Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Homeschool Easy

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

Homeschooling comes with plenty of challenges, but choosing a curriculum doesn't have to be one of them. This review of Homeschool Easy will show you how you can get everything you need for your elementary student all in one easy-to-use package.

Homeschool Easy is a "back-to-the-basics approach that focuses on the fundamentals." There are daily worksheets for the core subjects--history, grammar, math, reading, science, and writing--that can be completed in approximately 4 hours each day. This all-inclusive curriculum was designed to help those parents and guardians with no teaching experience to easily and confidently homeschool their children. While there are options for grades 1-5, we chose the 3rd Grade Entire School Year Curriculum.

Homeschool Easy comes as digital download. You'll need access to the internet, a printer and lots of paper. All of the lessons are divided by subject in folders. The parent can print the worksheets weekly, allowing the student to work at his own pace and then have time to focus on personal interests. Each subject will require instruction from the parent.

  • Reading -- weekly word lists, flashcards, crossword puzzles, fill-in-the-blank, word search, and comprehension paper, daily reading of chapter books
  • Math -- teacher instruction and video links, exercises, and printable flashcards and manipulatives
  • Grammar -- teacher instruction and video links, exercises
  • History -- video links and worksheets, teacher instruction for projects
  • Science -- video links and worksheets, teacher instruction for projects and experiments
  • Writing -- teacher instruction, 2 writing exercises weekly

The reading word lists are categorized into groups like short vowel words, long E words, homophones, three letter clusters, words beginning with un- and re-, proper nouns, and so on. Each word lists includes the same reviewing methods (as stated above.) My only concerns is the amount of ink it requires to print the crossword puzzles. A floating puzzle would be much more cost-effective.

Chapter books like Mr. Popper's Penguins, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Stuart Little, and The Boxcar Children among others are incorporated. On average, the student will read a chapter a day and answer a few comprehension questions.

The math lessons focus on a topic each week. In addition to addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, the lessons teach concepts including place value, decimals, measurements, polygons, area, charts, and time. There can be anywhere from 12-34 exercises for each lesson with the daily number usually being around 15. There is no explanation on the worksheets and very few examples, but there is a teaching video included weekly on the teacher answer key.

Grammar covers topics such as statements and questions, parts of speech, compound sentences, commas, tense, contractions, pronouns, sentence combining, and more. Each topic is reviewed for a week before moving on. There is no full explanation for the teaching, but there are examples for many of the lessons and weekly YouTube videos.

The history course is packed with videos. Instead of one a day or one a week, like the other courses, there are multiple videos to watch each day. Since this course is American history, topics taught include patriotism and people, places, and wars of our past. Hands-on learning is encouraged through drawings, poster board displays, and paper projects.

Science is also filled with teaching videos. Topics are divided into months and study things like the solar system, energy and light, water and land, and animals. Projects include drawings, a comet craft, a dessert diorama, creating a model of a river, making an animal habitat poster board, and more.

The writing folder includes a simple teacher's guide, a grading rubric, and months, and two writing prompts for each week.

Homeschool Easy is a straightforward curriculum. Each week, the parent simply prints the needed worksheets and guides the student through the daily worksheets and videos. As it is very heavy on worksheets and filling in answers, it is not a good fit for our style of learning. The teaching videos are a variety of styles and voices from all over YouTube. As with all things, some videos are better suited for the age group than others. Some will keep the attention of a third grader, while others are more difficult to follow. For instance, we watched videos using heavy accents, and while sometimes that is fine, it might not be the best choice for teaching young ones, grammar especially.

Homeschool Easy definitely lives up to their name. It's easy to use for both the teacher and the student. If you're looking for an all-in-one package for your elementary student, this might be the option for you.

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Since everyone has different learning styles, you will want to read more reviews of this program from other homeschoolers to see how it worked in their homes.

Homeschool Curriculum for Grades 1 to 5 {Homeschool Easy Reviews}
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