Anytime I hear that magical four letter word *FREE* and homeschooling curriculum in the same sentence, it immediately intrigues me. With three kids who have vastly different educational needs, I’m always on the lookout for free curriculum that is still high quality and comprehensive. After hearing that Easy Peasy Homeschool is both free and all-inclusive, I knew I had to look into it.
FREE Homeschooling Curriculum with Easy Peasy: A Review
Let’s start with the basics. Easy Peasy Homeschool is an online homeschooling curriculum for preschool through 12th grade. First of all, it is completely free, which makes it a great option for anyone who wants to save money on homeschooling curriculum. The creator’s goal in this site is to make homeschooling a viable option for a family that might not otherwise have the time, ability, or money to do so. It touches on all of the fundamentals, such as reading, history, math and science. In addition to these foundational subjects, Easy Peasy Homeschool also has curriculum for art, music, foreign languages, and more.
- It’s free! You can’t complain about something that costs you $0.
- It can be used as a complete, portable, minimalist curriculum.
- It comes with printed materials.
- There’s a huge support system online for parents. Here are just a few you can find by searching Easy Peasy:
- The pacing on this isn’t as structured as thoroughly represented as I would like.
Getting Ready 1
If you have a preschooler, this is the level you want to start at. Although the program recommends you use it with your 4 year old, it can also be used with younger or older children based on ability and readiness. Your child will know the letter names and sounds, as well common sight words after completing this preschool program. All of these skills are needed to begin reading. With these pre-reading skills, your child will be ready for kindergarten. This year, your preschooler will also learn about counting, shapes and colors.
What I like about Getting Ready 1:
- It’s hands-on – There are so many hands-on activities and games to play. This helps your preschooler have fun while learning.
- The printable packet – The packet makes it easy to follow along in the program. You’ll be able to see your child’s growth as they work their way through the workbook.
Getting Ready 2
Kindergarten is an important year for kids. During this first official year of school, kids learn how to count, recognize letters and numbers, write, read, and much more. All of these basic skills serve as the foundation for the rest of your child’s educational career.
What I like about Getting Ready 2:
- Focus on reading – You will focus on reading skills quite a bit during this year. Strong reading skills are important because they are needed for success in all other subjects.
- A lot of handwriting practice – I love that they focus on properly forming the letters and words. This helps so much with neat handwriting.
- It’s fun – There are so many fun activities, crafts and puzzles that help the student learn. This helps make learning enjoyable!
Easy Peasy divides grades 1-8 into Level L for grades 1-4 and Level M for grades 5-8. When working your way through this homeschooling curriculum during these school years, you have two options. First, you can complete the curriculum by grade level. Alternatively, you can chose to complete it by year. If you have multiple kids in grades 1-8, I would recommend working through the levels so that you can teach your kids together. It saves you time and sanity!
What I like about Grades 1-8:
- Different pacing options – If you do have multiple kids, you know how time consuming it can be to do separate lessons with each of them. The pacing options give you a way to combine lessons.
- The wide variety of subjects – There are so many subjects you can use on Easy Peasy Homeschool. From art to music to P.E., your kids will have a comprehensive education that includes all subject matters.
High School (Grades 9-12)
The high school homeschooling curriculum is similar to the grades 1-8 curriculum, with the main difference of no levels. Each subject has a list of courses you can study and you pick which ones you will use that year. For example, in English, you have the option to learn following courses: English – 8; literature and composition; British literature; American literature; and advanced literature and composition. The great thing about not having these assigned to specific years is that you can do it at your own pace. You can take more time on one course and less on another, depending on how your child is doing. The same goes for the other subjects.
What I like about High School:
- College prep – This homeschooling curriculum offers students guidance on how to make sure they are prepared for college. Although each state might have different requirements, the advice on here points you in the right direction.
- Science labs included – I love that the science courses include labs to go along with the content. Hands-on experience and learning is important, even with your older kids.
- There are electives – Some Easy Peasy parents have submitted some elective courses that high school students can take. This includes such topics as forensics, psychology, and current events.