Currently I have one child doing upper grammar with Tapestry of Grace. He’s completing the history readings, literature assignments, writing assignments, map work, and the lapbook.
Our week starts on Friday when we sit down together and plan his next week together. This child enjoys an odd schedule. He likes to have heavy Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Wednesdays and Fridays are light days. The handy thing about his schedule is it allows for make-up days if something occurs on one of the heavy days.
Upper Grammar with Tapestry of Grace
History: His history reading assignments come from the core readings, in-depth readings, and textbook readings. Occasionally I toss in a history supplement to his assignments.
This week his core readings come from A History of US: All the People: Since 1945 and DK Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr. I couldn’t find the appropriate Martin Luther King book at the library, so I decided to substituted with a different biography of Martin Luther King the library does carry.
His in-depth reading is The Cold War (20th Century Perspectives). The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 4 is my son’s textbook assignment. OUR CENTURY: 1950 – 1960 (Fearon) is a supplement that the library carries. It’s thin, used over 3 weeks, and has wonderful pictures of the time period.
On a hunch, I decided to assign the book, and yesterday my son kept running over to me with little factoids he learned from Our Century.
I divide the books as evenly as possible over Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. He often waits until quiet time before curling up on his bed and reading his history books. Friday mornings we sit down together as he fills out the appropriate lapbook templates I printed for him.
As a note about the lapbook, I was unable to find cardstock in Tapestry’s recommended size. Instead we use regular-sized card stock to create the lapbook. I got the idea from Elemental Science’s Biology Lapbook.
Here’s what I do:
Geography: The geography assignments and map work correlate with the history readings. This week my son’s geography assignment is to look up Vietnam and Atlanta, GA in an atlas. Last week he filled out the map I printed up from Map Aids.
His worksheet for Tapestry of Grace has him filling out his predictions for who did it, where and when it happened, as well as how and why it took place. We’ll sit down together on Friday and discuss the worksheet. Once in a while I’ll simply use it as springboard for discussion rather than having him fill it out. Tapestry of Grace gives me the flexibility to adapt to the child and to the week.
Writing: We’re not doing the Tapestry of Grace writing assignment this week, but normally we do. Instead he’s working on his science biography report. At this age I ensure he has 1 writing assignment he’s working on, but I don’t require 2 writing assignments. Normally I would check his level on the writing assignment sheet, but I also enjoy the flexibility to change writing to another subject or to choose a topic he’d prefer to write about.
Fine Art and Activities: We pick and choose heavily from the suggested activities. If one sparks my son’s interest we will do it. Otherwise I leave it for the dialectic and rhetoric years.
Upper Grammar with Tapestry of Grace is actually a lot of fun. The books are enjoyable and the lapbook is a total hit. I enjoy being able to fit Tapestry to my son.
Read other posts in the series: How I Use Tapestry of Grace
Part one: How I Use Tapestry of Grace: Books
Part two: How I Make Purchasing Decisions for Tapestry of Grace.
Part three: Placement in Tapestry of Grace
Part four: What Subjects to Choose From Tapestry of Grace’s Buffet
Part five: Crazy Friday Approach to Tapestry of Grace
Part six: Preschool Using Tapestry of Grace
Part seven: Upper grammar with Tapestry of Grace
Part eight: Tapestry of Grace at the Dialectic level
Part nine: Tapestry of Grace at the Rhetoric level