Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New To TOG? Q&A

Choosing a new curriculum can be exciting and nerve-racking at the same time.  There is no difference with Tapestry of Grace aka TOG.  Having a heads up on the common issues that pop up with TOG is helpful.  And helpful is one of our goals here we go.

Question:  Should I use the Loom?

Answer:  Yes!  The Loom is full of helpful information, forms and tips.  Make it your friend.  Spend time getting to know what the Loom has to offer and your experience with TOG will be smoother.  The Loom also helps with the TOG Fog.  Which brings us to the next question.

Question:  What is the TOG Fog and is it "real."

Answer:  Yes!  The fog is real.  The TOG Fog refers to the first few weeks with Tapestry of Grace.  The weeks when you are trying to find your groove. TOG can be overwhelming until you find the routine that works for your family.  Tapestry of Grace is not a curriculum with your day mapped out for you.   As the parent/educator you must decided what to assign and when it will be due.  How to fit the different components into your day or school week.  This is even more complicated as you add multiple levels.  Marcia (author of Tapestry of Grace) has  wonderful videos on setting up and planning.  It would be beneficial to watch Out of the Shrink Wrap and Weekly Planning.  But ultimately you are responsible for the choices and there are a lot of them.  Be gentle with yourself--it does get better.  

Question:  Should my child complete everything in the curriculum?

Answer:  NO!  Give your self a pep talk right now.  Repeat after me… " I will not stress out about completing everything in Tapestry."   Now every time you are anxious over TOG assignments remember that pep talk!

In all seriousness,  your child does NOT need to complete everything in each week plan.  Attempting complete all assignments will cause undue stress in you the parent and your student.  The producers of TOG have worked long and hard to create a "buffet" of educational choices.  They state very clearly what you find are choices!

Do you have other question?  We would be happy to answer them.



Friday, July 12, 2013

Tapestry of Grace ~ Ancient Egypt Resources

Ancient Egypt Resources by Sprouting Tadpoles

I am a huge history buff and Ancient Egypt is my favorite time period to study. We probably spent more time on it than we really should have, but my kids know it really well now :). So here is a collection of activities, videos, projects, lapbooks, feast ideas, and more! I hope you will enjoy studying Ancient Egypt as much as we did!

Ancient Egypt Online Games

 Ancient Egypt Lapbooks
Dynamic2moms Lapbook (need to scroll down a bit for Egypt)

Ancient Egypt Activities and Crafts
How to draw King Tut (this can be placed on your life-size sarcophagus)

Ancient Egypt Notebooking Pages

 Ancient Egypt Video's
 Video about the discovery of King Tut's tomb
Explore the pyramids with virtual 360° imagery

 Have an Ancient Egyptian Feast

Ancient Egypt Mapping Activities

If you have any good resources, feel free to add to the list!! 

For more Tapestry of Grace resources visit my Ancient India Resources pages and also see how I plan our Tapestry of Grace year.

This post is written by Janeen from Sprouting Tadpoles.


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Making the Decision to be a TOG Family

Choosing Tapestry of Grace (TOG)  is a big decision.  Our family had  4 children when we made the switch to TOG. There are six now.  We had decided on a classical education before our oldest began school.  As we added more children I could not see how I could follow the classical path.  There simply were not enough hours in the day.  We prayed and I researched.  Of all the curriculum available I narrowed our choices to three.  Still uncertain I asked my husband exactly what he wanted for our children's education.  His respond (he had not read anything from TOG):  "I want them to see God's hand through out history."  It was decided.  A TOG family we would become. 

 Making the decision on curriculum is a big one.  A couple of things to consider  are:

  1. What kind of education have you and your husband with prayer settled on?  If classical then TOG could be your answer.  Or if unit studies are your preferred method TOG may be a good fit.

  1. Are you willing to customize the material to fit each of your children.  Tapestry is like a buffet, and the author never expected one student to complete all the material listed.

  1. Are you willing to participate in your child's education--discussions and directions

  1. Willing to learn along with your student? The teacher notes are a wonderful blessing for those of us who did not receive a classical education or for those who did but need a refresher!

  1. Do you have a large family?  For large families TOG is perfect.  All family members are on the same page.  Even dad can listen to the pop quizzes /Dad cd's.  For a large family you purchase the books once then your done!  Several years we have had 2 students on 1 level.  Scheduling what day each student has each book took care of who has what when.  No buying two books!  Sounds complicated but its not!  There are several classical programs available which look wonderful.  They are simply not conducive to large families.  Tapestry of Grace is the perfect fit for a large family.  It is designed to be customizable!

TOG is more than a curriculum choice.  It is more like a monster.  A beloved, benign monster, but a monster none the less!    TOG takes over the dinner time discussion. Oh! And lunch and breakfast as well!  Then there is the read alouds and movie times. Crafts, discussions, music, missions and maps TOG is still there-- bringing the family together in a shared experience. 

 So what is your decision going to be?  Will you join us?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tapestry of Grace ~ Ancient India Resources

TOG India Resources

 I am collecting resources and ideas to go along with our studies in Tapestry of Grace. We have already covered Ancient Egypt, and as much as I would love to start from the beginning, I don't think the boys will enjoy it. So we are starting with Ancient India for which I have gathered a ton of resources on my Pinterest board.  I am going to narrow them down to a few that we might actually use.

Tapestry of Grace Ancient India Resources

Use comic strip "Big squares with story line" to illustrate each of the Vedas
Use a ladder or up-flowing sheet to show the Caste system
Use 5th comic strip in second set to draw or paste a picture of Buddha, then write a description and describe the 4 nobel truths in the 4 surrounding boxes
Use comic strip #9 in second set to paste pictures & write a description of the Hindu Trinity
 Do you have any resources to add to the list? Leave a comment!
This post was written by Janeen from