Chapter 11 of Volume 1 is one of the dreaded “White Pages” chapters. Why do these chapters strike fear into the hearts of Weaving moms? Two reasons:
1) It takes thought on the part of the mom/teacher to decide what to teach since there are usually so many options.
2) It takes discernment on the part of the mom/teacher to decide what to teach because not all of these chapters are broken down by age.
I believe Chapter 11 is the first White Pages chapter in Volume 1, and it’s followed by 5 more chapters, with only one of them NOT a White Pages chapter. That’s right, of the last 6 chapters, 5 are White Pages. But, take heart! As is noted in the intro to Chapter 11, the idea is not to make more work for you, but to lighten your load. Here’s what the author had to say:
As you review the materials that have been studied in the first ten chapters of The Weaver, you will realize that we have covered some very complex subjects. Chances are it has taken a toll on you. If it has, and your desk has a few file folders of left-overs, now is the time to catch up. Review any materials you do not feel your child has adequately grasped or finish items you planned to complete but have not had the time to do so.
This chapter contains six Bible lessons, as it is important that a continual study be made of the Bible to obtain the goal of hiding the Word of God in our children’s hearts. Character Sketches are continued in this chapter. There are no lesson plans for the academic level with it in mind that you will welcome a break and rest your mind as well as the minds of your students.
If, however, you are rested and wish to continue a detailed study with your children, the following are suggested areas of study. You may use the encyclopedia or juvenile section of the Library to help you with this.
She then lists 11 areas of study, mostly historical events that involved treaties or pacts. Since I could only find 4 of the 11 items in our encyclopedia set, I chose a slightly different route for this two week period: I pulled volume 4 of The Story of the World off the shelf and found the section that covers 5 or more of the suggested areas of study. We’re reading a chapter a day, starting at chapter 20 and continuing until chapter 29.
I know it’s awkward to start a book in the middle, but I have been curious about these books ever since I bought them and wanted to know how engaging they were for a read-aloud. They’re quite well written, and my children sit quietly while I read, with minimal–if any–fidgeting. I give these books a hearty endorsement as resources/supplements for Weaver history. I’m learning a great deal myself, and finally starting to understand a bit more about our history, and the history of the world!
So, the next time you find yourself in a “White Pages” chapter, take heart! It’s a chance for you to relax a bit, and get creative with your teaching. You will not ruin your child if you take a couple weeks off from research papers. I promise.