Although I'm not there yet, I've heard some of the ideas for what can be done more independently.Blessed with six wrote:If I get ECC for my 7th & 8th graders, will I need to add on "extra" things?
Can they do a lot of it themselves? They are kind of beyond me sitting w/ them and teaching them things, they want to do it on their own.
Also...what about Bible, memory verses? Are they more geared towards younger children?
The older missionary biographies are independent reading.
The language arts books -- All in One English and/or Applications of Grammar -- those are independent to use in jr. high. Also, Progeny Press and Total Language Plus guides are geared for students to use more on their own when they are jr.high age.
MFW includes lesson plans for students who are using Apologia Science programs. So that can be independent.
Math: with help from DIVE cd's, isn't Saxon able to be done more independently? I'm just asking that out loud really.
Many of the things in ECC with research skills will be independent by older students.
Even things in the Bible section (hero tales, and reading from Matthew) -- that can be done altogether or by self for older.
So, yes, for the ages of your oldest children, much of ECC can be done independently.
Is the Bible study too young for them? The pace of the memory verses are geared for younger children. So you could add a little more here and there to fit your children's needs. All of the verses come from Matthew, so you could have the older children just learn a bit more before/after the focus verse. Plus your older children will be supplementing with the extra set of missionary biographies that the younger ones will not do. It depends a bit on the child for memory verse selection.
I hope that make sense.