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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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.
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.