It’s been a crazy few weeks around here. Along with all the printing, cleaning, and organizing, I evaluated my plans for ancient history and Tapestry of Grace Year 1 this next year.
We use Tapestry of Grace as the backbone of our homeschool, and year 1 includes a Bible survey along with the ancient history. This is a bonus in my mind, being able to read through the Bible as we study ancient civilizations.
Tapestry of Grace Year 1
The issue is that Tapestry of Grace Year 1 devotes many weeks solely to Biblical events and the ancient Hebrews. Three weeks are spent on Egypt, one week on China, and one week on India. Three weeks are spent wandering though the wilderness with the Hebrews.
My hope was for the Biblical survey to be in the context of ancient history rather than ancient history in the context of the Biblical survey. It’s a subtle point but important to me.
My first thought was to grab The History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer and assign it to the high school children to read in conjunction with Tapestry of Grace Year 1. So I correlated the two curricula last spring.
This summer I’ve been looking through Tapestry and realized, I don’t want to use The History of the Ancient World even if it is correlated with Tapestry. I simply wish to use Tapestry of Grace.
Curriculum jumping stopped when we switched to Tapestry of Grace. I like the accountability questions. I love the flexibility. I adore having so many subjects combined in one curriculum. It’s decreased my stress load while improving out homeschool. And my children enjoy it.
So I’m adapting Tapestry of Grace Year 1 to my family. The majority of the weeks are just fine, so I’m leaving those alone.
We’re going to start with weeks 4-6. My preference is to begin our Biblical survey with Genesis and to begin history with Sumer. My major adaptation is adding DK Eyewitness Books: Early Humans to the reading assignments.
For my weeks 4-9 and Tapestry’s weeks 1-3 and 7-9, I’m expanding the Egyptian history assignments. We’ll spend six weeks on Egyptian history instead of three weeks on Egypt and three weeks in the wilderness with the Hebrews. The literature and Bible assignments will remain as Tapestry of Grace planned.
The first week we’ll read the primary reading assignments for history week 1 and do the accountability questions. The second week we’ll read the alternative assignments and complete the thinking questions.
As you can see in the picture below, I cut week 1’s alternative history readings and taped them on a sheet with week 2’s literature and Bible readings. I used a similar sophisticated technique to adapt the remaining weeks of the unit.
The first half of second quarter remains unchanged until we reach ancient Israel in week 15. History and the Biblical survey has the Hebrews entering the Promised Land. My thought is to add a book on the Ancient African Kingdom of Kush.
I found 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed in the library catalog and it looks promising. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed also has good reviews at Amazon. It’s about the Aegean Sea People and the chaos they caused throughout the Mediterranean. I have it on hold and am looking forward to reading it this summer. I plan to assign the book for weeks 16 and 17.
For week 18, the children will read an alternative book on the Phoenician civilization.
Weeks 19 and 20 will stand as they are. We’ll read about King David through to the Divided Kingdom. It won’t hurt anyone to have a couple light weeks in February.
For weeks 21, 22, and 23 I plan on the children doing additional readings about the Assyrians, Babylonians, and Persians.
Week 24 brings us to the Classical Greek civilization and it’s home free. The rest of the year is spent studying the Greeks and Romans. I won’t adapt the history readings after this point.
Story of the World
The Story of the World: Volume 1 is scheduled into Tapestry of Grace but rather unevenly. Some weeks there are several chapters assigned. Other weeks have none. I decided to even out Story of the World so we would cover a chapter a week regardless. At times I changed the chapter covered, other times I added a chapter, and other times I left it unchanged.
Since I’m just running through it with my preschoolers, I’m not terribly concerned about perfect correlation. Just enough so my preschoolers can participate in the family studies.
As you can tell my adaptations don’t turn Tapestry of Grace Year 1 into a secular curriculum, but rather it simply adds additional studies into other civilizations that affected Western Civilization.
That’s the beauty of Tapestry of Grace. It provides enough structure to keep my homeschool moving forward but enough flexibility for me to adapt to my family’s needs.