Friday, July 27, 2012

The Weaver Curriculum

I'm not shy about telling other about our desire to homeschool J and Molly. I don't shout it from the rooftops, but I don't hide it either. Because this was/is such a big desire, we, along with my Mom, went on an internet search for a curriculum that met our needs/desires/standards. We wanted the Bible to be the base of their learning. We found Alpha Omega Publishing, AOP, which has several curriculum's to choose from. The one we chose to look into was The Weaver Curriculum.

Here is a description from AOP, The Weaver Curriculum is a unique unit-based, Christian homeschool curriculum. For grades PreK-12th, this family-based curriculum uses the same daily Bible theme as a foundation and then creates lessons for each student. Your students are then studying the same main subject the same time with individual lesson assignment geared to each student's grade level. For example if you were teaching about the plagues of Egypt, your student would learn about frogs in science, Egyptian topography in geography, pharaohs in history, and so forth. Using this one-room schoolhouse type teaching, students are able to glean information from each other.

We ordered the Pre-K program, called Interlock. It more than confirmed that we (Gods leading!) had found the right material. I became more excited to start it with J, and now Molly. It's simple, but sets a great foundation because it's foundation IS the Bible. All topics are pulled from the Bible, and used, intermingling in a way that teaches children WHO the source of Science is, WHO created history, etc. 

Here is more from AOP on Weaver
Biblically Integrated
The Weaver Curriculum is a unique program because it is biblically integrated. Instead of adding Scripture to something that has already been written, Weaver starts with Scripture and draws in the various topics and subjects to be studied.
Weaver is unit study at its best! Whenever possible, all the students in the family study the same topics at the same time with individual lesson assignments geared to each student's age and grade level. For example, when the first grader is drawing a frog and learning where the frog lives, the sixth grader is studying the life cycle of a frog and drawing it in detail.
Weaver is a hands-on, activity-based curriculum. Students learn by using as many senses as possible, so Weaver guides them to use them all! The lessons include projects, maps, murals, timelines, models, collections, field trips, research, experiments, and other interactive activities. These features work together to help students retain more information.

See what I mean?! It's so exciting, and I can't wait to learn along with my kiddos! :) Of course...if this material doesn't mesh well with one of them, we'll have to rethink the curriculum, but in the meantime, I'm praying that this will work for both!

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