Non-USA - Will MFW work for Canadian families?

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Non-USA - Will MFW work for Canadian families?

Unread post by Julie - Staff » Mon Feb 12, 2007 3:54 pm

Posts by Canadian families using MFW may be found in other areas of the board, including:

K phonics and accents ... ad*#p42893
Adventures ... 533#p93129
Adventures ... 838#p82838
Adventures (last paragraph re: adding lapbooks) ... 979#p66979
ECC ... 184#p93184
ECC (Canadians could expand) ... 140#p79140
ECC book update ... 095#p79095
ECC Canada ideas (could be added to any year)
ECC (size of Canada can be a comparison) ... 590#p62590
RTR ... 340#p84376
EX1850 & 1850MOD:
1850MOD (very last paragraph) ... ad*#p55499
High School ... 205#p93557
High School ... ad*#p67093
Meeting Canadian requirements ... 253#p93256
Shipping ... 059#p87059
Prep ... 728#p75200
Prep ... 728#p75728

Recommendations for literature set in Canada
ECC ... 188#p61188
Missionary ... nad*#p3470
Paddle to the Sea ... 134#p57134 ... ad*#p15487 ... ad*#p45803


Trouble finding Canadian AND Christian

Unread post by cbollin » Sun Feb 18, 2007 7:52 am

Mumkins wrote:I am having such trouble finding Canadian AND Christian curriculum, I'm starting to become convinced does not exist. I know there are Canadian homeschoolers. I wish Christian curriculum providers would offer a Canadian option.

After grade two, it seems the majority of MFW is geared to the US. Even the music is 'celebrate America'. Nothing against the US, it's just helpful to be learning about where you live.

Will MFW be too difficult to do considering I'd want her to have Canadian history, geography and basic knowledge?
It might work... or might not. No such thing as one curriculum fits all. I like the links that Julie posted. :)

Adventures in MFW is certainly about the US and America. I have a cyber friend in B.C. who is using it with her son but she added in a Canadian program as well. (This is the "2nd grade" program that I think you're looking at.) She's liking it. They like the Bible and science unit studies as well. But, she did add Canadian things as well.

*Exploring Countries and Cultures: that's a world geography program. Includes USA, Canada and 13 other countries.

*Creation to the Greeks: that's ancient world history. (no US or Canada)
*Rome to the Reformation: world history. (some US and Canada near the end when you get to early explorers of Atlantic Ocean)
*Exploration to 1850: Investigate world history and cultures and see how U.S. and world history are interrelated.

I've been learning quite a bit of the Canada connection along the way in this year's program. Now, granted, it is not a full Canadian program and you'll need to add in more to meet your needs. I've learned more about Canada in EX1850 than I ever learned when I was a student in high school.

Also at the end of EX1850, there is a 4-6 week individual "state history" unit. No reason it couldn't just say indvidual "state or province". MFW gives you some books to help teach your child research skills and apply it to studying state (or province) history for where you live.

Hope some of that information help a bit for your planning. MFW's programs have a 4 day regular schedule and 1 "light and independent day" schedule. I think it would be easy to add in what you need on those lighter days.


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We're from Canada - I think MFW will be easier

Unread post by my3boys » Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:12 am

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 3:12 pm
We're from Canada - which is not very far from the US (about 20 minutes for us :D) We do however run into the US history problem.

I actually think MFW will be easier then some to get around this problem. The curriculum teaches world history along with US history using Story of the World and so I think you could emphasize the world history and down-play the US stuff.

When we get to the year that includes a 'State Report' we will focus on Canadian history instead.

In ECC I will spend some additional time on Canadian geography.

I will also add some appropriate books from a Canadian perspective for each time period we study. I think the fact that we won't have such a huge work load (as some curriculums have) will leave time for adding in the Canadian studies.

As far as metric goes - some of the math curriculums offer curriculum through Canadian suppliers that replaces the teaching of the imperial system with that of the metric system.

And maybe for the book basket you could just buy some of the books. If this is not possible you could look for books that are available free online. You could add some of these into your MFW curriculum at the appropriate places.


Canadian measurements

Unread post by cbollin » Thu May 29, 2008 12:11 am

my3boys wrote:I'm not sure whether my kids will live in Canada or the US when they get older and I want to make sure that they learn both systems of measurements. Does Singapore teach metric (I bought the package from MFW)?
Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 9:08 am
Singapore US edition (which is what MFW sells) teaches both metric and US measurements. Also, the US edition of Singapore uses USA money.


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Canadians using MFW

Unread post by my3boys » Sat Apr 18, 2009 8:36 pm

Erna wrote:I would love to get in touch and network with a few other Canadians using MFW. I am interested in sharing about what Canadian resources you are pulling into your program.

We are embarking on Adventures this year and are hoping to do some Canadian Lapbooks (that I've made) with my daughter. I am also looking for a few good resources to use for teaching Canadian History & Geography for this year and future years. Donna Ward has been suggested to me and I might look into her resources for my daughter.

Blessings to all,
Hi Erna,
We are in Northern Ontario. We are in our first year of MFW using K and ECC - soon to be using First and CtG. I am not a big fan of Donna Ward's curriculum materials - her materials are very schoolish/workbookish, if you like that sort of thing. But her site will give you good ideas for books to look for at your library

I would highly recommend a resource called 'Modern History through Canadian Eyes' This is a guide for teaching Canadian history to all age groups. It takes a literature rich approach and follows Canadian history alongside world history with SOTW 3 and 4 (which is used in the last two years of the MFW cycle). It is not a curriculum so much as a guide to where to fit the history in and what books to read. I'm still undecided as to whether I will use the last two years of the MFW cycle as I'm not sure I want to do that much American history/geography. I don't think there are too many Canadians on this board.
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Lots of Qs-Combinging, Canadian, Christian, hands-on stuff

Unread post by dhudson » Thu May 14, 2009 7:10 pm

Mumkins wrote:I have 4 children, 7, 5, 3 and 11m.

I see a lot of US history stuff, but it also says world history. As a Canadian, would I find MFW over whelmingly American? Is there any Canadian history or geography present in any of the years? ETA- I checked my old posts, I got some good answers since I posted that question back in '05.

Thank you for taking the time to answer.
As for Canada information - Adventures would be the only program that would be overwhelmingly "US".

We just finished EX to 1850 and it was world history. During that year you might want to add in some Canadian history which would be easy to use as the last 4 weeks are scheduled for a state research project. The MFW office might have more information or suggestions for you for that year. We did talk about the formation of Canada and it's setters and one of the read alouds, "Madeleine Takes Command", is about Canadian settlers.

You will also spend time in Canada during ECC.

I'm sure someone else will chime in with more info!
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Talk to Me About MFW, Lots of ??

Unread post by Julie in MN » Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:53 am

Hi up there, we're just underneath Canada here in MN :)
QuiverMamma wrote:We are Canadians, are the two later years in the 5-yr-cycle very heavily US history? Does Canada make it in there for some integration? I DO want my dc to learn US history, but of course, they don't need two full years of it in the cycle. DH would like them to have a good understanding of how all modern history fits together around the world. Maybe MFW would be a better choice on this than SL's more American cores? We plan to skip Adv.
Just some random notes:
- First of all, MFW is written by a family who lived in Russia for 8 years. Their non-USA bias is evident throughout their programs.
- SOTW does not emphasize US history over any other country, IMHO, so you will be fine there.
- The extra activities that Marie has added for US history could be a clue for you to find something similar on Canada. States & capitals could become territories & capitals. I think there's a similar Canada song on the Troxels' Geography CD.
- The 50 state studies and president studies in the last 2 years are really only a small part of the day, and there is other history assigned that day. Scroll down to the grid on page 9 to see what I mean: ... mod_TM.pdf I think you could skip or take time to study of different leaders and areas in Canada?
- More ideas here:

I think EX1850 would probably be the hardest year to change over, but there is quite a bit of early Canadian history that lines up with early USA history, especially for the very British-Canadians. However, so many things are good that I'd hate to miss them -- the intro to the explorers, the art of the time period, the composers all re-studied during the time they lived, the historical Christian heroes in Trial & Triumph, learning the whole book of James, studying plants & animals thoroughly in science, time for writing a long report (on a province maybe?)... There's at least one read-aloud about Canada (Madeleine), and the others are excellent.

Well, you have lots of time before you get to that year! Hopefully it will become clear by then.
QuiverMamma wrote:Thanks for bearing with me! I have been reading a lot about MFW over the past few days, but find the forums a bit overwhelming to hunt down on all these answers on!
You are a busy mama. We're familiar with the boards. Ask away!
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Re: Talk to Me About MFW, Lots of ??

Unread post by Erna » Sat Feb 19, 2011 1:05 pm

Hi Jennifer,

As a fellow Canadian I thought I would share that I did ADV with my 7 yo daughter last year. My other littles are 5, 3, and 7 months of age. I used the materials to help me formulate a Canadian course of study. We are currently doing ECC and will spread it out over two years. My oldest was ahead of the game but is now finding the amount of work to be too much. She is capable of all of the work but the volume is what got to her. I actually needed to space out the studies to make things work for our young family. It is going well. I am interested in going through the responses you received.

I once e-mailed the MFW office and they shared how the curriculum would be able to be modified for a Canadian's use. I wish I could go to the conference they will be holding out west.

I would love to network with more Canadians using this curriculum in order to glean from others as I journey with my children through MFW.



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Unread post by harvestmom » Sat Mar 05, 2011 5:50 pm

maritime momma wrote:We live on the east coast of Canada, and I wonder what other Canadians homeschooling with MFW think about the history and geography subjects in the older programs (we are just starting with the preschool package now). I definitely want to follow all the US material, but do you feel the need to supplement Canadian subjects as well, and if so, what do you find fits well?

I'm definitely very glad to have jumped on board here. Although Clara is very young, she is SO inquisitive and interested in learning - I have been submersed in learning about the MFW curriculum and trying to plan ahead, just out of curiosity's sake - I know I will remain flexible to my children's needs and interests during the process. :)
Hi Maritime Momma,

I hope this works o.k. This is my first post ever on here... :~
I am from B.C. and this is our first year are using MFW. So far we love it! I have recently found a great chronological Canadian History guide book called 'Modern History Through Canadian Eyes'. I saw that 'MHTCE' was recommended in one of the other forums here, so I looked into it (can't remember who though). I've been searching and searching the MFW message board for other Canadian MFW users. I have had a very difficult time finding them. They must be hiding somewhere...:)

Anyways, we are working through the US & Canadian History together. For myself, I feel it's important for our children to understand that the US & CA are closely linked. I am using Modern Hist. Through... and some of Donna Wards books. The resources I am using are: The Story of Canada, The Kids' Book of Canadian History, The Kids' Book of Canada (all from our local library) and Canada, My Country (Donna Ward).

I hope this helps! All the best on your journey. :)

p.s. I would love to connect with other Canadian MFW users. ~Thanks
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Re: Canadian

Unread post by maritime momma » Sat Mar 05, 2011 6:07 pm

Thanks for the suggestions, Harvestmom! Welcome to posting on the board!
I will certainly look into those titles you mentioned. We are certainly not at that point of our curriculum - dd is just turning 3 this month, but as I have been learning more and more about MFW and want to make a long-term commitment to all of its programs, I definitely have Canadian-related questions. How old are your children and what MFW curriculum are you following this first year? How exciting! From BC to PEI - now, let's work on filling in the gaps!!
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Re: Canadian

Unread post by Erna » Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:34 am

It is great to have other Canadians on the list. I hope MFW spreads through Canada like wild fire so we can someday have a Yahoo group for Canadian users.

We too use MHTCE and some of Donna Ward's materials. I prefer MHTCE as a base and have used it to formulate my own schedules for ADV, using the MFW manual as a guide. I made timeline pieces (but might look into the ones in one of Donna Ward's books in the future), lapbooking components (for provincial and territorial studies and random info), and notebooking pages, field trip ideas, etc . We also made collages using pictures from the travel magazines I requested from each part of our country on maps of the territories or provinces. My First History of Canada and The Spirit of Canada were the spine for our studies. It was a fun but full year. Mind you, we were selling a house, purchasing one, followed by renovating, eating at or staying at my parents', and preparing for a new baby's arrival.

Anyway, I started off with K and purchased the PreK materials when we started our journey. We've been with MFW all along and are currently doing ECC. It was nice to not have to do any programming this year but I have highlighted the years I will need to modify in the future and will refer to MHTCE again. I didn't do the American studies but did use some of the books and resources in our studies for ADV and ECC. We'll see how future years turn out. We're stretching ECC over two years because my daughter was ahead in her studies.

If you desire to touch base or ask questions, feel free to do so! I'm not always quick at responding due to my duties and the four "littles"under 7 in our home. I will definitely respond when able to.

Just adding that we too used The Kids Book of Canada and I compiled an extensive book list for our studies in ADV that we reserved at the library. I purchased the three core books to our studies though.


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A Formal Canadian Introduction

Unread post by harvestmom » Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:17 am

I don't believe that I ever officially introduced myself on this forum. Am I allowed to do this on this board here??? I hope so...

My name is Sylvia and I live in B.C. Canada. We have 3 children (3,6,& 8) and we started using ADV. this past year.

Here's a bit of our story. I have family in the eastern part of the US and here in Canada so I really enjoyed exploring through Adventures. My original plan was to either work through ALL of ADVENTURES this year OR ALL through my Canadian Donna Ward resources. But, I didn't anticipate using both. I didn't touch the Canadian material all summer so, by the time September rolled around I just started with ADV.; and loved it! However, because I had skimmed through some of the Canadian resources I thought..."how amazing would that be to combine both"! I thought it would help the kids to understand the timeline better. So, in February I started using some of our Canadian resources. I think the idea was great but I burnt out too soon because I hadn't the time to pull the necessary resources for each week. Donna Ward's gr. 1-2 curriculum focuses on other materials such as what it means to be community workers, and more of our present day Canadian hist. (Coat of Arms- Queen- Gov't etc.); which didn't work as easily with ADV. So, in the end, we completed 14 weeks of ADV. and lots of Canadian misc. stuff. We will continue with ADV. this next year, and we will learn about the states and provinces together.

Anyways, that's our story.

From another forum posting 'What do you do to get organized for next year?' ... 207#p75207
Erna wrote: With that said, maybe Donna Ward, Donalda Dickie (believe that is her name), or the author of Modern History Through Canadian Eyes (or something like that)???? ;o) Then, they cold partner with them
I just want any Canadian users to know that I had the honour (Can. spelling lol) of meeting Paige Timer at the Kelowna Convention in B.C. and she is definitely looking for feedback from Canadian users. I believe that we are suppose to e-mail her through MFW's contact e-mail address. I haven't e-mailed her yet, but I plan on it. MFW hopes that they will be able to work with some of the B.C. Dist. Learning teachers to create something for the Canadian users. I am sure that Paige would appreciate any suggestions and personal stories from Canadian users out there.

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Re: A Formal Canadian Introduction

Unread post by Erna » Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:48 am

Woo hoo!

I can understand being overwhelmed with planning ADV in a Canadian light (did not do the US studies). It took me MONTHS to revamp our schedule. (I responded to this with a longer post but accidentally hit the "back" button and my message was gone. :o( Maybe I will share our changes if anyone is interested.)

I am going to send Paige an e-mail. It would be awesome if MFW was at the lead in making a full curriculum program with a Canadian supplement (I don't really look forward to revamping MFW curriculum to suit out needs in future years but will do it if I have to.)

Many Canadians I have talked to here haven't heard of MFW ... I have to put some catalogs in my little guy's diaper bag. I can imagine the lure of a complete curriculum with Canadian materials ... I'd even let my children be guinea pigs for the cause!

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Re: A Formal Canadian Introduction

Unread post by maritime momma » Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:50 pm

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Montreal but have now been living on the east coast, on Prince Edward Island since 99. I am definitely interested in supplementing/adding Canadian material into the MFW curriculum. Our oldest is 3yrs old, so we will only be beginning K in the spring/fall of 2013 - so I don't need to fret too much about Canadian history as of yet, but I am certainly slowly looking into it! I will definitely stay in the loop on this topic!
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Re: A Formal Canadian Introduction

Unread post by Erna » Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:16 am

It is great to see other Canadians on the list! I used to think I was one of thee only ones. I believe there was another Canadian user here but she moved on. Of course, there could be others who don't use the forum.

If anyone needs ideas for adapting the curriculum for ADV when you approach it, let me know and I can help where I can or share what we did. ECC and CTG won't need adaptations but I believe the next year might. I have three years before I get there. :) K and 1st were not a big adjustment, which was nice.

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Re: A Formal Canadian Introduction

Unread post by Miriam » Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:35 am

I am also from Canada, in Alberta. We are starting grade 1 shortly. Looking forward to some Canadian ideas for next year! I also have a friend here using MFW. Our girls will be doing grade 1 together, very excited.

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Re: A Formal Canadian Introduction

Unread post by christinemotherofsix » Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:17 pm

Hi there;
Another Canadian here. We live in Ontario.
We will be using Exploring Countries and Cultures starting next week.
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Question for Canadians

Unread post by Julie in MN » Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:54 am

Erna wrote:If you are past CTG in your studies are you studying the US history along with adding in Canadian studies or are you replacing the US studies with Canadian studies? I will do RTR next year and wonder how much I will have to add for Canadian studies. We did a Canadian version of Adventures but I am not sure I will have the prep time to come up with all kinds of Canadian additions to the future programs on my own. I wonder if anyone is ahead of me in the cycles and has advice to share as I prepare for future years of MFW.
I really don't think US history will be an issue in RTR. Early explorers are covered near the end of RTR, but they are just general explorers of the Americas, and the ancient people who lived in the Americas, not founders of the USA. When you start using SOTW, there really is not a focus on the USA there. I wonder if the table of contents in the sample would help? ... rtr_TM.pdf

Just for the future, I really don't think 1850MOD will be much of an issue, either. Most of the USA teaching is "outside" of SOTW, including learning the states & capitols, or reading Across 5 Aprils, but those would be clear enough to sub out.

As far as EX1850, there is some coverage of Canada (such as Madeleine Takes Command) but it seems like it was closer to Adventures in terms of a USA focus, although there is much world history in there as well. I think this post is by someone who made this work for Canada: ... 749#p71756

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Re: Question for Canadians

Unread post by skcarol » Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:52 pm

Hi again, Erna. We talked back in Mar/April about Canadian content.

The TOC for the Story of the World Vol. 2 does go into some of the Canadian history. But looking at the TOC for the Story of the World Vol. 3, it does go back and cover the early French explorers again. So if you like, you could just enjoy the RTR the way it is and dive into Canadian history in year 4 of MFW.

The MFW RTR year doesn't add any extra American resources, but it does add US resources for history in Year 4. That is what I am planning on doing at this point, since I've heard that the Year 3 is plenty full already, with Rome, Middle Ages and Renaissance/Reformation all in one year.

If you wanted to add some Canadian content, I see that in RTR Wk. 18 has the vikings, Wk. 28 has Columbus (where you would probably add Cabot, since they were about the same time), Wk. 33 has Native North Americans and Wk 34 has Cartier. That is essentially the points of Canadian history up to the end of that time. It wouldn't be too hard to add in--even if it was only books in the book basket.

Are you doing CtoG this year?

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Re: Question for Canadians

Unread post by Erna » Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:13 am

Yes, l am doing CTG this year.

Thanks for sharing about RTR. I remember some saying it didn't need much tweaking, which is nice.

When you do the other programs with heavier US cntent do you think you will study the US history/geography along with your Canadian studies? I am debating on whether this would be too much or not.


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Re: Question for Canadians

Unread post by skcarol » Wed Oct 17, 2012 11:13 pm

I'm quite sure that I won't. Because of our lifestyle, I can just barely make it through the daily work as is, let alone add to it!

When we did the last half of 1850 to Modern Times, I took out the US history and put Canadian history in its place. It was actually quite doable. We did notebooking pages on prime ministers and provinces and territories, and if I had had time, I would have looked up recipes and music for our studies. Of course, since we have had fewer prime ministers than they have had presidents, we did less writing. For me, that was fine. But if a person wanted a more rigorous course, they would have to add in more writing.

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Any Canadian users? Question about using Adventures

Unread post by Erna » Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:33 am

mshanson3121 wrote:Just looking for input on using Adventures with a Canadian student? Did you teach it as written and then add in Canadian content too, or did you sub out some of the American content for info on Canada?
We subbed out American studies and put in Canadian. I used the US outline to help formulate the pacing for our Canadian studies.

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? about Adventures for a Canadian

Unread post by Erna » Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:34 pm

mshanson3121 wrote:Would I need to purchase the student sheets? I wont' be doing any of the American studies, instead I'll just be using it for the Bible, Science, Art & Music.
I only used one of the sheets. So, you can do without them.
mshanson3121 wrote:Okay, thanks! I kinda figured that. Also, did you do any of the suggested novels (Little House etc...) or not?
We used all of the read aloud books and enjoyed them very much.
mshanson3121 wrote:Okay, good to know. Did they tie in with the lessons really, or you just used them.
Squanto could be used with a study of Native Americans. Little House on the Prairie can be used along with pioneers. However, I think we just read them as they were laid out in the manual.

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Re: ? about Adventures for a Canadian

Unread post by Bret Welshymer » Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:07 pm

The majority of the Students Sheets are related to US history. However, there are sheets for Bible, science and music, as well.

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How long does ECC take?

Unread post by MelissaB » Sat Feb 08, 2014 6:17 pm

mshanson3121 wrote:I'm wondering what direction we'll go after we finish 1, which will be fall. My original plan was to do Adventures with Canadian history on the side, skipping the US state part. However, I realized that our son really doesn't have a good grasp on the concept of Canada as a country, then being broken down into provinces etc... So, I really think I need to focus on some geography too. I'm just wondering, is it going to be too much do you think for a 7 year old to be learning about US history, Canadian history and Canadian geography all at the same time?

I thought of skipping Adventures and going into ECC, which is what the website tends to recommend for Canadian users, but I'm curious as to how long it takes you each day, with your youngers? To me it looks like it would be at least 2.5 hours, and I'm not sure he's ready for that.
Yes, I think ECC will work well with a 7/8 year old.

Hmm... Just thinking with you. Here are a few suggestions.

1. Geography: I would focus on The Geography Game, played 2x/week. It's fun, easy, takes just a little time, and is a huge benefit to learning world geography. You might put together a Canadian version of this game, too, if you want. Maps & Globes will be great. I might try a scaled-down version of the Geography from A-Z, making the cards into a game.

Keeping in mind that you'll re-do ECC at an advanced level again when he's 12, I would skip Exploring World Geography and most of the large Atlas work.

That will shorten your day, and he'll still be learning all of the map/geography terms relevant to his age.

2. Science: I would definitely skip Properties of the Ecosystems (he'll love it when he's 12 :) ), and focus on the Living World Encyclopedia and the World of Animals . Both of those books are quick, easy, interesting and very relevant to what you're studying. If you have time, do the Animal Search once a week; it's fun.

3. Social Studies: Hero Tales, Window on the World, and the Missionary Biographies can be read together. Even at age 7 or 8, he will be able to comprehend almost everything in these wonderfully interesting books and learn a lot about the different cultures.
Just a Note... the first Missionary Biography, Cameron Townsend, can be a unexciting for a little one. If he loses interest, skip that one and jump into Nate Saint w/ the South America study. He will not be bored with that one. :)

ECC was our favorite year. It's a rich, interesting study.

Enjoy!! :-)
mshanson3121 wrote:I had heard that about Properties. I wondered even about picking up an older version TM, that uses Wild Places instead.
I'm not familiar w/ Wild Places. If you're going to re-use your ECC package when he's 12, you'll be glad you have Properties then. :)

[Editor's note: More info on using POE vs. Wild Places here: ... 648#p80648 ]
Melissa B. (Arkansas)
Girls ages 16 & 13
Completed K, 1st, and Investigate {ECC; CTG; RTR; Expl.-1850; and 1850-Mod. Times}
"That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,.." Titus 2:4

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