The A to Z of Using Weaver (part 2)

Yesterday we discussed A-F when it comes to Weaver. Today, we’ll tackle G-M.

Grade Levels — The main volumes each contain grades K-6, while the Supplements contain grades 7-12 (more on those in a bit). This allows you to teach all of your children at the same time, from the same curriculum. No more sending each child to a different room to study on their own (unless you–or they–want to). Coloring pages pertaining to most of the topics can be found online. Your younger elementary students can be coloring while you read and discuss info with your upper elementary and high school students. Older children can even help teach younger children! This is “one-room school house” in your home.

Highway to English Grammar — This two-year course is designed to be used for 9th & 10th grade English. The first year is an in-depth diagramming course, and the second year is spent diagramming the book of Romans. Your student will come away with a better understanding of why we speak the way we do, and better writing skills.

Investigation — Who doesn’t love a good mystery? Your child will love learning little facts and tidbits of info as they study weather patterns, migration routes, and more. If you find something that really intrigues your student, you can take an extra hour (or day, or week) to study it further. Affectionately called “rabbit trails,” these are some of the best learning experiences of the year. Need an example of a rabbit trail? Say you’re in V2/Ch4 and you’re studying inventions. As you discuss how various inventions, such as cars, have affected our lifestyles, your child asks, “What kind of car did your parents have when you were little?” This could lead to a trip to visit Grandma and Grandpa to talk about the vehicles they remember their parents having, too. By the time you’re finished, your child could have a great timeline of your family car history, including pictures printed from the Internet!

Jr & Sr High School — While the main volumes cover grades K-6, Weaver isn’t just for the younger children. The 7-12th Grade Supplements allow you to expand on the topics for older students. The Supps include history and science. You will still need the main volume for Bible lessons, vocabulary, field trip ideas, health/safety, and memory verses (which can still be used for penmanship–you’re never too old to practice your penmanship). You won’t need the Day by Day once your students are in the Supps, unless you just want to see how the topics are laid out in connection to the Bible lessons orĀ  for creative writing ideas.

Kid-friendly — This curriculum will take you from hands-on activities to research papers and your students will never notice the change. The author understood the importance of young children to move and do things. She also incorporates writing assignments in more and more detail as the children get older, allowing for a gradual change in the way they learn. Doing is still a big part of the older grades as well! And, since the curriculum is your tool, you are free to change the way you teach the concept. Instead of a research paper, have them create a diorama. Instead of an essay, have them write a fictional story. As you move through the chapters, you’ll get ideas for what works best for your child(ren).

Learning to Love Literature — This is a high school level introduction to literature. Using Veith’s book, Reading Between the Lines, your child will gain a better understanding of how literature has changed over the years, and how our Christian worldview should affect what we read. A written report is suggest to complete this program.

Master’s Loom — Ever wonder when a certain subject will be taught in The Weaver Curriculum? Do you need to know when you’ll be learning about something again? Curious about how much of the Bible you’ll be covering during this journey? Then you will love The Master’s Loom! The first half is a complete index of Volumes 1-5 (Interlock to be added soon), telling in which volume/chapter you’ll study each concept/topic. The second half shows where each Bible lesson is covered in the curriculum. Created by a Weaver mom, for Weaver moms, just like the curriculum!

Check back tomorrow for part 3 of this list!


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