mom2threeBoys wrote:I did see the K/ECC post below and am wondering if you'd recommend the same for 1st and ECC. I will just have one in each plus a three year old. I know we will figure things out as we go, but I do need somewhere to start as this will be our first year. Any suggestions on how to schedule our days? What parts of 1st will get left out....there is art and science for both? Thanks!
I am currently doing MFW1 and ECC.
My first grader does the following in ECC:
*She does the student sheets as much as she is able. I don't have her do very many of the science ones, but she does join in on the science experiments and listens to the science being read aloud. She does write a sentence on the flag sheets and colors the flags. She does all of the geography sheets (student sheets, not the Exploring World Geography book), but sometimes they are dictated to me instead of her actually doing the writing. She does the science ones that include drawing. She draws outside on the nature walks. She really participates quite a bit in the ECC science. She does like her Animal book for the 2nd / 3rd grade supplement, and enjoys coloring in it or hearing a story read out-loud.
*She loves any art or cooking projects in ECC.
*She listens to the Wee Sing CD.
*She memorizes the scriptures from Matthew; instead of the Proverbs in MFW1. You could go either way. I choose to have her do the ones in ECC for additional family learning.
*She listens to all of the Bible, Hero Tales, and Windows of the World.
*She listens in on the Children's Bible Atlas and Class room Atlas.
*She does the geography game and looking up things on the globe and maps. She is learning geography.
*She loves David Hazel's Bible translation book and has had us read it far more than two times aloud.
*She loves the pass port and flag book.
My first grader skips in ECC:
*Missionary stories in deluxe package
*World Geography book (multiple sheets to fill in for each student that is old enough)
*Writing in science
*Copy work of Hero Tales character traits since she has her Bible note book.
My first grader does for first grade:
*MFW1 Bible Note book (writing / drawing) & reader
*BJU phonics (I actually have learned from doing this with her how very efficient and thorough Marie's phonics really are! It would have been simpler to do MFW1 phonics again.)
*She did do the Drawing book last spring / fall for MFW1 that is scheduled early on in the program. The Drawing book is simply excellent, and all three of my oldest have used it multiple times. I highly recommend it. She also did the scroll Bible project last fall from MFW1.
*Singapore 1A / R&S math fact sheets
*She has been doing the math MFW1 shapes for years, and still does.
My first grader does not do from MFW1:
*Proverb copying since she copies the scripture from ECC.
*Bible projects. She did most of them when she was little tagging along. I did do the scroll one with her early in the program. She also tagged along with the science when she was little.
*We have the picture study and I love it, but I think we only managed it three times this year.
*We are in the NT now, but I did read from the TM for the OT for the Bible note book.
*Science since she does it from ECC
I hope that helps, and isn't confusing. Please ask questions if you need to.
I write her MFW1 onto the ECC grid for ease of use. So her Bible note book I have in the English box. Her phonics I have in the spelling box. Her Singapore goes into the math box. Her Pathway reader goes into the reading box. Her R&S math fact sheets go in the math drill box. Then the rest of what she does is joining in on ECC or doing her science book especially for her that is in the last line of the grid for 2nd/3rd graders. I do much better functioning off of one grid. I had some years with MFW with two TMs, and it has helped me greatly to only look at one. So as a summary I pull LA and math from MFW1 for her (this includes Bible since the LA is closely linked to Bible) and then have her joining in as much as she is able with ECC. The family learning is a true blessing.
I hope this helps!