Looking Back on Four Years of Tapestry of Grace {Curriculum Review}

Tapestry of Grace | A review of the curriculum after 4 years of use by Danika Cooley at Thinking Kids.

The Irish statesman Edmund Burke (1729-1797) once said, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”

I would add that those who don’t know history misunderstand the present. After all, without perspective, we don’t have a clear view of who we are.

King Solomon put it another way. He said: [Read more…]

Our Four Year History Timeline

Our Four Year History Timeline {Danika Cooley at ThinkingKids Blog.org}When I started homeschooling, things suddenly became a big deal that had never even occurred to me before.

Take the timeline, for instance.  I’d read books with timelines in them; I’ve written books and articles with timelines in them.  Timelines are really helpful.  But to teach my kids to make their own timeline?  That opened up a world of options.  Really, I wasn’t prepared for all the ideas.  There are whole companies that just specialize in timelines!

‘No big deal’, I thought.  Our primary curriculum, Tapestry of Grace, doesn’t even recommend using timelines until the dialectic stage.  That’s around Middle School age.  So, I had plenty of time to think.  (I really like the idea of the scrapbook-style timeline for the middle school age – it’s easily stored, and can be saved forever).

My kids had other plans.   [Read more…]

Tapestry of Grace ~ A Year in Review and Looking Ahead

Tapestry of Grace ~ A Year in Review and Looking Ahead  Danika Cooley at ThinkingKidsBlog.orgThis was our first year homeschooling.  We had a blast!  Along the way, we found that some curriculum really fit our needs.  Other stuff, we weren’t as excited about.

Hands down, one of the best choices we made was using Tapestry of Grace.

I don’t think Tapestry is necessarily the best choice for every family.  I chose it for the following reasons: [Read more…]