I’m Going Live on Facebook

Join me on Facebook Live today at 1pm EST, as I interview the founder of Hire Cause, David Dvorkin, on the 4 professional skills that employers recently ranked as most desirable in employees.

More than 2,000 businesses were surveyed about these skills.   For those of you whose children dream to maybe work for themselves one day, it’s even more important that they know what these skills are and how to develop them.

These are things we could all benefit from learning about, but he will share about his organization as well and his program from teens. All Easy Peasy users get a discounted offer for their program, and he’s got a special gift for those interested in the program who are in attendance at the live event this afternoon.

You can go there now and click on Get Reminder to be notified when it’s time.

Resources for Teens

I have a couple of resources for high schoolers that I’ve been learning about and will be sharing with you in the coming months. They both have costs; there are just some things we can’t get for free.  The first one I’ll be sharing about is a company called Hire Cause.

They mentor kids through a project where they work with a local business to raise money for the charity of their choice.

I think this program could really have a long-term impact on kids who participate and see their project through.

Easy Peasy kids get their lowest prices! You can read about it below and on our site on the new Teen Resources page.

Career Preparation With a “Hire Cause”

What do your children want to be when they grow up? Whatever their dream, there are professional skills, which if they develop, have the power to propel them forward in the direction of their dreams.

The challenge is that these professional skills cannot be learned in any classroom, and overworked managers are too busy to teach them in any internship. That’s why so many interns are getting coffee and stapling papers for stressed out supervisors.

What if there was a fun way to develop the professional skills your children needed to pursue their dreams? What if they had a supportive community of peers and mentors helping them along the way? And what if they could develop these skills through projects that had a positive impact on their community?

If you want your children to do well by doing good and grow their skill sets through giving back to their community, then I recommend they apply to the Hire Cause program here. This career prep program is refreshingly unique and powerful. Financial scholarships are also available (and promised to you if you apply in the next few weeks).

See the details on our site. https://allinonehighschool.com/resources-for-your-teens/

First Place

If you think EP is awesome, you aren’t alone.

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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