One of the key aspects of Weaver is the fact that the pages are color-coded for the differing grades (K-6) and white pages are either for your own information or for all the students in all grades (such as the Bible lessons). This is a handy ‘visual’ for those new to using Weaver. Once you create your Teacher’s Binder it’s easy to know who-is-learning-what based on the colored pages. But then it happens: you come upon a “white chapter” and your first thought is “Whaaa?!?”
Rest assured, these are just as easy to work through as the color-coded chapters! If you’re using the Day by Day, simply follow the lesson plans as they are laid out. If you are not using the Day by Day, you can still do this! Let’s look at a couple white chapters as examples.
If you are working your way through Volume 1, your first encounter with a white chapter will be chapter 11. This is simply a “Bible only” chapter. There are no other academics as the author of The Weaver wanted you to have a few days to play “catch up” with any projects started earlier in the school year. This chapter will be done over a two-week period (10 days) and you’ll find it’s a wonderful breather in your school year.
Chapter 12 of Volume 1 is also a white chapter, with academics–you’ll be studying the human body along with your Bible lessons. Once again, if you are using the Day by Day, everything is laid out for you. If you are not using the Day by Day, you’ll need to go through your normal lesson planning routine to plan out the chapter. The majority of the social studies lessons are discussion-based. You will have no problem speaking to your children about the material to be covered, because you will know what they are capable of understanding and you can steer the conversation accordingly. For your convenience, the social studies, science and language arts materials are divided between information for grades K-2 and information for grades 3-6, with additional/optional science materials for grades 5-6.
Like all other chapters, white chapters will give you a recommended number of days to get through the material. For the most part, if you’re teaching both lower and upper elementary, you can teach predominantly from the upper elementary lessons. Younger students, even if you allow them to color or draw, will pick up a great deal of information. However, there will be times when you will dismiss them so you can teach your older children and not have to stop to answer questions (or answer questions later).
Chapters 13, 14 and 16 of Volume 1 are also white chapters. After completing chapters 11 & 12, you will have no problems with these additional white chapters.
Volume 2 contains two white chapters: 5 and 10. Chapter 10, by far, is the most challenging since it is scheduled for 40-60 days. Do not let this scare you! By the time you get to this chapter, you will have a solid foundation in teaching with The Weaver Curriculum. Simply carry on with your preferred method of lesson planning (Day by Day or self-planning, both accompanied by prayer) and you will be fine.
Volume 3 contains three white chapters: 5, 7 and 9, with chapter 9 having only Bible lessons (along with some suggested reading and service projects). Chapter 9 of Volume 3 is actually one of my favorite chapters!
Volume 4 contains five white chapters: 2, 5, 7, 8 and 9. (By now you’re a pro at this!) Volume 5 contains seven white chapters: 1, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11 and 12. There are more white chapters in Volumes 4 and 5 than regular chapters. But, don’t let that scare you!
White chapters can be a real blessing within your school year. It’s an opportunity for all of your children to truly work together and learn the material. Older students teach younger students, and younger students soak up the information like sponges. As usual, if you have any questions about working through a white chapter, feel free to post in the Facebook group or the Yahoo email group!