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review – Eclectic Education Series

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Do you wish your homeschool could resemble a one-room schoolhouse from Days Gone By? Dollar Homeschool wants to help you achieve that with their Eclectic Education Series.

The Eclectic Education Series, or EES, is a huge e-book collection of textbooks from around 1865 to 1915. You have probably heard of a few of them, like Ray’s Arithmetic and McGuffey’s Readers. The collection covers Math, History, Science, Reading, Grammar and also some Teacher’s Manuals. You can view the complete book list HERE.

Since many of these books can be found for free scattered about the internet, you might be wondering why you would pay for them. Here are a few reasons:

  • Time - it would take days to hunt down all of these titles on your own, and some of them aren’t even available.
  • Convenience – all of the e-books are categorized and easy to find.
  • Worksheets – create your own by just printing off a page of review questions, or part of a story for grammar practice.
  • Sanity – I can’t begin to count how many times I’ve searched for an old e-book only to discover that it is incomplete or incompatible with my computer.

There are a couple of downsides to this collection:

  • The pictures are not always clear (they are old scans). This can sometimes cause a problem if  the lesson refers the child to the picture.
  • I’m uncertain about using this as a complete curriculum since it stops at 1915. What about all of the scientific discoveries, history, and math from the last century?

This is not something our family will really use – we are thoroughly modern and like it that way. Many families on the Crew love it however, so be sure to read all of the reviews if EES interests you. There are some very creative ideas being shared on their blogs.

The Nitty Gritty:

  • Complete Collection CD  $159
  • Individual subjects  $39

Value: $159 is not much for a K-12 curriculum if EES is a good fit for your family.

See what the TOS Crew has to say about Eclectic Education Series!

I received this series free for the purpose of writing an honest review. No other compensation was given.

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