"Do you like the idea of Classical Education, but find it hard to implement? We can help! Easy Classical provides a variety of resources for teachers and homeschool mothers who desire to teach within the classical framework. We provide schedules, writing guides, copybooks, and geography curriculum all integrated for ease of use and increased retention."For this review, I was asked to review one of the schedules for Easy Classical, Early Modern History. These schedules are based on the recommendations by Susan Wise Bauerʼs book The Well-trained Mind: a Guide to Classical Education at Home. In fact, it is highly recommended that you read that book first before beginning any classical education approach.
Since I have never tried the classical approach to homeschooling, I was eager to check this out. The schedule I was giving was an Adobe download file. Although, I like that fact that I had access to it immediately, I think I would rather have the printed version so that I would be able to write notes, etc. Otherwise, I think you would spend more on ink than you would save purchasing the digital version. (Digital version is $29.95, Notebook version is $35.95) Other than that, I really liked it! It is very well planned and thought out. The schedule is for a 36-week time period and includes lessons for Monday through Friday, although you could easily adjust it to fit a 4-day school work if you prefer. Also included with the schedule are the quizzes with answer keys, Instruction Sheet, and Icon Sheet. See a sample history schedule here. The Icon Sheet is a short list of 4 icons that are used with the schedule sheets as easy reminders for mapping skills, history summary, history song, and reading narration. Personally, I would also want to print out a copy of the schedule sheet and icon sheet each week for the kids to see as well. I know my guys like to be able to see their progress and some of it they could do independently.
I also liked that Easy Classical uses Story of the World as part of its curriculum. I've not used these, but I catch myself looking them over every year because they are so interesting! They also have some of the best actitivies to go along with it. I think using the Easy Classical and Story of the World together would be a GREAT curriculum.
The only other downside that I found, which has nothing to do with Easy Classical, is that my local library has a very limited catalog. A lot of the books recommended with this schedule just weren't readily available to me. I would either have to hunt through several local libraries or purchase them myself. Overall, if I had access to most of the recommended reading books, I wouldn't hesitate to try this.
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**This schedule was provided to me free of charge for an honest review on this blog. I was is no way compensated by Easy Classical.