Easy Classical {review}

I still have yet to define the style or method of study we do in our school. It is a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Some days I feel a little Charlotte Mason, other days I feel a bit eclectic, and some days we are straight-up unschoolers. I have read about the classical style of teaching, but never really delved into learning much about it. It was a pleasure to have the chance to view Easy Classical, which provided much insight into instruction using the classical method. Whether you have defined your style of teaching as classical or not, this is a program that is very detailed and easily allows you to introduce, or continue, this style of teaching in your school.

Easy Classical is a detailed and very thoroughly planned schedule of a school year using the classical method. It was created by the Williams, a homeschooling family that has been home educating for more than ten years. The schedule is based upon the book, The Well-trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer. It is suggested that the instructor reads that book prior to starting the use of the Easy Classical curriculum as well as before starting the school year. It gives an explanation of the classical method and provides a better idea of the direction of the schedule flow. The curriculum is geared towards K-6 grade levels.

I did not have the opportunity to review the curriculum, but rather was provided a digital copy of the Early Modern History Schedule. The schedule is mapped out to provide a full 36-week schedule of lessons to cover a school year. The five sections in the schedule are:
• Explorers
• Colonies
• Colonial America
• Road to Independence
• Revolution

Each section has weekly lesson plans that include reading, writing, geography, craft projects, read-alouds, and a group of comprehensive questions to cover with the students that can be completed orally or as written work.

Each lesson covers a lot of information that, if followed as scheduled, enables the student to finish the school year with a very good understanding of the covered historical periods.

All of the work has been done for you. The daily scheduling, which includes the mapping out of how material is presented daily, book resources (and where to purchase them), reminders of daily tasks, and the answers to the comprehension questions covered weekly. The detailed day-to-day schedule is set up for a 5-day school week. The daily activities are comprehensive, so much that more than enough material is provided to teach the child about each period. Since so much information is given, it is suggested that you not try to complete everything, but rather pick and choose the assignments that better suit the needs of your student.

There may also be a need to adjust the schedule according to your school schedule. We are on a 4-day school week so some of the assignments (especially the reading) might have to be spread out differently to accommodate your current schedule.

Since I only received a copy of the schedule and not the curriculum materials, I am unable to give you an idea about how the schedule and curriculum really work together.

I am already a fan of Susan’s (well-trained Mind) and seeing that this curriculum is based on her book, I would lean more towards considering this curriculum if I decided to go the classical method route. It is obvious that a lot of thought and research went into creating this curriculum.

I like the idea of having a complete schedule and the detail provided. When I am preparing our weekly school schedules, my schedules look a lot like these as well as the independent schedules I create for my children. It takes a lot of work to create this type of schedule and the detail so I can definitely see value in this product.

Another added detail is the “Shopping List for Next Week” Post-It like feature. I like to plan ahead and prepare worksheets, grab materials, etc. for the following week. With this note, I have a list of everything needed and I don’t have to read through the next lesson searching for material and supply needs for each day. It is already there and I can spend more time preparing for the lesson by reading and deciding how to approach each day.

The schedule is available as a download ($29.95) or in a notebook version ($35.95). Although I am part tree hugger, I would prefer to have the notebook version to allow for school preparation away from the computer. These prices are ONLY for the schedule. You will need to purchase all accompanying books and resources separately.

You can read more reviews of this item by fellow crew members on The Homeschool Crew Blog.

The product featured in this review was provided to me free of cost by the manufacturer or representing PR agency as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.
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One Response to “Easy Classical {review}”

  • Comment from Tiffany

    I have a question about the above planning sheets with the shopping list for next week. Did you create those yourself. Or where did you purchase them. Thanks I am planning for next year and that feature looks great.

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