Aiming4Him wrote:Hi, I'm planning on doing ECC for the second time, next year, and just thinking out what to do with my younger ones. I'll have an 11th and 10th grader, my daughter will do ECC with us (she'll be in 8th), I'll have 5th, 3rd, 1st and pre-k boys. I was looking at the updates to the 1st grade stuff and thinking that some of it would be fun or beneficial for my 3rd grader. Is that a ridiculous idea? I know he'll enjoy ECC but he's not very good at writing, neither is the 1st grader. I thought some of the worksheets would be good review. He's also very hands on... I just feel like he's in between levels and not up to "3rd grade level". Has anyone had this experience? Or have any thoughts?
I did ECC the first time with a 3rd grader and it was a wonderful year for us. When he did ECC again in 8th grade, it was an "interesting" year with the country reports and other 8th grade extras, but there wasn't the time to just immerse in the fun of different cultures like we could in 3rd - my 8th grader didn't sing along with the songs, we didn't have time to take weekly nature walks, we didn't read all the fun picture books and fairy tales from around the world, and we didn't even do as much cooking from the ECC manual in 8th.
On the other hand, each child does need math and language arts at their own individual level. If your 3rd grader needs to continue to work on 1st grade language arts, then that's what he needs to do. If he's more of a 2nd grader in those areas, then he could use the 2nd grade language arts. As for the other subjects (science, geography, music, etc.), if you have more than one then you might pick and choose between activities, or end up fitting in a little of both.
As for writing, I'm not sure if you meant that your 3rd and 1st graders weren't good at writing as in "composition," or whether you meant the physical act of using the pencil. There isn't a ton of writing or notebooking and such in ECC. Students copy a weekly Bible verse and character traits, letter writing is encouraged, and some geography-related notebook pages are done. My particular youngest child does not get along well with the pencil, and so I adapted to mostly get out the pencil for Bible verses only. He typed some things and we just discussed other things. A lot of the 3rd grade language arts can be done verbally, which is a great way for kids to observe and understand how written language reflects what we say.
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