Weaver Day-By-Day Volume 5
Category Description for Weaver Volume 5 Curriculum
Topics include: Covenants, Government, Ancient Rome, Solar System, Human Body, Biographies, Agriculture, Geology, and World & U.S. History (1895-present)
My children's learning actually exceeded my expectations as I used The Weaver. The unit study approach really helped my children to retain what we learn & discuss. It took some getting used to the format, but when I found my groove it became much easier. I would recommend purchasing the Day By Day for scheduling help. You can always adjust if necessary. The amount of teacher preparation time depends. I spent a week studying the Volume prior to teaching it. I would estimate that I spend two hours at the beginning of each chapter to prepare. This includes studying the topics, going to the library, & searching the web for applicable sites. I have used it with both a kindergartener & second grader successfully. It's great for all learning types. There are hands-on projects, as well as read-alouds & topics for research. Field trip ideas are included as well. There are also pencil & paper activities, music incorporation, and lots of opportunities for wonderful discussions. One should be aware that some preparation is involved, but the results are definitely worth it. Also be aware that it is flexible and it's okay if you don't cover every objective. It's also okay if you spend more/less time on a chapter than suggested. I have never seen a curriculum that starts with the Bible and "weaves" all other subjects in like The Weaver does. I love that the Bible is the basis for all of our learning. I feel that the price of The Weaver is more that reasonable. It is well worth its price.
Weaver changed our homeschool for the better. We will soon start Volume 4, and we are still enjoying it as much today as we were when we started. Weaver is fun, interesting, and extremely educational! I am learning as much as the kids are, and they are learning!!!!! They are constantly making comments about things we have learned even from Volume 1. I love to plan, so planning is not a problem for me, but with Weaver, I like to say that you can plan as little or as much as you want to and still be able to provide your children with a wonderful education. The Day by Day really helps with the planning and keeping you on track. The children never get bored, because they never know what to expect. You can teach from the Weaver Volume (a wealth of knowledge in there), a living book, a textbook, an internet site, a movie, a project, or a field trip. The possibilities are endless. As for the resources, we use the library and the internet. I have also collected tons of books from Thrift Stores to make our own library. We rarely ever use the ones they recommend; we use whatever books we can find on the topic. Weaver has truly given them the desire to learn. I catch them looking up stuff on their own, because they want to know more. It is great because all the children are learning the same thing at the same time, but on their level. Weaver is a step above the other unit studies in my opinion because it does break it down into grade levels so you know how far in depth to go for the older children. I plan to finish Volume 5 and start back over again with Volume 1 with my younger children.