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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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.
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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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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.
I realized that I didn’t announce the other courses that I have just recently finished! These are listed under individual courses and will be part of the Year 3 program of study. Those links will go up this spring.
Reading List: L folk tales, M Around the World in 80 Days
Course Description: This course in earth science will engage students with experiments and projects. Students will also learn through text, video and online interactives. Their study of the earth will include learning the rock and water cycles. They will study rocks and the make up of the earth. They will learn about the types and causes of weather as well as how to predict the weather. Students will follow and learn about the numerous types of bodies of water in our world. They will dive into the ocean and discover what’s hidden in its depths. Students will learn about the atmosphere and fly up into space. They will study objects in space and learn the history of space exploration.
Note: As always, this course supports a literal interpretation of the Bible that the earth was created in six days. I bring this up with the students and make notes in the curriculum about it as it comes up. I also included links to Answers in Genesis and 4th Day Alliance.
Art is complete for the Year 3 program of study. You’ll find it in the list of individual courses. Here’s the course description.
Students will study art as they make observations about work by artists from across the globe. Students will not only look at paintings but architecture, sculptures, costumes, floats and other non-traditional art. Students will draw, paint and create several projects inspired by their studies.