Monday, April 15, 2013

Returning to Tapestry of Grace - How to Make it Work for Our Family

Last post I shared WHY we decided to come back to Tapestry of Grace (TOG) after a year hiatus.  This post is the "how" I intend to stay ahead of the ball and not be running behind it.

To get in front of the ball, I am purposefully setting aside time to plan with realistic expectations and building in some wiggle room/grace each week.

For example:

It’s not necessary to do every activity in the curriculum!

Not every child needs to do a detailed geography lesson each week!

Not every child needs to do a fine arts project every week!

And so on…

For my 10th grader, his focus will be on History/Literature with critical thinking and Socratic Discussion.  He’s already strong in geography, so this won’t be a major component for him.  In addition, I'll only require   1 hands-on project from him per unit.

For my 7th grader, his focus will be on History/Literature as well.  We will introduce Socratic Discussion with some of the literature analysis sheets too.  We will do Geography as needed with a sprinkling of hands-on projects per unit.

For my 4th/5th grader,  her focus will primarily be on Reading/Literature and History will be secondary.  We will forgo a good deal of the worksheets in favor of narration, spending more time on geography than her siblings.  Hands-on projects will prevail throughout the unit!

In coming back to this curriculum, I gave myself the freedom to pick and choose activities/emphasis per child.  I also gave myself freedom in evaluating the book selections for Rhetoric (high school) level, picking and choosing as needed, and stretching some weeks out over a longer time period.  (Schooling year around affords us this luxury!)

Next time I'll talk about the actual scheduling of TOG.

1 comment:

  1. I am excited to be following you along in this. You just might actually convince me to go back to TOG! I love that you are focusing on certain things!