My question is whether or not ECC is too advanced for my crew?
My oldest is going into 3rd grade and my middle guy will be going into 2nd but he's only 6 (fully benefiting from sitting with us through my oldest kindergarten and 1st grade yr when he was interested ) and I have a2 yr old I have to keep occupied or participating in his "school" while we're doing ours.
I really had only a little hesitation to begin with but at the end of the school year one of the moms from our co-op group who has 2 sons similar apart in age said 2yrsago she did ECC with them and it wound up being too advanced and she shifted for the year n did some supplemental stuff until the following year.
Never seeing the curriculum I don't think I can rightly judge for myself ...Help
..... Any experience or insight is greatly appreciated!
in the small case that you did ADV this year... my advice would be go with ECC and remember their ages when you give assignments.
I am in a very silly mood.. and probably shouldn't be all giddy with someone new to the forum... so.. this next part has some humor mixed with ideas in it. enjoy.
One of the hard things will be that ECC science might be tough for some young learners. That would be with the book called Properties of Ecosystems. Many people experience "multilevel text shock syndrome" when starting this book when oldest is in 3rd grade. MTSS.. a totally made up by me syndrome, affects some students enough that they use the MFW advice to just to the blue box experiments, and enjoy one paragraph instead of a page. then do the other science stuff in ECC and not worry too much on all of the vocab in the Prop of Ecosystem book. In fact, your 6 y.o should probably skip most of the text in that book and just enjoy the experiments, and exposure to new vocab and treat that like "gravy" for science, while meat/taters of it will be in the other science books.
now a bit more serious without humor of MTSS.
Other areas that could be rough spots in ECC.... trying to do the advanced the assignments with the ages of either child. don't feel like you have to do them. Don't fret on the "research packet" until you are closer to the end of the school year if you do it at all. There is a book called World Geography, that is really for grades 4-8 and none of those pages have to be done with younger children. However, you can use them as a time to introduce the concepts of cross referencing and do the pages together for extras. But you don't have to do all of them nor do them for all continents at this age.
enjoy the games, crafts, food, songs, prayer time... maps..
make sure you remember their age as guiding factor. everyone needs his own language arts and math.... make sure with this age group, you shift the focus on the science..... don't expect them to get every concept the first time you teach it.
back a long long long long time ago... the year was 2003. Adventures had not yet been written. My oldest did ECC in 2nd grade because that was pretty much the only thing MFW had out (except for 1st and Kindy and ctg was just being released)..... When I treated her like an 8 y.o in the program, we had a lot of fun. Of course... Prop of Ecosystems wasn't part of the program or even written yet..... I imagine it would have given me issues back then..... 5 years after that, when POE was released, I got the book... I understand why it gives some minor road bumps..... so somewhere on this forum I made some suggestions how to tweak.
anyway... have you done ADV? or just not interested in that program?
Thank you for the input!
we actually did Adv this past year , the boys did good n enjoyed it, but with math, spelling n English wise it made for some long days (having a 1 1/2yr old at the time)! We also moved 3000 miles away and had to tackle packing, living with friends for a month, finding a new job (for Dad), new place to live n then unpacking...so altogether I'm glad we all survived the year let alone got any school done,lol.
I just want to make sure we enjoy what we're doing and that I'm not asking too much of them (I tend to be one of those people that if it says "it's best to do X,Y and Z" then I want to do X,Y,and Z ) . So knowing that I'm a work in progress on "not doing everything" I needed some experienced advisors
when it says "advanced lesson".... do not do those. That's designed for a few 4th graders, and then for 5th and up. If you get stuck in P.oE book.. ask for ideas.