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.”)
A note about the FACEBOOK GROUP: On the group page you can also find links to groups for the individual levels of the curriculum and a group that shares extra resources they use with their children. 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).
I’ve found a problem with a link.
- If you are using a copy of the course, a pdf, or Evernote for example, please check on the main page to see if there is a new link already in place.
- If the link requires a paid subscription or it opens up to the wrong website, please email me at the address at the bottom of this page.
- 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. We suggest using Firefox to access many activities.
- If the page says that it’s under construction, we’ll probably just wait until it’s back and not switch it.
- 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…
Ipad doesn’t support flash player which a lot of things use. Here is an article about different browsers that allow flash on iPad. On facebook they have a file about tablets which may offer some help. You can also likely find others using the same device to ask for help.
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.
What do L and M stand for?
L is for the elementary level, grades 1 through 4.
M is for the middle school level, grades 5 through 8.
Do you have high school courses?
Our high school courses are at http://allinonehighschool.com. We are aiming at having a new course for all core subjects each year. You can see the complete list of planned courses here. All courses with links have already been made.
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.
What level should my child be on?
You know your child, and I don’t. That said, here are our placement guides. These are just guides, not law. You can mix and match levels if you use our individual courses. When our new site is ready, you will be able to build an individualized level for your child. Math Placement Guide, Reading Placement Guide, Language Arts Placement Guide
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.
Which PE are we supposed to do?
If you are doing PE separately, then you can choose whichever you like. The PE courses are repeated. They use the same course on the odd years (year 1 and year 3) and they do the other course on the even years (year 2 and year 4). If you are using a level or year, it will automatically take you to your correct PE assignments.
How do I get started with the curriculum?
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 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.
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 upper right/left, type in the day you need; the page will automatically scroll to that day. Easy Peasy!
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.
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 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 will be including 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 ie. 7/10 correct or 70%. You are welcome to track any grades you create using your own system, or you may find 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. 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. There may or may not be answers there in the future. I can’t say if or when there will be answers there. If you have answers for whatever it is, 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.
Does this meet my state’s requirements? Will these courses count for high school credit?
Every state has their own requirements. Learn your state’s requirements at the HSLDA. Google that with your state name. The site 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.
To the moms of high schoolers: in some states your child could play video games for four years and you could call him a high school graduate. My state, Pennsylvania, is not one such state. Here are their guidelines for what “counts.” To count as a completed high school course a student can do ANY of the following: complete two-thirds of a textbook, have 120 daily logged entries, have 120 hours of logged study, complete a 10 page research paper, complete a college course, or pass an AP exam. If you follow Easy Peasy, you’ll have 180 “daily logged entries.” You’ll be way ahead of the game.
How do I get started homeschooling?
Find out your state’s requirements. Find a local homeschool group. Start on Day 1 and just follow the directions.
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 and Math 1 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 an offline reading curriculum. In the EP Store you can purchase (or request) books containing 180 days of reading assignments for your child’s level. Math 1 is also now available, and we are working on other offline versions. Genesis Curriculum is Lee’s offline curriculum.
Thankfully, all the planning has been done for you. First, pick a level for each child. Then select a program year based on interests. It is 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 at allinonehighschool.com. Prep ahead of time will save you aggravation. 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?”
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.
Read this please.
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 address is at the bottom of the page.
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. I have people doing reading for me and watching videos to help with the high school courses, or maybe you have expertise in an area and can help with answer keys. Let me know.
How can I thank you enough? Where can I send a donation?
Still have questions? Ask the community at the Facebook Group. On the group page you can also find links to groups for the individual levels of the curriculum and a group that shares extra resources they use with their children. 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.
Still need to write? It’s a gmail address, allinonehomeschool. (pictured below)