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TOS Review: Easy Classical Early Modern History Schedule

As part of the TOS Crew, I was given a free copy of Easy Classical Early Modern History Schedule to review. The schedule is based on The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and it is intended for use between K-6th. Follow these links to see more Sample History Schedule Pages and Sample Lesson Pages.

This schedule contains activities for each day of the school week for 36 weeks. Included is a list of resources a parent may purchase or check out from their local library. The topics included in the schedule are Writing, Geography, Project, Read Aloud and a historic focus (a different one each week) such as “The Massachusetts Bay Colony” in week 10 or “Lewis and Clark” in week 34.

At the bottom of the schedule are Comprehension Questions, complete with answers in blue ink and a shopping list for the following week! How convenient! Behind each week’s schedule is a Comprehension Quiz that may be given as an oral or written quiz. This is a great way to see if the students a) are listening and b) understand what they are listening to.

Overall I am impressed by this schedule and would certainly use it within my family. The convenience of the questions being on the same page as the week’s schedule is of great value to someone like myself, trying to make the most of our home school hours.

Easy Classical also carries science schedules, which I will be looking at, writing guides and copy books. Schedules that are coming soon are Old Testament and Ancient Egypt, New Testament, Greece and Rome and Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation. Currently the Early Modern History Schedule is available in two formats. The Digital Download is $29.95 and the Notebook is $35.95.

Take a look around the website and you’re likely to find something that will help in your classical home educating family!

I was given a free copy of this product in exchange for my honest review.


TOS Review: WannaBe A Firefighter

When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Firefighter by The Old Schoolhouse is a career study and part of the E-Book WannaBe Series available at The Old Schoolhouse Store.  A WannaBe  E-Book sells for $ 8.95 or a pack of 10 can be purchased for $89.50.   It was written for children ages 4 – 10 years, but the nature of the topic and the coloring pages included make it easy to include children even younger, if desired.  

There are six suggested themes such as A Firefighter is Brave and Firefighters Work as a Team, following each theme is a list of related activities or games.  One suggested activity is the timeless Bucket Brigade, and is an effective hands-on lesson teaching the importance of teamwork.  This activity also encourages a discussion of the changes in firefighting throughout history.    

The reproducible pages of copy work in both print and cursive, vocabulary pages with space to fill in the definition, fill in the word stories, a word search and crossword puzzle are fun ways to encourage reading and writing.  My son was able to practice his reading and spelling as he completed these activities.  

This study also includes a first-person telling by a firefighter of what life is like in this career.  I knew my son was engaged when, after reading one section, he pondered aloud, “They don’t go home to their family each night!”  More than just the usual bells and whistles, my son was exposed to what real life looks like for a firefighter, the qualifications to become a firefighter, and the process from rookie academy to becoming a sworn member of the department.      

A pleasant surprise for us was the science section which covered robots.  We used this study to cover math – graphing and addition, science – how the parts of a robotic arm are like a human arm, history – early days of firefighting, as well as vocabulary, geography and climate.  

Without hours of planning, my son and I were able to take a closer look at the career of a firefighter.  At $8.95, this study is less than the price of a typical career study book plus it includes a variety of activities to reinforce learning.  What a great tool.  I recommend the When I grow up, I want to be A Firefighter.

Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this product for review purposes.