What is Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool?
We exist to help families homeschool. We enable families to homeschool who thought they couldn’t because of a lack of finances, a lack of time, or a lack of know-how. Others join EP just because it’s easy and fun and they’re confident of the quality of education. EP seeks to free families from the burden of pursuing the “perfect” and encourages them to let it be “enough.” Each family and each child is different and we seek to provide the resources to enable your family to be who you were meant to be.
In 2011 I began putting my children’s assignments online so that they can work independently and so that I have the assignments saved for their younger siblings. I also wrote it from the beginning to be able to be used by other families. EP 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. (We have a separate high school site.) 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.
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.
Note: EP is not an online school. We are a homeschool resource. Your home is the school! You are the administrator! We’re just here to help you on your way.
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The final color of the rainbow is ready. Our violet EP Seventh Reader is in print. This is the final book in our EP Reader Series which has put our reading courses into book form. Like the other readers the assignment directions and the readings have been included.
Online vocabulary activities have been replaced with matching and multiple choice activities found in the book. The students are instructed to write their answers on a separate piece of paper. We had a family produce workbooks for us where you can do these vocabulary activities and more.
Where there were online lessons, I created my own versions in the book so that your student won’t be missing out on any learning.
There is one big difference with this last reader. There are times in the first 21 days where part of the assignment must be done online. You can see an example below. It was mostly because I couldn’t write my own summary and analysis for Idylls of the King by Tennyson. They will read that online and then the poem portions are in the book.
These are mega books, each well over 500 pages. You can see examples from the book below. I don’t have my copy yet to take pictures. These are from my Word document.
Learn more about the workbook.
[I wrote this post on Facebook after reading the message I quote at the beginning.]
“12 days into our new school year with Easy Peasy and we are ALL enjoying homeschooling more than we have in YEARS. We never had time for the extras or even free time before. We spent so much time bogged down in JUST the basics with very little to show for it. Now, we not only get to everything, but even in just two weeks I see joy and interest and the ever famed FREE time returning! We have tried all the “best” and most expensive curriculums… and it turns out the very best was right in front of us… and for the very best price of all!”
When I started EP, I wanted to help those struggling financially to be able to continue homeschooling, but I love hearing how EP has brought joy into homes. Too many people define successful homeschooling as children getting into top schools or winning top scholarships. I define successful homeschooling as learning and growing together and enjoying the experience.
I read more and more about the importance of passion in education, in life, in work, even in college admissions and scholarships. If kids are bogged down and bored, there is no passion. It’s not that my kids can’t wait to do their school each day (some things they really enjoy, some things they just do because they have to), but they each have their own passions. EP gives them a great foundation of education, and frees them to spend time on their passions (and I even get to see them put to use some of those foundational lessons from school).
How often do we hear of college students who keep switching majors because they don’t know what they want to do? It’s the same with twenty somethings who are still trying to figure out who they are. Homeschool kids don’t have that problem. They didn’t spend their entire education pretending to be someone they aren’t just to fit in. They get to be themselves at all times and are loved for it. They can come out of homeschool already having spent countless hours getting better and better at what they love to do and showing that passion will make them stand out from all the rest.
So maybe I want to say, when you homeschool, don’t try to fit the mold, whatever mold you are looking at and trying to be like. Every single family is different. Every single kid is different. Don’t try to squeeze your kids, or yourself, into a mold that wasn’t designed for you. Be you. Let your kids be themselves, and enjoy the opportunity to live and learn and grow together in your homeschool.
The next volume of the EP Reader Series is ready, just one to go. These books contain the Reading 6 course. Like the others it has the 180 days assignments with all of the readings, lessons and activities included right in the book. Answers are found in the back of the book.
Because of copyright issues, I have to sometimes switch up assignments. The satire assignments have stayed, but I had to find new images for the book. (The pictures are from my Word document. Because I live overseas, I haven’t gotten my copy of the sixth reader yet to take pictures of the actual book!)
The readers are again split in two. The first book is the assignments, lessons, activities and readings for Days 1-90 of the level 6 reading course. That book is 480 pages. The second book is all that for Days 91-180 and is 344 pages long. The cover is indigo, the next color of the rainbow.
The next set of readers is available. Just like the others you’ll find the 180 days of assignments along with all of the readings. Vocabulary activities have been recreated in the book. Other times they are prompted to review their vocabulary. If you want extra vocabulary activities (or to be able to do them on paper), you can order the vocabulary workbook.
If you are just ordering the second half, consider getting the vocabulary workbook along with the reader IF you don’t want to use the online review games. Most, if not all, vocabulary activities are in the first half and in the second half they are told to review their words.
color: cover blue (next color in the rainbow); interior is black and white
size: 7.5 by 9.25 inches
number of pages: first half is 349; second half is 468
font: Times New Roman 11 (mostly)
The EP Fourth Reader is now available in the EP Store. This is our Reading 4 course in book form. As I was able to work closely again with the course, I made some changes which will be appearing on the Reading 4 and Level 4 pages over the Christmas holiday. I have shortened the length of the some of the daily readings and added in more comprehension questions and narration prompts. Some readings have changed day numbers, but the books are still all in the same order. A Little Princess still starts on Day 101 (as a reference). This will mostly affect The Railway Children and The Peterkin Papers. When you go to your day it won’t put you further into a book than they’ve already gone, but it may give you a chapter you’ve already read. You can not have reading that day, read the chapter again, or decide to skip forward.
Level 4 will be the first to try out our new EP Book Spot, where we will be hosting our readings from the public domain, so we won’t have to worry about archive.org going down or links changing on us. And, I am going to try to update the computer course, as I originally made it before they updated to Scratch 2.0.
As for the reader, here it is. Like the others is has all 180 days of assignments from the reading course with the readings and vocabulary exercises built right into the book.
These vocabulary exercises are made to be done on a separate piece of paper. At my request, a family has made us workbooks that match the vocabulary in these readers. They are beautifully done. There are activities that match what’s in the readers and then more for when the reader says to go back and review your words.
This reader, like the the others, has the answers to the vocabulary and reading comprehension questions in the back. (The pictures are all from an earlier version of the reader that I used for proofreading.)
This book got too long, and I had to split it in half. If you are already halfway through the course, you can just pick up part two, but consider getting the vocabulary workbook along with it if you don’t want to use the online review games since most if not all vocabulary activities are in the first half. In the second half they are just told to review their words. Please pay attention to which one you are ordering. They are split right down the middle, Days 1-90 and Days 91-180.
Color: Green (next color in the rainbow)
Interior: black and white
Pages: Part 1: 382; Part 2: 400
Size: 7.5 x 9.25 inches
Font: Times New Roman size 11 and 12