mommyintraining wrote:I am wanting to incorporate some elements of another program into ECC and am trying to figure out how to do that.
Terri in WA
One of the best things that I have continued to like about MFW is that I add library books that are of interest to my kid. And in ECC, you don't over study animals because there are other topics to get to. Then you'll get to more animal studies in other years too, so don't over do it in ECC. I like not getting bogged down in unit studies. It's one of the many reasons that I've stayed so long with MFW. It gets done.
One Small Square books: I remember my library had the tundra one and we had it in book basket. I never looked if we had the others in the series. See if your library has them and see if it is doable in your life. Then just grab one when it's that time in ECC. On the other hand, if you only did one in that series, that would be plenty. I like that about MFW. You don't feel married to a series of books in basket time.
I wouldn't limit notebooking to be about animals all the time. My middle gal loves to draw animals, but there were times that her science notebook (based on Living World) would be about flowers or plants. If there is an art instruction book that you'd find helpful, maybe that would work from the other program? I think I saw Draw Write Now? I know some people really like those and enjoy them in ECC too.
I think with the Complete Book of Animals and the new Ecosystem books, the will be less need to add stuff from one of the programs you mentioned.
If there are books in another program that would help you to not go to the library for basket, then select based on what your kids like and stay within budget. (I'm a library user! and especially now..... we're down to zero income. anyway. I know some people out there use readers from other programs to cut back on library trips. we're all different.)
ECC includes materials for praying for people around the world, and just enough snipet of info to know about some "plight" issues without being too much. So, I'd leave that aspect of the other program out of it. And instead make a family prayer diary from the ECC resource, Window on the World. Use p. 112-113 in that book for extra places and people.
There are recipes in the package books in ECC. Cookbooks are in book basket lists.
I know some fun little things my family did this year to help decorate house with a biome theme without overwhelming me in the process:
*stuffed penguins at the table make for fun "class room friends"
*pictures from magazines to go for a Safari theme
*found a desert setting wall decoration in a Party Supply store. It was in the Fiesta section. It was great. I taped it on the wall above the couch and we pretended to be in the desert of North America.
*for rain forest, we did a terrarium. The plant is still growing!
*we added music from the countries when possible. There is the Wee Sing song, but we found some things at our library.
*added some foreign language CD's from library (Teach Me series by Judy Mahoney)
I'm sure there are people who are combining some elements here and there. I'm not qualified to help on that.