The A to Z of Using Weaver (part 3)

We’ve covered the first half of the alphabet — now onto the next section!

New Year/Volume —  One of the best features of the Weaver Curriculum is how versatile it is. If you don’t finish a volume in one year, you just mark where you are and pick up in that same spot the next year, moving each child up a grade. If you finish a volume mid-year, you start the next one, keeping your children in the same grades. The first three volumes are designed to be completed in one year each (they’re all around 180 days). Volumes 4 & 5 are designed to take a little longer, and between the two of them you have three years’ worth of work.

Overviews — Each chapter starts with an overview, or outline, of what will be studied. Some of the volumes contain complete overviews at the beginning, and you can find overviews for each volume at The Unofficial Weaver. An alphabetical listing of the topics covered can be found in The Master’s Loom. With Weaver, you will never be surprised unless you want to be!

Penmanship to Praise — Each chapter contains verses for penmanship or memorizing. Many moms use them for both. If you have the Penmanship to Praise program, you will never be without a penmanship assignment — a complete set of assigned verses for each volume can be found within all of the levels. Your child will practice the verse for four days, and on the fifth day they will choose a ‘border page’ and write it in their best handwriting. They can then color it for display on your frig, or on a relative’s frig.

Questions — So often, family and friends will ask how your child is doing in your homeschool. While it’s perfectly fine to teach your children to politely answer any oral quiz someone gives them, it’s also easy to pick up a copy of the Review Questions for the corresponding volume in which you are working. These mini-quizzes make it easy to “show” what your child is learning in each unit.

Reading Lists — Each chapter contains a list of recommended books. These books can be used as resources (visual aids while you teach), as read-a-louds, or as reading assignments for your students. There are recommended grades next to many of the books, but you can choose the books that are appropriate for your child’s reading level. Unfortunately, some of the recommended books are no longer in print and are hard to find at most public libraries. If you don’t have the space or the funds to buy used books, you can still use your local library. Even if they don’t have the exact book, they will have similar books. Just pick up a few of those and use them as alternatives. The idea is to teach the concept–the topic–not the exact book.

Success in Spelling — The author of The Weaver Curriculum desired to have a complete curriculum for her own children. Besides creating Penmanship to Praise and 1-2-3 Read!, she also created Success in Spelling. Designed to be started after the student is reading fluently (about 3rd grade), the six levels of Success in Spelling will take your child from simple two- and three-letter words (cap) to college vocabulary (capitulate). Each level comes complete with spelling, diacritical markings and syllabication rules used, as well as instructions for using the program.

Tomorrow, we’ll finish up with the last few letters of the alphabet!

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