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FIRST PLACE
Computer-based (Complete) Curriculum-Elementary School

Computer-based (Complete) Curriculum-Middle School

Computer-based (Complete) Curriculum-High School
Elective-Elementary School

Geography

Homeschool Secret

Language Arts-Literature

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SECOND PLACE:

Art-Elementary School

Art-Middle School

Computer Science

Critical Thinking/Logic

Elective-Middle School

Language Arts-Writing (Composition)

Science-Elementary School

Science-Middle School

Science-High School

Life Update

I told you around this time last year that my family was getting a Habitat for Humanity house, an ADA compliant house that my son in a wheelchair would be able to get around in. Well, it turns out we’re not. When we applied, we told them that we would only qualify financially for eighteen months. They obviously accepted us knowing that. Their program was eighteen months and it all seemed to align perfectly. My husband was in an eighteen-month master’s degree program. Afterwards, he would be working. He would earn more money and push us over the edge of the low-income limit placed on families to qualify for a house.

We were told last year that we shouldn’t plan on our house taking the full eighteen months because they were “getting houses done in a year.” Why they would say that to us when it was so obviously untrue, I have no idea. Even this spring we were told the house would likely be complete this summer because a contractor was going to do it and could get it done within three months.

After hearing nothing all summer and Habitat not calling our required quarterly meeting (again), my husband called a meeting to find out what was going on. He was told that next September was the earliest possible that the house could be done.

When my husband’s final course is finished in December, he’s not going to refrain from working more so we can stay poor enough to qualify for a home. I’m sure you can support us in that decision!

Of course, that doesn’t all of a sudden give us enough money to buy a house; even if it did, there’s no such house on the market. We were going to be getting a brand-new one-level home with four bedrooms, ADA compliant, and something that really excited me – solar panels. It was going to cost around $100,000 for us which we could pay interest free.

We have no debt, so an interest-free mortgage felt much better to us than a traditional one. Still, we were planning to pay it off as fast as possible, though we recently learned that Habitat would own part of the equity on our home for 30 years. We didn’t like knowing it wouldn’t really be ours.

Our current home is my childhood home, which growing up housed just four people, now it holds ten. We live with my parents. The house is on three floors and the changes in flooring between rooms and the cramped space make it so my son in a wheelchair can’t go more than a few feet before he needs help. His special toilet is in the basement (just over a bucket), so he can’t get to the bathroom on his own.

Because my son gets no practice at home getting himself around (he’s working on learning to use a walker), we send him to school. He went to a reverse-mainstream preschool, and now he goes to a mainstream kindergarten class. Thankfully, we’re in a top school district. He gets therapies several days a week at school, but we of course desire to have him home. We were planning to start homeschooling him once we moved into that Habitat house that’s now not going to happen.

So, in some ways my heart is broken. I’ve wanted my own home for the last twenty years. It’s something I had to give up to serve overseas. But now I want it for my child. He wants to chase his brothers around. He can’t. If we had the space, he’d be able to follow them around in his wheelchair. Right now, he’s carried around the house mostly. Obviously, that’s not sustainable.

At the same time, this is a great place to be, reliant on nothing but the grace of God.

Fall Spanish and ESL Classes

 
The information is up on our site about Spanish and ESL classes this fall. The who, what, where, when, why, and how is all there on the Language Live! page. I will open registration this summer. If you want to be notified first when that happens, get on our mailing list from the Language Live! page and check the box saying you are interested in those classes.
If you will be in Spanish 1 this fall, this is for you!

Live Foreign Language Classes

Please participate in the poll below.

My husband has taught foreign languages online to homeschoolers for the past seven years as Mr. G at Currclick.com. Currclick is no longer having online classes, and my husband is looking for a new home for teaching online. We’re wondering if we can figure out a way to do it through Easy Peasy.

The idea would be to have online live classes for students using EP’s foreign language courses. Right now we just have Spanish. He would consider working with me to create new foreign language courses if there’s interest and if he has time.

Go to the Sign Up Page to get notified about upcoming classes.

My husband is a polyglot. He has taught French, Russian, and German. He’s pretty fluent in Macedonian, Turkish, and Romani. (That’s not Romanian.) He dabbles in some others. In Macedonia he could have people thinking he was a native. Once, he was questioned by the police. The police accused him of lying. He couldn’t really be American and speak Macedonian that well!

All that to say, he is new to Spanish. His degree is actually in Russian and linguistics. He’s learning Spanish now, using Easy Peasy. He wouldn’t be actually teaching the Spanish lessons. Students would still be learning from the daily lessons on the site. He would just be guiding a weekly time of practice to help get the kids speaking out loud, to get them doing dialogues together and such.

We’ll give more information when things are more in place. Right now we’re trying to gauge interest. We asked through facebook, but since the language classes on EP are middle school and high school, we’d like to ask here separately. We don’t know how many people responded who had a five year old. Please feel free to respond again if you have already voted because this is a separate poll just for those with children in middle school and high school.

One other quick note, my husband is doing his MA now in teaching English as a second language, so doing that online is something he’d also be interested in. That’s why that’s on the list of possible languages.

There would be some cost to the live classes. We’re thinking of how to create a pay-what-you-are-able system so that it’s accessible to as many people as would truly want to participate in the class.

Looking forward to your response,

Lee

Dual Credit

Dual credit means earning college credit and high school credit for the same course. A one-semester college course equals a full-year high school course. If your child completes a college math course in one semester, it means they get one credit for math for their high school transcript.

I have had two kids so far get college credit in high school. My daughter took two Arabic courses online, a theology course, and a writing course from the local community college. She did them all online. She also got credit from the school she ended up attending by taking a summer intensive they offered for high schoolers for one credit. She ended up with 18 credits. Because of that writing course, she was able to skip her first semester writing course which enabled her to have a three-day weekend all semester. That was extra great because she goes to school just a half-hour away, so she spent her weekends at home with us!

My sophomore is taking German online. He’s also taking a dual enrollment business course through the local community college. He’s doing it all online. He gets college credit, and he stays home with us.

At our area community college, high-schoolers pay only 75% of the course cost! It’s college credit at a huge discount. I kind of wish I started him his freshman year. He did have to go in and take a placement test, but I sincerely think he would have been fine taking it a year ago. Community college courses aren’t known for being that hard. I think most EP kids would be able to excel in them. It’s mostly about doing the work.

Benefits of online college courses:

  • college credit at a discount if using a local community college dual enrollment program
  • courses you can’t offer easily at home (business, accounting, computer programming, graphic design, foreign languages…)
  • show colleges that your child can handle college-level work
  • practice at working with assignments, deadlines, other teachers’ expectations and grading systems
  • some high schoolers really pursue this and get their associates degree by the time they graduate high school
  • could be used to finish high school early since a year’s worth of high school material can get covered in a few months

Cons of online college courses:

  • We haven’t experienced any cons really. There are warnings about what materials your child might use. If you are concerned about content, then stick to courses where that wouldn’t matter. In a similar vein, there are concerns about group chats for classes. We haven’t experienced those either. That’s something you could sit in on and watch the conversation, or again, avoid courses that use that if you are concerned.
  • They are just a few years away from being out in the world. They need to know how to be in it and not of it. Maybe learning the discernment over content of books and conversation is something you want to work on while they are at home with you and not necessarily something to avoid.

Support EP Families

My husband went back to school this summer. He’s working on his master’s in teaching English as a second language. I have a big life update announcement, but I’m going to share that live on Facebook at 2PM EST on Thursday. I will talk about what is in this post as well. After Thursday I’ll add the announcement to a post here.

My husband is going to school debt free which means a lot of budgeting is going on here, but the school raised the prices after just the first semester and left our budget busted. In praying over how to earn more money, I was inspired with the idea I’m going to share with you now. It’s a win, win, win kind of thing.

I have never put ads on the site because I never wanted to dangle something in front of you that said, “Your child would have a better education if only you could afford this.”

Most of you know one of EP’s core values is IT IS ENOUGH. I never want you to feel like you should be doing more than what you’ve decided is right for your family right now.

I was inspired with an idea for a way to use ads to not only help out my family but to help many other EP families as well.

I’ve created a page for ads on the site. There will be no ads in your face. You have to click on SUPPORT EP FAMILIES at the top of the menu to get there and see them. It’s a place for EP families to advertise their businesses, books, blogs, etc. For now, my only limitation is that I won’t place ads for other homeschool/educational materials. But if people are trying to advertise things that are against other EP values, I might end up putting limitations on those as well.

I don’t know if you realize how high traffic EP is. I could actually be asking $1000 for one ad on the main page of EP. If you place an ad, I hope this will help your family. I’m thinking there are a lot of you with Etsy shops, blogs, etc. that could use some help gaining a bigger audience.

Not only does it help EP family businesses, but when you place an ad, the money will cover our free EP books. This will help even more EP families because now people will be able to request any of our books, not just the readers. I don’t know if you realize that I spend thousands a year buying readers for people, so this will be a big help. It will also really help these families who may not even have a computer or internet at home and so need to use the books. Please only request books if you really can’t use the already free curriculum and have no other way to buy the books. It’s still money that could be going to help pay for my husband’s tuition! (The request link is at the bottom of the ad page. Take a look at what’s helping you get these books!)

I hope you can see the heart behind this new page on the site. I’m hoping that it will be something that will be a blessing to many. The first ads will go up on October 1st. After then I hope you will visit often and support your fellow EP families!