Aligning History of the Ancient World and Tapestry of Grace Year 1
Last year as we were restarting the history cycle, I aligned History of the Ancient World and Tapestry of Grace Year 1 for my family.
Since families are beginning to plan the next school year, I thought I’d refresh the post for readers who are looking to align History of the Ancient World and Tapestry of Grace Year 1.
The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome proceeds on a chronological basis. The chapters alternate between various civilizations or even discuss several civilizations at the same time.
Tapestry of Grace, on the other hand, moves from civilization to civilization. It begins with 3 weeks in Egypt, a week is spent on China, another week studying India, and a week learning about the Americas.
China and India are covered much more extensively by The History of the Ancient World than Tapestry of Grace. Tapestry spends more time covering Israel and Biblical history though. In addition, Tapestry covers the ancient Americans but The History of the Ancient World does not.
When I sat down to align History of the Ancient World and Tapestry of Grace Year 1, it quickly became apparent some weeks of Tapestry had up to 15 chapters associated with it. Other weeks had no corresponding chapters at all.
In addition, my children told me they preferred to read History of the Ancient World straight through rather than jump from chapter to chapter. I do want to use the discussions from Tapestry of Grace, which I absolutely adore.
Another factor I considered was the amount of reading I wanted my children to complete any given week.
Tapestry begins Year 1 with 3 weeks of studying Egypt before jumping back to cover Sumer and creation. After some thought and discussion with my husband, I have decided to use Tapestry of Grace’s alternative which is to cover weeks 4-6 before weeks 1-3.
The pdf below is how I aligned History of the Ancient World and Tapestry of Grace Year 1.
- The first column covers the weeks of Tapestry of Grace we will cover and in which order.
- The second column shows the direct alignment of The History of the Ancient World and Tapestry of Grace.
- The third column shows my reading plan for The History of the Ancient World.
I did have to do a bit of juggling to get everything to fit as I wanted. With only a couple of exceptions, the children will be reading straight through The History of the Ancient World. There are no more than three chapters to be read any given week.
A few discussions, such as the one on China, are postponed until the children have read the chapters covering the civilization.
A few times I have chapters in parenthesis. These chapters are to be reviewed as we covered the material when they showed up chronologically, but they also pertain to that week’s discussion in Tapestry of Grace.