How To Begin With Tapestry of Grace

I know it has been a couple of weeks since I have added to the Tapestry of Grace series. I hope that this information is still useful for you. If you are using Tapestry for the first time this year, please feel free to utilize the comment section to ask questions.

Today I want to show you how to begin planning for your Tapestry year. We are going to use Year 1 for several reasons. The first being that typically, first time users begin with Year One. Secondly, if you have not purchased Tapestry of Grace, they offer a 3-week sample from Year One for free, so this will help you see it in action more thoroughly.

Prior to planning, there are some documents you will want to read to get a feel for scheduling and planning, even based in your child’s stage. These documents are found in The Loom and are available to everyone.

In addition to these documents are those corresponding to each Year plan. In this case, we are looking at Year One. Within each Unit {there are 4 Units per Year plan} there are Introduction documents. These walk you through the units, informing you what your child will be learning about within those 9 weeks–the length of one Unit.

In the case of Year 1, Unit 1, the introduction summarizes The Books of Moses.

I encourage you to download the digital sample version for free. It will take about 10 minutes and another minute to install.Β  Once you are done with it, you can always remove it. It will help you with a hands on view of how Tapestry works. My goal is to walk you through it, one step at time, and answer any questions you have along the way.

Within this download is an important document called “General Introduction to Year 1“. It is only available if you download the free sample, or buy the Year 1 plan. This document is crucial to helping you understand Tapestry of Grace. Below you will find the headings of what the document contains:

  • A Note From the Author
  • Summary of the Curriculum
  • Philosophical Underpinnings of This Curriculum
  • Content and Scope
  • Teaching All Your Children At the Same Time
  • Philosophy of Education (General)
  • Philosophy of Education (Grammar: K-5)
  • Philosophy of Education (Dialectic: Grades 6-9)
  • Philosophy of Education (Rhetoric: Grades 9-12)
  • Four Week Fog
  • Nuts and Bolts for Teaching Year 1
  • Overview for Year 1 Materials
  • General Notes on Year 1
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Planning Your Week
  • 10 Planning Steps to Complete

Altogether, this document is 34 pages long. I printed it and keep it for future reference. You certainly do not have to print it and can read it in different sittings, but I highly recommend you do read it.

Another highly valuable document to read, found in your FREE 3-week sample is the “Simple Start Guide”. It’s an extremely informative pamphlet designed to walk you through the structure of Tapestry, help you understand what a “week plan” is and what it entails, and help you in the planning process.

These documents are invaluable for helping you understand Tapestry.

Once these documents are read, you will have a better foundation for what we are about to get into, and that is learning what the documents are in a week plan.

But, before we head into that, do you have any questions thus far?

  • Hey Christin, I’m a fellow Better Mom contributor and have been following you! I don’t use Tapestry, but a close friend is starting her first year, so I’ll send her over!

    • Hi Christy! Yes, please do, thank you. I will be continuing through this series until I run out of material or questions! πŸ™‚ Thanks for passing along the info! I look forward to “meeting” her. πŸ™‚

  • Lexi henegar

    Thanks so much for the Tapestry info! I’m starting TOG this year and we are so excited but it’s so overwhelming too! We’re in our 3rd week of Year 1. I’m bookmarking your blog for when I have more questions as I slowly figure it all out. Thank you!

    • Oh you are so welcome. Yes, please feel free to come back and ask questions! πŸ™‚