Author: Marie HazellHi all,
I am planning on doing ECC with my second grader next year and also have a 1st grader. I really don't want to run 2 separate programs and was wondering if anyone was doing ECC with a 1st grader. He is reading well and doing 1st grade math now, so I thought how great it would be to combine the other subjects, which is what we do now.
Thanks for any insights.
ECC is not designed to be a first grader's primary curriculum. We recommend using MFW First Grade to meet the needs of a first grader. Our first grade is not overly time consuming and many families teach both ECC and First Grade in the same year. Even if your child is already reading, it may be beneficial to consider MFW First Grade for a number of reasons.
When deciding on a program, you need to look at many factors. Even though a 1st grader is reading well, their handwriting and beginning composition skills probably need more attention. (MFW First Grade targets these skills.) They may have missed some of the phonics that will help them as they encounter more difficult words both in reading and later in spelling. (MFW First Grade covers all necessary phonics, a great help for spelling. In fact, some moms adapt our phonics lessons, using the word lists as informal spelling tests for advanced readers.) Science, Bible concepts, and character development are included in MFW First Grade and specifically designed to reach the hearts and minds of first graders.
IF your first grader has acquired these above skills then we suggest that you use the Adventures in My Father's World curriculum with both your first and second grader (could be done with a 3rd grader as well). There are so many great hands-on projects in the program. God's world is fascinating! Enjoy the adventure!