Homeschooling resources have come a long way over the last few years. There are now dozens of online learning platforms available to homeschooling families, and our children are fortunate to live in an age where they have unlimited access to learning right at their fingertips.
Education Perfect is the latest online teaching and learning platform to hit the Canadian homeschooling market, and it is worth exploring! Their software contains many valuable features and functionalities that will save parents time and help them avoid the frustrations of finding the right resources for their children.
What is Education Perfect?
Education Perfect (or “EP,” as many people call it) is an online teaching and learning platform designed by teachers for teachers. It was founded in New Zealand in 2007 and is currently used by millions of students, including homeschoolers around the world. It has recently expanded into many Canadian schools and homes.
What Kind of Lessons Can I Find on EP?
For Canadian users, EP offers content primarily for grades 5-10 (a group with low representation regarding homeschooling resources) and complimentary content for grades K-5 and 11-12. You can find over 35,000 gamified, automatically marked, and interactive lessons that are aligned to curricula all over the world.
Lessons are super easy to find and assign. Many aspects of the platform are customizable and allow for flexibility (for example, the time a child gets to work on a lesson). This means that parents can relax knowing their kids are learning what is right for them.
Canadian parents can find curriculum-aligned content in the following subjects:
- International Languages (incl. French)
- English and Language Arts
A subscription to EP also includes access to lessons in the following areas offering a more global perspective:
- Digital Technologies
- Social Sciences
Education Perfect’s content would be considered secular, and it’s structured and aligned similarly to “traditional” school. Don’t let this deter you though. The platform is super flexible and can be adapted to fit all homeschooling styles and needs. Parents using EP have the opportunity to preview all the content in advance, create custom content folders, and hide anything they don’t want their children to see. Those parents who are really ambitious can even create their own lessons and exams using Education Perfect’s customization interface, “EP Studio”.
Why should I use Education Perfect to Homeschool?
As with any online program, you have easy access with Education Perfect so you can do your homeschooling anywhere! Everything is online, so you don’t have to worry about books or worksheets (unless you want to print those off, of course). There are even parent and learner apps available to download for FREE if using a phone or tablet is preferred.
With the flexibility and wide variety of subjects and levels in EP’s content library, parents can customize their learner’s education to enhance their strengths and support their weaknesses – no matter what level they are currently at.
EP also makes it super simple to monitor, track, and share learner progress, which makes keeping records that much easier.
Education Perfect has a great FAQ section that will cover just about any question you have and 1-1 support is available whenever it is needed. Education Perfect provides FREE training to help users learn how to navigate the platform. These homeschooling community liaisons are typically former teachers who are local and easy to reach. Even when not actively on calls and supporting users, they will still be working hard behind the scenes creating tutorials and sending tips and tricks to ensure parents and learners are enjoying EP and using it to its full potential.
There’s even a supportive Facebook community you can join for interacting with others on how to best use Education Perfect for homeschooling.
How to Use Education Perfect for Homeschooling
There are so many ways you can incorporate EP into your Homeschooling routine. Here are a few ways you might consider doing so:
Parents can search specifically for concepts their learners need extra support with and assign some tasks for extra practice. EP is also a great compliment to textbook work and can be a great way to take a break from pencil and paper activities.
Education can easily serve as a complete homeschooling curriculum in the subject areas mentioned above. Parents can simply assign what they want their learners to work on to complete course requirements.
These requirements are easily found within the platform via printable Lesson Outlines. While EP is easy to use without them, these outlines make it even easier to plan the school year by providing a breakdown of the lessons and time required to complete the school year.
Interest and Passion Led Learning
If you follow a more relaxed, student-led style of homeschooling, you could simply allow your kids to log in and complete the lessons that interest them the most. It’s easy on your end to check in and see precisely what they have been working on.
Create Fact and Spelling Lists for Practice
In Education Perfect, parents can create and assign spelling and fact lists or use any of their pre-made lists. Learners can then log in and practice at their own pace and in different ways (e.g. having vocabulary and spelling words being read to them, recording themselves reading the words)
Monthly Homeschool Competitions
If their learners respond well to external motivation, parents can sign them up for EP’s Monthly Homeschool Huddles. As kids work through each and every lesson (assigned or not), they accumulate points. The top learner every month earns a $50 gift card and every participant is entered into a draw to win an EP sponsored field trip for their homeschooling community. Who doesn’t work well for the chance to win a prize!?
The competitions are based on effort, not accuracy, so the playing field is leveled. It can also serve as a fun competition between siblings since scores from the same “school” are always visible within the Student Zone.
What Does it Cost and How do I Sign up?
Education Perfect has many great features, and they are continuing to grow and develop new courses and tools for homeschooling families. Why not give it a try and see what you think? It could end up being an excellent supplement for your homeschool!
The subscription is super affordable at $25 a month or $250 for the entire year. One parent account includes up to 5 children. Discount codes are also available to parents who participate in the intro webinar or book individual training sessions.
Education Perfect offers a 14-Day Free Trial to check it out for yourself.
If you decide you love it, you can use the coupon code CANADIANHOMESCHOOLER20 at checkout to receive 20% off your yearly subscription. Discount valid until 31 December 2022.