Monday, January 10, 2011
I have spent many of my insomnia-ridden nights up and reading The Well-Trained Mind, mentally planning and choosing and everything for our upcoming school year. I have heard many great things about the Classical model, and am highly interested.
It can be very intense to plan.
If you are also interested in the Classical model, but intimidated by the large amount of planning needed on your part for the grammar stage (ad beginning of the logic stage), then Easy Classical is someplace you need to check out. They offer schedules and lesson pages for grades 1-6, which can make your life a whole lot easier. (at least when it comes to planning)
I had the opportunity to review their history schedule for the Early Modern time period. You can see a sample of what I got here. It's ALL laid out for you! You have what reading needs to be done, the activities, the cross-curricular activities (like writing), some comprehension questions to ask (with possible answers, even!), and lists of everything you need.
Now, if you're wanting to follow the EXACT layout for history in The Well-Trained Mind, you may have to adjust the schedule a little bit, pulling a couple schedules together in some cases, since the timeframes are broken up a bit differently. But, it is THOROUGH.
If you choose, you can take the schedule, like the one I have, and the materials listed here as needed, and go about your business. OR, you can go with something like Easy Classical's bundles, which include writing, geography and copywork on top of the schedule. Easy Classical offers science schedules as well, making what I consider to be the other hard part of planning a whoooole lot easier :)
If you would like to purchase one of these schedules, head on over to Easy Classical's website. The Early Modern history schedule that I received, in digital format is 29.95, and the notebook version is 35.95. This is the same for all of the history schedules. If you would like to see a sample of the schedule, check here, and for the lesson pages sample, check here.
Personally, while I find the ease of just grabbing the schedule and my materials and going appealing, I am going to try and tough it out a bit more. I prefer the 4 year cycle of history, rather than having it stretched out a little bit. I'm picky, I know. But this IS a great idea if you find the classical planning to be overwhelming and/or your classically homeschooled child needs the history slowed down a bit. (or if you would prefer a little bit slower pace yourself)
If you would like to see the opinions of other Crew members, check the TOS Crew blog!
Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge for my honest review of this product. I received no other compensation for this review.
Posted by Stephanie at 9:09:00 PM