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Monday, January 10, 2011

Easy Classical Early Modern Review

If you've been homeschooling for any length of time, you know that "classical approach" and "easy" just don't go together.  Unschooling and easy? Yes.  Unit Studies and easy? Yes again.  But Classical and easy?  Ummm, nope, sorry, that's an oxymoron if ever there was one.

Until now.

Easy Classical is a company run by homeschooling mom, Sandra Williams.  She has taken it upon herself to do all the leg work for you when it comes to homeschooling with a classical approach.  Her complete schedules break down the school year week by week and plan out exactly what you should cover in Language Arts, History, Science, Art and PE using popular classical based curriculum resources.  These complete schedules cover Kindergarten through 6th grade.They also carry main schedules that cover Language Arts, art, and PE, allowing you to use your own science and history curriculums.  And they also carry just History or Science schedules.  It was a history schedule, Early Modern, that we received to review.

The pros:  This history schedule has multiple history "spines" (Story of the World and a few others that are specific to American History) all scheduled out for you- what chapters to cover when, etc.  It even includes comprehension questions to ask your students.  Beyond that, Writing, Geography, History Pocket Projects, and read alouds are all covered.  Some step by step art sketches are included too.  Each week's schedule also contains a shopping list for the next week and a comprehension quiz. 

The cons:  To use the schedule to its fullest, your really must have all the resources they lay out for you.  Of course, if you are dedicated to the classical approach, these resources are staples anyway, but even so, the writing and geography aspects are modules that Easy Classical sells, so there would be some additional cost beyond the $35.95 for the notebook version of the schedule or the $29.95 for the download version of the schedule.

The bottom line:  This really is the closest to "easy" I have ever seen Classical get.  To have all the components laid out for you makes it very helpful.  But to get the most out of these schedules, you need to have all the components.   And who wouldn't want to, if the whole point is to have it made easy for you?  In this case, even the curriculum selection has been done for you. 

To read more about Easy Classical and all the different schedules and resources they sell, go HERE.  They really have a LOT of wonderful information on their site.  To see what other members of the TOS Crew had to say, go HERE.

Legal Disclaimer:  As a member of the TOS Crew, I received a download of the Early Modern Schedule for the purpose of giving my honest review.  That download was the only compensation I received.
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