Grace

There is a blog post I wrote on the high school site called, “The Key.” The key was the grace of God. There’s a page in my prayer journal that has scrawled across it: Everything is Grace. When you are teaching your kids to read and to multiply and to recognize the difference between mitosis and meiosis, don’t forget to teach grace.

You aren’t going to raise perfect children because you are human and they are human. There’s no perfect way you can teach them. There’s no perfect way you can raise them. Teaching them rules and enforcing them may create a nice family picture on the outside, but it will never teach your children grace, and we are saved by grace. Do you want your children to act good or be good, act like a Christian or be a Christian?

The Old Testament is two-thirds of the Bible. Its main point seems to be humans aren’t perfect and can’t be. God is God and we’re not. God is good and we’re not. God is all things wonderful and we’re not.

And it would be a sad story, but for grace.

Grace gives God’s goodness and all things wonderful to us, namely Himself. He gives us the grace to be patient, to love, to understand, to teach, to learn, to live, to laugh, to forgive, to try again, to turn back, to heal, to help, to rejoice when our world and our life is far from perfect. He gives us the sun, and the rain. He provides for our needs and then some.

One of our family expressions is: God provides cake too. For a time, about a decade ago, my husband decided he needed to leave his job. We decided we would live by faith and trust the Lord to provide. One evening right around the time we had made our decision, a Roma man, just an acquaintance of ours, stopped by with all the leftovers from his fruit and vegetable cart that he hadn’t sold that day. It was the only time he ever did that. And on his way over, he had picked up a cake for the kids from the store. We feasted on the fresh fruits and veggies—and the cake. We said to our kids, “God doesn’t just make us eat our vegetables. He gives us cake too.”

So let your kids eat cake, the sweet grace of God. Teach your kids grace, the good God who knows we’re human and can’t do it on our own and so made a way to be there with us always to help us out. Make sure your kids know they will never be “good” apart from Christ in them, but that God sees them perfect in Christ Jesus. And make sure they know that God doesn’t just give us what we need, but cake too, just because He can, just because He loves us. God loves your kids more than you do. Make sure they know it.

Records

I just wanted to remind everyone that we don’t have any records of your children’s work. Even though we have My EP Assignments now, we are not keeping any records. Even though technically we could see that your child is on Day 34 of Math 2, we couldn’t officially make a record of that because we have no way of knowing what work is actually being completed.

When the students do an online activity or take an online quiz, there is no record of what was done or how well they did. You need to check in with your child to make sure they are completing their work. You can have them take a screenshot if you want them to prove their scores or that they finished an assignment.

We are not a school, not a program. We’re just a homeschool curriculum. Please don’t list us on your forms for the school district as the school your child is attending. We get contacted by schools often asking for verification that a student is attending or asking for their records. We can’t provide them with those things. You are your child’s teacher and you are the school administrator! You can make records for your child and turn them into the school if they are being requested.

Our courses do have course descriptions and reading lists on course pages to help you with your records and you can even point people to the site to see what the assignments were for the courses you used. We do suggest you keep at least minimal records, something from each subject at least once a quarter. We have reminders in our courses about that to help you out. You can keep written work, but you can also take screen shots of online activities.

 

For Spanish I Students

UPDATE: Two of our Spanish 1 classes (Mondays at 3:30 PM EST and Thursdays at 7:30 PM EST) are full. One Spanish 1 class (Mondays at 12:30 PM EST) still has room. Spanish 2 still has room as well. 

To register, please go here.

Thinking about using EP’s Spanish 1 or Spanish 2 courses this year for your middle or high school student? Consider signing up for our Spanish Live classes to give your student live practice actually using the material he or she is learning in the course.

These classes meet LIVE, in a virtual classroom, one hour per week during the school year. They are an optional supplement to EP’s free online Spanish courses. Students receive structured practice in speaking and understanding Spanish as they interact with each other and with an experienced teacher fluent in Spanish.

The live classes cost $99 per student for the entire school year, and discounts are available for multiple students in the same family. Classes are starting in early September, so register now to get your student ready. Classes are starting soon!

Registration will be closed when the classes are full. For more information, please see our Language Live page. If you have further questions, please write to David Giles at eplanguagelive@gmail.com. Hope to see you in class!

Liz

Meet your teacher – Liz Fernandez

Growing Pains

I’m sorry that I wasn’t prepared for the surge of new people starting My EP Assignments this week. I’m wet behind the ears with a lot of this stuff. At first we were lumping all reports of problems together, but now we’re starting to sift through them and seeing that the one fix we applied earlier in the week wasn’t covering all of it.

We increased our capacity in one area but realized there’s yet another we need to work on. To that end, we will be moving to another server tonight it looks like. That will help with anyone getting DNS server not found messages.

We won’t have that switched before tonight, so if you can hold off on school until later in the afternoon, it would ease our load. This week it seemed around 11AM people start having trouble with getting that error about a DNS server not being found. It just means traffic is too heavy at that time. That’s what will be fixed tonight.

It shouldn’t be asking you to re-log in, only after you have closed the browser page and come back in fresh, not in the middle of working on the site. Also, you shouldn’t be having a Student 1 appear mysteriously. Those are things you can let us know about if they persist. We’re working on figuring them out.

My EP is supposed to make it Easier Peasier for you, so we’re doing all we can to get this going smoothly.

New Books Released

Math 6 – Step 2 – Biology – Ancient History Theme

Step 2 (Math 6)

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The Workbook is the offline course. There are no printables for Step 2. There are many optional worksheets in Step 2 if you wanted them, so if you are someone who wants those, consider getting the Workbook to have those handy, as well as extra practice for every lesson.

The lessons for this book are in the Workbook. The answer key is in the store on the Math page. The Parent’s Guide has the images for the student worksheets with their answers filled in and helps for getting through the lessons, how to approach questions, etc. This is just like the Math 5 – Step 1 book.

This is typically for our 6th and 7th graders.

Biology and Ancient History Theme

These can be found in the store and at in the top section on their respective course pages. These are the worksheets used in the online courses. There are no offline versions of these courses. These are just to save you from printing out 100+ pages. The Ancient History Theme printables book includes the few music printables that are in that theme. There are no art printables in this theme.

EP Biology Printables Levels 1 - 4        EP Ancient History Printables Levels 5 - 8

Biology

  • Levels 1 – 4 print
  • Levels 1 – 4 buy
  • Levels 5 – 8 print
  • Levels 5 – 8 buy

Ancient History

As always, they are priced low to try to save you from printing. We’re just trying to make it easy!