Reading and Language Arts

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?

  1. If you are currently just using one of the levels, this doesn’t affect you.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Now what?

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.

Reading Placement Guide    Language Arts Placement Guide

(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!

38 thoughts on “Reading and Language Arts

  1. Shanda Sargent July 28, 2014 / 5:16 am On Jul 27, 2014 11:06 PM, “Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool” wrote:

    > Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool posted: “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 o”

  2. angela July 28, 2014 / 7:49 am

    Hi, I just wanted to say thank you for all your hard work, it’s really a big help to me. Also for making it FREE!!!!!! God Bless you!

  3. Corlene July 28, 2014 / 8:12 am

    Thank you so much for all your hard work. I cannot wait to have children so I can do Easy Peasy with them!

  4. Nancysue July 28, 2014 / 12:36 pm

    So great! Thank you for your continued work! Your online curriculum never feels stale. Thank you for working on its constant improvement 🙂 You are appreciated!!

  5. Lauren Duarte July 28, 2014 / 1:01 pm

    So great! Thank you so much for all you do!!!

  6. Paola Neira-Noboa July 28, 2014 / 1:06 pm

    We are missionaries and we use some of your homeschool courses for our preschoolers and some for our oldest daughter but this year our budget is tight since we don’t have full support so we were wondering about language arts for our oldest daughter. She is advanced in reading so all these changes you are making are just what we need.

    Thank you so much!

    Paola Noboa

    Salmos 91.1-2
    El que habita al abrigo del Altísimo
    y se acoge a la sombra del Omnipotente,
    dice al Señor: «Tú eres mi esperanza, mi Dios,
    ¡el castillo en el que pongo mi confianza!»

    Psalm 91. 1-2
    1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
    will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
    2 This I declare about the Lord:
    He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
    he is my God, and I trust him.


  7. Karrie July 28, 2014 / 1:24 pm

    Thanks for your efforts! You are Awesome!

  8. Katrina July 28, 2014 / 1:36 pm

    Well I’m excited to see it! It sounds like it will be more user friendly.

  9. growingupgreenwall July 28, 2014 / 2:12 pm

    Thank you so much for all your hard work! I have 5 children and we are currently using your program from preschool through 8th grade. We have been using multiple levels to combine history, science, art, and music for two sets of kids. One of the children is on a much higher level in math then reading. I’m looking forward to an even easier Easy Peasy!

  10. Karrie July 28, 2014 / 3:39 pm

    We are new to EP and I was a little hesitant to use the English for this very reason. My son is excellent at comprehension, but thought to paper has been a struggle. Sounds like I will be able to customize to his needs. Thanks for all your hard work. And thank you for your example of blessing others.

  11. Stacy Claflin July 28, 2014 / 10:45 pm

    Thanks so much for this wonderful site and all the effort you put into it. I’m even more excited now that you have these changes coming up! It sounds exactly like how I’ve been wanting to use the site.

  12. Tracey July 29, 2014 / 3:37 am

    I hate change so much, but I’m sure it will be great!
    Thank you for having such attention to detail. We love the program, have used it for 1st & 2nd and just started another one on Getting Ready 2.

  13. makeroomfor July 29, 2014 / 3:40 am

    Oh, I hate change so much! But I’m sure it will be great.

    We have used EP for 1st, 2nd and just started another child on Getting Ready 2. We love it! Thank you.

    • Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool July 29, 2014 / 10:55 am

      We’re only trying to make the site easier peasier (and maybe just a bit more fun to use!)

  14. Alisha July 29, 2014 / 6:30 am

    Amazing! I’m so thankful that we found your site for our first year of homeschool. It was so wonderful, helpful, and well planned. I didn’t think the site had much room for improvement, but I think the updates will be fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing with us through homeschooling your children. This was the most helpful site for us this year, and we plan to continue using it for years to come.

  15. Alexis M July 29, 2014 / 1:28 pm

    Thank you so much for this awesome website! We have been using it on and off and bits and pieces for the last two years, but this coming school year we are committing to it 100% because we are expecting our 6th child in October. We have tried other methods in the last 4 years and this seems to be the only thing that really works and takes the stress off me and my family.

    Question: I am slightly confused by the changes. So the whole website layout is going to change? I believe you mentioned that we will be able to select our child’s courses and then they will all show up together? Will there be a way we are going to be able to save our individual child’s selected courses?

    Also about how long until the new website will be up? (just planning here) 😀

    Sorry, I don’t have facebook so I wasn’t about to join the group and look. Not being picky or complainy AT ALL.. Just curious about the changes.

    • Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool July 29, 2014 / 2:26 pm

      Alexis, the website is still being planned and worked on so I do not want to make promises and then have something change. The new site will not be available before September and it will be even easier. There is nothing to stress over or worry about.

      • Alexis M July 29, 2014 / 3:03 pm

        Awesome! Thank you so much for your quick response. I can imagine you are super busy so I didn’t want to bother you. However, I just wanted to be sure the new site wasn’t going to be up very soon (like in the next week or so) and then we start our first day of school and everything has changed. Again thank you soooo much! 😀

  16. Gretchen July 29, 2014 / 2:15 pm

    I love your site! My daughter loves to do easy peasy. The changes so wonderful. Everything is planned so nice for us its amazing. Even more so when these changes happen!

  17. Christina July 29, 2014 / 5:04 pm

    As a military and special needs family, I can’t tell you how grateful my family is for you and your hard work! I wouldn’t be able to homeschool if it wasn’t for Easy Peasy. In just the past 2 months we have spent almost 5k on therapy/medical bills for our middle child. If it weren’t for this site, I would have to go back to work and put our kids in public school and daycare. Thank you SO very much, from the bottom of my heart!

  18. Dineen August 4, 2014 / 6:59 pm

    Thanks for the separations! I am just getting ready to begin homeschooling “First grade” and found you. Looking over the curriculum earlier this summer, I had wondered how I would ‘explode’ things, given that her reading seems to be at your “First” level, but her understanding of grammar for Language Arts was much more developed from her public school kindergarten last year.

    • Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool August 4, 2014 / 7:07 pm

      It’s been tricky in some places, but I know it’s an improvement. When the new site is up and running, you’ll be able to build your daughter her own unique level with the courses you choose appearing on her daily assignment page.

  19. Christina George August 6, 2014 / 1:03 pm

    Wow how did you ever find time to go back through your already extensive site to re-organize! Impressive! Thank you so much for offering this program! It is nice that you now have the math placement tests. Being a newbie, but recognizing my son is above PreK level, I need all the help I can get with sorting out his needs!

  20. Michelle C. August 15, 2014 / 7:28 pm

    Just wanted to say thanks for all your hard work just starting EP for 1st, 3rd and 6th. We didn’t know how we were going to homeschool this year with my husband being laid off then
    I found your site. Thank you sooooo much, what a blessing you are. You guys have saved our homeschooling family!

  21. Scarlett August 21, 2014 / 5:20 am

    We are homeschooling for the first year this year and I was recommended to try Easy Peasy. I thought it was too good to be true but glad my skepticism was proven to be false. I am overjoyed.

    I was just thinking as I plan my week “hmm, I have an advanced 3rd grader and a 4th grader with challenges in a couple of subjects, I wonder what kind of “meet in the middle” plan I could piece together on this site for both of them. Well, question answered! It looks like it will be even easier (peasier)! 😉

    As a mother of three, one who I hate sending away for long with severe asthma and allergies, one who’s been bullied every year, and one who “can’t learn so good with so much noise around him” (he is autistic), it has been such a blessing to find this varied, fun and organized place to learn. We had about resigned to doing another program that is secular and rigorous to the point of not being enjoyable. Thank you and may the Lord richly bless your family. I know He must be pleased with the servitude of all involved in making this happen.

  22. Amber Tucker August 27, 2014 / 5:04 pm

    Is there a date for the new website to be up and running? Thanks!

  23. cnkx3 August 27, 2014 / 7:53 pm

    What will happen to this site? Can we still use it? Just a suggestion: Make the new website launch next summer so that we don’t all have to change everything mid school year and can explore it and make our plans during the summer. I know it would make life SO MUCH easier for most that way:) Thank you for all you do and for making this free! As a military family who moves often and does not have the ability to take our supplies with us, EP has been a wonderful resource for us!

  24. Aimee Mayfield September 18, 2014 / 6:41 pm

    I just had to say that we are LOVING the new improvements! It is so much easier peasier! Thank you so much for your hard work. My 3 children and I really like the new way it’s set up.

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  28. Stacie November 2, 2015 / 5:07 am

    I’m curious if it is still in the works to have the ability to see the students daily assignments all in one spot as mentioned in this post. There have been phenomenal changes recently to the website, and the coming out of the Genesis Curriculum and the readers/workbooks. I am thrilled that this program is available!!! Blessings and rest for your uncountable hours poured into this ministry 🙂

    • Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool November 2, 2015 / 11:28 am

      The new website is in the works. It’s being done by volunteer EP dads, so I can’t really control the timeline. We were hoping to have it ready by this summer, but next summer is now the goal with us testing it this winter and spring.

      • Stacie November 4, 2015 / 5:40 pm

        Awesome!!! Bless those volunteers, great will be their reward. 🙂

  29. ED November 14, 2019 / 7:46 pm

    This is awesome but I need to know the password to the answers for reading 7

    • Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool November 14, 2019 / 9:08 pm

      I did reply to your email address, but it was returned undeliverable. I am not going to post the password here. Try the FAQ page or our support group.

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