Deuteronomy 6:6-7

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. ~ Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Monday, January 10, 2011

Easy Classical- Early Modern Times

This month I was given the download of a history schedule for Early Modern Times by Easy Classical to review. In exchange, I agreed to provide my honest opinion of it.

Early Modern times has been designed to be implemented using the classical approach to homeschooling. In fact, within the first pages of this schedule is the recommendation to first read the book "The Well Trained Mind:a Guide to Classical Education at Home", by Susan Wise Bauer.

Now, just to clarify, I'm reviewing the schedule itself, not the resources within. This should provide you with a general idea of how to use it in your homeschool.

Alright then, let's talk about how this resource is set up. The lessons are divided into 36 weeks, and fall under one of five categories; 1.) Explorers 2.) Colonies 3.) Colonial America 4.) Independence, and 5.) Revolution.

New topics are usually introduced on Mondays, and include writing assignments that take 1-3 days, depending on your child's abilities. There are also several copywork assignments per week that go along with the current topic. Geography activities provide, what else? geographical information that also relate to the theme.

How about a glimpse into week one? We'll learn about America before she got her name. We'll read out the Story of the World volume 2, and the Story of the Thirteen Colonies. If it works for our schedule, we'll do the optional reading from The History of the U.S. The First Americans. Then we'll tackle the writing assignment- Writing with Early Modern History-Lesson 1. We'll finish up with songs from the West Indies as we study geography, and then answer a few comprehension questions, including "Why did Christopher Columbus call the people who lived in the new land Indians?", and "What did the new land look like?". The assignments are all set up for you for each day, so all you need to do is complete them and check them off the list.

Included are also lists of books, curriculum, writing resources and more, of the classical approach. Of course, you are free to substitute those books that you like. Isn't that the beauty of homeschooling?

Weekly shopping lists allow you to stay organized for the upcoming weeks.

At the end of each week's topic are comprehension questions, so you may check each student's understanding of the material.

You'll find that, depending on your specific goals or needs, there may be more activities than you feel that you can work through. That's okay! You pick and choose what you need to make this work for your family. It's all meant as a suggested guide after all.

Easy Classical is geared to children aged approximately K-6, but you can adjust it here and there to meet your child's educational needs. For example, at the end of the schedule are step by step drawings to be completed by your child, but if it's too much, use it as a coloring page instead.

You can purchase the notebook version of Easy Classical - Early Modern Times for $35.95 or the digital version for $29.95. Feel free to check them out at their website and view sample pages and other products. Happy homeschooling!

Easy Classical-Early Modern Times History Schedule

Ages- K-6

Price:$35.95- notebook version $29.95 digital version

Easy Classical

P.O. Box 1965

Greenfield, N.C. 27835

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