One question I’ve been asked several times recently is how I use Tapestry of Grace lower grammar level with my children. There’s one little hitch.
I haven’t used Tapestry of Grace Lower Grammar level.
See we started Tapestry almost 4 years ago when the older kids were in the 9th, 8th, 6th, and 3rd grades. They were placed in the rhetoric, dialectic, and upper grammar levels.
My little ones were 2 years old and 10 months. Needless to say, I chased them out of trouble but didn’t homeschool them at the time.
Year 1 with Preschoolers
This year I wasn’t certain how much time I would invest in my preschoolers’ study of history. I also had a bunch of curricula to purchase for my older children’s education. So I decided just to read Story of the World and let my preschoolers follow along.
They color the coloring pages from The Story of the World, Activity Book 1 as I read from The Story of the World. My 4yo never comments on what we’ve read. My 5yo is still chattering about the Egyptians. I think we left her behind!
Reading The Story of the World as a family ended up being a great decision as the two little ones prefer to run off and play rather than sit and study.
Next Year’s Lower Grammar Plans for Year 2
I’ll be starting my youngest two children in Tapestry of Grace for the 2015-2016 school year. My youngest will be a 5 year old boy. And we’ll be studying knights. What could be more awesome for my son than starting history with knights in shining armor!
History and Literature
We’ll use The Story of the World vol. 2 as a unifying curriculum for all the children. The kids enjoy listening to the text and makes me feel like we’re moving as a family.
I’ll also purchase the core books used for the lower grammar levels but not the books for in-depth history or literature. Those I can find at the library or find reasonable substitutions. We’re looking for a brief overview of the time period, not a detailed analysis.
Tapestry of Grace at the grammar levels spends a lot of time on biographies. This is wonderful! I want to spend the time introducing my youngest two to some of the great men and women of the past.
My little ones and I will also discuss the literature worksheet together. These worksheets gently and slowly introduce children to literature terminology and concepts over the year. I won’t have the kids fill out the worksheets until they’re around 2nd or 3rd grade and strong writers.
Fine Arts & Geography
We’ll study and do some of the fine arts study and activities provided by Tapestry. For instance in week 11, we’re studying one-point perspective. We’ll use it do draw a picture or two and read about Giotto or Michelangelo.
We’ll touch on the geography introduced at their level. Hopefully they’ll end the year knowing where the continents, oceans, and a couple of European countries are located.
Writing starts with level or grade one. Whether we’ll be doing the writing assignments this year depends upon how strong a writer my daughter is. My inclination is to hold off a year and concentrate on art and activities. She’s getting plenty of writing in her phonics/English course.
Tapestry of Grace at the lower grammar level is meant to be a gentle introduction to history, fine arts, literature, and geography. We’ll enjoy following along with the older children.
My emphasis will be on enjoying the year and having fun, not learning tons of history.
How do you study history with your little ones?