I found it helped me to remember that ECC is about studying the continents first, then key countries are secondary to that. And of course people groups play more important overall.doubleportion wrote:For those who have done further into the 5 yrs cycle, why are only certain countries chosen for each continent in ECC? I know some of those countries will be included when we do CTG, but what about some of the other big countries. Three weeks seems a long time to study only Kenya when there are so many others in Africa as well. The same for South America why only Brazil? And then even Latin America? Cameron Townsend but no Guatemala? What are other experiences and what other countries end up getting covered in the future?
This is just for my own planning. If I know what will get covered in the future, then I can throw in an extra country here or there in a continent without repeating. I do know we have an extra two weeks on the end. But there seems so much more that we could dig into in Africa, South America, & Latin America. I already find myself wanting to do more while we are in the Mexico weeks. And yes, I do only have one doing ECC this year and that makes it easier.
There are other ways than the "key focus" country that other places and people are studied in ECC. There's Window on the World -- so you get a little bit more on other people around the continent. The read alouds, like Saint and Townsend and Livingston --help to get into other areas that aren't the key focus country. But a lot of it comes with Window on the World.
Some times, it's through Global Art, or something in book basket.
Then in other years in the cycle (especially in 1850MOD) , you'll get a lot of South Africa and other places that weren't as key focus country as you studied the continent. But even in Africa in ECC -- you do some stuff in Northern Africa (and you'll get more of that in other years too), and other parts with W.o.t.W. Overall for the pace of going everywhere in the world in 34 weeks, you can't go everywhere. The Africa unit is 3 weeks. so stick with one main place, but you can go easily tuck in other parts.
This past year when we did Saudi Arabia, having hard time (even at my library) for book baskets on Saudi Arabia that didn't all say the same thing. So that was time for what I called "independent touring days". What I mean on that is like taking a group field trip: there was time built in for sightseeing or shopping or eating that wasn't part of the "not getting bogged down" schedule of the tour. the idea is to tour the world in 34 weeks. Retain stuff. Not get lost.
I found it easy to grab a video of another country close by. for whatever reason, all of the India DVD's were checked out the week I was doing India. So, we grabbed the Nepal one.
So other places/people are studied. But the idea is to use the continents as the main focus to tour the world.