It has been a LONG time since I have been on the board--mostly because things have been going smoothly!
But as I am beginning to think about next year, for the first time I am not sure how to make MFW fit our family's dynamics. My oldest two will be in 9th and 11th grade and using MFW's high school curriculum.
My problem is my youngest two; they will be in 7th grade and 1st grade. I am not sure how to combine the two of them and the idea of teaching two separate curriculums (MFW 1st grade and ECC) seems like a lot of work! I would love suggestions! (Just a little background info: the child who will be going into 7th grade in the fall is dyslexic and not reading/comprehending at grade level, thus he is not able to do as much "independent" work as many 7th graders.)
I have the exact same age spread that you do with the last two.
That year I did do both 1st and ECC, but I tweaked it. My 1st grader did the reading and math at her grade level. I did none of the 1st grade science that year. For the majority of the day she joined her big brother in ECC. We did all of ECC Bible together (even though she had her own Bible time). She didn't do any of the Exploring World Geography workbook, but enjoyed all the other aspects of geography. She really learned a lot! I used the Complete Book of Animals with her while my ds was doing Apologia Science. We enjoyed the music and art all together. It really was a fun year for them both.
It honestly didn't feel like extra work at all. I considered them both in ECC, I just had different requirements from each of them. You will always need language arts and math at individual levels anyway. Do you have any specific questions you are pondering?
it's so encouraging to hear it can be done; thank you Dawn!
I haven't done ECC before, so what exactly did the history/geography time look like for your first grader? Did she listen to you read from the various books? Were there activities (other than the workbook) that she could participate in? Did she also do the read alouds with you?
Thank you for letting me pick your brain!
It has been a few years, but I'll get out my TM and try to refresh my memory.
Starting at the top of the grid, she did sit and listen to the Bible reading and Hero Tales. She loved coloring the John 3:16 pages for each country. She listened and looked at the book Window on the World, and joined in praying for all the people groups (such sweet little prayers!). She also did the copy work from Hero Tales. I didn't have her copy the ECC memory verse though, because she was already copying her 1st grade Proverb's verse.
Geography time was the fun time of the day! We did the passport activity as we began each new country. I enjoyed hamming it up with the "airplane ride" much more because I had a young one learning with us. If it had just been my 7th grader...it wouldn't have been so playful-ish! When we were going to a colder climate we got out the scarves and mittens and wore them around the house (till we got too hot!). In hotter climates we got out the sunglasses. I even rummaged through her stuffed animals and pulled out animals that would go with the country studied and have them in the school area with us.
OK, too much fun!
Back to the books. Yes, my 1st grader sat in on all readings, colored the flag and participated in any activity that was out of the Trip Around the World books. She played the Geography Game with her brother and made him have to work at it
to win!! She proved to be quite a match for him in remembering all those names of places! Then we all did an art project from Global Art and listened to the songs, which were quite fun. At the end of the week you do vocabulary cards from the Geography from A to Z book. Most weeks had 2 words to draw and define. My 7th grader did both and my 1st grader only did one. Trying to draw the picture was challenging at times for her. Sometimes I would draw it and she would add coloring and maybe a detail like a fish in the water or something.
I handled read alouds differently that year. It was my second time through ECC and I know I will be doing it one more time when my youngest finishes the cycle. I did the scheduled read alouds the first time through when my 7th grader did ECC in his younger years. So I picked out some different books this time around. My youngest dd will get to hear the scheduled books when she repeats ECC later. That said, we did do Kingdom Tales when it was scheduled. I love those stories and could read them over and over!
Hopes that helps you visualize the year a bit better!
Ask again if something else pops into mind or I forgot to mention something,