I am using this website to teach Emily and Hannah from preK to 3rd. It is so easy to use. Even a new homeschooling mother can do this program with no problem.
Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool worked better for us than ReadingEggs and another paid program I tried. Neither of those programs were very effective, and we lost months trying them. Easy Peasy is fun for the girls! I wish it had been around with my oldest two because I would have likely used it with all seven.
I believe in teaching phonics for the many advantages it gives students, and I taught phonics with my oldest five children. This program teaches sight words first and then phonics, and I like this approach better. This method lets children start to read from a book much sooner and boosts confidence levels. That translates into fun and interest for the student which makes teaching easier and more fulfilling.
I recommend you read through all of this mom's opening pages, but here are some of the main points. She is also the mother of a large family, so busy moms, she GETS what we need...short, simple, effective, inexpensive.
"This site holds preschool (getting ready 1), kindergarten (getting ready 2), and first through eighth. (We have a separate high school site.) Grade levels include all of the English, math, computer and logic. The other subjects are combined into “program years” so that all of your children can study the same topic at the same time. Year 1’s theme is ancient history and biology. Year 2 has early American history and zoology for the theme. Year 3 is earth science and geography and cultures as the theme. Year 4’s theme is modern history, physics and chemistry.