mshanson3121 wrote:I'm thinking of doing ECC next year for grade 2, then going back to Adventures, then going with the rest of the family cycle. Reasons why:
1. My son is a huge nature/animal lover and I know that the science is more up his alley.
2. I've wanted to start studying some Catholic saints, so I know that ECC lends itself nicely to subbing the missionary stories with Saints.
3. We're in Canada - so I know it's recommended to either skip Adventures or sub it with Canadian materials. I don't mind that idea (the latter) and in fact I've written up a weekly list of topics, but right now life is so hectic - my son has SPD and is in special swimming lessons (for therapy) as well as has OT, and our daughter is in Early Intervention and about to go through some screening, so may be joining her brother in OT. And honestly..... the idea of having to come up with my own stuff EVERY week for Canada studies, is a bit overwhelming.
So... I've thought of doing ECC next year, and then the following year, when things have (hopefully!!!!) calmed down, doing Adventures and subbing in the Canadian topics I chose. In a way, too, I thought it kinda went nicely: world geography with a brief study of Canada, then a year of in-depth Canadian history, then going into the ancient history. Your thoughts? Any reason why this wouldn't work?
I think technically it could work. I considered doing that, when Marie wrote Adventures after we'd finished ECC, way back when. The flow of history would be a bit wobbly, but the foundational things would be there, I think.
However, the biggest problem is probably that you -- the teacher, the mom -- will be going from a program written for grades 3-8, and after that to a program written for grades 2-3. Your student won't know that. I'd say that "IF" you can force yourself to make ECC a 2nd grade program (which families with younger siblings use it for), that will make all the difference.
The thing is, I was doing ECC with my *youngest* child. Most families with 2nd graders in ECC are doing it with *younger* siblings. It's so easy for all of us to think our oldest child is older than he is. I was totally like that with my oldest, too. And I'm an oldest, myself, so I just know how I really was not as old as even I thought I was.
If you can have 2nd-grade-level fun with your 2nd grader in ECC, even with those older activities in the manual, then I think it's do-able. Take a big black marker and mark out things, if you need to