Hi there,mom2-3 wrote:I will be doing ECC next year one of the things that I have heard is that ECC has a little bit different flavor than some of the other years. I was just wondering a few different things...
1. Is the hands portion of this study more or less?
2. Were book basket books hard to come by?? Easy to substitute if you couldn't find a title?
3. Did/Are you enjoying the read alouds as much as the other studies?
4. What don't you care for in ECC study?
5. What do you like most about ECC?
We did ECC a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was our first year homeschooling and it was so wonderful.
1. There were plenty of hands-on activities such as cooking and crafts. Also, ECC has a lot of potential field trips (of course, this depends where you live, but it seems many places have an Indian restaurant, a Chinese market, and perhaps several people that have moved there from other countries). The hands-on activities required materials that we typically had at home. The things we didn't have were inexpensive and easy to find at the Walmart or other similar store.
2. The book basket books were easy to come by. In all MFW programs, I've found about 75% of the books. As long as you can find some of them, you're okay. And, with the book basket, it's fine to substitute or add books you find that aren't on the list (although with the substitute books, I always liked to peek through them first before putting them in the basket).
3. We enjoyed the read alouds.
4. At the risk of sounding like I'm getting a kick back, I cannot think of anything we didn't like in ECC. Everything ran smoothly at a nice pace (not too fast, not too slow). Okay, here's something: I didn't really like numbering the countries on the game boards for the geography game. But once that's done, it's done. We've got the game in a folder for the next time we do ECC with the younger two.
5. What did I like most? Well, I like that three years later, my kids have a heart and an interest in people from other places. They care that many people in the world are lost and my kids have a real heart for missions. As we read Hero Tales and Window on the World, they began to see other countries as something beyond simply "other places." Instead, they saw other countries as places that need the gospel. Besides that, we really enjoyed the folktales and craft projects. Oh, and I really like that my kids are pretty geography-savvy even years later. When I grew up (and even when I was in college and beyond), I'd hear a country and not even know sort of where it was. My kiddos know where countries are and usually know the exact location (sort of hard with the African countries!) and often know the capital. This is years after we've studied it. The learning was fun, but it was deep and it stuck.