This had to be the easiest list I’ve ever created. After working with this program for 20 years, the list was automatic–it’s all I talk about when people ask for curriculum suggestions! Due to the length, I’ll be splitting it up over four parts. I hope you find this list encouraging and informative!
Activities — The activities and objectives are the meat of this curriculum. You can do them all or you can do only the ones needed to teach the concept being covered. You can do them exactly as written, skim over them as a review, or dig into them deeply. You are the teacher, so you decide. Activities are age-appropriate with the younger grades being introduced to them and the older grades digging deeper into the topic.
Bible-based — If you start with the Word of God, everything else falls into place. The majority of families who choose Weaver do so because it starts with the Bible. Each history, science and language arts lesson stems from whatever is being studied in the Bible lessons for that chapter. What better way to learn about God’s creation than by looking at it through His Word?
Creative Writing — When you choose to use the Day by Day you are given a bonus: daily writing prompts. If you don’t use the Day by Day, you still have a creative source: the Volume itself! For example, let’s say you’re in Volume 2, chapter 8. The first social studies objective for 2nd grade talks about the foods Adam would have eaten in the Garden of Eden. Your creative writing for the day could be a menu for Adam’s new restaurant. Or maybe you’re in Volume 5, chapter 3, and you’re discussing families. The language arts section suggests students write letters to family members–that can be very creative! One of the perks of using Weaver is teaching your child to think creatively and communicate those thoughts effectively on paper and verbally.
Day by Day — These are your lesson plans for each day. If you follow them daily, for all the volumes, you’ll get through the 5 volumes in 6 years. At the beginning of each chapter, and each day, you’ll be given a “Thought for Today.” Each day has a list of resources and supplies you’ll need for teaching; a place to write-in math, reading, spelling and penmanship assignments; and creative writing prompts. Social studies, science, and language arts objectives are organized to correspond to the Bible lessons for each day. Field trips, art and health topics are suggested. Even Wisdom Words is laid out in the Day by Day for you!
Educational — From agriculture to zoology; constellations to cell structure; world capitals to world religions — you’ll find it all in The Weaver. And Mom will learn right along with her children! So much of what I learned in school didn’t stick with me, but going over it a second time with my children, in a much more hands-on way, has helped to cement the knowledge in my brain. And I know Weaver children around the world are learning from this program — I’ve heard countless stories of high ACT scores and good colleges accepting Weaver graduates. Weaver will teach your children how to think, not just fill in a blank.
Flexible — Need to take a day off for some doctor appointments? Taking an unplanned vacation? Or maybe you prefer to school four days a week and also year-round. With Weaver, you can! Weaver is designed to be a tool, not your master. Whether you prefer lots of books or lots of hands-on, you can adapt Weaver to match your teaching style.
That’s just a taste of this program. Tomorrow we’ll tackle more of the list. (Feel free to share this post with a friend who is curious about Weaver!)