Frequently Asked Questions
My name is Lee. I’m a homeschool mother of six. I’m glad you found us here. Please take the time to read about the curriculum on the About or How To pages. If you still have questions, please be considerate of our volunteer moms and read through the following questions before contacting us or asking the community on Facebook. (Click “Join Group.”)
The main Easy Peasy group is the best place to report issues or ask questions about the curriculum, but we also have over 100 other Facebook groups. We have groups for every state and for the individual levels and year programs of the curriculum and a group that shares extra resources they use with their children, as well as others. I do not supplement the curriculum, and I don’t believe there is a need to. The main group page is for EP only and not to share about other resources. I want to keep it Easy Peasy and don’t want anyone (including myself) overwhelmed with the endless influx of “great” resources, even if they are free.
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What is the password? How do I register?
There is no need to register. Here is the password: parentsonly (all one word, lowercase). Recommendation: Check answers from a browser your child does not use so the browser does not store/save the password in their browser.
I’ve found a problem with a link.
- If you are working from a saved copy of the course, like a PDF or One Note, please check on the main course page to see if there is a new link already in place.
- If the page opens but the pdf, game or video isn’t loading, check our Troubleshooting Guide. You can also wait and try again later or try on a different browser like Firefox.
- Please ask on Facebook to see if it’s just you or if others are having the same problem.
The game/video won’t load on my I-pad, tablet, phone…
EP recommends a laptop (or chromebook) or desktop as the primary device for school. If you wish to use a mobile device (tablet or smart phone), you will need to download and use a free Flash browser like Puffin, Photon, or Dolphin (set to Desktop Mode with Flash enabled in the settings). Look in your app store for Puffin Web Browser (NOT Puffin Academy), Photon Flash Player and Browser, or Dolphin Browser. The browser that comes pre-installed on mobile devices will not run Flash links. (Note: most Kindle/Fire tablets will not allow a Flash browser to be downloaded.)
Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool online
How do I get started with the curriculum?
The How to Use page has a lot of information and a helpful video. Choose a level for your child. Choose a “program year” to study. Have your child go to Day 1 on their level and follow the directions. That’s all.
What level should my child be on?
EP provides placement guides for math, reading, and LA. These are just guides, not law. You can mix and match levels if you use our individual courses.
In general, I don’t suggest choosing a higher reading level than your child’s natural grade level. While they may be excellent readers, the subjects in books for older students may not be appropriate for young readers.
What year should we do?
That’s your decision. You can start anywhere you like. If you just did ancient history, there is no need to start this at year 1. They pretty much go in order, so I do recommend that wherever you begin, you continue from there, cycling back to year 1 after year 4.
Why are there separate Individual courses? Do I need those if I am using a Level and a Year? Are they the same as the Level and Year courses?
If you are using a LEVEL plus a YEAR, you are getting the full curriculum as it was originally designed and you do NOT need to use the individual courses/subjects. Easy Peasy was originally created as complete Levels with all the math, reading, and LA assignments included. The LA lessons often compliment the reading units. A few years ago, the individual subjects were separated out so that people could mix and match different levels in different subjects. When that happened, the individual LA courses were tweaked slightly so that they could stand-alone (rather than working with the corresponding reading course), so the assignments in the individual LA course will sometimes look different than the LA assignments in the levels . It’s typically easier to just pick a complete Level and work through that. But if you need to mix and match different levels for different subjects, you’ll want to work through the individual course links.
What do L and M stand for?
There are 2 levels of assignments available for the Year options (history, science, etc.). Level L is for the elementary level, grades 1 through 4. Level M is for the middle school level, grades 5 through 8.
What supplies do I need to start using Easy Peasy?
Your child just needs basic tools: pencil, scissors, glue, crayons or colored pencils. There are links to “materials needed” lists at the top of each course page. I talk about putting something in your “Bible notebook” or something similar. I have all of my child’s work in one binder. I have dividers for English, History, Science, Math, Other. They need to keep their papers somewhere. My oldest has composition notebooks for a few subjects. They will need to write things in their “notebooks” sometimes, which can just be lined paper or notebooking pages in their binders. Use separate binders, keep it all together, whatever, just keep it organized so that they can find their work. After a few weeks use, you will find what truly works best for each of your students.
Where are the tests?
If there isn’t a test there, then there is no test. Why do you need a test? You are with
your child every day and probably already know his or her strengths and weaknesses. That said, I include grading guides for high school courses using online quizzes, written tests and grading rubrics. Lower levels do not have grades. You are welcome to create your own grading system. You are welcome to track any grades you create using your own system, or you use a parent-created grading sheet. I personally DO NOT recommend keeping any grades unless you are required to.
Where are the answers?
If it says “answer,” then there is an answer there hidden. Click and drag over the blank space to highlight the answer and see it. Like this: (Answer: It’s Easy Peasy!) If the word “Answer” is a link, then you will need the password to see the answer. (See the first question on this page.) If there are no answers there, then there are no answers. If you have answers for whatever it is that you think are helpful to have, send them to me and I’ll post them for everyone.
Do you have a scope and sequence?
You can read the course descriptions on each individual course page. If you would like to make a scope and sequence, I will post it for others. These are the ones I’ve received so far: scope and sequence.
It’s the middle of the school year. What day do we begin on?
That’s your decision. You can feel free to start on Day 1, or you can start wherever you need to in order to finish the year when you want to. Check the individual course pages to read the course descriptions to see if you think it’s something you can jump into the middle of. You are already jumping into the middle of the curriculum (having not started with the getting ready levels), so either way there may be some things you will need to teach or review with your child to help them fit in with whatever they are studying.
How do I remember what day my student is on? Do I have to scroll down the page? Isn’t there a shortcut?
After a few days, your student will know what day they are on regardless of the date. However, parents have created handy checklists that you might find helpful. No, you don’t have to scroll down the entire page of the site to get to Day 119. Yes, there is a
shortcut! Press ‘Ctrl’ & ‘f’ (‘apple’ & ‘f’ for mac) and a search bar will appear in the either upper right/left or the lower left, type in the day you need; the page will automatically scroll to that day. Easy Peasy!
Will this curriculum work for my child who has ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s, Autism,..?
Easy Peasy is a FREE curriculum that you can try at any time. We continually hear reports of students who are very successful using Easy Peasy when no other curriculum has worked. Take a break from what you are using, or use the summer to try it for yourself to find out. There is no harm in trying. No size fits all, every child is different.
Join our Facebook group to meet other families in a similar situation.
Where can I find all the printables in one pdf for a level?
(NEW: We are working on making our own worksheets so that we can do this! Right now we have Getting Ready 1, Language Arts (levels 1-6), Math (1-4 and Step 1), and Year 4 courses available. More are being worked on. Otherwise…) You can’t. I hope you can’t. It would be illegal for me to do that. I would be breaking copyright rules in many instances. Many sites don’t even allow me to link directly to the pdfs which is why you have to go to their site first. I’ve asked some of them if they would be willing to make it easier for you, but they say no. They offer free materials because they want to drive traffic to their site to get advertising money. Be thankful for their free materials and please don’t post online any such all-inclusive pdf.
How do I homeschool multiple levels of children? I have more than one child and they are all different ages and abilities. I only have one computer.
(EP now has offline curriculum [see below]. In the EP Store you can purchase books containing 180 days of assignments for your child’s level in math, reading, and language arts. Genesis Curriculum is Lee’s offline curriculum for history and science.) Thankfully, all the planning has been done for you. First, pick a level for each child. Then select a program year based on interests. The program years are set up this way so that all of your children can study the same things at the same time. Everyone in your family should use the same program year. The program years are split into two levels. Level L is the lower level for grade levels one through four. Level M is the middle level for grade levels five through eight. The high school courses are housed on the High School site. Look over the curriculum ahead of time to see if you want to print out materials
or borrow books from the library. Many families homeschool more than one child with ONLY one computer; while one is doing math on the computer, the others are working on worksheets, reading, chores, correcting yesterday’s work, practicing their instrument(s), cooking/baking, or even playing. Bible can be completed first thing in the day. Later in the school day, the program year materials can be completed together as a unit. Most families find that school lasts anywhere from 2-4 hours giving you more
time to explore other areas of interest. It’s Easy Peasy! Here’s Lee’s response to the question, “Can I use EP with only one computer?”
I am looking through the curriculum and don’t see how…or understand…
I think if you begin using the curriculum you will see and understand. It is simple to use. Try going to Day 1, following the directions, and clicking on the links.
Easy Peasy All-in-One High School
Do you have high school courses?
To the moms of high schoolers:
READ MORE on the High School FAQ page
Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool offline
What books to I need to buy?
You don’t need to buy anything to use the free, complete online curriculum. If you have a computer, internet access, and a printer, you are set! Some subjects have books
available for people who prefer to work offline. At this time (Summer 2018), those include Math levels 1-5, Language Arts levels 1-6, and Reading levels 1-7. Lee’s Genesis Curriculum has more offline options.
What’s the difference between the Printables and the Workbooks?
For Math and LA, the PRINTABLE books include all the worksheets you need to complete the online course (not daily). You can print them at home yourself using the free PDF packets or purchase them as bound books. The WORKBOOKS contain all the same printable worksheets plus enough extra worksheets so that you have one (or more) for every day of the 180-day course. (Do NOT buy both the Printables book and the Workbook.) You can use the Workbook along with the online course and have some extra worksheets. Or you can use the Workbook along with the PARENT’S GUIDE and have a complete offline course.
What’s in the Readers?
For the Reading courses, the EP Readers include all the reading assignments and reading content for the whole year. There are supplemental EP Reader Workbooks with extra vocabulary and spelling worksheets that you can use alongside both the online and offline courses. The Reader Workbook is optional and not needed for completing the course. It gives a place to practice the vocabulary where in the reading curriculum it tells them to review their vocabulary and might just give the words and definitions.
What are the Bundles?
EP offers low-cost, bundled packages that include the Math Workbook and Parent’s Guide, the LA Workbook and Parent’s Guide, the EP Reader, and the EP Reader Workbook for a single level, providing all the offline books that are available to purchase for that level. The bundles for levels 1-3 also include a free summer review book.
What’s the difference between Getting Ready 1 & 2 and Genesis Curriculum’s Steps books?
Getting Ready 1 & 2 have a printables book, a reading book, and a handwriting book available but even with those books, you will still need to go online for the daily lessons and assignments. The offline option for that grade level would be the GC Steps books, which include all the same reading, handwriting, and math content as the GR1&2 online courses (but in a slightly different sequence) and most of the math content from Math 1.
Where can I find all the books that Easy Peasy offers?
Please visit the EP Store.
General Homeschooling Questions
How do I get started homeschooling?
Join your state group. Find out your state’s requirements. Connect with local homeschoolers. Start on Day 1 and just follow the directions.
Does this meet my state’s requirements?
Easy Peasy is used by families in all 50 states. Every state has their own requirements. Learn your state’s requirements at HSLDA. (Google that with your state name.) Easy Peasy is geared to meet Pennsylvania’s requirements. It has 180 days of assignments. In addition to the standard subjects, it covers civics in Year 2 and fire safety each year. Pennsylvania is one of the stricter states, though not THE strictest.
My child was bullied. My child was emotionally abused in school.
I’m sorry for what your family has gone through. Give your child a hug and extra patience. Praise them often. Tell them how great they are. Encourage the things they are good at. Be patient with the struggles. Take a step forward each day.
Do I need to supplement this curriculum? My kids were finished in under two hours. Can that be enough school?
There is no need to supplement this curriculum unless your state requires more, few do. Is it enough? Read this please.
Will this site stay free? I don’t understand how this can be free.
Is this curriculum aligned to the Common Core Standards?
This curriculum is NOT aligned with the Common Core Standards and I have no intention of ever doing so. You can read what I wrote about this here.
I would not be able to homeschool if it weren’t for this site.
I would love to hear your story. Send me a note. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I help?
Let me know about websites disappearing on us. You can even suggest replacements.
Answer questions posted by others in our Facebook groups.