You might know how much we love Tapestry of Grace (TOG) here at Hodgepodge. Recently, I’ve received a few questions about using it. I asked these ladies if I could share their questions so they might help others. I’ll start today with those questions about preschool and kindergarten ages.
Melissa asked on the Hodgepodge Facebook page: “Would you recommend Tapestry of Grace in Kindergarten?”
Hi Melissa – Of course I absolutely love Tapestry of Grace for many, many reasons. But if your oldest is Kindergarten, I honestly would wait another year or two to make a big purchase. Concentrate on the three Rs and reading wonderful books together. You can click over to the Tapestry site and take a look at the recommended books for lower grammar. Reserve some of the titles at the library to enjoy. (My K and preschooler do get the benefit of some Tapestry just by being involved read aloud and hands-on activity time for the whole family. I hope that helps!
**Update: Tapestry of Grace now has a Tapestry Primer! I am looking forward to using this with my youngest children in 2014-15!.
Note: when you visit Bookshelf Central, you can choose between years 1, 2, 3, and 4. I have linked to Year 1 but choose whichever year appeals to you and your family.
Nicole also commented below my answer: “Seems like the advice of all veterans is to stick to the basics. I for one really appreciate knowing that my gut feeling on that seems to be right. It’s hard with all the great curriculums out there!”
I answered: I agree Nicole! You hear about wonderful resources, and, of course, want to bless your children. But there will be a time for it – for sure! You are wise to be seeking counsel. Blessings on your homeschool!
Melissa then commented back: “Thank you so much for your advice, we are reading many “Living Books” and doing a lot of Charlotte Masons methods. I’ve never heard of Tapestry of Grace and I looked into it a little bit today and it seemed like something to purchase if you had children in older grades and the younger ones could take advantage of it as well.”
Yes, our kindergartener and preschooler had a great time benefiting from Tapestry this year. As you might notice in this post, Italy Salt Dough Map. As a homeschool parent, you are wise to be researching your options and tools now! You will be way ahead and ready to go! Now my answer is based on my experience. I may have looked into TOG myself when my oldest was K had I known about it. You will enjoy this review by a fellow homeschooler using TOG with her eldest K age: Tapestry Review Part 1: The Lower Grammar Years
In response to Kimberly, I said: We love, love Tapestry but I’d wait another year or two. Stick to the 3 Rs as your basis and enrich with Tapestry books – literature and history. What you can do is take a look at the book list and enjoy those via the library.
You can just pick whichever era of time interests you and your girls. Here’s the link to Bookshelf Central. You can choose your age range and look at just one year then one unit of a year at a time. Poke around and let me know if you have any questions. Wonderful books!! Hope that helps, Tricia
So, in summary, my advice is to continue learning about Tapestry. I took an entire summer to research and learn about how Tapestry would fit our family. If you fall in love with it like we have, you may decide to go ahead and purchase it, work some of the enriching books and activities into your day. When my eldest was four, I did not know about Tapestry, so we started homeschooling with Five in a Row (FIAR). This is another literature-rich resource and there are many free resources available to compliment it. There is a whole section at Homeschool Share for free lapbooks and other activities to match FIAR books. I still pull out those books to compliment what we are doing or to enjoy a week at a time.
- All of my Tapestry resources in one spot at Tapestry of Grace at Hodgepodge
- My comprehensive review of Tapestry of Grace
- My About TOG books
- Tapestry of Grace for the Teacher
- Fellow TOGer reviews – all different ages