I know the overwhelmed feeling with things and a baby taking your attention. My baby is 2 now, but I remember those days.) I would encourage you to take some time and pray about it and over it.blessedwith4 wrote:I received the new ECC package on Friday and have looked through the manual quite a few times. Not as thoroughly as I'd like to because my 9.5 month old is just so demanding. I have never done any type of unit study before because, truthfully and as much as I wish things were different, I'm just not that type of mom. :-( I don't like crafty things at all.
I would be teaching a 3rd grader, 6th grader, and 8th grader all while tending to the baby, who is sooo demanding of my time. If I can't even look through the materials at peace, how will I ever have time to sit with them and go over all the stuff in ECC? I'm so upset over this! I really wanted to this to work, especially because I love how they spend so much time developing a Biblical worldview. I can tell the authors of MFW put their whole heart into this. But, at what point do I just say, "this won't work"?
My two daughters think it looks fun. Others said they managed but I'm feeling like it's too much for me. I don't even know what I'm asking here; just wanting to know if I should just return it and stop beating myself up over this.
I've never taught a 6th or 8th grader, but I would think there's a lot of things they could do independently if need be. Also most of the stuff will be done together--in other words all your school age children can sit in on the history/geography/science/bible time together (as opposed to doing everyone separately therefore taking less mom time)--perhaps during baby's nap times?
Read alouds can be done during breakfast/lunch/after dinner/at bedtime...we like to do read alouds as the kids play in the sandbox but we obviously have younger kids than you, but perhaps during something else that's quiet that they enjoy doing. Maybe Dad can do read alouds or science or something while you attend to baby in the evenings. Maybe you could do school completely untraditionally for awhile and school the older kids in the evenings while Dad takes care of the baby?
For other subjects that require one on one mom time (math, spelling, language arts) have one of the older kids take care of the baby while you work with another kid and then switch off kids taking care of baby and another kid getting mom time for school.
Try to think outside the box a little as well. If you stick with MFW, your 3rd grader will get ECC again in 8th grade so don't expect too much from him/her this year. Don't feel like you have to do every craft or activity that ECC has to offer if that's what is stressing you out. Pick the ones you think your children would like the best or benefit from the most. Could your two older ones help the 3rd grader with math/language arts or even doing some of the read alouds?
I just want to encourage you that you can, in fact, do it. Think outside the "school" box. Fit school around baby's naptime and other scheduled activities.
Getting the box with all those books at once is overwhelming but they aren't all used at the same time.
Oh one more thing---some people have found the first 2 weeks (or 3 or 4 weeks) of ECC to be more full than the others. There have been suggestions for the first 2 weeks to maybe JUST do the ECC things on the grid for those 2 weeks and then add in math, spelling, and language arts during week 3...or gradually add in those things during the first 2 weeks if you feel you can.
Pray about it and come here for encouragement!