EP First Reader

EP First Reader


I told you I would tell you more about the EP First Reader. This book is the offline version of our Reading 1 course which is the reading and vocabulary lessons from Level 1. I made the decision to go totally offline so you wouldn’t be caught off guard on any given day with needing the internet.

The EP First Reader, by necessity, had to be altered in some ways from the online course, though I tried to keep things as similar as I could where possible. I had to replace readings that weren’t in the public domain, and I created reading and vocabulary activities to replace online ones. These are simple activities such as coming up with synonyms and antonyms of words and coming up with words in the same “families.”

Each day is labeled and is followed by the day’s assignment, just like on the site. The assignments were edited as necessary to avoid references to links, etc.  The assignment directions are immediately followed by the day’s reading. There are no longer instructions to stop reading at a certain point. They can just read until they get to the next day marker.

If there is a question in the assignment directions, it is followed by (Answers), so you know there’s an answer in the back if you want to look it up. Answers are labeled by day number


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I did include some, not all, pictures from the readings. In the EP First Reader this is mostly for fun and to break things up. In older levels it is used sometimes to aid in understanding, especially with the poetry. (The picture below is from my Word document, not the book.)

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What else would you like to know? There is no longer a worksheet to fill out for a book report, just directions for what to write. The last book included is one that had never before been published. It’s a replacement book I used. It’s one I wrote about eight years ago and is based on real life, when our family lived in a Roma (Gypsy) village in Macedonia.

Over the weekend I edited the book to include a note on the last page. It asks that you consider passing the book along to a family in need when your family is finished with it. We have gotten a lot of requests for free books, and I would encourage everyone to take part in the ministry of helping other families homeschool by passing on your book instead of reselling it. We’ll facilitate your doing that if you are interested when the time comes.

Some book stats: 344 pages, 7.5 by 9.25 inches, font is size 12

This book is for sale now. I’ll update when it’s available on Amazon and on Kindle. From what I checked the shipping is a little cheaper from the CreateSpace store.

41 thoughts on “EP First Reader

  1. Laurie October 20, 2014 / 1:41 pm

    First of all, let me thank your so much for all that you share!!! It’s a blessing for me to have found!

    Please forgive me if I have not seen any indication that you are going to do this, but have you considered offering your book/s in a downloadable form that can be printed by the person buying??

    I ask because I live internationally and it’s difficult for so many reasons to order books – the time it takes to get here; the expensive shipping costs; possible unfair taxes tacked on by the customs here; limitations on the value amount one can receive each year of items mailed; or it just plain things never arriving.

    Thanks so much for all of your efforts!

    • Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool October 20, 2014 / 1:52 pm

      No, I’m not doing that for several reasons. I don’t know where you live, but if your country has its own Amazon you might be able to get it through there for local shipping rates. You can also get it on Kindle. Also, you can print all of the books from the online course now if you wanted to.

      • Laurie October 20, 2014 / 3:49 pm

        Thanks much for the quick reply and info.

        I live in Uruguay. The nearest Amazon is in Brazil, and I just checked, you’re book is not listed to print and send from there. I’ll probably buy the Kindle, but I’d like to also put physical books into the hands of my son to get him away from the computer/technology atmosphere. I will investigate printing the books from the online courses.

        Thank you!

      • Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool October 20, 2014 / 7:08 pm

        It’s not listed anywhere on Amazon yet. Maybe check next week. Is no one coming your way any time soon that could bring it to you?

  2. Amanda Wright October 20, 2014 / 6:19 pm

    We are on our 2nd year of homeschooling, and currently on level 3, and year 2. I write out a daily outline, and write out worksheets, to prevent having to print so much. My question is: would this type of book be good to use in place of that? Like, use it as a workbook to go along with some of the online work?

    AJ Wright


    • Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool October 20, 2014 / 7:07 pm

      This is the entire Reading 1 course, not a workbook. You don’t have to use anything online to go along with it unless you want to. I’m also working on putting all of the levels and courses into books, for those who print out the 180 days’ worth of assignments. Only level 1 is done so far. They will keep coming. I’m working on them.

  3. carrie October 20, 2014 / 6:32 pm

    I love you so much. Although my own son is 10 and we will not be using this particular resource….It just makes me giddy, happy for those who will benefit 🙂 You and your site are just amazing.

  4. Gretchen Schmitt October 20, 2014 / 6:50 pm

    I can’t wait to order this next week. My daughter is doing GR2 so I am so excited!!! Thanks for all of your hard work!!

  5. Chastity Shook October 20, 2014 / 7:57 pm

    Soo excited.How do you go about getting a free book? Thank you 🙂

    • Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool October 20, 2014 / 10:11 pm

      There is no book giveaway. If you need assistance purchasing a book, there’s information on the store page.

  6. Adreann Liddell October 20, 2014 / 11:02 pm

    This is my first year homeschooling and just came across your site. What grade or age level is this connected with. This is what I have been looking for.

    • Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool October 21, 2014 / 2:39 am

      This book is our first level reading curriculum. There’s a reading placement guide on the site. If you are asking about the site, it’s pre-K through high school.

  7. nortedamefan22 October 20, 2014 / 11:45 pm

    I love this free home school curriculum.

  8. tm October 21, 2014 / 4:34 pm

    I can’t even begin to explain how grateful I am for this site and all that you do. My daughter is 13 but has cognitive gaps/learning delays. She is too advanced for straight “Life Skills” classes. Her best fit is/was mainstream classes with modifications but her middle school failed her on every level and so I pulled her.

    This site has helped me to pick and choose her curriculum based on HER personal level (not by age and/or assumed grade level) and that in itself has helped her self esteem so much. She no longer needs “modifications” and she’s very proud of that.

    Sorry, I got off subject there for a minute! I will definately be purchasing this book as I think it would cost more in ink to print it out myself -344 pages, WOW! 🙂 I plan to wait for it to show up on Amazon but my question is, will it be PRIME eligible? As a prime member will I be able to get it with free 2 day shipping?

    Thanks in advance,

  9. nicole October 21, 2014 / 6:34 pm

    its a little off topic but I lovvvveeeee this website I want to thank you for the time you put into this

  10. nicole October 21, 2014 / 6:50 pm


  11. towerofshelly October 21, 2014 / 8:07 pm

    Have been really enjoying EP with my 4th grader; our first year of homeschool. My plan was to have my 1st grader finish out public school this year, then homeschool the two of them and my youngest (who will be Kindergarten) next year. I think I may pull middle out before the school year ends, and will be ready to purchase this first reader as soon as it’s available! Thanks so much!

  12. JoAnna October 28, 2014 / 1:56 pm

    Is the learn to read book for getting ready 1 and 2? Is this one for level?

    • Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool October 28, 2014 / 3:14 pm

      This is the offline version of our Reading 1 course which is the reading and vocabulary lessons from level one. Learn to Read is the Learn to Read course. 🙂 You can find it on the side bar before the other reading courses. It has the McGuffey books and phonics from Getting Ready 1 and 2. For the Primer it has the sight words really big and then the lesson to go with the words. All of the pictures are included.

  13. Sarah November 11, 2014 / 9:25 pm

    I was told that there was a form for low income families to help with the cost of your curriculum. Can you point me in that direction? Thank you so much!

  14. Kelli Etienne November 25, 2014 / 2:57 am

    Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!!!! I can’t telly ou how much stress this has reduced from my life! I will be buy all the books soon (as I get the money) and we will be starting them in January! We have been using the online stuff sporadically as we get the chance, but our computers are constantly crashing and we can’t afford to continue getting new ones and fixing old ones…. so these books are a dream come true! Again, THANK YOU!

  15. tm December 17, 2014 / 9:21 pm

    I recently purchased this reader and can’t wait to get started after the holidays. I see now that there is also a workbook that can accompany it. Can you please explain how it all comes together? I’m trying to figure out if I need to purchase it as well. Thanks again for all that you do!

    • tm December 17, 2014 / 9:47 pm

      Nevermind, I just looked at the sample and definately will be adding this as well. 🙂

      • Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool December 18, 2014 / 3:24 am

        Good, I’m glad you saw that. There are activities in the reader that I created to replicate offline activities they do online when using EP. But they are to write on separate paper since it doesn’t make sense to write on just a few pages of a 300-500 page book. The workbook lets them do the activities in a book and there are extra activities as well. In the other levels there are days where it says “review your vocabulary from Day 45” but if you have the workbook you could do an activity with those vocabulary words.

      • tm January 2, 2015 / 4:13 pm

        I am in the process of planning for “Back to School” for Tues and I just want to clarify that with the workbook, I plug that in whenever I see fitting? The first few pages, for example, are ABC order and fill in the missing letter. Those pages are for extra practice, not prompted to complete in the reader itself?

        Also, and I apologize if this isn’t the correct spot to ask, but I want to make a donation both to you (EP) as well as donate a reader to a family that you feel is in need of one. I know I can make a donation via Paypal, can I make one donation and you split it as needed?

  16. Chasity January 18, 2015 / 11:13 am

    Hi, I just wanted to start by saying thank you for your time and dedication to making it easy and free for people to homeschool our children. I was also wondering if I understood correctly that I could print the books that you have on these levels? and if so where can I print them from?

  17. Demika Foster-Smith November 17, 2015 / 8:20 pm

    Good evening I have a son that is 11 in the third grade and has ADHD so the public school setting has been a struggle. He is the middle child out of the three I have recently he was in another homeschool program. Connections Academy is a good school just moves at a pace too fast for him so any information that you can provide would be greatly appreciated. I was referred to you by that school’s principal. Also, money is very tight having three kids being a single parent and all any donations would be very helpful. I would love to enroll in your program I think that it would be a great motivator for him.

  18. Alisha Klippert February 2, 2016 / 10:02 am

    I was wondering what levels each book would be considered.

  19. darrylandmeg April 14, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    Does this include the optional reading also? i.e. Tor, A Street Boy from Jerusalem, The Wonder Clock, etc.

  20. Barbara January 31, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    I bought the EP first reader workbook. does that go with the EP first reader?

    • Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool February 1, 2017 / 1:24 am

      It has the words from the first reader vocabulary. You can use it with the reader or on its own.

  21. Jennifer Gayle March 16, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    I am going to use the level 1 reading program you have and I like the idea of having my son read from a book instead of just the internet. Instead of buying each individual book you use would all of the readings be in the level 1 reader so I could still follow along online just refer to the book instead of on the internet?

    • Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool March 16, 2017 / 6:39 pm

      Just getting the reader you could still use the online course and refer to the book for the readings. The reader is the whole reading course offline, so you wouldn’t have to refer to the online course. But it’s just that one course, so you could do everything else online.

      • Jennifer Gayle March 17, 2017 / 4:43 pm

        thank you so much for everything! I will be getting the reader. EP has made my life so much easier and my child happier 🙂

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