Summer Courses 2017

Ralph Dally






Conversational American Sign Language (May 15- June 2 OR June 12 – June 30) (High School)

Time:  9 am ET (meets daily)

Prerequisites and Materials:  This course is designed for the student who has successfully completed a minimum of one year studying American Sign Language.  No textbook required, materials provided

Description:  Want to maintain your signing skills during summer break? Do you enjoy signing on webcam in Breakout Rooms with your peers? Desire to learn and practice more ASL? Join the Conversation! This course is for the student who aspires to develop proficiency in their ASL conversational skills by dialoguing in ASL during live-class. Students will actively practice receptive and expressive forms of communication, finger spelling, numbers and conversational skills while conversing in ASL with their instructor and class peers. Each student must have a fairly new, functioning microphone headset and a webcam. Webcam participation is required! This class popular with continuing ASL students.

American Deaf Culture  (May 15 – June 2) (High School)

Time:  11 am ET (meets daily)

Prerequisites and Materials:  None and Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language, Hereditary Deafness on Martha’s Vineyard by Nora Ellen Groce. ISBN: 067427041X

Description: Explore the grass roots and major events of DEAF CULTURE in American (pre-ASL & after). This is a great history class! This course is an introduction to various aspects of the American Deaf community, as a language and cultural minority group. It is designed for individuals who may or may not have had prior experience with Deaf people, or ASL. The course raises questions concerning the nature of sign language, education of Deaf people, and cultural issues important to the Deaf community. Students pursuing this course will read a required textbook, view videos that are Deaf-related, study the disability law and its impact, and have an opportunity to attend a Deaf community event in their area. Each student must have a fairly new microphone headset.

Beginner’s Sign Language (June 12 – June 30)

Time:  11 am ET (meets daily)

Prerequisites and Materials: None

Description: This mini enrichment class is for the middle school student who is curious about sign language but have not taken ASL 1.
Students taking this foundational course will attain basic knowledge of sign language. This class is a great kick start for the student who is curious about sign language but unsure if they want to commit to a full year. Students will learn basic vocabulary, grammar structure, history, fingerspelling, numbers, terminology, and Deaf culture. Students will get feedback during class for sign production and receptive skills (reading the instructor’s signs). This is a fun course with a weekly review quiz. Each student must have a fairly new, functioning microphone headset and a webcam. Webcam participation is required! This class best taken with a sibling, friend or parent who can practice signing together outside of live-class. A two student discount is available.

For more information and pricing, please contact Mr. Dally.

Michelle Glandon






Mathematics for College Readiness  (May 15- June 2) (high school)

Time:  1 pm ET (meets daily)

Prerequisites and Materials:  Geometry and Algebra 2 – no materials necessary

Description: A quick review of some basics and an study of exponents, radicals, equations/inequalities, word problems, systems of equations, points/lines, angles/triangles, 2-D and 3-D geometric figures, advanced algebra, and trigonometry. We cover topics needed to take the ACT/SAT and other college placement exams for mathematics. No textbook will be required as material will be provided on the course pages.

For more information and pricing, please contact Mrs. Glandon.

Amanda Hunter

Amanda Hunter Academy Bright Ideas Press





Nutrition and Fitness 101  (May 8- June 9) (grades 8-12)

Time:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10-11:30 am ET

Prerequisites and Materials:  None

Description:  This course will focus on taking care of the body that God has given to you. We will cover very basic anatomy, nutrients in foods, cooking techniques, different types of “diets”, the connection between food and disease, reading food labels, eating healthy on a budget, and physical fitness. Students will perform many activities such as trying new recipes and physical fitness activities, such as walking a mile, stretching, doing push-ups, etc. Modifications will be given where needed.

For more information and pricing, please contact Mrs. Hunter.

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The Academy at Bright Ideas Press offers middle school and high school courses for Christian homeschooling families to either supplement or replace their current curriculum. Families will be able to choose from a wide variety of course offerings offered either as live, online classes or as self-paced, asynchronous classes.

These options will meet the needs of all types of students, from those who enjoy learning under a teacher while interacting with other students, to those who prefer to learn more independently at their own pace. Taught from a Christian worldview, our classes will encourage students to develop excellent independent study skills which will benefit them both in college and in life.

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