Maybe I can take you thru the sample ECC week on the website:
http://www.mfwbooks.com/downloads/pdfs/ ... manual.pdf
Here are the things you would do that week (week 9, Brazil & South America)
a. Passport - fun!
b. Classroom Atlas p68-71:
Open up the atlas and see what you can find out in there. No pressure. As the year goes on, kids will gain knowledge about reading maps and the range of things that can be found on there.
c. Activity (in notes):
- Use your map and globe to find little things, which is fun.
- Flag sticker book, which is harder than it looks but kids usually like stickers and young ones don't have to do every page.
- Some mapping, which is (1) just adding Brazil to a world map of countries you visit and (2) making a Brazil map, and the notes say, "Younger children only need to label the oceans and a few countries."
d. Advanced pages:
SKIP THIS or if you can't get yourself to do that, then do one page together with 3rd grader, maybe spreading it over the 3 weeks in Brazil.
a. Prepare Geography Game (I did the prep the summer before)
a. Facts—read p13-14, A Trip Around the World; complete crossword p20
The Trip Around the World books are very
appropriate for early elementary.
b. Skip the advanced part (copy several interesting facts)
a. Play Geography Game:
Don't skip this! Have fun as a family or with dad. Some folks in the ideas board said they added M&Ms or pennies
GEOGRAPHY BOOK BASKET
Enjoy picture books, fairy tales, Count Your Way Through type books...
a. Living World p96-97 Tropical Rain Forest:
This book mostly tells about animals in that biome.
b. Notebook: draw and color rain forests **
After you read above, the assignment is to place the rainforests on the world map in the student sheets, so you can see where they are located. My 3rd grader found it interesting to realize where the different biomes are on the planet, but some might skip, shorten, or have the parent label them as the family discusses.
a. Properties of Ecosystems p45-47, Tropical Rainforests**
At the beginning of the manual, it explains that younger kids may just read the first paragraph, or parents may summarize. Therefore, they may not answer the questions that are printed in your ECC guide, depending on your family. Be sure to enjoy the activity in the Rainforest chapter of POE.
b. Greenhouse Experiment (see notes)
This is an extra experiment printed in the ECC manual (sample page 10) involving comparing radish seed growth in a covered cup and uncovered. Fun stuff. Makes you feel better about skipping part of POE, if you do that for the little ones.
a. Nature Walk - Plan a zoo trip if possible:
ECC 3rd grade was the one year we really experienced this Charlotte Mason standard educational experience
b. Nature Notebook:
There are ideas for this in the archives, but basically just draw, and add what you enjoy -- identifying names of plants, writing about the weather and location, writing your thoughts, etc.
a. Living World p98-99, Rain Forest Plants
This time, the pages from this book are about different plants, and as I recall you learn how there really isn't much growing on the floor of a rainforest, etc.
b. Grow a Potato Plant/Rainforest Terrarium (see notes):
Again, these are extra ideas in the ECC manual. My son did a tiny science journal, keeping track of their growth.
Days 1 & 4 - Wee Sing p19 – #9, Brown Girl in the Ring; p20 – #10, Ciranda
These are sung by native speakers, often children, so you get to hear them. You also get to sing along, rather than trying to read the music yourself. They are very traditional songs that children really would sing in those countries.
Day 2 - Global Art
Fun elementary school experience. You can trim it down to only one craft per country (2-3 weeks), if you like.
Day 3 - No music or art is scheduled on nature walk day
cbollin wrote:One was to a zoo that was organized by continents. The other was to a botanical garden that was organized by biomes. Isn't that awesome!
Okay, Crystal, I recognize that quote -- are you in the catalog this year?