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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.

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)