Welcome to the Easy Peasy All-in-One HIGH School!

This is the sister site to Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool which houses lessons for pre-k through 8th.

I’m Lee, the creator of the Easy Peasy homeschool lessons. I’m the mother of six homeschooled children. I began putting my own children’s assignments online in 2011 as a way to preserve them. I purposefully wrote them in such a way that others would be able to use them as well. In 2012 I started letting others know about it. My hope is that these sites will enable families to homeschool no matter what their life situation.

The high school site is set up similar to the lower school, except that there are no levels. You will choose your course load. There are recommendations on the site for how to do that. I will be working on completing new courses each year until I feel it is complete. You can read the full list of what’s planned on the courses page. If a course is listed as “parent submitted,” then it was something sent to me by an EP user. I haven’t worked through it to check content. Some of them are in 180-day format, some aren’t. Some have tests and answers; some do not. They are just shared as a way to help each other out.

Please read the About, How To Use, and FAQ pages to learn more.

Lee’s Life Update

I have always been vague about where we lived overseas and what our family did. I still don’t want to put too much online, but I do want to share what’s going on with my family right now as things are kind of topsy-turvy for us.

Until this summer my family had been living in southeast Turkey near the Syrian border. I’ve actually seen ISIS members. They recruited in our neighborhood. Our city faced the brunt of the influx of refugees from Syria to the point where now a quarter of the city is refugees. We ended up being support to a school for Syrian refugees and my husband discipled Syrian, Afghan, and Iranian pastors leading fellowships in the city.

This spring we found out that our residence permits were not going to be renewed to continue living anywhere in that region of Turkey. As we had felt called specifically to that city and not to Turkey in general, we didn’t feel right just choosing another city in Turkey to live in. We sought the Lord as a family and two weeks later found ourselves moving to eastern Germany, really east, like a stone’s throw from Poland, or as they say here, a cat’s leap.

We moved in with a family who had been strangers before we arrived. We were at their home for six weeks until we moved into our apartment just this August. Yes, we just moved in. When we went to apply for our residence permit in Germany, we were met with a letter saying our application would be denied unless we enrolled our children in school. They had been told by a German friend of ours that we would be homeschooling. (He had been trying to be helpful.) The Lord has not changed our minds on homeschooling, and so we began speaking with this official and that official and sending letters, etc. In the end we were not given permission to homeschool, and we have to leave. We’ve only been in our apartment for less than a month. This weekend my husband will leave with my two oldest to find our next home, and I will be traveling by plane a week later with the youngest four children.

Where are we going? We are headed to Macedonia. It’s the first foreign country the Lord brought us to years ago. We were there for 6 years, living and working among the Roma, better known as Gypsies. I love Macedonia, and I have not been for a visit since 2008. We are allowed to stay three months there without a visa before we either need to get permission to live there or get out.

We do plan on coming back to Germany in three months (we can re-enter after being out 90 days) and will keep doing the work we’ve begun here and we’ll see what comes of it. We have friends here who will continue to seek an exemption for us to homeschool. We don’t know what God’s plan is for all of this.

Please be praying for me and my family through all the transition. I love being home, so it’s hard for me to not have a place to settle into.

New Art Course

All of our courses for the coming year have gone up. We just have one more year’s worth of core courses to go up, and we’ll have a complete high school curriculum!

I wanted to announce a new elective course, Drawing Professionally. There may be a painting course to come. My daughter created this course. She says it’s for ages 10 and up. She began working with a local artist at age 11 and earned her first income from art at age 12. This course doesn’t teach about selling art but about developing foundational skills to create beautiful drawings. There’s a complete course description on the site.

This course is set up in a different way than the others. It’s for people who enjoy art and want to spend lots of time drawing. There are 170 lessons, but they aren’t to be done by “day.” Some assignments will go quickly, some may take weeks to complete. You could work on this course for over a couple of years, or finish in a year if you spend the time on it.

In the notes for the course, I added some links to her work. Some of those drawings and paintings were done by her at age 12. She’s not very good about getting her work online, but she has students of this course posting in a flickr group so that they can get and give feedback on their drawings.

She will be approving pictures and moderating the flickr group, but if someone has a child taking this course, or if you are taking it yourself, consider helping as a moderator. You can email me to let me know. Maybe there won’t be too many people and it won’t be a good deal, but I would like to have an adult around the group to make sure comments are constructive and on topic. :)

Here’s what I call, Rebecca’s Rebecca. She did this pencil drawing of herself a couple of years ago. She’s currently 15.

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New Look

WordPress made some changes to how their sites work and that has forced us to embrace change! They’ve changed how their menus work, and our old way of doing things no longer worked on mobile devices. Although most people use EP on a computer, we do serve families who need to use their phone or other mobile device to access school. The change in appearance is all related to needing to accommodate these changes.

If you don’t like change, I’m sorry, but it had to be done, and I’m sure you’ll get used to it soon!

Two-Day Sale

EP Tees store is having a sale! We’ve extended the dates through Thursday.

There is new product in our EP Tees store, an EP tote bag that you can preorder now for just $8.99! The price goes up on Friday.

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If you are wanting to get a portfolio together, Jessica, my faithful assistant and our EP Tees store owner, is offering portfolio binders complete with EP cover. They include everything you need to complete a child’s portfolio whether you need it to comply with your state requirements or for your own personal records.

Each Portfolio contains:

· Blank transcript
· 180 Day Attendance Checklist
· 9 Individual Course Sections including: Course Description, Course Check list, and Printed Grade sheets.

As no two home school families are the same, parents choose which courses that they need in their portfolio books up to 9 Courses. There is also the option of choosing a blank course pages to complete yourself.

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This is also your last chance to get your EP Tees at $12.99.

Interviews with the Experts

Last week I was interviewed by homeschool.com.  They are having an event this week where you can listen to interviews with the “experts” and ask them questions via facebook. If you would like to advertise EP this week on your blog, you could link to my interview page. I’m not sure if I did the best job, but I hope it will encourage people at least! I would urge a little caution in listening to the interviews. What you’ve decided to do for your own children to educate them is enough! If your child has the goal of getting into an elite school, then let them pursue it, but be careful of letting these interviews make you feel like you should be doing more. There are many educational philosophies/goals that aren’t worth sacrificing your family for. My answer to her question about whether it’s possible to have an extraordinary homeschool was that we’re just ordinary people and that in every home homeschool looks different because it’s an extension of parenting and everyone’s family life looks different, so their school life will look different. I said that I thought an extraordinary homeschool is one where the family is enjoying the experience. I hope you are enjoying homeschooling! In my eyes that makes your homeschool extraordinary!

Lee Giles, Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool interview

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Free Computer Courses for Homeschoolers Only!

Here’s part of an email I received about an offer of free online computer courses. These are professional courses, each costing sometimes hundreds of dollars. I wrote back and forth with him and confirmed that this will be free for homeschoolers for the indefinite future and that it can be used multiple times by the same student. Please honor their generosity and do not post this code elsewhere online. He decided I should share it here and then point others to come here to get the code to access the classes. If you want to share this code with others online, please do the same and direct them to this blog post. This offer is for homeschool students only, not for adults. This is thousands of dollars worth of courses being offered us for free, so I really hope many will take advantage of it. This is not just for techie kids who are into programming and web design. Your non-computer users can learn things like Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, etc. Every kid needs to know how to use computers as the powerful tools that they are.

The CEO of my company, Webucator, is beginning to homeschool his 7th grade daughter next year.  In searching for curriculum, he couldn’t find a lot of great free online software and web development courses.  As Webucator specializes in this kind of training in the corporate world, we know how valuable these skills are.  So, we’ve decided to make all of our self-paced courses available for free to homeschoolers.  This includes courses on web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc.), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc), Photoshop, Dreamweaver and many others.
To register for a course, all they need to do is:
  1. Go to our Self-paced Courses page.
  2. Browse through the courses.
  3. Click the Order Now button next to the course.
  4. Enter HOMESCHOOL for the Coupon Code and click Validate Coupon.
  5. Complete the registration.
That’s all there is to it.  As I said, the courses are self paced, so students will need to have some discipline to get through them, but one of the great things about homeschooling is that it helps kids develop this kind of discipline. So, we’re hopeful that our courses will help kids develop much needed skills in the workplace.  Plus, a lot of this stuff is just fun to learn!