Hi Tracy,TracyLee01026 wrote:My three kids will be doing ECC next year, ages 14, 12, and 9. My 14 yo is not quite ready for high school. My question is: is Global Art and Wee Sing Around the World too babyish for her? Should I substitute them with something else?
Also, how important are the Inflatable Globe, The Great Animal Search and Fun With Easy Origami to the curriculum? Can I omit them and not miss anything important? Thanks a bunch!
I think the babyishness depends greatly on the kids.
For instance, at our house...
1. Music: Both my 12-year-old and his mother (!) still enjoy the Wee Sing music, including the little singers who often introduce themselves in their own language. Hey, we even sing along with the Wee Sing CD that's in the preschool package (which is my grandson's very favorite). I compare our music additions to camp songs :o)
2. Art: I don't really plan to use the craft book again when ds does ECC in 8th grade, because I'm not crafty and don't know what to do with the things when we're done. However, I will be willing to use it if he chooses. Some of them really do give a feel for the country's crafts.
3. Globe: Some sort of round globe is extremely helpful in ECC, but it doesn't need to be that one. It helps if it is fairly current (i.e. doesn't say USSR etc.). The inflatable one is also enjoyed by my ds just because he likes to toss stuff around & knows I would frown if he tossed our non-inflatable globe :o)
4. Animal Search book: We never used it; Crystal still uses it at her house 5 years later. How's that for a range? It could always be in the book basket & possibly assist with some of the animal pages for older kids...
5. Origami: I think it's a fun option during the study of Japan, but you may have another set on hand. It doesn't need to be this particular one, but it's an inexpensive choice.