We are experiencing A New Season in our homeschool. Our gears have switched, our paths have shifted, but we are still home educating.
We have completed a few weeks of Tapestry of Grace.
Although most of it has been great, Who am I kidding? It’s been less than stellar! All of us have been on quite the learning curve! ToG is a full, rich curriculum that utilizes a unit study approach while keeping with the Classical model. It incorporates not only history and geography but literature, art/activities, and church history. You have many choices in what to teach in your homeschool and what resources you will use. However, there are some books that is best not to substitute or you may not be able to complete a worksheet or you will need to adjust your reading schedule if the page numbers do not match the ToG written plan.
Like I said, it’s been a learning curve. I love this program so much that I wanted to do it ALL! Repeatedly, in the videos I watched, the author says “no one can do it all” and “no one is expected to do it all”. Somehow, I felt like we would be the family that could do, maybe not ALL, but most. How wrong I was!
It has taken some tweaking and some adjusting and some bending on my part, but we are in a groove now and it feels so good! The boys are happy with their workload schedule and it seems to be the right fit, at least for now.
Seasons change and as they change, we change. God never changes but He is constantly changing us when we are yielded to Him. When things are hard and there seems to be a struggle, it maybe time to step back and reevaluate. Look at your curriculum, look at your students, and talk with them to gain their perspective on how THEIR education is going. Ask them if they like the books they are assigned to read. Ask them if they are feeling more confident with their math or science, etc.
So when you are creating your lesson plans, remember to make them your own. Just because XYZ is written into the curriculum it does not mean that ABC can’t be used instead or that XYZ can’t be used in a slightly different way.
In this new season, I am learning to make it my own.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
**Disclaimer – I am not paid in any form for giving my opinions on Tapestry of Grace. I have not received any incentives and they do not even know I am writing about them. This is my fair assessment and I’m sticking to it.