Tapestry of Grace is an award-winning, Christian, homeschool curriculum for kindergarten through high school based on the classical education model.
History Is the Core
World history is the core of this in-depth curriculum. The studies are broken down into four plans, each a year long. The student will cycle through the curriculum once every four years, each time learning at a higher, more detailed level.
The plans are broken down into historical periods:
- Year One - Ancient World
- Year Two - Medieval World through the American Revolution
- Year Three - The 1800s
- Year Four - 1900s to Current Times
Each plan is further broken down into learning levels so that while your second grader and your ninth grader are both learning about the Industrial Revolution, they are each learning at their own level.
The levels do overlap, so you should choose activities on the most appropriate level for your child. He should be challenged without being overwhelmed. The reading should be slightly under his level of understanding so that it is easy for him to get the information he needs.
- Lower Grammar consists of kindergarten through third grade. Basic facts are geared toward the beginning reader.
- Upper Grammar was created for grades three through six. This student should be an independent reader. At this level he will be memorizing facts.
- Dialectic is for students in grades six through nine who can read on their own and pick up important information. This is the point that debate is introduced in this curriculum.
- Rhetoric is for grades nine through twelve. The high school student should be capable of reading the classics, as well as analyzing ideas.
Scheduling Your Days
The years are broken down further into units. Each unit study will take about nine weeks to complete. Each self-contained unit has an introduction, curriculum plan and ideas for activities. The units are so complete that you can actually try out the curriculum by doing just one unit rather than commit to an entire year.
The units are broken down into weeks. Each week's plan contains the reading, writing and thinking assignments as well as information that you need to teach the units effectively each day. Subjects that are covered are:
- Church History
Each subject has a variety of assignments. There is also a good mix of hands-on activities and reading for information. There are notes for both the teacher and the student, which encourages the student to work as independently as possible.
Tapestry of Grace is complete, however, you may want to purchase supplementary items to facilitate the use of the program.
There is also an extensive reading list. While you may be able to find some of these books at your library, you will probably need to buy many of them. Some of the books on the reading list include:
- A Child's Garden of Verses
- Abraham Lincoln
- Across Five Aprils
- Adam and His Kin
- Adventures of Robin Hood
- Amos Fortune Free Man
- Archimedes and the Door of Science
- Black Ships Before Troy
- Ben Franklin
- The Bronze Bow
- Carry On Mr. Bowditch
- Civil War Days
- D'Auliere's Greek Myths
- Eric Liddell
- Foxe's Book of the Martyrs
- Follow the Drinking Gourd
- Lord of the Flies
- Magic Tree House, Hour of the Olympics
- Rikki Tikki Tavi
- The Pearl
Cost of Tapestry of Grace
Tapestry of Grace is purchased by the year, and is comparable to other complete curriculum choices like Switched on Schoolhouse. Books and other supplements will cost extra. You can also buy the individual units for far less. When you consider that the curriculum is meant to be used for all of the grades from kindergarten through high school, and can be used for each child in the family, the cost is lowered considerably.
This curriculum might be for you if you enjoy learning along with your children. There are so many activities to choose from that if you are easily overwhelmed this may not be the right curriculum for you.