What would my life have been like without Tapestry of Grace? I can’t even imagine what our school would have been like to school through high school without the guidance and instruction provided in the year plans from Tapestry of Grace. It gave me the ability to offer high quality customized learning for my boys as they worked through each year. Nothing I have ever seen has fit our family as well as Tapestry of Grace.
I felt inclined to create one last post with my list of things to be grateful for with Tapestry of Grace.
1. Quality book choices:
This has made my life so much easier! Before Tapestry of Grace, I was trying to follow a classical style of homeschooling all on my own and was very overwhelmed. With the Tapestry of Grace book lists, I was able to create top-notch reading lists for my boys with amazing teacher’s notes and discussion ideas. Even if I didn’t read every single selection, I felt confident to discuss the books after going over the teacher’s notes. For sure, the books planned in Tapestry of Grace include all the books I would have chosen if I had to build this list from scratch…and then some!
2. Ability to choose from a variety of books:
Some years we stuck strictly with the core selections and some years we supplemented with the alternate and in-depth selections. I was able to go deeper and wider with topics and time periods my boys were interested in learning more about. Even when we didn’t have the exact book from the book list, I was able to substitute books from our home library and our public library which saved me money. We even added in some of the literature selections as audio books which built great family memories of listening together with the whole family.
3. More ideas to include than we could ever accomplish:
The activities, timeline ideas, art projects, maps, and unit celebration ideas were so complete and thorough that we were always wanting to do more than just the basics. But, we could just stick to the basics when needed and still feel we were accomplishing more than enough. Our studies were more memorable because Tapestry of Grace led us to some wonderful projects and themes to research on our own.
4. Writing and research ideas:
This was such a great help for me in planning. I could choose topics and projects that fit our style and interests using the skills we were building in the IEW programs. I didn’t use their Writing Aids because it came out after we had already started with IEW.
5. A real sense of chronological world history:
I love that we could delve deeply into Bible history and the Bible as part of Year One plans. This wove together our family study and a more academic study of the times and countries that influenced God’s people in the Bible. The year plans helped us to tie world history to United States history. We read the history, studied the literature, learned about the artists, writers, philosophers, scientists, and composers as we worked through each time period. It was rich and complete.
My boys were better students because our method of study didn’t change from year to year. They learned to use Tapestry of Grace and then implemented that knowledge with ease as we studied each year. Consistently high quality books made them eager for each new selection and they knew if they didn’t like a book that there was a reason we were reading it as we tied each one to the next. The reading was not always easy but because they just kept moving forward we were able to stick out a particularly dry or deep book selection in literature or history.
7. Teacher’s Notes:
This is my favorite part of Tapestry of Grace. I mentioned in number one above that this made it easier for me if I didn’t personally read a book that the boys did. On top of that, the notes were great references as we had our weekly discussions or if all else failed we could read the notes together as a jumping off spot for additional discussion. High school is fast paced and there are so many things to cover…the teacher’s notes in Tapestry of Grace made my job easier and more enjoyable. I also felt confident to offer book selections that I might have skipped because of content and difficulty. Year Two in the Rhetoric Level is tough but with the notes and additional materials we made it through the rough spots with more understanding and more of a sense of accomplishing something.
A Perfect Fit For Our Family
Tapestry of Grace fit our family’s style of homeschooling which originally was strictly Classical but changed into a more Charlotte Mason and Project Based Learning style. All of these methods can easily be used with Tapestry of Grace. I highly recommend this product and have been an affiliate for many years because of our love of these plans.
Tapestry of Grace- How to Pick Topics: Read this post and the follow-up post for some detailed explanation showing how we used the TOG history plans in high school.
I also have a page that has all my important Tapestry of Grace posts listed by title: