Tapestry of Grace

Content: History
Grade(s): K – 12
Perspective: Christian
Prep Time: Substantial
Teacher Manual: Yes
Teacher Involvement: Essential
Cost: $$$$ || ?
Publisher: www.tapestryofgrace.com

Common Core Aligned: Technically no, but read ToG’s blog about Common Core.

** From the Publisher’s Website: **

Tapestry of Grace is a plan of study that helps parents provide a Christian, classical education using a guided unit study approach, with the history of the world as the core organizational theme. From Grades K–12, all students cycle through world history every four years, with all ages studying the same slice of history each week, each at their own learning level. Detailed lesson plans and discussion outlines enable parents to be their children’s primary teachers and mentors and shape their students’ biblical worldviews.

Most Tapestry assignments are divided into four distinct learning levels. These levels roughly correspond with certain age ranges, but are broad enough that you can adjust your student up and down as suits his individual development.

Lower Grammar: grades K-3, or a non-fluent reader who enjoys learning basic facts.

Upper Grammar: grades 3-6, or an independent reader who enjoys memorizing concrete, sequential facts.

Dialectic: Grades 6-9, or a student who readst to learn and enjoys making connections and learning to debate.

Rhetoric: Grades 9-12, or a student who reads the Great Books and enjoys analyzing and synthesizing ideas and arguments.

(The overlap of grade levels is intentional. Students develop at different rates, while traditional grade levels are tied to chronological ages. Tapestry is designed for stages, not ages.)

About the Author:
Lampstand Press was officially founded in 1998, but it really began three years earlier, when a homeschool mother of six named Marcia Somerville was led by her husband, Scott, through the process of writing a curriculum based on a four-year study of the history of the world, that she entitled “History.” Marcia originally intended her work for family use, but soon others began expressing interest in the curriculum.


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3 Responses to Tapestry of Grace

  1. Gail Boyes says:

    I’ve used Tapestry of Grace (TOG) for 7 years with two girls. It has been a lot of fun and my kids have learned a tremendous amount. Basically, you have to remember that it is a smorgasbord of ideas–but you really can’t do everything. So, pick and choose what you have time for, an interest in, and materials for to create your program. Also, we’ve met with other families to do many of the projects and go on field trips. Over the years, we’ve toured Boston, Washington, New York City, and Williamsburg together and have put on plays and presentations. TOG is a great way to cover history, literature, geography, art, and church history together–but it is much more effective to do it with other families to keep it more manageable and enjoyable.

  2. Steph says:

    Tapestry of Grace is very in-depth and includes lots of resources – with activity pages,
    online links, hands on projects, writing assignments, integrated philosophy. It works well for all the different ages I’m teaching at home. It’s a Christian perspective and it works well for us.

  3. Kelli says:

    This is our first year with Tapestry and I only wish we would have found it sooner.
    TOG has four years that you repeat through the years. It follows the classical method.
    I love how complete it is. It gives you plans for all grades from 1st through 12th making it much easier to school multiple ages/grades. That also helps if you have children that fluctuate between a couple/few grade levels.
    It does take some planning for day to day assignments but the depth of study is worth that trade off.
    The books they choose are fun yet packed with information. Many of the books we have been able to find through our library so that helps keep the cost down. Also after your first purchase of a year you only purchase what books you need/want, which helps the budget as well.
    They have optional pop quizes, tests, and lapbooks which help add to the already thorough unit study.
    There is so much wrapped up into TOG that it is very thorough and fun. The activities, end of unit celebrations and books make for a fun way to learn.
    I would highly recommend this to any homeschooler.

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