What this is…
This is my children’s school. I am putting their assignments online so that they can work independently and so that I have the assignments saved for their younger siblings. Grade levels and 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. I have also finished three years of all of the other subjects. These are called “program years.” Year 4′s theme is modern history, physics and chemistry. Year 1′s theme is ancient history and biology. Year 2 has early American history and zoology for the theme. Year 3 should be ready in 2014 with earth science and geography and cultures as the theme.
When choosing a level, look at the “reading” assignments to decide. Then you only have to choose which program year to study.
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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This week our family is going to take a break and just do a little catching up with school. Here are some fun Christmas activities for your family. There are stories, songs, recipes, crafts and activity books.
One thing I couldn’t do with the curriculum is build in holiday activities. I had to make it so that it could be used at any time, so here are some Thanksgiving activities for those who want them.
Draw a pilgrim or Native American
Draw the Mayflower
Build a Mayflower crafts
I’m sorry I haven’t been posting on the blog. Here’s something I posted on facebook and wanted to share here as well.
The McGuffey Readers are for learning by sight. Your child is to look at the word and remember what it is. We all read by sight. You are doing it right now. Learning to read this way will produce a faster, more fluent reader.
When you are using the McGuffey Readers, there are a few things you can do when a child is stuck. I don’t expect you to teach them to sound out those words. There are too many rules of phonics to do that. Sounding out words and phonics rules will be taught systematically in Getting Ready 2. If you let phonics take its natural place of being for new words, not every word, it will be much simpler for your child.
However, there’s a reason they learn their alphabet sounds before learning to read. I also give them a few Starfall exercises where they put in the first sound of a word. If they are stuck on a word, the first thing to ask is, what letter does the word start with? What sound does that make? Maybe saying the sound will jog their memory about what word it is.
Another strategy if your child is stuck is to have your child look at the picture. Does the picture offer a clue as to what the word is?
A third strategy is to ask your child if what he read makes sense. If a word is out of place, have your child think about what word would make sense.
A fourth strategy is it to look for words you know inside the new word. Words that end in the same letters will rhyme. Some examples: the word “at” inside “sat,” the word “or” inside “for”
Your Getting Ready 1 alphabet stories and sight words should all be working today. Thanks for your patience through our growing pains. There is still some tweaking to do, but things should be working.
The Getting Ready 1 alphabet stories and sight words are found in a few different places. We have been having issues with the links on the site, but those can all be found at an alternate site. You can find those links on the main Getting Ready 1 page. I’ve also started putting them up on youtube. It’s a work in progress. I’m sorry for the technical difficulties, but you don’t have to skip any lessons. They are all available. Please find the link you need on the main GR1 page. Thanks for your patience as we sort it out.
It took a lot of six-hour days with early morning and late nights to get this together, but we did it. Thank you to the moms and dad who have helped with various aspects of these courses.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE read through everything before you start asking questions. A how-to video will be on the how-to page as well.
Please use this to aid you however you need it. Your homeschool is your homeschool. It’s not like anyone else’s. Make the choices that are best for your children and be happy about it. Some families are going to be having their children taking college credit exams and trying to finish college and high school at the same time. Some will be counting helping around the house as a home economics credit. We all have different children and different goals. If we’re not all headed for the same finish line, we don’t all have to be running the same way!
Here it is: Easy Peasy All-in-One HIGH School
The site that plays the alphabet stories and the sight words is down for maintenance. We’ve been using it for a year and a half and never had this problem until recently. However, since they don’t warn us about when they are going to do this or tell us how long it’s going to be, I’m looking into a different options to get those files online.
Thank you for your patience. Hopefully it will be back online today.
I’m planning an August 1st launch of our new high school site. You will find algebra 1, physics, early American history, literature and composition, art appreciation, Spanish 1, and more…
This is just the beginning. New courses will be added each year until it is complete.
Today I wanted to talk about transcripts, grades and records. On EP’s high school page I posted a sample transcript from Lee Binz and a transcript template I created based on the sample. I also have posted a sample course record.
For every course on your transcript, you should have a record page with the course description, a list of learning materials used for the course, a description of the criteria used for grading. You should also keep a sample of work from that course, which can just be photographs of your children doing what they do. These records are what make your “A” meaningful. (Lee Binz’s samples are sort of extreme. You can go to her site or watch the recordings to hear her perspective. I posted recordings of her transcript and records webinars.)
As I start working on high school, I will be adding grading guidelines. I will use online quizzes, assignments and rubrics to guide you in giving a grade to your children’s work. You don’t have to use those things. You can come up with your own guidelines, but I am trying to create a credible standard for grading. You can see how I am doing this on the English 8 page.
You don’t need tests though, in order to grade your child. I put my daughter’s art apprenticeship on her transcript. I gave her an A. I then created a record for that “course.” I described the apprenticeship, what she did, what she learned, what hours she put in and gave criteria for her grade. I listed that she had artwork sold and had her artwork chosen to represent our city in an exhibition.
Maybe you have an academic course without tests or set grading criteria. Maybe your child just has a topic he wants to learn more about. Describe what he did to research, a list of reading and research materials used, and an explanation for the grade you chose. Maybe something like, “Demonstrated comprehensive knowledge and thorough understanding of the subject through a twenty-minute speech (or a research paper or written essays).” Save the speech or an essay or report with the record as proof.
What about grading some of the alternative course examples from the other day? Community theater: You can give an A for “A hundred percent participation, diligence in learning the materials and successful participation in the production. You can take pictures, save a program and/or get a note from the director.
What about home economics? You can award an A for “successfully completing daily assigned tasks and for meeting each course objective by improving in sewing, cooking….”
I hope you can see that you’ll be able to homeschool high school using traditional courses as well as allowing your children to learn the things they love.
I said I would write more this week about credits, transcripts and records. Let me write more about credits today. I shared before that basically, when your child does a class all school year, that’s one credit. A one semester class would be a half credit.
But your child doesn’t have to take a class to get a credit. You could issue credit for their time in a community drama club. You can take a wide variety of things and find the value of it and turn it into credit. You could list home economics on the transcript and give your child credit for cleaning, cooking and babysitting.
There is no one rule for what counts as a credit. Here is a list I found of Pennsylvania’s guidelines. To count as a completed high school course (one credit) a student can do ANY of the following: complete two-thirds of a textbook, have 120 daily logged entries, have 120 hours of logged study, complete a 10 page research paper, complete a college course, or pass an AP exam. These are good guidelines, except I don’t think you need to “log” your children’s every move unless you’re required to.
An Easy Peasy course meets the “120 daily logged entries” requirement. Let’s look at the time guideline. One credit is 120+ hours in a year. A half credit would be 60-90 hours in a year. Think about how much time your child spends making video games on the computer, writing a blog or a novel, taking photographs, etc. If there is something your child loves to do, chances are this time requirement is easily met. You can turn any of these types of things into a course listed on a transcript as long as they put enough time into it. I’ll plan on writing about transcripts tomorrow and how to put a grade on “courses” like these.