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Year Plan 2 of Tapestry of Grace was our core curriculum as my oldest entered 8th grade. We studied the Middle Ages, the Renaissance period, and the Reformation. This was a wonderful experience for all of my kids as we learned together about the feudal system, knights, castles, and the history of the church. We all learned a lot!

TOG covers everything except math and science, which my older children took at a homeschool co-op.  


When our kids were in grades 1, 4, and 7 we began using a curriculum called Tapestry of Grace. TOG follows the “classical method” using a 4-year rotating cycle of Ancients, Middle Ages/Reformation, Early Modern and Modern. Based on a Christian worldview, this is the BEST curriculum I have ever used. Having all three of my girls using the same curriculum means that they all cover the same topics and subjects, but each grade level has age appropriate activities and expectations. Each Year Plan can be purchased in digital format (DE) as well as in print. You purchase the lesson plans (instructions) for Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 and then use them over again as you go through each cycle. If you began this curriculum with your child in 1st grade you would go through the 4 year cycle 3 times before he graduates (going through Ancients in grades 1, 5, and 9). The reading books and reference materials will change with each grade level as you go through the curriculum, but you only have to purchase the lesson plans once. You can purchase additional pieces to go along with the curriculum for subjects like writing/grammar, map work, etc. We added our own math and science for the older students and the Tapestry lesson plans provided instructions for everything else...including hands on projects!

 At first glance, it can be intimidating. I honestly looked at it for 3 years and didn’t think I could do it, but I eventually figured out that each Year Plan has everything in it for grades 1-12 and I would never “do it all” in one year.   We have now worked with Year Plans 1, 2, and 3 and I can honestly say that we are solid in our decision to use this curriculum until our last child graduates from high school. You even have access to online help including other users and the authors through the Tapestry Forum on their website. Check it out by clicking here...

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  • Saxon Algebra I



While the younger girls continued with Singapore Math, our oldest began to take math and science at our homeschool co-op. For this reason, she needed to use the program they offered – Saxon. Saxon seems to be either really well liked or not liked at all, depending on whom you ask. Not being the teacher or student in this case, I’ll keep my opinion to myself (but I will say that my daughter seems to have a much better grasp on algebraic concepts than her mother).


  • Apologia Science



For our younger kids we find and explore the science all around us; gardening, cooking, experiments, and anything that strikes our interest for a quick unit study or lapbook. Elementary grades can use the Apologia science series by Jay Wile called Discovering Creation. There are several to choose from: Astronomy, Botany, Zoology 1, 2 and 3, and finally Anatomy and Physiology. Middle school leads to high school with General Science and in 8th grade our oldest took Physical Science.


















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