Monday, February 27, 2006

It's here! It's here!! It's here!!

My Tapestry of Grace year one arrived this morning!!!  

We still have about 2 weeks work in our Beyond FIAR book to
finish.  (Not quite that much but with appts and interruptions in
those two weeks, it will probably take us the full two weeks). 
That only leaves one week before the baby is due.  And I usually
have my babies right around my actual due date. 

So, we won't start Tapestry of Grace before the baby comes after
all.  We'll focus on other educational topics and fun learning
that last week or two before teh baby comes.  And I'll spend the
next few weeks before baby, and our postpartum school break getting a
handle on how to use Tapestry best in our family.

I'm so excited, though!!  Now where is that box of notebooks?


  1. You'll have to let me know what you think of it!

  2. Hello! I have a question for you. If you could stop by and leaveyour answer in comments, that would be great! If you have time, that is! :)

    Why did you switch from FIAR? I have the BFIAR for the kids and havent started it at all yet...was there something about fiar that you didn't like? I will check out the other curriculum. I have never heard of that one. My oldest is 3 now...and redy for some kind of learning discipline...ANywya, thanks for reading...thanks for taking time :)

    what day is yoru baby due? how old are your other children?

    heather :)

  3. I'm not sure if you wanted me to answer here or at your blog. I'll do both, I guess. :-)

    I love love love FIAR. But my oldest is 10.5 and in 5th grade now. We've been doing FIAR all along. We had started the oldest two into Beyond FIAR and also enjoyed it. We were "stretching" it out longer by doing a book from BY FIAR vol. 1 and then moving to a book from Prairie Primer. But we got tired of Prairie Primer. We preferred BY FIAR to PP. So we ditched it a month or so back. We only had one book of BY FIAR vol. 1 left. I own BY FIAR vol. 3, but not vol. 2 yet. I also already owned Above & BY FIAR.

    But we got to looking ahead. I could only get one more school year out of BY FIAR and Ab&BY FIAR. Maybe 1.5 years if we were too pokey. To make it last longer we'd have to cycle through again and I wasn't sure I wanted to do that with BY FIAR, although we did do it with FIAR.

    We had to think of what to do next with our oldest girls. I really wanted to use Tapestry of Grace with them, but was not sure I wanted to give up FIAR for the youngers, because I loved it so much. But I also wasn't sure I wanted to do two totally separate programs. One of the great benefits of ToG is that the children can ALL use it at their level and be on the same subject. And ToG will take our children right up through graduation from our homeschool. That was very appealing to me. I love that it also combines many subjects into the curriculum ... using history as the framework ... and still using literature as the method. I did NOT want to switch to somethign with textbooks for every subject. :-)

    I put off switching to ToG for over a year now, because I didn't want to give up FIAR with my younger children. But I think I'm ready to do that now. We aren't ready to sell our FIAR manuals yet, and WON'T sell our FIAR story books at all. But we want to try ToG for everyone and see if it really does make my job simpler to have them all on the same subject.

    I do not regret our years in FIAR at all. It really was the best way for us to start our homeschool experience. :-) But as our family has grown older and larger, it is hard to do different programs for the different ages. And I'm looking to the future since our family will probably grow even larger ... and definitely older. :-)

    My Sister in Law will be starting homeschool this Fall with her daughter. And I recommended FIAR to her. I told her if I was starting out with just one young child in my homeschool ... I'd do FIAR instead of Tapestry of Grace. I do not think *I* could have started with Tapestry of Grace and would not have wanted to ... but at this point in our life, I believe it is the answer for our family as we approach our next stage of homeschooling.

    In the Fall, I will have a 6th grader, 4th grader, 2nd grader, Kindergartener, plus a 2.5 yo and baby.

    My baby is due in exactly 3 weeks, by the way. :)

  4. I have a question too -- and you can answer here -- I'll check back. Did you look into Mystery of History? If so, why did you choose ToG over MoH -- if not, nevermind, LOL! I am interested in MoH.



  5. Don't you love it when new school supplies show up?! How exciting!!!!

  6. Thank you for the comparison! Very helpful ...

    The reason your name didn't show up in your response is because you edited your comment. It's a glitch in the programming (I asked about it once). It was recommended to me that when I want to edit my comments, to copy, delete, paste, put changes in, submit as a new comment.

    It IS fun to get new materials!


  7. Thanks for explaining the name glitch. :-)

    I did want to add that Mystery of History can be used with multiple ages, just not all ages from K - 12. I have a friend who is using it with 3 children, all in different grades. :-)

    It just depends on your family's needs and preferences. :-)


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