What’s New on the Site?

We released Language Arts 5 without any fanfare. There have been several things that have been added to the site that I want to let you know about.
 
Tomorrow I’ll be doing this as a live announcement on my Facebook page and then will open it up for questions about it all. That will be Tuesday, May 1st, at 1pm EST.
 
I want to let you know that LA 5 is released but also that there is something different about it. Do you notice something different about the title of this book?
LAPG
 
It’s called a lesson guide, not a parent’s guide. We have made both the math and language arts for level 5 for the students to use independently. That’s a change from the other levels.
 
All workbooks were made to be used along with the online course or with the guide. For instance, Language Arts 5 has several readings in their lesson guide that they will need. Also, the LA 5 workbook does not have 180 pages. When they work on a big paper over several days, I suggest they type it. Any little writing assignments that are to be done just that day do have a page in the workbook.
 
We now have book bundles. You can buy everything for a level with one button, all the reading, writing, and math. Each bundle comes with a free book. It’s cheaper than ordering them all on Amazon with Prime, not to mention much faster and easier. 
 
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.

Speak Up for Parent Rights

The Bills Died! Yeah! Thank you to all the California homeschoolers who showed up to fight the bills in person! Thank you to everyone who signed. They told me the signatures had stopped coming in and they were about 5000 away from their goal. After I told EP about it, they got over 6000 more signatures.

There are two bills being heard next week in California. They are threats to parent rights and are specifically aimed against homeschoolers.

If the one bill passes, it would impose on homeschoolers home safety and health checks, curriculum standards, and credentialing of the homeschool teacher.

Please sign the petition to help stop these absurd requirements that assume a parent has no place teaching their own children.

“What occurs in California has a significant impact on the rest of the nation because of its size and media influence. It is imperative that these two bills be defeated for the good of homeschoolers everywhere.” Mike Smith of the HSLDA

Here’s the petition to sign. You just need to enter your name and email address in the top right corner. Just takes a sec. You don’t have to have your name listed on the website.

I know EP users can make a big impact on the number who sign the petition. Let’s get it done. Thanks for taking the time to take a stand for homeschooling everywhere.

 

To God Be the Glory

To God be the glory, great things He has done!

I get some great letters. I wish I had them printed and organized somehow. I couldn’t tell you how many people have written and said they were in tears as they wrote. They prayed for an answer and God sent them to EP.

I love hearing that EP is an answer to prayer. Like Thomas, I want to be a useful engine. I like knowing God is using me.

I like to say that EP brings life into homes. I have heard awful/wonderful stories of kids who were suicidal and who now have hope again because EP made homeschooling possible for their families to get them out of terrible situations at school. I have heard awful/wonderful stories about mothers who were hospitalized, dying, or who had died and EP was part of what made it possible for the families to continue homeschooling to keep normalcy and stability for the kids. Then there are the stories of the overwhelmed who have found peace by choosing EP and the burned out who again found joy in homeschooling by coming to EP.

I never want to stop hearing your stories and I always appreciate a thanks, but I just wanted to stop and make sure we all said a Praise God! He has done this amazing thing. I never intended for EP to become what it has. I didn’t plan this to happen. The Lord has accomplished this thing. I’m thankful He chose me to be part of it.

I want to say thank you to everyone who takes the time to answer questions on Facebook. I appreciate your care and concern to respond and to help someone else out. You are part of bringing life into whatever hard situations they are in.

And thanks to those determined volunteers who can literally work hours a day on EP stuff, completely selflessly. You are all amazing. I’m grateful to have you in my life and as part of EP’s ministry.

And mostly, thank You, Lord. You have done more than I could have asked for or imagined. EP is Yours. Use it and me as is pleasing to You.

 

Live Foreign Language Classes

If you have a child in middle school or high school, 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 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. He’s a very fun and engaging teacher.

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. Feel free to respond again if you have already voted. This is a separate poll for students 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