MFW ECC - Weeks 25-26 in Review - China

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Welcome to our tour of China! All of a sudden I am starting to realize just how much fun we have had in our year traveling the world. It took me a while to figure out how to make MFW work for us, but not that we have we are almost through the whole year! China has been really fun to learn about. We have so enjoyed our book basket books and many field trips over the last few weeks!

Our first trip we took was to a local Chinese restaurant. Are you seeing the theme? I basically did a whole curriculum just so we could eat awesome international food each week!

Silas wasn't super excited about trying Chinese food. This is my child that I pray starts eating more vegetables. I was exactly like him as a kid, but spent 3 years as a vegan eventually. I'm hoping he will learn to love veggies as much as I do. We ordered General Tso's Chicken, Honey Chicken and Lo Mein. Silas and Aedan both enjoyed the Honey Chicken the most. My hubbie and I loved the Lo Mein!

The kids were excited to get fortune cookies at the end of our meal.

We took a trip to our local Asian market. So many new sights and smells!

We found some interesting creatures in the butcher shop section. We saw many animals and creatures you don't commonly see in your local grocery store.

We looked around and found many things the boys swore they would never try! I love, however, how many new things we have seen and experienced this year.

Here are a few things I picked up. I so enjoyed our meal at the restaurant I thought I would try to make a few things at home too. My kids love this rice candy. My dad used to buy it for me when I was a kid too!

The first meal I made was Chicken Fried Rice. I also made the recipe that was in A Trip Around the World for cucumbers. Silas thought it was amazing that some of his favorite ingredients would be all mixed together. Of course you don't see many veggies in his version. Sigh. He does eat fruit fortunately!

I added onions, carrots and scallions to Aedan's and the adults' plates.

 Another day I made Chicken and Veggie Lo Mein. Seriously YUM!

I bought some chop sticks at the Asian market.

Silas had fun trying to figure out how to use them. I have to hand it to him. He endured through the whole meal with the chop sticks, and it wasn't easy for him! I love that he always tries his best to keep trying even if something doesn't come easy to him.

One thing I was excited about was learning about missionaries that served the countries we would be visiting. We had somewhat of a difficult time getting into some of the biographies. Either they were too old or sometimes too graphic. Silas is a very sensitive boy. He was pretty disturbed by how Nate Saint died. So, I just started reading some missionary biographies for younger children. I decided to try one more to see if we could make it through one and we have absolutely loved it! We started reading about the life of Gladys Aylward who was about as legit a missionary if there ever was one. We are both enjoying learning how she endured many an obstacle to get to where she felt God had called her. Silas is looking forward to watching the video I bought at the end of the book. 

I am going to save the few biographies we didn't read this year for a later time. One of the beauties of MFW is that you can combine children of a larger age range. One of the detriments is that some material may be above the maturity of a child on the younger end. I certainly found that to be the case here, but I have seen his heart open to the world in ways he might not have had the opportunity to otherwise.

Our world map is filling up with all the places we have visited. There are so many more places that we won't even cover!

When I was gathering supplies for the school year I found this antique Chinese Checker Board. A paper Chinese checker board does come in the MFW supplies, but this was a fun find!

We have had so much fun playing this game! I am not sure if I remember ever playing. It's a game the boys keep asking to play. We have all tried different strategies. They have asked to play every day!

The checker board I found didn't come with marbles. I took that as a great opportunity to visit a Marble store! They had a set already put together for Chinese checkers.

We also got to see how marbles are made. They often have a glass artist there who does a marble making demonstration. He was a sweet man and took the time to explain every step of the way.

Here it is in process. He then twisted it until there was a beautiful swirly design. The flame is 4000 degrees used to melt the glass. He was making me so nervous getting his hands so close. Even taking this picture I could feel the heat of the marble from this far away.

They had a wonderful display of many different kinds of hand made marbles.

It is also a toy store where they could choose a variety of marbles. So fun!

Silas also went roller skating for the first time. I had taken Aedan when he was younger and it was sort of traumatic. I hadn't tried to go again. There is a monthly homeschool skating day. The boys had SO much fun! They took a while to get a hang of it, but by the end they were begging me to take them next time. It was the perfect way to get a little P.E. in on a cold winter day. Thank you for visiting! We are taking a week off next week, but will see you in Japan next time!


  1. Hi! Thank you so much for all you've done on your blog to review MFW ECC. I've done HOD Bigger and am considering ECC for just next year... and then maybe going back (we'll see). I'm truly torn between starting ECC or Preparing for next year, but leaning toward ECC.

    I was wondering if you could provide any more info about the content of the missionary books. I read elsewhere that they were too graphic for young kids (in one woman's opinion). I was wondering what you thought. I really would like to do those books... do you think there's a way to skim over some of that stuff, or is it mostly not too bad? Thanks!

  2. Hi Jamie <3

    That is such a hard choice you have to make! Preparing and ECC are both great programs!

    I struggled with whether or not to read the biographies to my son. Some people love them while others felt they were too much. It really depends on the sensitivity of your kiddo. My guy is a very tender hearted boy. I started out reading them and found they were too mature. I put them aside when my son was very upset about the violent way Nate Saint died.

    I didn't end up reading George Mueller (though I do wish I had read this one.) I skipped David Livingston because I personally struggle with his story. We read other missionary stories during that time. I did, however, pick Amy Carmichael up and Gladys Aylward. We absolutely loved both of those. Such brave and Godly women! The guide does warn you when you should paraphrase for little or sensitive ears. Today in fact there was a few pages I skipped. It was too much. Most of Gladys has been fine though.

    I actually struggled to find my groove with MFW at the beginning of the year. Now that we are almost through my son told me he isn't ready for it to end. That's saying a lot. I actually started feeling sad too. There are many sweet things we have learned this year.

    With all that said I absolutely love HOD. My blog probably shows it :)I really don't think you could go wrong either way. I did feel I had to add a lot more to ECC to make it the fun it has been. Much of what we have done I have added. We dropped the ECC science. It just wasn't working for us.

    Please feel free to email me if I can help you in any way! Thanks so much for visiting :)

  3. Thank you for your input! :) Still on the fence...


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