Posted: 12/05/2008 in sign language

so i’m needing a stay-at-home-job.

i have one now – but won’t for much longer.

not into in home daycares.

i cry.

i go through my list of skills i have (which feels like nothing in this depressed state). 

i’m still brainstorming.

what do you think about sign language lessons/classes (similar to piano lessons or weekly 2 hour night classes)?

i’m thinking there are tons of resources out there that i could tap into for assistants. i have lots of resources from college. i feel i could teach ASL (american sign language) and CASE (conceptually signed english).

i think i would need a month to get plans developed, curriculum finalized and then i’d be ready for students.

you are thinking: small town…

i know! i thought the same thing! but ya know skype??? video skype! it’s free! you need a computer, a camera and highspeed. most everyone has that these days right?!

now for night classes: well that poses a bit of a problem. all the larger rooms i know of aren’t available for these types or things…  night classes might have to wait until my new house and a big dining room table/school room. 

one more thing: what’s a fair charge for a 30 min weekly sign language lesson or a 2 hr weekly (for 1 month or 2 months: offered quarterly, like beginner, intermediate, advanced, fluent, etc.)? this would be available for all ages… are any of you or your kids taking piano lessons – if so feeling free to tell me how much you pay? you can comment anonymously! 

i’ll keep praying! just cuz this is my first real idea, doesn’t mean it’s the best or what God has in mind. but just having an idea lifts my spirits a bit! 


  1. Jenni says:

    have you thought about scrapbook/card/stamping classes???? just a thought to throw at you….

    but the ALS stuff sounds great too!!! I will confess all of my ALS came from the video’s signing time. One of the little girls i watch has downsyndrome and was nonverbal for almost 3 years so we had to sign everything. I wish there would have been a class like that when i needed it.

    Hope God shines some light on things for you!

  2. Lindsey says:

    Sounds like an interesting idea! Right now, I currently charge $13 for a half hour oboe or piano lesson. Next year, I’m thinking I will raise it to %15. My prices are on the cheaper end….some charge up to $20-$25 per half hour lesson but it greatly depends on the area – bigger the city, the more expensive the lessons tend to be. I feel like more than $15-$18 is too much for a half hour music lesson in my area…at least until I’m a professor! 🙂 Maybe you could look into seeing how much private tutoring costs or even seeing how much it would cost to take a sign language class as well. That’s what you would be doing, except over the internet.

    You could come up with plans, get a website going, advertise a little and see where it takes you!

    I know you are probably sick of it, but have you ever considered selling cards made from your stamp collection? I don’t know if it would work or if you would even want to do it, but your’s, your sister’s, and your mom’s cards are always so pretty!!

  3. wickle says:

    I have no advice, I’m afraid, but I wanted to let you know that you touched my heart, and I’ll be praying for you.

  4. When I taught private lessons in dance, it was $25/hour. When I was in college and needed a Spanish tutor for my never-ending foreign language classes, they charged me anywhere between $10 and $20/hour. I hope this helps!

  5. Shonya says:

    I think Jen only charges $5 for a half hour piano lesson. We pay $10 for Destry’s violin lessons. When the homeschool group was paying a band teacher, we paid $35 per family per month to have an hour class once a week. Don’t know if that helps at all. Rates are definitely lower around here than elsewhere.

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