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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)

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 4, Day 2

Two days in a row. Who’s being consistent now?  HA!

Breakfast
Toast – that was the end of the Glutino brand raisin bread. It was very good. We even did PB&J’s with the bread and that was fantastic. As always, toast GF bread prior to using
Eggs
Bacon – 3 slices

Lunch
Our girl took the leftover chicken from last night and boned it and put the meat in a med pot with 2 qts of chicken stock.  She sauteed about 1.5 c worth of celery, onions and carrots and added that to the stock. When this came to a boil, she added 1/2 tsp of ginger, 1 TBSP of Bragg’s Amino Acids, 1/4 c coconut milk and 1 cup GF egg noodles.  Served it up when the noodles were tender, with a corn tortilla-Quesadilla.

Dinner
The girl took the chicken she brined over night and baked it in the oven for 35 min.  You wouldn’t believe how flavorful and juicy that chicken was!
Green beans
Cole Slaw
Cucumbers
Wilted Spinach
Fried potatoes
We like lots of veggies at dinner.  Tonight’s meal was excellent!

See you tomorrow! ~CS

3 Hots: Week 2, Day 4

It’s Thursday already?!  Where has this week gone?

Breakfast
Eggs
Apples
Bacon
Lunch           
We had our homeschool co-op group here today, and that means each family brought a dish to share. Co-op lunches are generally junk-foodier (I made that word up. HA!)  than we usually make, and today was no exception.
Nacho Dip – Velveeta (which is Gluten Free. Who knew?!), hamburger and Ro-tel, served with tortilla chips
Egg salad sandwiches on Chebe rolls
No-Bake Cookies – made with GF oatmeal, peanut butter and chocolate
Supper
Steak
Baked potatoes – Our Girl cut them in half lengthwise and put them cut side down on a baking sheet prepared with olive oil.  This cuts the baking time in half, and gives the potatoes a crisp, yummy side that reminds one of a french fry.  Nothing wrong with that!
Green Beans
Junk food every now and then isn’t so bad if you balance it with healthier foods over a period of days.
See you Friday.
~CS

Raising Responsible Adults

Make life easy on yourself:  Raise your kids to be responsible.

Middle of the week and busy!  We had several tasks that had to be handled today.  Both my husband and I work from home, and folks assume that we have all the time in the world to take care of those little demands that pop up in life with no problem.  We do have it much easier than most folks, with both of us available to juggle things, but it takes some planning ahead.
The best thing we have done to this end is to teach our kids to be
  • responsible
  • independent when needed
  • and obedient, so we can trust them
Today Man had the boys with him to take the dog to the vet, go to the Feed and Seed for fresh hay for the chickens, do some train watching (a must for boys), and get one of them to the eye doctor.
On my list was picking up the milk from the farm, visiting with family-friends, preparing to teach at the college tonight and meeting up with a friend to pass off one of the girls.  That’s a bunch of running.  I was about to load the girls up in the truck with me when it dawned on me that we needed to divide and conquer.
I turned to my 13 year old daughter and said, “I need you to make lunch, meet the UPS guy and send these emails to customers.”  She said, “I’ll take care of it,”  and I knew she would.  While I ran to meet the farm folks, she stayed home and cooked a balanced, nutritious lunch for 6.  No further instruction was needed.  She sent out a blast email for me, even editing the email.  She met the UPS man at the door, signed the electric pad and locked the door behind him. No TV. No Phone.
We aren’t the only ones raising our children to be responsible. Our closest friends have an almost-12-year-old daughter who lovingly cares for her 3 younger siblings, aged 3, 4, and 6, when her parents need her to.  She can do this while cleaning the kitchen and cooking dinner, while her mom, dad and older brother are working on building a new home for their family.  And she does this with a sweet heart.  It’s not all the time, but when the family needs her, she is willing and able.
I have many, many examples of parents preparing their kids for future success.  They are planning for it.  It takes time, effort and focus.  We have such a short time with our kids.  Such a very short time.  For this time to be sufficient, parents must have  a plan in place.
We decided early on that we were not raising kids. We were raising ADULTS.  This shift in our focus has made a world of difference.  We talk to them in the same way we talk to other adults.  We expect them to follow through.  We set expectations high, quite high.  Now at 11 and 13 we have two strong family-team members, instead of two kids who need direction and constant motivation.
Today I encourage you to commit to taking the time necessary to prepare your children for success in adult life.
Responsibility. It’s worth the effort.
~Carroll Sue

PS – No.  Our kids are not perfect.  We are not perfect parents. We are wretches dependent on our Savior.  This is not a forum for bragging, but a place to encourage parents that kids are growing into adults whether they are being prepared for it or not.  Prepare them.

3 hots this Friday

We wind down the week rather junk-foodie.
Usually when I make one fun food, I surround it
with healthy sides.  Not so today. Went all out.

Breakfast –

Sausage
Eggs
Apples

Lunch – We ate lunch with our co-op (homeschool) group today, and every family brings a dish to share

  • Pigs in a blanket (Little Smokies wrapped in gf dough and baked

  • Buffalo Chicken dip with Fritos

  • Sausage balls

  • Cake with fresh strawberries

Supper – continuing our junk food theme

Hot wings (On our Monday shopping trip, we picked up wings that had been marked down to .99/lb. Woo-hoo!
Cole Slaw
Green beans
Fries (We found organic  potatoes marked down to 1.49 for 3 lb bags Monday)  – The Girl sliced them pretty thin, laid them out on towels to soak up the water from them for 15 min, and then put cajun seasoning on them. They were crisp and tasty.
Homemade blue cheese dressing for the wings

Tomorrow we will eat much more healthy. HA!

Hope you have a terrific weekend!

~CS

Not Like Eve

I have been pondering Eve.

Knowing the protection that mom’s feel, I can’t imagine with how Eve dealt with her own sin. Because of her disobedience, her sons did not know the glory of walking with God personally. Because of this, her son was murdered. Because of this she lost two sons at once, as her eldest, her first joy, was driven away. I just can’t imagine that sorrow.

It was her fault.

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There are bad decisions that I make as a mom and I rue and regret them. I receive forgiveness, yes, just like Eve did, but my children suffer for my sins. How foolish I am! I have seen this time and time and time again in families who are in ministry. (My grandfather, father, and husband: all pastors. EKE!) Mothers who put what is happening in the church or mission field ahead of their own ministry to their husbands and children, and justify this as service to the Lord.

(I am reminded of Jesus talking to the Pharisees in Mark 7.)

And that Sin for a Season results in lost children and broken families. I have watched dozens of families go down this path, and at the end the Mother weeping for her sin that she can’t change and her child or children exiled and lost, like Cain. Eve lived a long time, we aren’t given the exact time of her death, but she may have lived as long as Adam, which was to the generation before Noah. Oh, the wickedness that filled the whole earth!!

And she could look on that and remember that sin entered through her pride.

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What a warning to my Mother-Heart! My time with our precious babies is so limited. Their knowledge of the goodness of the Lord is begun at my hem, as they live and see and grow in the fellowship of our little family. How can I waste a moment of this time? How can I let sin distract and pride creep in?

Oh, Lord! Let me be satisfied in what you have for me right now.

Don’t let me chase after anything else, and lose these that you have entrusted to us.