Have I mentioned that Tapestry of Grace is the backbone of my homeschool? It’s a curriculum created by a mother of 6 who was desperate to bring some sanity into her school day, so she linked as many subjects as possible to history.
We switched to Tapestry 2 years ago. It was one of the best decisions we’ve made in our homeschool.
Tapestry of Grace: Designed for Large Families
The general idea behind Tapestry is that it’s a classical unit study designed for a large family. There are 4 levels to cover all the school age children in the house.
- Lower grammar is designed for non-readers, K-2 or 3rd grades.
- Upper grammar is for elementary kids who read well, 3rd – 5/6th grades.
- Dialectic level is aimed at children in the 6th-8/9th grades.
- Rhetoric is the high school level.
There is a bit of overlap between the levels because children don’t mature at the same rate. Some children need extra time to bloom, while others are kicking to move quickly into higher levels.
Each week has a general history topic, but the children study that topic at a level appropriate for their age group. I’m happy because all the kids are studying, for instance, World War 1. I’m able to stay informed through the teacher’s notes that Tapestry provides.
My 4th child is doing the Tapestry Lapbooks as an evaluation tool, while my older children sit down with me each week for an in-depth discussion of their history and literature readings.
My preschoolers aren’t doing the history readings yet, but the literature readings for the lower grammar stage are delightful. I’m checking the books out from the library for our evening read-aloud. Many are children’s classics such as Blueberries for Sal, The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh, or The Complete Adventures of Curious George that can be enjoyed year after year after year.
Tapestry of Grace is one of those programs that decreased my stress while increasing the quality of our homeschool.