Friday, May 31, 2013

Weekly Wrap Up - Getting the Wobble out of Tapestry of Grace!

It has been said that there's a '4 week haze' for newbies when using Tapestry of Grace.  I have to admit that though using this program has gotten easier, we did experience some of that 'haze' this time around.  But, being able to teach  my children the same time period at the same time affords me to say, "I wouldn't trade it for anything!"


I attribute this 'haze' to the training of my two oldest (grades 7 and 10) in scheduling their own weeks instead of me writing it all out for them and then making sure they do what they are supposed to every day.  To help teach independence, we've moved to having them write out their assignments at the beginning of the week and then giving them space to get it done by Friday afternoon's discussion meeting.  This of course is also helping to see when they might need to say 'uncle' if they are having problems .... and .... to do so before Friday's meeting.

It's been a good learning experience all around!

So, during the past few weeks I've concentrated in launching my two oldest plus had some time when we were out of town.  Good thing books are so portable!

Below are the combined reading books for my Dialectic (typically Junior High) and Rhetoric (typically High School) students.


The Southern Renaissance
The Southern Renaissance
My high schooler also read The Prince by Machiavelli, Le Morte d'Arthur by Mallory and Everyman by Cawley.  The movie, The Agony and The Ecstasy was a perfect viewing choice!


Age of Exploration:  Early Explorers & Columbus
Age of Exploration:  Early Explorers & Columbus
My high schooler also read Don Quixote




Age of Exploration:  Later Explorers 
Age of Exploration:  Later Explorers




Spanish Dominion in the New World: Aztecs and Incas
Spanish Dominion in the New World: Aztecs and Incas





The Northern Renaissance:  Erasmus
 The Northern Renaissance:  Erasmus
My high schooler read "Fierce Wars and Faithful Lovers" by Spenser.  Phew!  Thank goodness for some really good summary notes provided by TOG.  I admit, this one gave me a run for the money too!



 The Protestant Reformation:  Martin Luther and the German States
The Protestant Reformation:  Martin Luther and the German States
Learned A LOT about Luther we didn't know!


In other news, my kids had a great time catching up with family during a 'working vacation'.  My kids saw native wildlife such as garter snakes, blooming tulips and SNOW!






And, meet the newest member of our family.  This is a rescue kitty from our local pet refuge center!  Name forthcoming!



4 comments:

  1. I love using TOG and I love reading how others use it too.

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  2. I have a question that I will try and make it as concise as possible. :) I bought Tapestry of Grace Digital Edition years ago and never used it. Last year, during the middle of the year, I switched to using TOG again. I feel like there is such good information but that I am not utilizing the program to the fullest of it's capacity. I have trouble planning properly and I also have difficulty with knowing how to do discussion time with my children which are in LG, UG, and D. Do you know of any posts or places on the forum that I can find REAL help about how to schedule properly and feel like I am moving forward without fumbling around? I need clear directions and suggestions on how to use Tapestry correctly. I know it's a buffet and that is wonderful but I also know there is a productive way of utilizing the program. Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated! Thank you!

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    1. Hi Missouri Mommy,
      I understand the difficulty in planning! There are Tapestry of Grace groups on Facebook or on Yahoo Groups. One of my favorite TOG groups can be found here: http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/TOGLooseThreads/info
      Blessings,
      Lisa

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