Monday, January 10, 2011

Review: Easy Classical History Schedule

I'm reviewing something a bit different this time, and this one is for those of you who have read Susan Wise Bauer's The Well-Trained Mind and find the classical approach to homeschooling appealing.

Easy Classical is a company that provides homeschooling schedules, based on the ideas presented in The Well-Trained Mind. Their schedules make planning a year's worth of school work in an organized manner an easy thing. Easy Classical's website has a resource page that lists the various curriculum choices recommended for use with their schedules. To be clear, Easy Classical does not sell most of the actual curriculum that is to be used with their schedules (though they do offer writing, geography and copywork companion books on their site), rather, they make using these resources, and following a classical approach to homeschooling easy--by doing all the planning for you. All you need to do is purchase the recommended curriculum and open your Easy Classical schedule, and you are set for the year!

In any case, I was sent Easy Classical's Early Modern Age (Explorers to 1820) History Schedule to review.The Early Modern Age History Schedule is 106 pages jam-packed with scheduled activities, readings, and ideas for your student, as well as comprehension quizzes that can be photocopied and used to check for understanding each week. These schedules can be adapted for use with a student of any age. Each history schedule costs $29.95 for a digital version, or you can have a notebook version shipped to you for $35.95 plus shipping.

I was very impressed with the layout of the schedules, and the quality of the comprehension questions. Everything is very clear and easy to follow. The schedule uses little icons throughout to remind you about different things, like mapping exercises or reading narrations that should be done periodically. I love that it comes with the choice of a digital format as well as a physical product. AND, as if that weren't enough, Easy Classical is now offering writing, geography and copybook companions to go along with their schedules! If I were to take a more rigorous look at the classical approach, for sure I would be returning to Easy Classical's website to find out more about their schedules. I know their schedules would make this approach much more accessible for those of us organizationally-challenged individuals!

In addition to history schedules, Easy Classical sells science schedules, main schedules, and complete schedules for many grade levels. If this was interesting to you, be sure to head on over to Easy Classical and check out their sample pages to see if there's an Easy Classical schedule to meet your homeschooling needs.

Note: I was sent this product free of charge in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any compensation, and all opinions are mine.


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