Using ECC with a 7th or 8th Grader

If you are using Exploring Countries and Cultures, please share your ideas with us.
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Using ECC with a 7th or 8th Grader

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Please share your ideas with us.

Updated 2009:
With the release of the second edition of Exploring Countries and Cultures the 7th & 8th grade lesson plans are included in the Teacher's Manual.

There is also an expanded 7th & 8th Grade Supplement Package.
For complete information, visit the MFW website ECC page and click on "7th-8th Grade Supplement"

You will also want to visit the Archives for 7th & 8th grades:

There are also posts about 7-8th graders in other areas of this ECC Ideas board, including:
Intro ... 533#p58533 ... 446#p47446 (KellyBell's suggestion at the end of this post)
USA ... 1302#p1302
Canada ... 238#p60238
Mexico ... 909#p58909
Brazil ... 282#p29282 ... 239#p60239
Saudi Arabia ... 309#p61309
India ... 589#p62589 ... 2719#p2719
China ... 590#p62590
Kenya ... 594#p62594
Antarctica ... 496#p84496
Current events ... 307#p59307
General ... 767#p65767 ... 9309#p9309
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Planning for my 7th grader

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I will be doing ECC this year with two 2nd graders, a 5th grader, and a 7th grade boy who is 12. Here are my plans, so far, subject to change as we go along and see if he needs supplemental assignments:

BIBLE: Follow ECC plan (Hero Tales, Window on the World, missionary biographies, memory verses and readings from Matthew PLUS maintain a regular quiet time with the LORD each day (Bible reading, journal, prayer)

GEOGRAPHY: Follow ECC plan with advanced country packets

MATH: Finish Saxon 76; Start Algebra 1/2

SCIENCE: Apologia's Exploring Creation with General Science (this appears to be a great course which requires much independent thinking and writing of lab reports, study guide answers, test-taking, etc.)

LANGUAGE ARTS: Finish ILL and begin Writing Strands 3 (writing is a challenge for my son; I hope to provide him with some strong instruction and practice opportunities for improving his writing skills this year)
Also, spelling power, read-alouds (missionary biographies plus others I have selected), and independent reading to correlate with countries being studied in ECC. He loves reading! Here is my reading list for him so far:
North America: Call of the Wild, Water Sky, Rascal, The Incredible Journey, Henry Reed, Inc., Island of the Blue Dolphins, Minn of the MIssissippi
South America:
Europe: Heidi, Tales of Robin Hood, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Africa: King of the Wind, Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum, Star of Light, The Rat Catcher's Son, Journey to Jo'burg
Asia: Ali and the Golden Eagle, Aladdin and other Arabian Nights Stories, Li Lun, Lad of Courage, God's Adventurer: Hudson Taylor, Born in the Year of Courage, Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze, The House of Sixty Fathers, The Big Wave, Letters from Rifka, Call it Courage
General: Follow my Leader, Seabird, Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?

I plan on using narration techniques (oral and some written) with his readings.

LATIN: Latina Christiana--Book 1

HISTORY: Famous Men of Rome --Ch. 1-13 (this goes along with the Latin curriculum)

ART: activities in Global Art as per ECC

MUSIC: Wee Sing Around the World as per ECC, monthly hymns, and violin lessons

CURRENT EVENTS: Read "Top Story", a weekly current events news magazine by God's World for Kids and do the weekly tests that come with it. I will have him follow the '04 Presidential campaigning and elections. He also likes to peruse the local paper, so I will probably have him seek out articles of events occurring in the country we are studying, discuss them, have him cut them out and put in a notebook or something.

Honestly, I think this will be a full and rich curriculum for him! I will be checking back to this forum to glean more ideas from all of you.
Mom to Chase (22), Bailey (20), Christian (17), Bethany (17), Hannah (14), Sarah (12), Joshua (10), Daniel (7), and Caroline (5)

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Geography Bee?

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Wouldn't the ECC year be a great year for our 7th and 8th graders using this program to participate in the National Geography Bee? How does a homeschooler participate in this and how does he prepare? Has anyone ever done this?
Mom to Chase (22), Bailey (20), Christian (17), Bethany (17), Hannah (14), Sarah (12), Joshua (10), Daniel (7), and Caroline (5)

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Unread post by Jacqueline »

Regarding the Geography Bee, I heard Maggie Hogan from Bright Ideas Press say that you can go to the National Geographic web site to find out how to register and prepare for it. She mentioned that there was a study guide on that site. She recommended studying for it even if you never intend to participate because of how much you'll learn.

Hope that helps!
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BOOK REVIEW - Material World

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Posted Thu May 03, 2007 6:10 am by six meadows
If you have older kids doing ECC, can I suggest a "book basket" book that you may want to have through out the year? It is a great book to have kids look through on their own and so very interesting. It is one of my all time favorites called, " Material World." Check it out at the library if you get a chance.


Posted Sat Aug 11, 2007 12:26 am by kfrench
A wonderful book. It is actually a photographer who visited a family in many countries and took pictures of their daily life. He also takes a picture outside their house with all their belongings. My kids spent hours just looking at it and it was really good for helping them see how people live. It had a page with laundry in different parts of the world and toilets in different parts etc. Really interesting.

There is also Women in the Material World by faith d'aluisio and peter menzel which has a lot of the same families but has intereviews from the women about work, marriage, etc. It was fascinating and eye opening look at how people really live in other countries.


Unread post by TurnOurHearts »

Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:13 am

While perusing kid links on our library's homepage, I stumbled across an awesome website:

It has more country info than you could ever imagine! It looks like some portions require a subscription, but the fee is only $4 & some change. Recipes, flags, national anthems, social/religious/economic information - this seems like a really thorough site.

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Geography Puzzle

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Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2007 11:50 am

I have the Global Puzzle, which you can google and find a lot of places to buy it. I am going to use it with my 7th grader as we do ECC again this year. This is a 600 piece puzzle so it is no small puzzle. These pieces are shaped like the countires and states. They do not interlock like regular puzzles. So this would be something that would usually be for an older child but could be done with a younger child working on ECC with adult help.

I thought a description may help you to make a better decision about this product. I just think some kids would be a bit overwhelmed by this size puzzle. The oceans have to be put together first and then you move on from there.

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Adding Proverbs

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Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:55 pm

My son has done ECC before (7th grade currently) but we did not do the MFW 1st, since he was too old when we came to MFW. I have a 1st manual and decided to have him memorize these verses since I felt he needed the instruction these give even more than the Matt. verses. He does not know, of course where I am getting them from!

Re: Using ECC with a 7th or 8th Grader

Unread post by cbollin »

I just read a great post by Julie in MN about doing a research paper with a 7th grader. I thought her post would be good to review for 7th and 8th graders in ECC when they do their Country Report (not the country summary sheets, but the big one from the Writing A Country Report)

here's a link ... 295#p48295


ECC 7th grade doing Apologia and not Prop. of Ecosystems

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mommywings2006 wrote:Just wanting to get a few opinions. Has anyone only done 7th grade Apologia Gen Science and not done the Properties of Ecosystems? If so, did you feel you were missing out? I know it's in the kit to go with the big picture............but just need to see what others may have done. Thanks a bunch :-) Bev
It's a trick question. LOL. Properties of Ecosystems was just added this year. In other words, I'm not sure there is going to be a lot of experience either way just yet. But you and the others might be the ones helping each other out as the year goes along.

My kids and I read some of Prop of Eco. during the summer to get a feel for it.

Last year when my oldest did ECC as a 7th grader, she did read Living World Enc. and I guess Wild places (although Wild places wasn't much for a 7th grader). And she did Apologia for her main science. The Living World reading (and now it is Prop. of Eco readings in 2nd edition) was just quick light reading during book basket time to add in a bit more on geography. It wasn't really her science reading though.

Maybe it would be ok to just try to let your son read Prop of Eco during book basket as geography. It's there to give more for geography and the Biblical perspective with ecology. But if the year gets along and you have to drop something or cut it down a bit, it'll be ok.

The first module in Apologia General is long and not the most exciting module. The first readings in Prop of Eco have a lot of definitions. If you need to not do a full schedule at the beginning of the year and get in the swing of things over a few weeks, that's ok. I think the 7th grader might be able to play catch up in the Prop of Eco book on Fridays if needed. And do the worksheets on them a little later just to show he has read the material.

He is not doing the experiments from Prop of Eco -- just the reading to enrich his geography knowledge. The worksheets will help a bit too. But don't worry about the experiments for him. Or if you read it out loud to him will that work?

The first couple of weeks of ECC seem jammed packed to me. so ease into the year. If you have to wait to do a full load, it's ok. Apologia is about 32 weeks of lesson plans, so you have extra time built in. I know we felt overwhelmed at the beginning of the 7th grade year too.

just one not well formed opinion yet.

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Re: ECC 7th grade doing Apologia and not Prop. of Ecosystems

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My 8th grader is doing both. I gave her the choice about the Ecosystems book, and she chose to do it along with the rest of us. It really doesn't take that long, and the activities have been very doable. She does her Apologia lessons later in the day while the younger girls have free time.
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Re: Using ECC with a 7th or 8th Grader

Unread post by MicheleMomOfTwo »

My daughter is in 7th grade but already completed her first "more advanced" Apologia science last year (long story short - last year was a transition year including some 6th and 7th). So this year, she is studying Apologia's Physical Science and I have a 4th grader will stick with the typical ECC Science - Properties of Ecosystems, Living World, etc. My older daughter will not also do the ECC science as is suggested by the teacher's manual. I feel that she has a big enough workload, especially after seeing what Apologia's General Science required last year. I think Apologia Physical this year will be sufficient. And she did complete the ECC science 5 years ago, during our first turn through the cycle.
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