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Encouragement for the Homeschooling Mom

Winter can be a tough season of homeschooling. The excitement of new books, and a new year of curriculum wanes. The holidays are over, and sick days start to happen, adding to the feeling of never being in a good schooling rhythm. As the homeschooling mom, you may be so aware of how you are failing at your earlier plans and ideals.This book provides so much encouragement for the homeschooling mom

Now is a wonderful time to seek homeschool encouragement from seasoned homeschoolers. There is so much help out there to regain perspective and encouragement from other moms who have gone before you. Sitting down with another homeschooling mom, or even talking to one online can help ease the discouragement and give you fresh encouragement to keep on this homeschooling journey.

During times of discouragement, I also like to seek out good books that will remind me of why I started homeschooling in the first place and what my goals were in the first place.These are some of my favorite books that help me with homeschooling.

There are so many wonderful books on homeschooling. One of my favorites is Love the Journey. This is the perfect book to bring your view back from the day to day inadequacies and disappointments you feel. It will remind you of what is most important and how to steadily achieve the goals that matter in life and to your family in particular.This book provides so much encouragement for the homeschooling mom

Love the Journey will give you fresh excitement for the rest of the year, as well as tools to evaluate your own homeschool. It will help you decide if you have really gone off track from your plans, or if you are achieving the goals you want to be a part of your homeschool, you just can’t see that in the busyness of life.

I have taken to collecting some of my favorite quotes from Love the Journey, and putting them up on the blog. I hope you find fresh encouragement to finish your school year well!

This book provides so much encouragement for the homeschooling mom

This book provides so much encouragement for the homeschooling mom

Color Your Way Through History!

Do you ever feel frustrated during reading aloud time? For me, once I have finally gotten everyone together to listen to our wonderful history or literature book…the squirming starts!

Allow your young student to color while you read about history! See samples at the bottom of the post.

There are so many wonderful options for those times, like Lego’s or Play-Doh. But sometimes I want something that directly connects with the topics we are studying. I love to be able to pull out these activities books. My girls pick a picture that we are studying, and start coloring. Allow your young student to color while you read about history! See samples at the bottom of the post.

The activity books were originally written to go along with the Tapestry Primer curriculum, but since they are chronological, they go well with the full Tapestry program, or any chronological history program. The pages include a number of different activities, including map work, mazes, matching, simple writing, and famous people.

Allow your young student to color while you read about history! See samples at the bottom of the post.

My kids love to color, and they learn so much by having something to do while I read to them. To buy a set of these pages, visit here. To Download a large sample of the pictures, visit here!

Poetics: A Wonderful Literary Analysis Textbook

“Poetics” used to mean simply “literature.” Aristotle used the word as a title for his book about the history and basic working principles of literature. Aristotle’s book became a classic in his time and ever since, but so much has been added to literature that it is no longer a complete guide for modern students. Poetics is a wonderful Literary handbook for highschool

We searched for years to find a single text that would combine good lists, examples, and explanations of literary analysis tools with a history of the important literary periods. We felt that this would add so much to our Tapestry Literature curriculum. Since we could not find one that fit those things, we asked one of our Tapestry literature authors, Christina Somerville, to write a new Poetics for the modern Christian student.

Because we care so much about worldview studies, we also got permission to include James W. Sire’s descriptions of the basic historical worldviews (from his book, The Universe Next Door) in Poetics. Our literary handbook describes and explains literature-shaping worldviews like Buddhism and Hinduism, Deism, Naturalism (also called Atheism), Existentialism, and more. Poetics is a wonderful Literary handbook for highschool

Poetics covers the whole history of Western literature from ancient to modern. Because it is so comprehensive, our Poetics has proven a useful resource for all of the following standard course titles:

  • World Literature I
  • World Literature II
  • British Literature I
  • British Literature II
  • American Literature

We hear many stories about how Poetics has helped students to understand the difference between truth and artistry, to become interested in literature, to recognize worldview beliefs in stories, and to love the Bible as a work of artistic truth. We are so glad that so many students have benefited from using this volume!

Poetics is a wonderful Literary handbook for highschool

Highlighting Supplements: Pop Quiz

Pop quiz is a wonderful set of Cd’s that gives an overview of history being learned each week with Tapestry of Grace.

Pop quiz is a wonderful audio overview of the history we study using Tapestry of Grace

These Cd’s are designed for Dads (or whichever parent is not homeschooling) to be able to listen to them in the car on their way to work so that they can take part of history discussions around the dinner table.

Along with the Cd’s comes a set of cards with questions for each learning level. These questions allow Dad to ask questions of all the students  and engage with them at their level. It also allows him to dig deeper into discussion with his older students.Pop quiz is a wonderful Cd that enables Dad to listen along to the history the rest of the family is learning.

Another thing we have learned from our families is that many moms are also using Pop Quiz. For some, it is just easier to listen to the Cd in preparation for the week, rather than reading the Teacher’s Notes. For others, they enjoy listening to it in the car when they are driving the kids around to different activities. Pop Quiz is an easy way to get an overview of the history the family is learning that week! Pop quiz is a wonderful Cd that enables Dad to listen along to the history the rest of the family is learning.

We love that homeschooling can be a whole family experience! We know that Dad wants to be able to be in on the fun of family discussion time. This tool enables him to enjoy how much his children are learning from being at home. It is also a benefit to moms who want to be able to listen to the weekly overview rather than read the material.

If you want to hear a few weeks of Pop Quiz, go to the week samples and pick a sample week. Here I chose week 1 for you. On the right hand sidebar you can pick a sample to listen to!

 

Supplement Highlight: Big Story Game

The Big Story Game is a wonderful card game that reviews history in a fun, colorful way!

The Big Story Game is a wonderful card game that reviews history in a fun, colorful way!We developed the Big Story Game for the Primer student to add some additional fun to their history studies. But it is a wonderful card game that any child might delight in!

The Big Story Game is a set of cards that covers famous people from history that the kids learn about in Tapestry Primer or over the four years of Tapestry. These cards provide a fun, memorable way to review history and bring the whole family together in their studies.The Big Story Game is a wonderful card game that reviews history in a fun, colorful way!

There are instructions for four different ways to play games with the cards to help solidify the things they are learning. In one game, the student can line all their cards up in chronological order. This helps solidify in your child’s mind the order of historical people. Another option is to play a game where the players have to pair the cards with the other cards that are in the same era. There are some fun options that can be as easy or as hard as your kids need.The Big Story Game is a wonderful card game that reviews history in a fun, colorful way!

The illustrations on these cards are beautiful and my kids enjoy just looking through them and even my youngest loves holding up a card and asking me who someone is. I love how this kind of game promotes learning even out of school time!The Big Story Game is a wonderful card game that reviews history in a fun, colorful way!

If you are looking for a game for your children for Christmas, this is a fun one.Buy it here!

Supplement Highlight: Lapbooks

Lapbooks add so much fun to your schooling. We love using them to write about and review history!Lapbooks are a wonderful supplemental project for many different types of students. It benefits the young writer who gets overwhelmed at writing on a large piece of paper. Smaller lift-the-flap booklets feel more manageable! It benefits the hands-on learner who wants to craft while she writes about what she is learning in history, and it benefits the student who is getting bored with regular writing or discussion and just wants to mix up his school a little bit.Lapbooks add so much fun to your schooling. We love using them to write about and review history!

I have just started adding lapbooks into our school day, and I wish I had started a lot sooner! They have added delight to our school day, and the kits take me almost no time to set up!

Tapestry lapbooks are broken down into units. Each topic has a lift-the-flap type of booklet (or accordion style, or mini booklet…the variety keeps it from getting old). The booklets come with a variety of colors organized in a pretty color scheme.  Lapbooks add so much fun to your schooling. We love using them to write about and review history!

You can either choose a digital version, where you can print each page yourself, which is great for a lot of kids, or you can buy the kits where everything is pre-printed for you. I personally prefer the kits because they save me so much time.

The only thing you have to add to the kit is scissors, and lots of glue sticks as children do not skimp on the glue!

Each unit comes with a set of instructions that are easy to follow. We glued the card stock together according to the instructions and then began cutting out the pages. Lapbooks add so much fun to your schooling. We love using them to write about and review history!

We chose to only do the first few weeks, and have saved the other booklets to add as we come up to those weeks.

As we enter the holiday season, and then move into the cold of winter, lapbooks are a wonderful way to add some excitement back into your school!

You can buy the lapbook kits here. At $15 a unit, this deal is worth every penny!

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We have some fabulous information in this month’s newsletter. Sign up here to stay up to date on all the discounts, coupon codes and information we send out each month! Unfortunately, when you sign up we aren’t able to send you November’s newsletter right away, so we have posted the contest information for your benefit here! At the bottom of this post, there is also a free shipping code!

From the Newsletter:

We are excited to announce to you a contest that will last through the month of November. This year, we are offering prizes for the best pictures of you and/or your co-op with your completed hands-on activities. We want to see how you are enjoying Tapestry of Grace in your homes and groups. The winners’ pictures may be featured in our upcoming 2017 catalog, promotional materials, website, and/or conference materials.

Below are the details for entering the contest, along with what you can win!

  1. Submit a minimum of three photos with the best digital camera that you have. Send the three photos via email to our staff by November 30.
  2. Our staff will review the pictures submitted to decide which family’s entries would be a good fit for our promotional materials.
  3. If we choose your submissions, we may request a few more photographs that we can use and adapt for our needs. We will give you detailed information as to what we need in this regard

By entering the contest, please remember that you will be giving us permission to use your photos publicly. These photos will become the property of Lampstand Press. We appreciate it!

The winning family will receive the following:

  • A digital year-plan of your choice with EVERY related digital Supplement we offer (or digital access to all of the Primer products)!
  • A $25 gift certificate to Bookshelf Central
  • A softbound copy of Love the Journey

We will also select two runners-up, who will receive:

  • A digital year-plan of your choice
  • A softbound copy of Love the Journey

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Supplement Highlight: Evaluations

Tapestry of Grace offers a wonderful Evaluations packet for those who want to use tests and quizzes with their students.When you use a whole book based program that emphasizes discussion, your kids get a wonderful, rich education. But sometimes it helps them to have a way to show what they have learned. This is where we offer Evaluations for each level. This set of tests, quizzes, and exams are custom designed for each learning level of Tapestry students. These tests help you to see how much content of each lesson your children are absorbing, and can also help solidify the things they have already learned.

At the Grammar levels, the evaluations are cumulative, usually covering a few weeks at a time, where the topics have been focused on the same theme. For instance, the first three weeks of year 1 covers Egypt. So the cumulative quiz asks questions about the Pyramids, Mummies and Pharaoh, all of which were covered in those three weeks.

Evaluations at the grammar levels consist of True\False quizzes, oral quizzes, and for the Upper Grammar students, the occasional short answer questions. For all the quizzes, there are answers keys and grading guides for the teacher.

Tapestry of Grace offers a wonderful Evaluations packet for those who want to use tests and quizzes with their students.

If you want to adapt them for multiple uses, other families have also used the quiz questions to create history sentences for memory work, or they use the questions and answers to have simple copy work for their younger students.

At the Dialectic and Rhetoric Levels, Evaluations are weekly. They include short answer questions and essay questions for your student to answer. In addition to the weekly questions, there is also a review guide for the unit and a unit exam. Not only is History covered, but there is also a unit Literature test, so you can be sure your student is learning the important literature terms.

At the upper levels, we provide you, the teacher, with the tools to figure out how to best determine a grade for your student when you review their short answers or essays.

Evaluations is a fabulous tool to provide you with another way to help your student get all the benefits from the learning tools Tapestry provides!

We have a coupon for 20% off Evaluations through October 31st!

Highlighting Supplements: Map Aids

How to use Map Aids to learn geography in a simple wayTeaching Geography intimidated me. I assumed there is some magical formula to make sure kids learned land forms and countries, but since I wasn’t privy to those secrets I was going to ruin my kids’ education.

Then I began to do Tapestry’s Map Aids. I was amazed at how simple it was to include geography as my kids were studying history. And it made so much sense to me that they would learn their geography by seeing where historical events were taking place. I also enjoy that my little one can do a coloring project, but my older students will be doing more in depth studies on the geography of a particular area.

Map Aids comes as a download with a set of student maps, for the student to draw locations and land forms, and a teacher’s map that gives you the answers. If you want more in depth studies, the Student Activity Pages also includes other places to note in their reading and things to look for on an atlas.

In our home, we use Map Aids to keep our geography very simple. After looking at the location that we are learning about on a globe, we pull out the Map Aids student maps and have fun with it.

  • I keep a stock of glitter glue to trace the boundaries of the countries and land forms. An older student could also use it to show the location of capitals or the continents.Using Tapestry's Map Aids, trace a map using glitter glue
  • I make sure we have fun markers to color in countries, rivers or deserts.Using Tapestry's Map Aids, color in the countries to learn their locations
  • Some days we use tracing paper to trace each country or continent. Kids love tracing things!Using Tapestry's Map Aids, the kids love using tracing paper to learn the boundaries of Africa
  • Using a cork board, we use pins to show a place, mark a city, or just outline the country and rivers. The kids love outlining a country and rivers using pins!

Map Aids has made our geography so simple, but has helped our children make great connections as they are studying history. If you want to get a sample of one of our maps, download a world and continents map!

Get a coupon for 20% off Map Aids or Evaluations until October 31st!