Tapestry of Grace Writing Aids: a buffet of writing ideas and resources

I’ve owned Writing Aids since we first started using Tapestry of Grace curriculum four or five years ago, but I’ve been too insecure to really lean into it as my complete writing program until this year. Writing Aids is a very different “program” from what you will find anywhere else, and depending on what you are looking for, I think Writing Aids will surprise you. What Writing Aids Is Writing Aids is a supplement product of the Tapestry of Grace curriculum that is purchased in addition to the main curriculum. Tapestry is a guided unit study approach to studying the…

Celebrating Progress: Tapestry of Grace Unit Parties

I love celebrating progress in our homeschool. I love to throw a party! So one of the highlights of our homeschool year are our unit celebrations. I use “unit celebrations” loosely. Our curriculum recommends celebrating after each 9 week unit. But I honestly can’t pull off more than 2 parties a year. So we usually celebrate midyear and end of year. It’s less work for me and yet still creates those special memories that I love about homeschooling. 5 reasons for celebrating progress with a “unit” party a chance to review and recap: This is our cumulative review, but so much…

Tailoring Tapestry of Grace to a Custom-Fit

I re-evaluated everything last spring, even Tapestry of Grace, and asked myself some hard questions. I was disillusioned with it, to be quite honest. I had expected the first year fog, but the second year I thought I ought to have found my stride. Unfortunately, I still had some growing pains. The kids were fine; they’re fine with just about anything I do. (Bless them!) But my expectations weren’t being met, or at least, I was feeling insecure. I started looking at other curriculums (gasp!) and wondering if Tapestry of Grace truly was our match. I asked myself some hard questions.…

Tapestry of Grace, after a year

This year was our first (long-awaited) year for both classical education and Tapestry of Grace curriculum. And it was as awesome as I dreamed it would be. There definitely was a learning curve and lots of adjustments along the way, but the core of what I was looking forward to with Tapestry was definitely accomplished. Tapestry of Grace is a classical/unit studies curriculum that covers the humanities: history, geography, art, writing/literature, and Bible/church history.  It is full of read-alouds and hands-on learning. It is absolutely anything you want to make it to be, which is why there’s a learning curve. The…

Eeny Meeny Miny Mo: selecting books for Tapestry of Grace

Choosing books from my Tapestry of Grace plans has been somewhat of a challenge. There are so many fun options! And yet I know there’s no way we’ll truly enjoy this if I try to do it all. Then, too, there’s the issue of the budget. So, there were quite a few books to get nixed from the list. With such a monumental task, I thought I’d share my strategy (so that I’ll remember next year when I have to do this all over again.) Though many veteran TOG bloggers have suggested purchasing the books one unit at a time,…

Preparing Tapestry: our Fourth Year

We are headed into our fourth year of our Tapestry of Grace curriculum, which means we will have completed the cycle at the end of this year. (It also means this is my last year of all grammar level.) Last year, I felt like we really made Tapestry our own and found our rhythm, our stride. It felt good, like a fitted glove. Of course, when you end a year like that, it makes planning the next year exciting. I love the aspect of homeschooling where I trouble-shoot and research and find our answers, but the Lord knew I would…