Many years ago, when the Avery family decided to sell The Weaver Curriculum, my dream was to buy it and keep this great curriculum available. Alpha Omega Publications beat me to it. But, thanks to the Internet, I now have the ability to fulfill that dream: I have become a distributor for Alpha Omega Publications and Lorenz Educational Press (the company that publishes Millikens).
At this time, my shopping cart is not functional. However, I am still able to take orders, and will gladly do so via email. I’ve changed the front page of the Unofficial Weaver site to reflect the upcoming “Grand Opening” sale, and will change it again in the next day or two to announce the “Pre-Opening Sale” that will be taking place on Tuesday, July 31st: All items will be 20% off list price, and shipping on ALL ORDERS will be free!I am SO excited to be able to sell Weaver–selling the complete AOP and Lorenz lines is like icing on the cake! If you still need some items for school, feel free to look around at the AOP site and the Lorenz site and jot down what you need (item name, item #, your name, and shipping address). Send that to me in an email and I’ll let you know the final price–you can do this anytime between now and the 31st, so if you want to send me your list early, go right ahead!
After you agree to the final cost, you can send it to me via PayPal (email@example.com) and I’ll place your order on the 31st (or sooner if you’re willing to take only a 10% discount). If you choose to send a check or money order you’ll want to do this ASAP since I won’t place the order until your check arrives and clears the bank. If you choose this route, send me your order via email and we’ll get the price worked out ASAP so you can get your check/money order in the mail (Unofficial Weaver, PO Box 736, Broken Arrow, OK 74013) and I can place your order on the 31st.
Be watching the Unofficial Weaver site for more details, or contact me if you have any questions. And, as always, I covet your prayers for this new path God is leading us down. I pray that this business will bring God glory, and that it will strengthen my marriage (because it sure is putting some stress on it right now!) and my children’s lives.
The new site is up and running!
You’ll find book suggestions on just about every page, along with updated links to useful sites. Everything on the site is designed to help families who use The Weaver. Stop by and check it out, then come back and leave a comment to let me know what you think.
For the past two weeks I’ve been working on updating the Unofficial Weaver Pages. When I first created the page, I did ALL the coding by hand in Notepad using basic HTML. Then I used Dream Weaver, which is a What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) program, and I was able to make changes faster. A couple years ago I got a CSS book and started learning how to use Cascading Style Sheets. For the past two weeks I’ve been working on moving the content from the old design (HTML) into the new design (CSS). It’s tedious, as I’m doing it all by hand once again, stripping all the unnecessary code and tweaking the CSS to make it all look as I envision it. I’ll still have more to tweak when this update goes live, but I want to get it up as soon as possible, so I’m only doing the major changes right now.
Would you like a peek?
Head over there and check it out. (The navigation links don’t go anywhere right now, so please don’t feel too frustrated that you can’t see anything else–this is just a sneak peek, remember.) Then come back here and leave a comment about the new look. I’d love to hear from you!
I enjoy the luxury of not rushing through a book. I decided to try to find a book that would last through several units and would reinforce the subjects . I have not read all of Jules Verne’s novels but the few that I have read aloud always teach us so much in such a fun way. I chose for this unit The Mysterious Island. It is the sequel to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and my children have been wanting to read it after they finished Captain Nemo’s first underwater adventure.
From the early chapters I immediately saw that it would encompass so much of our future studies while reaching back and touching on others. Stealing away in an air balloon and barely surviving a hurricane brought back to our minds units already studied. One of the real surprises was the day we were studying in our math about how to figure the height of something very large by comparing it to a much smaller item, that has a known length, we saw it illustrated by the brilliant Cyrus Smith in the book. That was very cool.
My 9 year old enjoyed reading through a lovely illustrated version of Aesop’s Fables during this unit.
Have you ever tried to read a book that is really popular amongst the home school “living books” crowd, given up, and felt bad since everyone loves that author? You may have even wondered what was wrong with you. Did you then valiantly try again only to have your children ask you to not read that book anymore? This is what happened when we undertook to read a few of Holling Clancy Holling’s books. Of the three titles that I have, Seabird, Paddle-to-the-Sea, and Minn of the Mississippi, none captured our interests. Which is odd since my children are all avid nature entusiasts. The other time this happened was when we read The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley. The Holling’s books had all the earmarks of a perfect fit with this unit since the contents of the books coincided with many topics to be studied. But alas it was not to be.
But on the other hand I had a similar experience with another author but this time what once seemed void of meaning now penetrated my mind and gripped me. Reading the tragic tale of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in my high school English class failed to engage me but when I dipped into it again while my children sat around it was a different experience altogether. Words that once seemed remote and enigmatic now seemed within my grasp. The rhyme was spell binding.
Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean
And then these well known lines:
He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.
I have learned that sometimes several tries is good enough to put something away forever, but on the other hand you just never know when that one illusive book or work will suddenly come alive.
Alongside these books my children read Mutiny on the Bounty and Robinson Crusoe(condensed).
In a strange way my method of searching for living books for the topics in volume 1 chapter 3 reflected one of the themes itself. For example one of the people introduced in this chapter is Helen Keller who lived in a world of silence and darkness. As I groped through bookshelves, book lists and websites searching for living resources I felt lost and unable to find the source or two that would energize our academic studies. I indeed felt shut-out. Oddly enough when I was browsing among my personal library for the third or fourth time I finally saw The Story of Helen Keller in the Reader’s Digest Best Loved books for Young Readers. It was a, “I-didn’t-know-I-had-that-book” moment. The veil began to lift.
I returned to my internet hunt with more hope. A favorite online resource, www.mainlesson.com offers a lovely collection of classic e-books written for children on a whole array of subjects. But the general topics of this unit were not readily apparent in the “subjects to browse” lists. But at mainlesson.com I found two works that will enrich this Weaver unit. First, the book, Great Inventors and Their Inventions, by Frank P. Bachman has several valuable chapters for this study, especially for those who use the Supplement. Gutenberg, Morse, Bell, Edison and Marconi are all covered in Bachman’s easy to read style. Then I discovered, Granny’s Wonderful Chair by Frances Browne. She, a blind Irish poet and author, wrote some fanciful children’s stories that the younger crowd will enjoy, especially “The Greedy Shepherd”. Since one of the objectives for grade 3 is an introduction to poetry, I looked for one of her poems in my Illustrated Library of World Poetry and found, “O The Pleasant Days of Old!”
Fanny Crosby is one of my favorite heroines. Although her physical eyes were scarred and blinded she was gifted with a spiritual insight that still illuminates many hearts with her songs. Hymns may not be thought of as poetry but many of them begin that way. I like hymns because the melody makes it easier to memorize sacred poetry. Biographical information about Fanny Crosby and a long list of her hymns can be found here . I would like to sing a few of her melodies as we open our school day especially since one of the Bible lessons emphasizes that language should be used in praising God.
Another interesting part of this unit shows the wide variety of accents and languages that exist in the U.S. It was fun to uncover some poems and tales that highlighted differences in speech that exist across America. If you have some Brer Rabbit stories on your shelf pull those down. If you don’t you can find nine tales here. One poem I uncovered in Favorite Poems Old and New selected by Helen Ferris, is sure to add some giggles. It is called, “Leetla Giorgio Washeenton”, by Thomas Augustine Daly.
The objectives for the 3rd grade look to be a lot of fun. Although the Supplement work is a bit more demanding, these resources will make it a bit gentler.
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I just made the most amazing meal! I don’t know why I haven’t tried it before, except that I was afraid my family wouldn’t eat it. I’ve had bland chicken and dumplings in the past, but this recipe tasted delicious!
Chicken ‘N’ Dumplings
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 2 T. oil
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 can biscuit dough (10 biscuits)
Cut the chicken into large pieces. Place in a large saucepan with the vegetables and chicken broth, and simmer until chicken and vegetables are tender (about 5-10 minutes).
While this is cooking, combine the oil and flour in a small saucepan to form a paste. Add the milk and spices, and then heat over medium heat until it begins to thicken, while stirring constantly.
Pour the sauce into the pan with the chicken and vegetables. Stir until the sauce is blended into the chicken mixture. Place the biscuit dough over the chicken pieces, cover the pan, and simmer for 10 minutes or until the biscuits are done.
That’s all there is to it! If you’re interested in more delicious recipes like this, check out Miserly Meals, by Jonni McCoy. That’s where this recipe came from. This is so easy to make, you can even make it for lunch! And if my family liked it, your’s will too!
Several months ago Kelly asked for volunteers to help blog and I quickly responded as this was something I really thought I could easily add to my schedule. Well…..my last post was sometime at the fist part of the year. I had 6 students this year with a 7th one that is from another family and I supervise her schooling for legal reasons. Most days you would have a difficult time convincing me I am the mother of 10 children, 9 of which are still at home. The past few months have made up for all those days as I helped graduate another child. Yes, I feel a great accomplishment that God has worked through me to see this daughter through. She was always a good student but never really liked school. But there is a special feeling with this graduation as she is the first child I have taught the whole way through. From kindergarden through 12th my daughter has been taught at home. My oldest daughter did not have that priveleg as she was in public school until the 5th grade.
As I sit here typing my hubby told me that by the time I am finished teaching all the children God has blessed us with I will have taught for exactly 30 years. My response was that I should be able to collect some type of pension!!
The senior year for our daughter was jam packed full. Her gifts lay not in academics but in music. Playing in two orchastras and continuing to take lessons in piano and violin keep our whole family on the move. I was never so thankful that she could drive herself to most of her commitments. The last 3 months before graduation were the most busy. Final concerts were plentiful as well as completion of academics, final lessons, portfilio assessments and preparing for the graduation ceremony itself.
After much ado the graduation day finally arrived. I had most of the food ready to go and several sisters in Christ waiting to help with the last minute items. 40 people responded, I planned for 100 and 85 showed up. Her father (and principal) gave a short talk/devotion about the priviledge of teaching our children at home, how much her devotion to God has meant to our family and how God will lead her in this next season of life. We presented her with her diploma and she surprised us by giving a speech telling everyone how thankful she was to be able to be taught at home and how grateful she was that she was brought up in a home with disapline. She then thanked us for being such great parents albeit not perfect. My husband then took over again, thanked all the people that came for their support, their prayers and their love for our family. I really feel so blessed that God had such a hand in all of this and am humbled again even as I type.
So, why is Holly typing all of this? To show and share with all the moms in the trenches with me that weaver not only works for the present but it works for the long haul. Many times these past few months we had to “alter” our weaving days because of scheduling, but because weaver is set on God’s word first we never really put it aside we just worked it in differently. God continuly put before us subjects that pertained to our busy life. Authority in the home fit so well with our recent graduation as we witnessed our daughter submit to her fathers authority many times and seek his counsel. The resuly of disobedience by the Isrealites hit home often as we spent more time away from our home and our children had to adjsut to many different surroundings or jsut being in the van for long perionds of time. They were reminded many times of the grumblings and complainings of God’s children and what they received from it.
Let us praise God together for the time out we need to take and remember to take time to share His workings in our lives as often as He allows.
And that means time for the BIG sale!
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If you have the opportunity between purchasing new during the sale, and purchasing used, and the cost of new is out of your reach because of shipping costs, please contact me! I can help you get the new materials!