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.
Are you new to homeschooling and looking for a curriculum that has everything in one place? Do you want a homeschool curriculum that takes you back to the times before Common Core? I was given the 4th Grade Entire School Year Curriculum from Homeschool Easy to review, which I did with my oldest daughter.
Homeschool Easy is an online curriculum for Grades 1-5. The curriculum is delivered via a link so you can download the files to your computer. I was given a link to all the 4th Grade files, where each week I would print off all the required worksheets and my daughter would go straight to work. The files cover Math, Reading, Spelling, Writing, Grammar, Science and History. It is a 32-week program that is structured into 8 months.
Extra online resources for subjects such as Science and History are also provided, using mainly Britannia Kids and You Tube videos. There are also PDF documents providing a summary of how to use the curriculum.
For this review I will cover each subject in turn, and how we used it.
Reading (Chapter Books):
This is where you will need to either purchase the books or download them. There are a couple of free options for this, one of which is via a link that Homeschool Easy provides.
Only a few comprehension questions are given each day, and they cover the range of chapters that are expected to have been read. In the files there is a document containing the answers. Each week there is also a list of vocabulary words to be looked up in the dictionary and written in a sentence.
Books covered during this year include:
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
- Shiloh by Phyllies Reynolds Naylor
- Hank the Cowdog The Case of the Wandering Goats by John R. Erickson
- The BFG by Roald Dahl
- Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
- The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
- Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
- Jim Ugly by Sid Fleischman
- Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Clearly
- Henry Huggins by Beverly Clearly
- No Talking by Andrew Clements
- The Contest (Everest) by Gordon Korman
- James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
- The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
I haven’t come across a few of these books before, so I will be looking into them further for my girls to read. We started with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and as my daughter likes Roald Dahl and we didn’t have the next book, we moved onto The BFG.
This file contains one document with all the answers for the parent, and a separate document to be completed each week. This gives 33 documents to be printed over the year. Each weekly document is split into 5 worksheets so your child can do one each day. So far they are very straight forward so my child liked to get all hers done at the beginning of the week.
Again this file contains 33 documents. One containing all the ‘fill in the blank’ answers and then one document for each week. For each week there is a list of 20 words with an example of how it can be used in a sentence, flash cards (which we didn’t print or use), a fill-in-the-blank quiz, a crossword and a word search.
Each writing assignment encourages the child to do a prewriting web (instructions are given), and monthly topics include:
- Future goal
- Book Report
- Persuasive Essay
- Science Report: Volcanos
- Famous American
- Creative Writing
Ultimately it only requires one paragraph to be written each week, which you may appreciate if writing isn’t your child’s favorite subject.
There is a document for each week, and these worksheets are divided into 5 sections. This easily divides the math work for 5 days a week, but again the child could easily adjust this to work around your family’s schedule.
There is one document containing all the answers and a link to a You Tube video for each week if help is required explaining a mathematical concept.
The Science files contain a mix of question worksheets and projects using the resources outlined in the provided guide document for each month. Resources again focus on Britannica Kids and You Tube videos, where the following topics are covered:
- Earth Changes
- Volcanoes and Islands
- Earth Disasters
These files are all related to American History. It starts with Native Americans (in both North and South America), and ends with the U.S. Presidents of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton in week 32.
Each week links to You Tube videos are provided, as well as what to search within Britannica Kids to help answer questions.
What We Thought
I do like having the majority of key subjects located in the same place, however it can still feel ‘bitty’ with the numerous links taking you to different videos and resources each week. However, it does save you a significant amount of time from having to do the research yourself.
Please beware. As many of the videos are from You Tube, it wasn’t surprising that there were advertisements before the educational videos. There were a range of advertisements, and some may not be what you want your children to watch on their own; although they can be skipped in a matter of a few seconds.
Overall, I feel the program isn’t bad for $100, especially if you want to teach multiple aged children separately. It’s a money saver, as once you have downloaded the files you can use them over and over again.
There are various typos within the files, which did annoy me, but if the occasional wrong title on a document, or a misspelling of a name doesn’t bother you, then there’s nothing to worry about. Remember, once you’ve downloaded the files onto your computer you won’t see any future corrections or updates to a file that Homeschool Easy may make. So what you see is what you get.
As the curriculum name suggests it is a very easy-to-use program, and my daughter didn’t find the majority of the worksheets very challenging. Having said that, I’m sure we will come back and use some more of these worksheets, especially for unit studies or when reading one of the chapter books listed.
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