As I believe I’ve mentioned many times, we use Tapestry of Grace in my homeschool. It’s come to form the backbone for our education. History, literature, Bible, world view, philosophy, government, fine arts, writing, and more are covered just using this one curriculum.
How I Use Tapestry of Grace
The first, obvious, thing I do is to purchase the appropriate Tapestry of Grace year.
I quickly review the topics to be studied and glance through the introductions to the year and each quarter to get an overview of the next year’s studies.
My third task is to print up the reading assignment sheets. I print the primary resources on the front and the alternative resources on the back.
Next I go through and check off every book we own on the list. These last tasks I can do while watching the preschoolers, but now it’s time to assign the older children to babysit the younger two children in shifts.
Now that I have a couple of hours free, I pull the library’s catalogue up on my computer and note which books it carries. It takes a while to check every book for all 36 weeks, but it’s time well spent.
We have children in every level of Tapestry of Grace and purchasing every book we don’t own is expensive. I prefer to support my local library as much as possible.
During this time on the library catalogue I check the alternative resources for any easy substitutions for books not carried. I also look to see what other possible choices I have for substitutions. Particularly at the upper grammar level, there are often several good alternatives carried by the library.
It’s time to see how many weeks each book is used. In my mind, a book that’s used practically every week of the school year is more important than a book that’s only needed for a week or two.
I also check to see if alternative books are used for a week or two in the primary resources. For instance last year a Civil War book for upper grammar was an alternative resource for 3 of the 4 weeks. The 4th week it was a primary resource. I chose to purchase it rather than the other resource that was used for 3 or the 4 weeks.
Now I have a good idea for what books are needed, what I have, what the library has, and what I can substitute. I usually break here for a day to contemplate what my goals are for the children this next school year.
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