Tapestry of Grace offers an overwhelming buffet of options for the week’s history studies. There are evalutions, lapbooks, accountability questions, discussions, worksheets, maps, writing, projects and field trips suggested.
No one, to my knowledge, can do it all. But having a buffet of possibilities allows me to customize for each child without having to juggle tons of different programs.
Tapestry of Grace Encourages Customization
All the school-age children complete the reading at their level. It’s what they do with that reading changes.
One child completes the accountability questions. If he can’t find the answer in the reading, he researches the question in the encyclopedia or on the internet. Tapestry of Grace has honed his research skills.
Another child loves to write papers. Yes, really, he loves to write papers. So each week he writes me a paper on a topic of his choice from his reading in Modern History in Pictures and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to 20th-Century History.
So far we’ve covered chemical warfare in WW1, the German Spring Offensive, the flu epidemic, and Stalin. It’s been an easy method to add more writing to his school work without trying to pile all sorts of curricula on him.
Another child prefers worksheets. So I print up the weekly dialectic evaluations for her to complete. Each week she fills in the information. The worksheets cover similar topics to the accountability questions, just in a different format. She’s happy, I’m happy, and we’re having good discussions.
My 4th student fell in love with lapbooking last year. He and I sit down every Friday to complete the lapbooks. We discuss the work as he fills out the various sheets. It’s been a wonderful method to add a light discussion to my 5th graders week, and we enjoy the time together.
I enjoy being able to allow the children to personalize their education while keeping the standard high and maintaining my sanity.
Do you personalize Tapestry of Grace?