Complete, All Free Curriculum

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 created to be.

Try out our new way to access and track lessons

myepassignments.com

In 2011, I (Lee Giles) began putting my children’s assignments online so that they could work independently and so that I had 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.) Choosing a level (on My EP) will set reading, language arts, math, computer and logic, any of which can be switched to a more appropriate level without affecting the others. Choosing a theme enables all of your children to study the same topic at the same time. The themes are based around the history courses of ancient history, early American history, geography and cultures, and modern history. Music and art are part of these themes and science is set to what would typically be studied at the same time.

You choose the courses. Set it and forget it. Then your child just clicks on the lesson link for each course (found on My EP) and starts clicking through the assignments. It will track what lesson they are on and their days. It does not save any other information. We do not track your students. It’s just an aid for you.

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. We do offer offline courses for math, reading, and language arts, which you can find in our store. You can also find workbooks of Printables, the worksheets used in the online courses so that you don’t have to print. There is a suggested donation for using My EP if you so choose.

My hope is to enable families to continue homeschooling no matter their life circumstances. A sister site, All-in-One High School, holds the high school courses.

You can read my response to the questions “Is it enough?” and “How can this be free?”.

You can read more about the curriculum on the About and How To pages. You can also see if your questions have been answered on the FAQ page.

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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Money Miracles

This week I shared some more money miracles. Some were just “little” miracles. Three times strangers just handed money to one of my sons, each time the same son. One of the times was his birthday and it paid for the whole celebration. During this time we were living without income. We had left our agency and regular support. You can read that story here.

Another time on the way to buy bread for breakfast, we found a coin on the street which was going to enable us to buy as much as usual. Then the seller threw in extra for the kids. We thought we were lacking, but God turned our lack into an abundance.

Twice we received checks in the mail unexpectedly when we had a big expense. Most recently, just a couple of years ago, we had a big dental bill and over a thousand dollars came in a check from a German bank saying that we had overpaid our heating bill. We hadn’t been in Germany for more than a year and a half.

Once, while we were living in Turkey, we needed $40,000 to renew our visas because of a change in the laws there. (It was supposed to prove we could afford to live there. We didn’t need to have that much in order to live there because we had money coming in from my husband teaching languages online to homeschoolers.) We didn’t have the money. If God wanted us there, He was going to have to figure it out.

At the time we were living in the middle of a school for Syrian refugees, literally. The apartments above and below us had emptied out at the same time and we scooped up out. Within a day or two we got a phone call. It was a friend who had been kicked out of the country. We asked where she was; she said outside. She had gotten back in, bravely showing up at the airport and getting detained and questioned, but they ended up letting her back in. She was with a Syria pastor who was heading a little school for Syrian refugee children. The landlord where they had been kicked them out and they were looking for a new place. We had one. They grew into both apartments and eventually into ours when we left.

While in the middle of all this work for Syrian refugees, we one day met Joseph who was helping getting money to a town in Syria that had been cut off because of the war. One of the Syrians was going to take the money over the border. The problem was that they needed to transfer the money from his organization’s European bank to Turkey to get the money. The Syrians couldn’t have bank accounts, so he asked us if we had one. We did. He asked if he could send $40,000 to us. (I wasn’t sure telling the story online if it had been dollars. My husband says it was dollars and it was the exact amount like that.) We told him how we needed $40,000 and asked if we could use his money to prove we had money in the bank. He was happy it was going to work out so well! We got the money, got a bank statement, took it all out and gave it to the Syrian christian to go help his home town.

Another story I shared was how a Turkish official at the government hospital worked to get us Turkish insurance to pay for our son’s entire two-month stay in the NICU. We never paid anything that whole time. His heart was moved to help us. We certainly didn’t ask if that could happen. He said no foreigner had ever received Turkish insurance before. And he got it started retroactively to cover from the day before he was born. No one knew how to do it, but he called in favors, pulled strings, and had the grace of God on him.

The final story I told this week was of the time my husband’s ATM card got eaten by an ATM machine. The bank who owned the machine said they wouldn’t help. That card was our only access to our money in America. We called the bank in America and the man said they would overnight a card to us. That was that. Simple. The next day it didn’t arrive. We figured it was because it was a Turkish holiday and they weren’t working, but it was really important to us, so my husband called our American bank and asked about the card being sent. He was told that they couldn’t have sent a card. They were not allowed to. We got transferred to the manager. We tried to explain. He explained that they couldn’t send a card. It was impossible. We would have to physically come in to get it. We explained that we weren’t asking for a card to be sent. We thought it already was. We were just wanting to check on it. He looked at our account and there was a note that it had been sent DHL overnight express. He was angry. He asked who we spoke to. It was Dale the best my husband could remember. There was no one who worked there by that name. He was mad, and my husband just excused himself from the conversation. The card arrived the next day. If it hadn’t happened to be the day before a holiday, we never would have known a miracle had occurred. It would have just seemed normal. God gave us a little glimpse of what He does for us, when we might have never even realized it.

Look for the miracles in every day. God is always working for your good. God is always loving you, so you never need to worry about what He’s up to. Rejoice, give thanks in all circumstances. God is a loving Father who takes care of His children. The rain falls on the righteous and the unrighteous, but the house of the one who builds his house on the Rock stands. Matthew 7:24-27

 

 

How Can This Be Free?

I shared the story about $1000 showing up in the bank as my latest miracle story. This is a fuller version of the story that I shared before on the site. It’s outdated at this time as my husband now helps me with EP as his work!

Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool

Below is something I posted about six years ago. I wanted to share it with you too. Someone questioned how this site could really be free.

How can this be free?

Part 1 – Stepping out of the boat

Why would I offer this for free? Let me tell you a piece of my story.

My husband and I have served the Lord overseas for more than 10 years. For several years we raised the money that we received monthly from our agency. When we came home on furlough, we spent each weekend in a different church, sharing our stories and hoping for financial support.

In 2008, we felt convicted to leave the system. We didn’t like it being such a business, a job. We thought serving the Lord should be 24/7/365, not a 40-hour week. My husband also felt like he was “unequally yoked” at his job teaching English…

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The Toilet Paper Story

We were living in Gaziantep, Turkey at the time, near the Syrian border, and this was during the time of the Syrian refugee crisis. Our city took in more refugees than any other place in the world. Our little city absorbed 500,000 refugees. We lived in a low-income area, so it strained relations. Rents soared. Refugees were given jobs. (Though people grew angry at the refugees, the real issue was the greed of the landlords raising rents with the higher demand and of the bosses hiring refugees because they could pay them less than minimum wage.) It grew tense in our area.

Our area was also hot. It could be 110 degrees and it never rained a drop all summer. I was still nursing our youngest, which just adds to the hot and sweaty. I asked the Lord to take us out of the city in August. I didn’t want to be there for another August. I told Dave about my prayer and told him the only way I would do it was if someone offered us their home. I wasn’t going to plan a vacation and I wasn’t going to ask someone if we could use their vacation home. I wasn’t going to answer my own prayer.

Well, some of our family traveled to Istanbul to hear a speaker and were welcomed in by a family at the church where the event was held. After dinner with the couple, I went on a walk around the outside of the apartment building with the wife. She was talking about their home in Finland. She told me how they always spent every July there, and then she turned to me and said, “You could go in August.”

Normally, we wouldn’t have considered such a thing because the Lord had trained us in our use of money and we didn’t spend it on things like vacations, but it was a direct answer to prayer. We took it to prayer and the Lord ended up providing extra money that month so that we could buy plane tickets without using any savings. And we got to spend two weeks in beautiful Finland, in the middle of the woods, on a lake, just beautiful.

We heard from friends while we were there that it was good we were gone. There was rioting in our neighborhood. Cars were being smashed in and such. The Lord arranged, however He does things like that, for us to be away during that time. It was a protection.

But also while we were there, myself and two or three of the older kids got a stomach bug. It was the only time in my whole life that I had diarrhea (but think of the blessing that the little kids didn’t get it!) I went to go to bed and realized that we were out of toilet paper. We had used it up. The store in the area was twenty minutes away and closed anyway that late at night. I put out napkins and went to bed grumbling about how the Lord had answered this prayer about vacation and then this, not my idea of a perfect vacation. I should have instead thanked Him for His perfect gift and remembered that when we ask for bread, our good Father doesn’t give us a stone.

In the morning when I went to the bathroom, there was a roll of toilet paper sitting on the back of the toilet in each bathroom. (I checked even and it was a different brand than what we had used before and a brand that wasn’t sold at the store there.)

My good Father not only provided (without me asking), but He also was protecting my heart. We need to keep our hearts thankful, which we can do. All we have to do is know Him. Because if we know Him, we know He’s always good, always loving, always faithful, always trustworthy.

The Miracle of the Toilet Paper

I’m going to start sharing some of our miracle stories by video on Facebook and Youtube. I will share those on the blog for you all, so you won’t be missing out.

I want people to get to know God as a good Father. A good father provides, protects, cares for his children. That’s what God does. We can be free from worry and fear and the selfishness that drives us to hurt ourselves and others.

The first story I’ll be sharing seemed appropriate for the times; it’s the time God provided toilet paper for our family. You can look for that story in the next blog post.

The Perfect Family

This post is for Christians, those who are in Christ.

When I got married, I wanted to be the perfect wife, so I read “the” book. When I had kids, I wanted to be the perfect mom, so I read “the” book. Problem was, those books weren’t THE book. The Bible is the only book we need to guide us. Seeking anything apart from God can be idolatry.

We don’t have to imitate others. They may very well be following the leading of the Spirit for their lives, but God is infinitely creative. He never has to do things the same way twice. Americans are great at making methods, coming up with ways to rely on ourselves instead of on God.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t seek wisdom from those who have gone before. I’m not saying it’s wrong to ask for advice. BUT, do we do that without seeking God first? Are we aware that the wisdom of man is foolishness to God? Are we discerning enough to realize when someone is slapping a Bible verse on their experience and labeling it as the biblical way, instead of pointing us to the Bible and allowing God to speak and move in our experience in a unique and personal way?

I guess this post is brought on by all the prayer requests I see. We’re struggling. We’re supposed to be overcomers! I’m not excluding myself from this. There are times I’ve done this right and have certainly been an overcomer in Christ Jesus. There are times I’ve sought from man instead of God, all the while thinking I was doing what was right and not realizing I was looking for answers in the wrong place.

Please keep posting your prayer requests. Please ask your questions. I want us to keep encouraging and helping one another. But we need to keep our focus. We need to keep our eyes on Christ. We need to seek our guidance and wisdom from Him. We need to point others to Him and never present our way as “the” way.

If you are struggling in your marriage, in your finances, in your or your children’s health, whatever, please search to see if anywhere there might be idolatry. Are you trying to make a perfect family instead of seeking the only Perfect One? We are commanded to be perfect, but it’s not at all in the form of doing what someone else says is the right way to be a wife, mother, worker. We are perfect in Christ Jesus alone. As we die to self day to day and Christ is formed in us day to day, we become all that we were intended to be.

And, of course, this can be applied to everything. What are we seeking after? Who are we seeking it from? Where are we seeking answers? Where are we seeking for what we need? Where are we seeking for what we want?

We are to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and our needs will be met. But we need to seek Him in love. I think we too often need God instead of love God. Worship Him. Love Him with your words, with your thoughts, with your obedience.

Jesus opens blind eyes. I pray all our eyes will be opened to where we are seeking anything apart from Him.

 

Some verses for things I mention, in case you need them: God’s word for our guidance – Psalm 119:105 – 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Keep our eyes on Jesus – Hebrews 12:2, Overcomers – Romans 8:37, Seek wisdom from God – James 1:5, Be perfect – Matthew 5:48, Transformed into the image of Christ – 2 Corinthians 3:18, Seek first – Matthew 6:33, Love God by obeying – John 14:15, Opens blind eyes – Luke 4:18, Idolatry in seeking our “saving” apart from God – Judges 10:14, Idolatry in giving into temptation – 1 Corinthians 10:13-14