don’t eat buns with our dogs.  just not needed.
Mac and Cheese (left overs)
Greens (left overs)

Supper
Spaghetti with homemade meat sauce with hidden veggies.  When the kids were little I started hiding veggies in different foods. Meat sauce is the easiest place to do this. Tonight’s sauce had carrots, onions, and zucchini.  We saute the veggies, then use an immersion blender on them before adding them to the sauce.
Pasta
Salad

Tomorrow we have pork on the menu. That went into the brine tonight so it can soak for 24 hours. This makes a huge difference in the flavor and juiciness.

~CS

3 Hots: Week 5, Day 3… naughty girl!

OK.  I know.  I make all these promises and I break them.  Naughty, naughty me.  Things are just so busy and blah, blah, blah…

So here we are on Wednesday, let me catch you up.

Monday we went for our store run.  We found the following for $1.49:
3 packs of Mushrooms
5 lb bags of Fuji apples
5 lb bags of Red Delicious apples
3 lb bag of lemons
bag of org celery
cucumbers
bag of baby Romaine lettuce
3 lb bag of onions

In addition, we gathered 6 lbs of Kale and Curly Mustard greens from Mom’s garden.  Their garden has been crazy productive all winter, and we are very thankful.

Monday

Breakfast
Apple Breakfast Cobbler
Milk
Lunch
Baked potatoes
Butter, sour cream and cheese
Grapes
DinnerLettuce wraps – chicken, cabbage, carrots, onions, water chestnuts
Rice
Romaine Lettuce
Tuesday
Breakfast
Hashbrowns (made from the left over potatoes from lunch yesterday)
eggs
Lunch
Homemade chicken noodle soup – Yesterday I bought a pack of chicken breasts, brought them home and filleted them.  We used the meat for the Lettuce Wraps, and then boiled the bones with celery and onions and spices to make stock.  We used that to make the soup today.  To the stock we added carrots, celery, onions and noodles.
DinnerSteaks (we found them marked down to half price at the store Monday.  We bought 2 and just split them.)
Mac and cheese (such a comfort food!  We used De’Boles corn pasta for this.)
Kale and Mustard Greens from Granny’s garden
Greek Salad

So that is this week so far.

If you are interested in any recipes or have ideas to share, please feel free to.

Kindly,

CS

Week 4, Day 4

It is Thursday already!  Why does time move so quickly?  Life is so sweet right now.  We have a 13 1/2 year old daughter and an 11 1/2 year old son.  They are independent enough to take care of things on their own and dependent enough to make me feel needed. It is a great balance. Our daughter does most of the cooking at our house, but our son is coming along with his cooking skills as well, and is doing most of the prep work now. The kid knows his way around a knife!  Our girl has a great sense for balancing flavors and enjoys tweaking things to offer new interpretations of old dishes. Learning to blend flavors is a big step toward success in the kitchen.

Breakfast
Raisin Toast
Eggs – with green onions and little bit of cheese

Lunch
Homemade Sloppy Joes – Brown the ground beef, add cumin, coriander, paprika, celery salt, 1 TBS of brown sugar (raw). Stir in a can of diced tomatoes and let simmer for about 30 min to cook out a bit of the water.
Homemade Chebe rolls. YUM!!!  These things are terrific!
Carrot sticks
Apples

Supper
Chicken Thighs – smear about 1 tsp of mayo on each thigh, sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning and parmessan cheese. Bake at 350 for 25 min or until internal temp is 165.
Green Beans
Slaw
Potatoes – boiled with a little salt and pepper

See you Tomorrow.

~CS

Week 4, Day 3

Tonight is my last night with my class at the college (I teach in the Business Department), so I am making dinner for  the students.  Well, actually the Girl is making dinner… maybe we can come to an understanding that when I say “I cooked, prepared, etc,” It means that she cooked, prepared, etc.

Breakfast
Grits with cheese
Fried Eggs
(Could it be more Southern?!)

Lunch
Chicken Salad (left over chicken, celery, onions, pickle relish and some mayo)
Homemade crackers (http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ritz-schmitz-have-a-cracker/)
Apples and pear slices

Dinner
Chili with cheese, sour cream and hot sauce options
Cornbread with Cracklins (If you do not know what cracklins are, I am very sad for you. 😦  Make friends with a Southern Cook, just so you can learn to cook with Cracklins.  It is worth the effort. 🙂 )

See you tomorrow!

~CS