ECC Week 2

We finished up week 3 of school but only week 2 of MFW Exploring Countries & Cultures (ECC).  Lucky for me that week 2 of ECC is still fairly light because I am still trying to recover from this respiratory crud.  We cancelled our weekly ECC craft day with our friends because I wasn’t quite up to prepping and hosting; but I made sure that Catherine didn’t miss out on a couple of fun activities that correspond with this week’s lesson: globe & map reading.

I am using a geography workbook that I bought from a teacher supply store a couple of years ago, along with the book Galloping the Globe to supplement the lessons.  We are still going over continents, oceans, map keys, and grids.  There are not very many worksheets to review these concepts, so I pulled some things out of the geography workbook and off of Pinterest to use for review.  MFW comes with some wonderful geography and atlas books and we have had a lot of fun looking at how different maps are drawn.


For the activity, we were supposed to decorate a cake like a globe but most of my cooking projects turn into a big disaster.  Galloping the Globe recommended making a globe paper mache.  Catherine is not one to turn down a good craft, much less paper mache, so we broke out the balloons, a starch mix and some paint brushes and went to town.  I think this project is going to be a lot bigger and more complex than I thought because we are going to have to do this in stages.  We got it covered, a base coat of white painted, and the continents drawn.  Now we just need to finish painting it.

1-IMG_07291-IMG_07301-IMG_07441-IMG_0747I have also turned one of the walls in our hallway into a school wall.  There is big map on the wall along with some art that Catherine has created and some paper dolls of children around the world (I got this idea from another MFW ECC Blogger: Mocharch Room).  I will make sure that I post a photo of the wall this week.  I think it turned out pretty cute!  Catherine and I made a few of our own paper dolls from cut-outs from Lakeshore Learning, construction paper, and glitter glue.

1-20140826_142541[1]1-20140826_133314[1]1-20140826_142601[1]1-20140826_150122[1]1-20140826_153053[1]I think these turned out pretty cute!  I hung them up on the wall with the other pre-printed paper-dolls.  I think took a string and connected the doll to the place on the map where they are from.  Catherine loved seeing where in the world these dolls ‘were from.’

Week 2 went well and we had a great time trying some different crafts and activities!  We are definitely ECC fans!  We can’t wait for week 3!

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4 Responses to ECC Week 2

  1. Casey says:

    Your paper dolls are adorable. We just did the paper doll chain this week, but they had a hard time with it. They wanted exact instructions… oh well. The globe looks great too, good idea!

  2. Wendy says:

    Thank you for the feedback! I tried creating paper children by using the set of paper dolls with multiple skin tones that I purchased from Lakeshore Learning. We were pretty proud of ourselves! LOL

  3. Jake says:

    Hi Bernadette,Thanks for the comments. I segsugt reading the article I wrote on plantar fasciitis (below) and following the exercises as a starting point. Hiring a really good fascial therapist who has a successful history treating PF would be a good idea too. I have had great success in treating PF. In most cases, moving out of the acute pain stage within 3-4 sessions. Once you are out of the pain stage, it is time to focus on flexibility and corrective exercises to strengthen the arches, knees and hips. You will find a few in this article.Now, my guess is that you have been wearing shoes with a significant heel lift for many years. (I consider the heel lift of most running shoes to be significant). The heel lift in shoes places your achilles tendon in a shortened position. It does not get stretched out fully when you walk. This is compounded by heel strike. Over time the achilles and lower leg muscles in your calf become somewhat permanently shortened. This is the primary issue that causes PF and just about every other foot pain issue. The shortened state places strain through the plantar fascia and other structures which eventually become inflamed (for lack of a better term). This is also the reason going barefoot is so painful. When you are barefoot, you are forcing the full natural range of motion of your now shortened ankle which places excess stress on the achilles tendon. Plus the muscles of the lower leg and arches are not strengthened to handle this new ROM. So they get fatigued quickly. The key will be to work through the active pain of PF. Then begin a rehab process that focuses on increasing flexibility and strengthening the ankle and calves. When it comes to walking around barefoot: I would keep the amount of time down. Spend 5-10 minutes a day at first and over the course of weeks slowly add more time. It MUST be PAIN FREE. Start buying shoes with less of a heel wedge. Don’t make a drastic move from the higher heels you are currently wearing to a zero drop over night. But eventually you will want a zero drop shoe, if your foot can handle it. This is a process that will take at least a year and possibly two years to fully adapt into. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions. Also, something you didn’t mention in the above post. Do you wear orthotics?Jesse James Retherford

  4. Zou says:

    Hi Monica,Thanks for the question. I’m wrntiig from a plane, so please pardon any major spelling or grammatical mistakes.My view on orthotics is that they are a band aid or a crutch and generally not a permanent solution to postural pain and dysfunction. There are people who need orthotics due to significant structural abnormalities, but they make up a very small percentage of the population. For the vast majority, orthotics are over-prescribed, just as most pharmaceutical medications, and over time create greater problems than they solve.In general, the use of a crutch gets you to the next crutch. At first we use cushioned arch supported shoes as a crutch. As the muscles that make up the arch of the foot weaken and atrophy, the arch itself collapses. So you are upgraded to a reinforced arch support system with orthotics. This causes greater weakening, atrophy, and collapse, and you are then given a cane, crutches, or a walker. Eventually, you are in a wheel chair. All of this takes place over years and decades. The solution to this problem is not in the next best band aid, but to train the body to support itself at each and every step (pun intended). Maintaining strength and stability of the arch provides the foundation for the entire postural system. Now transitioning into a barefoot/minimalist lifestyle from orthotics can be a bit tricky. Especially without the support of a coach or therapist. Depending on how long you have been wearing orthotics, your feet will be significantly weakened. Transitioning too quickly raises your risk of injury. I don’t recommend going completely barefoot/minimalist overnight. I would start with corrective exercises focused on strengthening your feet, hips, shoulders, and core; spending as much time barefoot during the day; and listening to your body for signs of pain and stress. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any further questions.Jesse James Retherford