PhotobucketTitle: Early Modern History (Explorers to 1820) Schedule

Target Ages: K-6th grades
Format: Notebook or digital file
Price: Notebook $35.95; Digital File $29.95

The Early Classical company offers complete schedules, main schedules, history schedules, and science schedules.  The Early Modern History (Explorers to 1820) schedule is based on Susan Wise Bauerʼs book The Well-trained Mind: a Guide to Classical Education at Home. This 36-week History schedule includes activities in reading, writing, geography and hands-on projects to re-inforce the lessons. Each weekly schedule includes comprehension questions WITH ANSWERS and a supply list for the next week. The schedule also includes icon reminders to do certain activities throughout the week like mappings, narrations, summaries, and songs.

The Queen's Overall Assessment:
This is review of the SCHEDULE from Early Classical. The schedule comes with a list of resources to use with the schedule. Since I didn't have the resources on-hand, I have to base my review on what I perceive from the schedule.

Overall, I liked the layout of the schedule. I like that it is broken down by subject and that you can see the week-at-a-glance. I like that the comprehension questions are at the bottom of each weekly schedule page. I REALLY like that the answers are there too! Too many times, you only get the comprehension questions and you can't comprehend what they are asking. With the answers in place, your job is much easier.

I also like the "sticky note" at the bottom of each page that gives the supply list for the following week. It makes that last minutes shopping list so much easier to create.

One part that I would caution you about is the amount of reading. According to the schedule, all of the reading is on Monday. That can be up to six CHAPTERS on a single day. Without the resources on-hand, I can't be sure of how long the chapters are. It just sounds like a lot, especially for younger students. The author is all for tweaking the program to work for your student. I would be curious to see how it works to spread the reading throughout the week and still get the other subjects (like writing, for example) completed.

Like I said, we didn't have the resource materials for the review. So, we didn't actually use the schedule. I plan to pull this schedule out again as we move on through our history studies.

Other Homeschool Crew Members reviewed this product. Be sure to find out what they thought at The Homeschool Crew Blog.

Disclaimer: This was a review of my experience with the product described. I tried to give a complete and honest assessment. In order to review the product, I received a free download of the schedule with no additional compensation. This in no way influenced my review of the product. The opinions expressed are my own and were not affected or edited by anyone prior to publishing.

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date Monday, January 10, 2011

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