I told you I would tell you more about the EP First Reader. This book is the offline version of our Reading 1 course which is the reading and vocabulary lessons from Level 1. I made the decision to go totally offline so you wouldn’t be caught off guard on any given day with needing the internet.
The EP First Reader, by necessity, had to be altered in some ways from the online course, though I tried to keep things as similar as I could where possible. I had to replace readings that weren’t in the public domain, and I created reading and vocabulary activities to replace online ones. These are simple activities such as coming up with synonyms and antonyms of words and coming up with words in the same “families.”
Each day is labeled and is followed by the day’s assignment, just like on the site. The assignments were edited as necessary to avoid references to links, etc. The assignment directions are immediately followed by the day’s reading. There are no longer instructions to stop reading at a certain point. They can just read until they get to the next day marker.
If there is a question in the assignment directions, it is followed by (Answers), so you know there’s an answer in the back if you want to look it up. Answers are labeled by day number
I did include some, not all, pictures from the readings. In the EP First Reader this is mostly for fun and to break things up. In older levels it is used sometimes to aid in understanding, especially with the poetry. (The picture below is from my Word document, not the book.)
What else would you like to know? There is no longer a worksheet to fill out for a book report, just directions for what to write. The last book included is one that had never before been published. It’s a replacement book I used. It’s one I wrote about eight years ago and is based on real life, when our family lived in a Roma (Gypsy) village in Macedonia.
Over the weekend I edited the book to include a note on the last page. It asks that you consider passing the book along to a family in need when your family is finished with it. We have gotten a lot of requests for free books, and I would encourage everyone to take part in the ministry of helping other families homeschool by passing on your book instead of reselling it. We’ll facilitate your doing that if you are interested when the time comes.
Some book stats: 344 pages, 7.5 by 9.25 inches, font is size 12
This book is for sale now. I’ll update when it’s available on Amazon and on Kindle. From what I checked the shipping is a little cheaper from the CreateSpace store.
Before I dive in, I want to respond to some of the comments that were on facebook when I announced I was going to make a big announcement. For those of you who didn’t see them, I was posting pictures of a book. And for a lot of you, this will be more than you imagined. :)
1. I had intended to only announce what I had been working on when I announced I had an announcement. The beginnings are ready, but the rest are in the works. So a warning to those SOOOOO excited about this, you may have to be a little patient for what you want.
2. I’m not going to sell out of books. I am publishing them for free through Amazon.com’s Create Space. You will be buying them from Amazon. They won’t run out. They also get most of the money from the sales and set the base price of the book. Which leads me to…
3. I’m not going to “make a fortune.” I will get a royalty from each book. Some proceeds will go to scholarships. I’m committed to EP being free. If you need these books because you don’t have internet at home or one computer and ten kids and can’t afford the books, there’s a scholarship request form for you on our new store page. Other proceeds will go to saving up so that hopefully one day I will have enough to order spiral binding copies of some of these things, which I think would be awesome. So, basically I’m not making money from these! It’s going to giving and saving for future EP things! Which leads me to…
4. This isn’t turning into a business. I had no business plan of starting to sell books. This had never been my intention! (story below) This is still a ministry. Please don’t assume I’m making all this money and don’t need donations. Donations cover all my costs and are an encouragement to me.
In August I got to spend some extra time in fasting and in focused prayer and Bible study. This is one of the things that came out of that time. The Lord gave me a new direction for EP, and it’s offline. EP online isn’t going anywhere! No one start to sweat! I have five kids using it and another future EP user.
The first part of going offline is creating readers. That’s what you’ve been seeing pictures of on facebook. The readers are the reading curriculum in 100% offline form. Most of the reading curriculum is made up of public domain books. They can be republished. The books contain the 180 days of assignments and right there with each assignment is the reading for that day. (No more “Stop in the middle of page…”)
For vocabulary, where there was a matching game online, I made a matching activity in the book. Where there was a multiple choice game, I put in a multiple choice activity. I put in the directions to write your answers on a separate paper. No need to write on a few pages of huge book. (This brings up that I’ve asked a family that makes a lot of puzzle books through Amazon’s Create Space and who gives EP free access to their test-making website to make a workbook that would have all of those activities in it for those who want to have their kids write directly on the page.)
Later in the book when they do the same thing for review, I tell them they can either do the vocabulary review game online or go to Day ___ to review their words and send them to the matching activity or whatever. They would be using the Review Games page on the site if they did that. This way I keep it offline, but you still can do some of the more fun things online if you choose.
And yes, there are answers. All of the answers to those activities and all of the answers to the reading comprehension questions are in the back of the book listed by day number.
You will find changes to the reading courses in the readers. Sometimes there was a lesson or activity instead of a reading. I decided to replace all of those with offline lessons and activities. There are actually very few lessons, like rhyming and rhythm in poetry or antonyms and synonyms in vocabulary. Those were replaced in the books with similar things; I put in little lessons and activities, so your child’s not missing out on any learning by using the readers.
Some changes in the readers (as opposed to the online reading curriculum) come from the fact that not every reading is from the public domain, and I can’t publish them. New readings were chosen as replacements. I tried to keep things as similar to the online course as I could since you might be pairing this book with the online language arts course of the same level. Please don’t think you are missing anything important by using the books; you can think of it as getting bonus materials. :)
If you are wanting more offline materials, read on, but first I want to tell you what I don’t think it’s going to involve. I have no intention at this point of doing any other of the courses completely offline. EP was created as an online curriculum and every day there are online activities that can’t be reproduced. Reading lends itself to book format and I thought it was probably the most time consuming thing done on the computer, so this will ease the computer time for families. Also, I could never make a book of all the printables from the courses because I don’t own them. They aren’t mine to sell or even to give away. That’s why I have to point you to their sites instead of just giving you all the worksheets all together for a course.
There is another part to going offline that’s not ready, but I’m ready to announce that I’m working on it. I put this info on our new store page as well. Introducing…
The Genesis Curriculum
This is a 100% offline curriculum covering science, social studies, language arts, Bible and foreign language (with learning Hebrew). All lessons are based off of the book of Genesis.
This is intended to be used as a “one-room schoolhouse” approach with everyone gathering around and learning together with mom (or other homeschool teacher) guiding the completely prepared lesson. This will be accompanied by one workbook for each child that will have all of their work for the year. There’s no daily busywork, but there are grammar, vocabulary, and spelling activities as well as science and social studies assessments that will be completed in their workbook.
Daily lessons include reading a portion of Genesis, practicing a weekly memory verse, doing a dictation for handwriting if desired, writing spelling words from one of the day’s verses, learning a vocabulary word from the day’s Scripture, learning a Hebrew word or practicing verses in Hebrew, covering a science and then social studies topic inspired by the reading from Genesis, a discussion question and finally writing.
My intention is to make this 180 days; we’ll see. I think there will be additional years of this created. I’m doing these lessons now with kids ages 6-12.
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!
To celebrate our new logo :) we’re selling EP Tees! Show your support for Easy Peasy by showing off our name and logo. These would be great for meeting up on our annual EP picnic day. Some areas have formed EP field trip groups. How great to go out in matching shirts! For those of you who tell me you are spreading the news far and wide about Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool, here’s a way to be a walking advertisement for Easy Peasy.
- Order your EP Tees for just $12.99!
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A logo for the site has been decided on. Congratulations to Leah Hendershot! We were most impressed by her careful thoughtfulness in creating her design, especially in showing it is an online curriculum. She also even added in a cross by overlapping the EP. You can check out our new facebook banners as well which show our slogan, “More time for happy!” This logo and a banner will be featured on our new site. Thank you to everyone who participated. We have some amazing designers in our EP family!
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What is Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool?
This is my children’s school. I have put their assignments online so that they can work independently and so that I have the assignments saved for their younger siblings. Well, that’s how it started. EP now ranges beyond its humble beginnings. Grade levels and individual courses include 180 days of homeschool lessons and assignments. It covers reading, writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, math, history/social studies/geography, science, Spanish, Bible, computer, music, art, PE/health, and logic. It uses only free materials found on the internet.
This site holds preschool (getting ready 1), kindergarten (getting ready 2), and first through eighth. Grade levels include all of the English, math, computer and logic. The other subjects are combined into “program years” so that all of your children can study the same topic at the same time. Year 1’s theme is ancient history and biology. Year 2 has early American history and zoology for the theme. Year 3 is earth science and geography and cultures as the theme. Year 4’s theme is modern history, physics and chemistry. (We have a separate high school site.)
Your child just goes to Day 1 on his or her level (found in the sidebar) and starts clicking through the assignments! That’s all!
And yes, it’s all free. You’ll need paper, pencil, etc. and some minor supplies if you choose to do the experiments and art projects, but all of the reading materials, etc. are all free and online.
My hope is to enable families to continue homeschooling no matter their life circumstances. A sister site, All-in-One Highschool, holds the high school courses that are being made.
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Development of EP’s new site is well under way. It’s main purpose will be to enable you to customize your child’s level. There will be no more first, second, third… You will choose your child’s courses, and each day’s assignments will be displayed all on one page for your child. (This also means there will be no more “years.” You will just choose ancient history, for example, and it will show up with the your child’s math and English and everything else.)
Since we will have more control over our children’s levels, I decided to take advantage of that and split English into two separate courses, Reading and Language Arts. I haven’t finished yet, but I am hoping to be finished within the next week or two. Reading and Language Arts 1-4 are on the site now, and I will continue through English 7. English 8 and the other high school level English courses will remain intact.
A new course called “Learn to Read” has also been added. This is just the reading program separated out from the Getting Ready levels (preschool and kindergarten). If you have an older student learning to read, this course is for you!
What will be affected by the new courses?
- If you are currently just using one of the levels, this doesn’t affect you.
- If you are using the English page separately, you are going to have to switch to the reading and language arts pages because the English pages will come down. (You could print the English page you are on, but the links will not be updated if there’s ever a problem.)
- If you are using Getting Ready 1 or Getting Ready 2 (on the new site they will just be called preschool and kindergarten), then you do NOT need to use the Learn to Read course. It’s already included in your child’s assignments.
- I tried to carefully comb the English assignments for things that would be out of place if the courses are not used together, but I kept almost all of the assignments the same. For instance, many times the writing prompt relates to what the reading assignment is for that level. I just took out mentions of the book but left the prompt. Your child can write about a time he was surprised even if he’s not reading the chapter that inspired the prompt.
- Sometimes in English I only had reading assignments and sometimes I only had writing, so there were times I had to add in extra assignments on the new course pages. That means the courses are different in little ways from the current English courses. Going through the assignments, I was able to edit them some, add in some more practice, and add in more high fives and hugs!
- Realize that if you are mixing and matching reading and language arts levels that maybe you’ll end up with some short days or some longer days. I can’t compare every possible reading and language arts level combination to make sure they don’t have two quick things or two involved things on one day. I was thoughtful of it as I edited the lessons, but it could happen.
- I’m aware that this could create a gap for a child. For instance, they could be starting reading 6 as they finish language arts 7, so they aren’t ready for the reading in 8th where the language arts and reading aren’t separated. I am thinking about how to approach this. My plan is to make “intermediate” reading and language arts courses that will be generic and be able to used over a couple of years if necessary. There will be a reading list with general directions for daily work. Language arts would be daily writing with a daily activity such as vocabulary from a site where they can keep moving forward on their own. Grammar activities will only be review.
If you are happy with your level, please keep using it! That’s the easiest way to use the site. For those who think their child would do better on separate reading and language arts courses, take a look at the pages and read the course descriptions. I also created a guide for deciding on your child’s level. NOTE! This is just a guide. For instance, if you think that a certain level is right, but your child doesn’t know his parts of speech, then just use that level and teach him the parts of speech on the side.
These guides are also on the FAQ page and the How to Use page.
(If you go to those pages, you’ll see there’s a math placement guide as well.)
Hopefully you can see how the new site will be great for piecing together the just-right level for your child and make using varying levels Easy Peasy!
If you are on year 3 (or even if not, this is pretty amazing stuff), you might like to read this article on how an underground supervolcano melted the ground!
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 email@example.com 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.