7th - 12th Grades


This is an elective academic class for students who want to cultivate valuable life-long habits and embrace skills that will help them be successful in all areas of their life. Others are attracted to confident, organized, and successful people. One cannot expect improvement or difference, unless positive and consistent patterns are established.

We will focus on social skills that will earn the respect of others, discuss work ethic, discover how to use one's learning style, personality type, and spiritual gifts,  practice confidently giving oral presentations, articulate one's thoughts and opinions, practice decision-making skills, learn to give and receive dictation, become a good reader and test taker, copy notes using auditory and visual skills, and practice following directions through in-class activities and light homework assignments, meeting deadlines and expectations. Students will practice self-discipline by participating in exercises of establishing personal routines, time management, and basic organizational skills, such as setting up a simple but very effective desktop filing system and personal planner.

“The habits of the child produce the character of the man.”  - Charlotte Mason

"Charlotte [Mason] likened good habits to rails on which our children’s lives could run smoothly." - Sonya Shafer


* A grade of pass or fail will be based on class attendance, punctuality, participation, attitude, homework and deadline completion, and neatness. Light homework is expected to be completed, as training in character.  





Basic Reading and Writing Skills

Michelle Potter


Phone: (530) 320-1882
Email: Mish-personal@hotmail.com

Course Details

Day: Thur
Period: 3

Frequency: Once per Week
Class Duration: Semester

Course Cost:   $150
Materials Cost:   $8
Materials Required



Other Materials:

typical classroom supplies, lined paper, chisel-tip pen-style highlighters, 1" three-ring view 8.5"x11" binder with pencil pouch

Payment Information

Private Funds Accepted? Yes

Cash: Yes
Check: Yes
Paypal: Inquire

Charter Funds Accepted? No

Forest: No
Horizons: No
Inspire Charter School: No
South Sutter: No
Visions: No

Instructor Biography

I have been working with young children since 1982, in preschool, kindergarten, school-age, and special education programs, both in the classroom, and all areas of administration.

I was near to completing my Child Development Associates Credential (CDA) through Central Arizona College, when I was requested to take administrative positions. No longer having time in the classroom, and then moving out-of-state, my credential was put on hold. Little did I know that I would not be working with Headstart, or another social or educational program, as planned; but instead, God gave me the vision to home educate my own two children from birth.

Through the years, in our cherished homeschool groups - Bayside Homeschool Network (BHN), Grace Classical Academy (GCA), and The Learning Center (TLC) - I have coordinated history classes, outdoor group games, and P.E., Mileage Club, book discussions, and government classes. 

I had the privilege of teaching an in-depth study of the Old Testament to 5-6th graders at our church. Classroom discussions and the Holy Spirit developed this one-year curriculum into a four-year long study! I realized a new passion, and I absolutely love teaching and studying the Old Testament. Throughout the year, at Auburn Grace Community Church, I continue to facilitate recurring children's Bible studies on Baptism and Communion.

A couple of years ago, I co-founded the Auburn Foothills SCOPE Chat Group, providing support and fellowship for local independently home educating families. After our first year, I realized the proper order of my spiritual gifts of Teaching, Encouragement, and Administration, and stepped down as Chat Group Leader, to pursue using these other passions to serve the Lord and families in different ways.

Through Bible Quizzing, and AWANA, as well as the Bible studies and book discussions, I discovered how much I enjoy challenging students to delve more deeply into any subject with which they are presented, motivating them to enjoy research, instilling an appetite for learning, and facilitating topical and philosophical discussions.

I am an eclectic home educator of a Jr High and Senior High schooler, using unit studies, Delight-directed learning, and following the teachings of Charlotte Mason and John Holt. I tend to supplement with a variety of resources, no matter who or what I am teaching. My teaching style includes both lecture and classroom discussion, as well as visual and hands-on activities. All my classes are taught with a conservative Christian worldview.

As a family, we are members of the Gold Country 4H Club (Auburn), enjoy riding our quads at Sand Mtn. in Nevada, boating on Lake Tahoe, and serving in our local church.