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Educational AND Parental Success - Combining Adult Education Lessons with Ideas for Home Instruction with Children

Although our students may express they come to adult education classes to be able to pass a high school equivalency or to speak better English, we want to help them also learn and grow as a person, a citizen, and a parent (if applicable).

By combining learning in our classrooms with activities to share with children at home, we can maximize our efficiency AND increase our results!

Benefits of combining instruction are:

  • Empower the student with knowledge and acquisition of new skills
  • Increase the confidence level of the student in the classroom and as a parent
  • Enable students to see themselves as capable teachers of their children
  • Cultivate creativity, discipline, innovation, and teamwork
  • Provide ideas for parents to bond, have fun, and learn together
  • Reinforce knowledge learned in the classroom by following up in the home

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Colleen Potter at or Sarah Goldammer at or call the office at (618) 650-2254.

Cancer Education

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Good Dental Health

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Family Education Notes

Healthy Heart

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Home Visit Notes

Lifestyles of the Fit and Healthy

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Home Visit Notes

Math Manipulatives

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Personal Hygiene

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Home Visit Notes

Positive Mental Health

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Home Visit Notes


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Shoot for the Stars

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Home Visit Notes


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U.S. Constitution

Teacher's Guidebook

Home Visit Notes

Wise About Weather

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Lesson Plan 1:  Elvis Teddy Bear

Lesson Plan 2:  Wrap a Gift

Lesson Plan 3:  Write a Poem

Lesson Plan 4:  Reading + Vocabulary Sale Ads

Lesson Plan 5:  Giving Directions

Lesson Plan 6:  Severe Weather

Lesson Plan 7:  Dream Kitchen

Lesson Plan 8:  What's My Story?

Lesson Plan 9:  Nutrition & Label Reading


Lesson Plan 1:  I can be Whomever I Wish

Lesson Plan 2:  My Birthday Connection

Lesson Plan 3:  Special Candy Game

Lesson Plan 4:  What do your Feelings Weigh?

Lesson Plan 5:  Conflict Resolution

Lesson Plan 6:  Define Positive Role Models

Lesson Plan 7:  STUFF Can - Situations That Undermine Feeling Fantastic


Lesson Plan 1:  Using Manipulatives to Teach Fractions

Lesson Plan 2:  Probability

Lesson Plan 3:  Using Bar Graphs to Understand Patterns

Lesson Plan 4:  Deal or No Deal

Lesson Plan 5:  Make 15

Lesson Plan 6:  Integer War Games

Lesson Plan 7:  How Much Is A Gallon

Lesson Plan 8:  Math Is In The Cards

Lesson Plan 9:  Touch Math

Lesson Plan 10:  Graphs

Lesson Plan 11:  Using M&Ms to Teach Bar Graphs

Lesson Plan 12:  Size vs. Volume

Lesson Plan 13:  Recognizing Fractions


Lesson Plan 1:  Three Little Pigs:  Human, Natural, and Capital Resources

Lesson Plan 2:  What's the Story?

Lesson Plan 3:  Reading for Tone and Inference

Lesson Plan 4:  Building Vocabulary Quadrant Charts

Lesson Plan 5:  Poe's Poetry and Prosody (reading fluency)

Lesson Plan 6:  Close Encounters of the Word Kind

Lesson Plan 7:  Vocabulary Development-Word Tiers

Lesson Plan 8:  Vocabulary Development and Writing Similarities and Differences: Depth and Breadth of Meaning

Lesson Plan 9:  Inferences

Lesson Plan 10:  Chunking

Lesson Plan 11:  Reading and Writing: Using Newspapers

Lesson Plan 12:  Collaborative Reading Using UNO Cards

Family Literacy

Lesson Plan 1:  I am Special Book

Lesson Plan 2:  Not-to-Worry Dolls

Lesson Plan 3:  Which Food doesn't Belong? - Pictures for Which Food

Lesson Plan 4:  Four Fold Family

Family Education Thematic Units

Personal Hygiene Unit

Lesson Plans 1-21:  GED/ABE

Lesson Plans 1-18:  Home Visits

Building Bridges Unit

Lesson Plans 1-19:  GED/ABE

Lesson Plans 1-7:  Home Visits


Lesson Plan 1:  Bernoulli Principle

Lesson Plan 2:  Cartesian Diver

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Lesson Plan 4:  Oil Well That Ends Well

Social Studies

Lesson Plan 1:  Learning the Value of Rules

Lesson Plan 2:  One Vote

Lesson Plan 3:  Powers of Government

Lesson Plan 4:  Branches of Government

Lesson Plan 5:  American Revolution


Lesson Plan 1:  Workskills: Communication

Lesson Plan 2:  Career Development

Lesson Plan 3:  Workskills: Teamwork (Geese)

Lesson Plan 4:  Workskills: Teamwork (Landmines)

Lesson Plan 5:  Following Instructions

Lesson Plan 6:  Reply to a Job Ad


Lesson Plan 1:  Writing a Poem

Lesson Plan 2:  Listening & Punctuation & Grammar, Oh My!

Lesson Plan 3:  TORNADO BRAINSTORMING!  A Writing Activity for a 5-Paragraph Essay

Lesson Plan 4:  Strip Teasers:  A Collaborative Writing Activity

Lesson Plan 5:  Writing Tips: One, Two, Three, You're OUT!

Lesson Plan 6:  Magic Pencil Story Starters

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