It's fine to skip work in ECC. You have to balance the pros and cons. What will they miss if they skip it (frustration and stress but also learning and growing)?Guest wrote:She just turned 7. We started week 3 and doing the advanced stuff. She did fine, except lost some attention span at the end, and when doing the index cards for her vocab box her hand got tired of writing. But, she seems to be understanding fine. (I also have an 8yo.)
Should I drop doing the advanced part? I just hate to do that, seeing how much they're going to learn... or just be more choosy and not to all of it?
What you could do is have them work together as a team for the cards. On weeks where two cards are made, have one dc make a card and one make the other card. Just have one set of cards for the family instead of one per child. That's okay. OR, have one child write the words and one illustrate the card. OR, you write the definition on the card(s) and have the children illustrate it (you could choose to do one set of cards or two depending on if they both like to draw). Or, ditch the cards altogether and make a binder of geography terms and use internet pages or copies of book pages instead of hand-drawn cards. Whatever works.
When we did ECC, my dd's were 9 and 7 and the 7 yo got overwhelmed so I wrote the definitions for her cards and she drew the pictures. That's fine. She didn't retain as much as her older sister. When the two little kids go through ECC in a few years, I might have her be the "card supervisor" so that she can learn what she missed. Also, we decided to do the world geography pages "as a team" with the three of us (mom, two girls) working together on the research. That took the pressure off of them but kept them engaged and active and learning.