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.
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!
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.
- Go to our Self-paced Courses page.
- Browse through the courses.
- Click the Order Now button next to the course.
- Enter HOMESCHOOL for the Coupon Code and click Validate Coupon.
- 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!
Lee Binz is offering another free ebook, this one on Step by Step Senior Year. It’s usually only a few dollars, but it’s free now for a few days.
Lee Binz is hosting another webinar. This one is on transcripts. It’s next Tuesday, the 24th. Here’s the link to the registration page.
Here’s the link to join the talk on earning college credit while homeschooling high school. It’s happening tomorrow at 2 PM EST. You just click on the play button to join in. You can also use this same link to watch the recorded version later if you miss it.
I hope many of you will help me out with something. I would like to give gifts to the main admins who can literally spend hours a day helping me, helping you, keeping all this going. I couldn’t keep creating new curriculum if I didn’t have them taking care of “customer” support. This week I will use donations to send them gifts as a thanks for their dedication to this ministry.
You can give to firstname.lastname@example.org through Paypal. You can also find the donate button the About/Donate page on the site. I even moved the donate button to make it easier for you to find.
One thing this curriculum does not prepare your child for is to enter public school. I want to help people get out of the public school system, not back in.
Public schools do not have to recognize the courses you’ve completed homeschooling. This is most important in high school. Colleges are used to seeing transcripts from unaccredited schools, but your accredited local public high school is not. It is up to the local school whether or not to accept your credits which can put your child behind for graduating.
I don’t want at all to discourage anyone from homeschooling high school. Homeschooling will allow your children to specialize in their areas of interest. They can personalize their course load, find work or internships in their field, and have the time to put in the hours that will get them ahead. It will also keep you close to help maintain a close relationship while they are navigating these important years.
Here’s a video intended to encourage homeschoolers to keep on through high school. (It’s by Lee Binz, my go-to for questions about homeschooling high school.)