Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:01 am
donutmom wrote:We started ECC in January and love it, except. . . My son groans each week when it's time to make the vocab cards using Geography From A to Z. Last week he asked me why he had to make them and what was the point. So HELP!! What does anyone do with these cards?
I think the intention is to help the child remember the vocabulary by using it in several ways -- writing it, drawing it, having cards to review with.
That said, I think the goal is that your ds learns the geography terms. Using the already-planned-out methods will be easiest for you & proven methods for students. However, if you find something else that works just as well for your particular child, then I don't feel there's any other benefit to "just doing it" (besides being easier for you & possibly being a method that will work for him).
I don't have any completely new ideas, but some ideas for the cards:
* We put the cards into "photo pages" in our notebook, for review even in later years.
* Also, the version of the World Atlas that was available when we did ECC had an illustration of many of the geography terms (in the back of the book?). I even picked up a laminated version of that illustration at convention from a Geography booth -- my ds just responds to having something in his hands :o) So that illustration was a good alternative to the ones in A to Z, and it also sort-of "put all of them together" on one page. That's the only thing *I* added.
* Would he respond better to creating a notebook for vocabulary?
* Look up the terms in the dictionary?
* Singing a song about them?
* A few kids really like worksheets, and there are some ideas for worksheet resources on the "ECC Country Ideas" board -- tho I caution that some of the kids like worksheets because they can "fill it in & forget it"!