We are using Tapestry of Grace this year. And we love it! The books are wonderful and there is enough information, project ideas, and mapwork to keep us very busy. My biggest problem is figuring out a way to plan Tapestry……to organize Tapestry…….to emerge from the TOG FOG.
So, I’ve again revamped how I plan for our weeks. Here is our current plan:
At the beginning of each week I make a Word document with all the information I need for the week. I was spending too much time flipping between assignment charts, reading charts, activity ideas, etc. that I was forgetting things. Now, everything is organized in one document with 8 categories:
Read-This is where I list the books we are going to use for this week. This is helpful because I often add in some extra resources that were not originally in Tapestry. Now, I have a master list of the Tapestry books and extras we are planning to use.
Do-Here is our list of activities for the week.
Write-We’ve been using the Tapestry writing assignments at a minimum but are slowly doing a little more with then as we go. Here I list what portion of the writing assignments we are going to complete for the week.
Watch-This is Tiger’s favorite part of our Tapestry week. Here I list links for any YouTube or Netflix videos that we will watch to enhance our studies.
People-Here I list the people that we are going to study that week with a brief description. I plan to get a timeline to help us visualize each person’s place in history, but for now we make sure to review the person and their historical significance as we go.
Vocabulary-I list the vocab words we are going to define that week. I also include the definition listed on the Loom as a cheat for myself.
Note-As I read the Teacher’s Notes, I make a brief outline of the main points I want to cover with Curly. This way I can connect all the dots for her and make sure she gets the big picture of our studies.
Discuss-I type some critical thinking questions for us to have short discussions on our readings. I hope this will prepare her as we move into the upper levels in later years. Some discussions are included in the assignment sections, and if so, I copy those into my document.
These teaching notes for myself have been a huge help. I no longer feel like I am forgetting anything and I know exactly what parts of the week plan I have chosen to cover. It also lets me check off each item as we finish. I have Tapestry check boxes………..it is possible!!!!!