Can you stand another post about Tapestry of Grace? I’ve revamped my planning……….again…………I’m trying to get a better system in place for next year.
Here’s my new planning worksheet for Lower Grammar.
Let me explain how it works.
This sheet is just for me-it’s my reference page and contains all the info I need for teaching that Tapestry week. I technically don’t have to print any other pages of the year plan unless I plan to use a literature worksheet.
Reading Assignments: I list the books and page numbers of the books we are going to read for the week. Not every column will have a book each week-which is so hard for me! The extra category is for any extra resources I find or any books off the alternate reading assignment page.
Arts and Activities: Here I list any projects we are going to complete during the week-or at least what I want to accomplish. I also list any picture studies, artists, or techniques we will cover.
Writing Assignments: In this section, I list any writing assignments or writing topic ideas for the week. At this point, our assignments are often to draw a picture and write a sentence about the picture or to narrate the answer to a question.
Watch/View: This is where I include links to any online videos or sites that would enhance our studies for the week.
Geography: I have not done a good job with the geography assignments this year, so I’m hoping this system will help me focus more on geography. In this section, I will list any important countries, cities, and bodies of water that we need to locate and/or label.
Discussion: In some weeks, Tapestry has some discussion questions for the grammar level. For those weeks without questions, I’m going to write down a few of my own to encourage the kids to discuss our studies and draw conclusions from the reading.
People: I list the important people for the week with a short definition from the People Glossary on the Loom.
Vocabulary: I list the vocabulary words that we are going to discuss for the week with the definition from the Glossary on the Loom. Can I admit that there have been several words that I couldn’t define without the handy glossary?
Notes: And here are my teaching notes. As I read through the teacher material in each week, I make a short outline of important people and events. I refer to my notes throughout the week to make sure I have the big picture with any details I want to make sure we don’t forget.
I print the notes for each week and keep them in my binder. They are a quick-glance reference for each week, and with them I make sure I cover the important points for the week and find time to do some mapwork, writing, and projects with some discussion. This spreadsheet also makes Tapestry less overwhelming for me because I can only see the topics and activities that I have chosen from each week, rather than the entire list.