Frequently Asked Questions
There is no enrollment. We keep no records. We are not a school. We are just a curriculum resource. The curriculum is just open and available for anyone to use. The parent is responsible for creating, maintaining, and providing records.
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 to use any course on this site. There is a password for the answer pages. The password is 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.
My EP Assignments does allow for logging in after you create an account. We are not keeping any records for your children, though. The login is only so that your computer knows who you are. You are responsible for all record keeping.
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 iPad, 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.) We are working on removing Flash content and replacing it with mobile-friendly content. It’s a work in progress.
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How do I get started with the curriculum?
The How to Use page has a lot of information. Here’s our quick start guide. Choose a level for your child. Choose a “theme” to study. From the Settings page, click on Save and Go to Student Page. Have your child click on the lesson links 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 theme 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 with ancient history. They pretty much go in order, so I do recommend that wherever you begin, you continue from there, cycling back to ancient history after modern. Learn about the themes here.
Why are there separate Individual courses?
If you choose a LEVEL and a THEME, you are getting the full curriculum as it was originally designed, and you do NOT need to use any additional 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. Then the individual subjects were separated out so that people could mix and match different levels in different subjects. You can certainly just choose a course from the course list, or you can use My EP Assignments and select any course or courses or set a level and theme to get the complete curriculum.
What are the Levels 1 – 4 and Levels 5 – 8 for?
There are two levels of assignments available for the theme courses (history, science, etc.). Levels 1 – 4 is for the elementary level, grades 1 through 4. Levels 5 – 8 is for the middle school level, grades 5 through 8. Your children should use the assignments under their appropriate level heading.
What is the difference between Getting Ready and Learn To Read?
EP’s preschool and kindergarten courses are Getting Ready 1, McGuffey Primer, and Getting Ready 2. GR1 teaches alphabet sounds and names. McGuffey Primer teaches sight words. GR2 practices sight words and teaches phonics. These courses also include handwriting and math at preschool and kindergarten levels. Many older kids need the reading lessons from those courses but not the math and handwriting lessons, so all the reading lessons from McGuffey Primer and Getting Ready 2 were compiled into a separate, stand-alone reading course called Learn To Read. If you are working through GR1, McGuffey Primer, and GR2, you do NOT need to add the LTR course to your My EP Assignments. You’ll already get the reading in the 3 preschool and kinder courses. If the elementary reading courses are too advanced for your student, the Learn To Read course would be the place to start.
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?
They are in high school! 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. We have no records of your children’s scores for any activities done on the site.
Where are the answers?
If it says “answer,” then there is an answer hidden there. 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. (That password is parentsonly – one word, lowercase.) 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?
Use My EP Assignments to track courses and day numbers. Their lesson links will say what day number they are on for each course and will jump them straight to that lesson on the page.
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. I personally have two children with high-functioning autism.
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 1-7), Math (1-6), as well as modern history, physics and chemistry, biology, and ancient history. 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 which allows for all your children to learn together.) Thankfully, all the planning has been done for you. First, pick a level for each child. Then select a theme. The theme courses are set up so that all of your children can study the same things at the same time. Everyone in your family should use the same theme. The themes are split into two levels for grade levels one through four and 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 together. Later in the school day, the theme 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.
There is an Info page on My EP Assignments with lots of videos for specific questions.
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 (Spring 2019), those include Math levels 1 – 5, Language Arts levels 1 – 7, and Reading levels Preschool – 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), just what worksheets they are asked to complete as part of their assignments. 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, the directions and the books. 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?
Amazon at this point does not allow for selling bundles. There are links in the store that take you to a page on Amazon with all the books for each level on one page to guide you to the most recent books for each level.
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 Genesis Curriculum (GC) Steps books, which include all the same reading, handwriting, and math content as the Getting Ready 1&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 email@example.com.
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.