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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Announcing a Tapestry of Grace Co-op Launch

Tapestry of Grace Co-op
Discovering God’s Truth in Scripture and in History
2008-2009 School Year: TOG Year 4

In preparation for the 2008-2009 school year, I am launching a Tapestry of Grace Year 4 Co-op that will meet in west Wichita, Kansas about twice a month from September to May. If you are interested in joining this group, please email me at TOGWichitaCoop@gmail.com and I will send you an application. (If there is enough interest, I will be glad to oversee a Year 1 co-op that would meet at the same time and place as the Year 4 co-op and operate under this organization. Let me know if this interests you.)

What is Tapestry of Grace and Year 4?
Tapestry of Grace is a classical-method curriculum that covers history, geography, church history, fine arts, writing, and literature. For more information, please follow the Tapestry link below. TOG cycles through history chronologically over four years. The Year 4 study covers the 20th century (1900s). Our family has used Tapestry of Grace for Years 1-3 with lower grammar students, so I am very familiar with the Tapestry curriculum. If you are new to Tapestry and are transferring from another history curriculum, it is still okay to begin with Year 4, the 20th century. (A child beginning in first grade will go through four years of chronological history three times by 12th grade.)*

Explore Tapestry of Grace by clicking here.

Purpose Statement
We purpose to:
• Bring honor and glory to our Lord Jesus Christ
• Support and encourage families that use Tapestry of Grace curriculum
• Help families use TOG successfully in their home school
• Meet regularly for TOG activities and discussion
• Join together for quarterly unit celebrations

Becoming a Member
To join our group, you must complete a member application, a family fact sheet, and commit to participate for one year. Renewing members must update a family fact sheet each school year.

Membership Expectations
Group members are expected to:
• Believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and agree to our group’s statement of faith.
• Faithfully attend and participate in a local church.
• Register as a private school with the State of Kansas as required by law and preferably maintain membership in HSLDA.
• Faithfully home school their children and stay current in their Tapestry of Grace studies.
• Regularly attend co-op meetings and serve the group.
• Honor the group’s code of conduct.

Scope and Objectives
The Tapestry of Grace Wichita co-op seeks to provide accountability to you in your TOG studies. Group meetings are narrowly focused on the topic of that week’s TOG subject matter.

• Crafts and hands-on activities come from the week plan’s assignments or directly relate to that week plan’s topic.
• Discussion topics for older kids come directly from Tapestry of Grace’s co-op discussion questions.
• Presentations of writing assignments or book reports must be from the TOG week plan or else directly relate to that subject.
• Occasional official field trips must connect to the Tapestry Unit.
• Quarterly celebrations that include a display of TOG projects and work.
• Rhetoric level Pageant of Philosophy play
• Assistance with preparing rhetoric level (high school) transcripts.

Limitations
The group’s narrow academic focus requires that all official co-op meetings and activities be related to Tapestry of Grace studies. The group does not intend to stand alone as an academic class; it is supplementary to your home Tapestry of Grace studies. Students must be prepared for group meetings by completing week plan assignments, as designated by Mom. Older students need to be prepared for participating in meaningful discussions by reading all assignments prior to discussion time.

Code of Conduct
At the Tapestry of Grace Wichita co-op each student is expected to honor God and others at all times. Students should address adults with the appropriate title and their surname.

• Students should not bring toys, electronic toys or devices, or music players unless it directly relates to that week’s co-op meeting.

• Dress should be modest and neat and clean. Please avoid wearing t-shirts with slogans, licensed characters or sayings that dishonor God or others.

*(Note: As you look at the Tapestry of Grace website you will notice Year 1 & 2 are "Redesigned." The redesigned edition of Year 3 is coming out in the 2007-2008 school year and Year 4 is due the year after that. The Classic Year 4 Tapestry is available at a lower price than the redesigned years. It is an excellent product. The redesign project is updating book lists, changing formats slightly, and implementing other improvements. The essentials are unchanged.)

4 comments:

learningatourhouse said...

Hi Mrs. Edwards,

I have been looking around on your website for awhile now, and boy do I wish you and I lived closer! I could learn so much from you. Thank you for writing it all out.

I am leaning toward the classical style of learning, though I like the Charlotte Mason approach in regards to the reading, etc.

I have heard of Tapestry of Grace, and I have looked at the website, but I was wondering if you could clear something up for me.

I noticed that the TOG curriculum is offered in four year segments. Does this start in the earlier years?

My oldest son just turned five. We got a little bit of a start in January, but we were not going to officially start until the fall. That is when he would have went to kindergarten if he went to public school.

I am eager to keep going. He has caught on quite well to the reading and phonics instruction that we have spent time on. I plan on keeping reading and math as our main focus through all next year.

I just want to get familiar with as many options as I can before we reach the next milestone, if you will. I appreciate whatever advice you can offer :-)

Thanks,

Amy

Mrs. Edwards said...

Hi Amy!
If you want to correspond more personally, feel free to email me at TOGWichitaCoop@gmail.com.

Tapestry is a four year program (Year 1, Year 2, Year3, and Year 4) but each Year-Plan includes curriculum for four levels of learning: Lower Grammar, Upper Grammar, Dialectic, and Rhetoric.

The idea is that a student can go through all four years three times in their school "career" at different levels. A student would study Year 1 as a lower grammar, then again as upper grammar or dialectic, then finally as rhetoric age. (These levels use the classical trivium lingo--see Dorothy Sayers "The Lost Tools of Learning"). You asked about the younger age. Lower grammar essentially means kids that are beginning to read but aren't really reading to learn yet.

Being eager, we started Year 1 when my girls were in Kindergarten! It isn't necessary, but I loved it and they had fun, too.

You aren't behind by waiting to start Tapestry (or another program like it), but, if it is fun for you and you can't wait, there's no harm either. I've heard of families starting with young kids at half pace. i.e. Covering one week-plan over two calendar weeks.

mom24 said...

Just found your site and love it! Had some questions about TOG and you seem to have great info. I am very interested in using it next year for my 2nd grader (we used Story of the World - Ancients this year) but am a little overwhelmed by it. Will it be too much? How much can I tailor it? I know that it can be used with multiple grade levels at one time but I'm not sure how that works (I have a 2nd grader and kindergartener next year w/ 2 more to follow later). I have printed out their samples and really like it but just wanted to converse with someone who has used it first (only if you have time, of course!).
Thanks for any input you have!
Andrea

ps too bad I don't live near enough for the co-op - it sounds wonderful!

Mrs. Edwards said...

Hi Andrea!
Thanks for your comments.
Tapestry is very, very flexible. You can easily dial down the quantity of "work" or step it up if you need more. In fact, the material intentionally gives more than enough to do. It does seem a bit imposing, but once you get the feel for the set-up it gets easier.

TOG gives reading and assignments for four levels: lower grammar, upper grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric. We just completed a year in which my second graders did mostly lower grammar assignments, but we slid in a few upper grammar as the year progressed and their reading skills solidified. My kindergartener son mostly absorbed from our read-alouds, coloring pages, and hands-on activities. I rarely gave him an actual TOG assignment since he was still learning to read, write and do math.

You might enjoy reading posts on the TOG Forum for more information. There are some great info for those new to Tapestry.

I'd love to have you in the co-op, too. It is so fun to meet people through blogging.
Blessings!

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