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About the product/service: As part of the TOS Homeschool Crew I received a free download of the Early Modern History Schedule from Easy Classical. In this case I did not actually use the schedule as I am not a classical educator, nor are we studying early modern history. My job for this review was to simply review the schedule itself and let you know what I think! :)
First I should tell you that this is not the only product available from Easy Classical. Easy Classic not only sells complete schedules, main schedules, science schedules, and of course, history schedules, they also sell writing guides, copy books, and curricula that incorporate geography.
As far as the schedules go, they basically take an entire year's worth of work and break it down into daily lessons for a 36 week period. Sure you could do this yourself, but I imagine it would be quite time consuming if you had to try to pull from different resources and then somehow coordinate the subjects so that it all "gelled."
The Early Modern History Schedule (Explorers to 1815) interconnects history with geography, art, writing and read-alouds. It comes in both a download version and a hard copy version that comes in a 1" three-ring binder. This schedule was developed for students in K-6 and includes over 45 pages of lesson plans, charts, and sheets to aid you in teaching. There are projects, activities, and ideas that are included to compliment all learning styles. There are also review questions and answers, quizzes, and even a handy shopping list for each lesson so that you can prepare ahead. Check out a sample of the schedule here. Check out sample lesson plans here. Click here to see a page that not only lists all the required and supplemental resources, but actually has links to where they can be purchased.
What are the pros of this product? Well, if you are a schedule person, and are a classical educator, this would be a perfect fit for you! Everything is laid out very clearly, and there are all sorts of extra helps built right into the schedule.
Another plus is that Easy Classical Press is not one of those companies that claims to know the ONLY perfect way to homeschool. The creator of the schedule, Sandra Williams, understands that you will want to tweak the schedule to fit your needs, and it's made to be quite "tweakable."
What's not to like? Honestly, if you are a classical kind of gal (or guy) you will most likely like this unless you are not a schedule person. Somehow I think that most classical educators ARE schedule people. I have no scientific backing for that, just my own hunch. :)
The only classical educator I can think of who might not like this is one who is totally into creating his or her own curriculum from scratch. If you are one of those people, well, I am sorry for you. Okay, just kidding, here. But seriously, I think most moms (or dads) would love to have some of the basic organization done for them. :)
Now, though I'm only reviewing the schedule, I do think it bears mentioning that there are simply loads of resources that are required for this program. Though many of them are available at the library, it could really get costly to have to buy all of these books. This is a huge consideration for those who are on a tight budget (or are just frugal like me.)
The Crazy Mom take: Like I stated above, this is a unique review in that we were not actually required to use the product. (And, yes, we normally work very hard to actually USE each and every product we get with our children unless it is an absolutely wrong fit. Even then, we will use it ourselves as thoroughly as possible so we can share our opinions with our readers.)
Anyway, since we are probably on the complete opposite end of the spectrum as the classical homeschool, I am a bit out of my element. I tend to use one book for history that my children read through on their own. I then supplement with lots of biographies and other relevant material. I don't test much, and to be honest, so far my kids have tested very well in social studies on standardized tests. Anyway, I just wanted to give you an idea of where I am coming from here. When I look at the classical way of education I am like, NO WAY!!! LOL It is just not my style. However, if I were to go classical, I would have to have something like this to keep me sane. (Wait a minute, I'm Crazy Mom, too late for that! LOL) OK, I would have to have something like this to keep me from going completely crazy. I am very sequential and that is the main reason I can't do integrated studies. I just get too overwhelmed pulling information from so many resources and trying to keep it all straight in my head. A schedule like this would be a total must.
So if you are totally not classical, you probably won't be interested. (Though like I always say, you really ought to check it out yourself.) However, if you are a classical educator, or would like to be, this might be the best thing to ever happen to your homeschool!
What's the bottom line? Digital $29.95/Notebook $25.95
I am going to give Early Modern History Schecule from Easy Classical 3 out of 5 smileys!!!
Check it out! http://www.easyclassical.com/index.html
See what my fellow TOS Crew members have to say @
*The Smiley System:
I can't really recommend this product.
This is a good product, but isn't right for everyone.
Most homeschool moms will find this useful.
This is great, and I would recommend it to anyone!!!
Disclaimer!!! I reviewed this product because I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew. I was given the product by the vendor to use and evaluate in my home so that I might share my insights with others. Other than receiving the product, which I kinda have to to be able to assess the product, I am not compensated for my reviews in any way. I am in no way obligated to give a positive review. I do try to point out negatives when I see them, though I am admittedly a pretty easy going gal! What you read are my honest assessments of the products I receive.
As with all products, you must do the research before buying. Please visit the the other crew members' blogs, the vendor websites, and any other review sites you might find before buying. I can't guarantee that a product will work for you. You must decide what will fit with your teaching style, and your child(ren)'s learning style(s). I do not judge anything other than the educational value of the products I review. I am not qualified to make judgements as to the safely of any product, and I make no guarantee that the products I review are safe for you, your family, or anyone else. I am simply giving my opinion; only you know what is best for you and your family.
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