MFW ECC - Week 5 in Review - Mexico

Sunday, September 21, 2014

This week we crossed the border to Mexico. I didn't anticipate just how much Silas would love our world travels this year. He's having so much fun learning about different cultures and places. Maybe this kid is going to be my little adventurer!
A few weeks ago Silas filled out his passport application. He received it in the mail, and is now ready for his world travels! I printed out a ticket from our home airport to Mexico City!

  My little guy was ready for his flight!

As we crossed the border into Mexico I stamped Silas's passport. It drove him crazy that I opened it up to a random page, and stuck it in crooked like that. I said that's exactly what they do!

We got the currency package from MFW this year. Silas was really excited to be able to exchange his American dollars for Mexican Pesos.

We converted our $20 to Pesos.

Silas enjoyed learning how different places have different money, and thought it was crazy how many pesos he could get for his 20 bucks. He never failed to pay me for his snacks with his pesos each day. He though this was super fun :)

Silas colored his John 3:16 poster for Mexico and learned how to say the verse in Spanish.

We learned some Spanish words, and practiced common sayings. I'd love for my kids to learn Spanish soon. They have cousins who are missionaries in Spain. They would have built in practice.

We are really enjoying our co-op class on Fridays. One of the components is public speaking. Silas at first was horrified that he would have to do this. There were many tears shed, but once we worked together on what to say he did great! I love that the boys will get a chance to public speaking this year. If you can conquer the fear of this as a child, it will be such a useful skill for the future! He chose the topic of Mexico. I was so happy it was a subject he was enjoying enough to choose.

One of the things we will do each week is play MFW's geography game. By the end of the year he will know where all the countries of the world are. I will too! There's geography that even I need to work on! No, we don't leave the house dressed like this FYI ha!

Instead of using the little game pieces that you cut out that came with the game I found these little erasers that make perfect sized game pieces. Silas loved this game!

At first I wasn't going to do any of the pages from Exploring World Geography, but decided to do one a week. This week he found out all the main bodies of water of North America.

In science we learned about the desert biome. Silas colored all the areas in the world that are deserts.

He completed his vocabulary work for Desert...

...and dune.

We read about desert plants and did an activity to show how the cactus changes depending on how much water it carries.

We folded up a bag accordion style to show what a cactus with little water would look like.

Silas then blew up the cactus... show how a cactus expands to hold water.

We learned about cold blooded animals and how they have to move warm themselves in the sun if they get too cold. First we put our turtle in the shade to see what temperature he'd be.

Then we moved him to a sunny place, and he warmed up very quickly.

I am teaching the science class at our local homeschool co-op. Silas is one of my students. This week we had rainbow science! First we learned about what a rainbow was. Then we made a liquid rainbow to show liquid density/viscosity. We also did the exploding milk experiment. It was all sorts of colorful fun! I'm not sure I'll be able to top myself next week.

  • First I colored corn syrup PURPLE with one drop of red and blue food coloring. 
  • Second, I added BLUE dish soap
  • Third, I colored water GREEN and added it.
  • Fourth, I added olive oil which is conveniently YELLOW if you get the cheap stuff
  • Fifth, I colored 70% Isopropel alcohol RED (50% didn't work). I added this slowly with a baster.
The kids thought this was super duper amazing :) There isn't an orange layer, but you can't win em' all!

I love how we're reading straight through Matthew. I like how there was Old Testament reading this week to show where Jesus was quoting from.

I hope you all know we aren't skimping out on our 3 R's. They're just not as fun to take pictures of. This is a picture of Silas doing Life of Fred Farming. He is doing really well in CLE Math, R&S 3 Grammar and Spelling as well as writing in Brave Writer. He's so enjoying reading books from the book basket this year. In fact, he often cheers when it's that time of day. Silas is looking forward to having a Mexican fiesta next week. Until then, adios!


  1. ECC looks like so much fun! I was curious what you thought of the science in ECC and if you like the books recommended for the book basket. We are thinking of using ECC next year. Thanks so much .

  2. I'm sorry if I accidentally sent two comments.. ECC looks like so much fun! We are thinking of using it next year and I was wondering if you liked the science and what you thought of the book selections... and if you like the recommendations for the book baskets. I wish MFW would let you see a sample of the books for the book basket.

    Your homeschool looks so delightful. I have 3 boys, so I enjoy reading about your homeschool adventures and what works for your guys.

    Thanks for your help.

  3. ECC has been so much fun! This MFW guide gets very mixed reviews, but for us it has been great. I've hear a lot of people think that Properties of Ecosystems is dry. It's not the most engaging book but combined with the book basket books and the Living World book I feel like we're learning a lot. This week we watched the Planet Earth video on deserts and Silas was able to identify everything in the video because of the books we had read the past few weeks.

    I feel like without the book basket it would be very void. It takes some work to make sure you have all the books available. I put them all in wish lists in my library list ahead of time, and make sure to check them out about 2 weeks ahead to make sure we have a decent selection. He LOVES reading those books.

    I feel like he's more engaged in school this year than ever, but he's also a little older this year. He's loved learning about the countries and people of each new country, and we're just getting started. I feel like ECC is a great springboard for world history that we'll be covering next year. I'm excited that I'll even have a better grasp of world geography after this year because of the geography game we play each week to learn where all the countries are.

    I will say that I wouldn't choose this curriculum for the older age ranges. I feel you would have to add a whole lot more than I do to make it age appropriate, but that's just my opinion. You will find many more other than mine.

  4. Thanks so much for replying. Sometimes I think this is what holds me back from MFW. It seems like its kind of pricey and you still don't get many books. We have used Sonlight and I love getting all those books..but I have wiggly curious boys that love activities and love to investigate. Plus I really would like more Bible intertwined with our history studies.. Its so hard to find a curriculum for us all to use.

    I kind of thought the same thing about the science. Even though Properties of Ecosystems may not be the most interesting ...the way it is set up in the guide ... it seems like they would learn a lot with it.

    I would be using ECC with younger kids . You are right it doesn't seem like there is much for older kids.. I was wondering about that...

    Thanks again for sharing. Have a blessed weekend.

  5. Love the rainbow in a jar! Looks like you are having so much fun :)

  6. We are having lots of fun. I'm thinking 3rd grade might be my favorite to teach so far. They're still little but past a lot of the basics. Wish I would have had Aedan home sooner!


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