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Meet a Homeschool Graduate: Adlai

We got the chance to interview Adlai about her experience homeschooling, and learning through the whole book, classical education that Tapestry  provides. I love how she wants to get a degree to teach young children because of her heart to disciple them!Read all about a homeschool graduate and her passion to help children through teaching.This interview has been edited lightly for clarity

What are your future plans?

I am hoping to pursue an Elementary Education degree. I love children and am passionate about helping them learn, especially if I can influence them in a godly direction.

How has Tapestry helped you in your education?

TOG [Tapestry of Grace] has prepared me on a really high level. I am able to participate and understand complex issues because the way TOG forces its students to dive beneath the surface and analyze most everything. For example, the debate sections of the history discussions were challenging, but a valuable learning experience since it caused me to fully examine what people are saying and to analyze what I truly believe about it from a biblical perspective. This has overflowed into all areas of my education, not just TOG.

How would you respond to somebody who asked you whether your classical education is going to be useful in your chosen major?

TOG definitely has equipped me to educate others because of the excellent education I have received through it. TOG teaches students to seriously examine various issues in the subjects it covers, which helps me believe I might be able to do the same for my potential students. Also, TOG looks at everything through a biblical worldview which encourages me to do the same.

Another aspect of TOG that has benefited me is seeing it applied at all levels of learning. Our family has used TOG for almost all the years that my mom has been homeschooling us. We have a large family, so I have been able to see TOG in action at every level, sometimes simultaneously. Having to plan my own homework schedule has been a helpful tool, also, because it taught me to use my time wisely plus to think ahead and create goals for my education. All these are useful tools in the classroom.

What are some of your favorite aspects of Tapestry?

My favorite aspect of TOG is definitely taking everything (especially real world issues) and examining them through a biblical worldview. I also appreciate the way TOG provides in-depth studies.

What have you learned the most through your Tapestry studies?

The thing I have learned the most from TOG is probably the ability to look at a situation or worldview, dissect it, and then bring it back to scripture to biblically compare it. Also, TOG has taught me to appreciate and respect different opinions or views without necessarily accepting them.

How has Tapestry shaped your worldview?

TOG has had a huge impact on shaping my worldview by helping me examine the world through light of scripture. In history, the discussions asked questions that forced me to take a stand on what I believe. In literature, analyzing the perspective of the author helped me to realize there is always a bias in one’s work and how to identify it.

What was your favorite subject or time period you studied in Tapestry?

My favorite time period was probably Year 4 (1900s to Present). I really enjoyed analyzing the literary works and diving into the rich history that happened recently because it helps me to understand the current events I read about in the news and their origins.

What was hardest for you in your Tapestry studies?

The hardest thing for me in studying TOG was probably the initial workload. It is a really intense work load that requires a lot of analysis and heavy reading. Although it took a lot of time, I became accustomed to the level of work and the knowledge I’ve acquired because of it was totally worth it.

Did you have a favorite historical figure or anybody who was particularly inspiring?

While I always enjoyed learning about the backgrounds behind some of the world’s most influential people, I wouldn’t say that there was one particular person but many who inspired me. Learning about how various people overcame their difficulties, stood up for their faith, and achieved great accomplishments gave a richness and inspiration to also be faithful and persevere in my own pursuits.

What are some of your other outside interests? How did you fit that in while keeping up with your school?

Music. Although my parents require us to have a musical education, it has often been a source of joy and relaxation for me. Writing (for pleasure) is another passion of mine, and my mom made room for me to pursue that through NaNoWriMo and other venues.Meet a homeschool graduate and hear about her homeschool journey.Adlai, playing her violin

What advice or encouragement would you want to give to homeschooled students?

Don’t judge yourself too harshly. You are probably the only child in your grade (as most homeschoolers are!) so you might be tempted to try to hold yourself to the standard of perfection, which is unattainable. This can make you feel like a failure, but you’re not. You need to trust that giving it your best is success.

What advice or encouragement would you give to homeschooling parents?

Homeschooling is an amazing thing. I am best friends with my six siblings because of it. It has made our education a family event. Our dinner conversations often form around whatever complex issues we are discussing through TOG. It is worth the hard work to give your child an education centered around God and His hand on history.

Any other thoughts?

My mom told me that new homeschooling parents often feel obligated to use every single TOG source and fear they aren’t giving their children the proper education without all of the sources; however, as my mom commented, TOG is a resource and you need to mold it to your needs so that it best suits your family. We haven’t always used all the aspects of TOG, but it’s always been the perfect fit for our family and adding more would have been too much.

Meet a Homeschool Graduate: Rachel

Rachel kindly allowed us to interview her about her experience homeschooling, and learning through the whole book, classical education that Tapestry provides. Rachel and her family have done Tapestry since she was in first grade, and have used a variety of learning methods, via an online co-op, the Lampstand Learning Center, and a local co-op that her mom helps run. I love that although Rachel hasn’t settled on all her future plans, she sees the value that her homeschool high school education gave her. I also love her advice to both homeschool students and their parents!Read an encouraging story about the benefits a highschool senior sees from being homeschooled.This interview has been edited lightly for clarity

 Rachel, what are your future plans?

Currently my future plans are rather loose. I am, however, planning on attending college in the fall and furthering my education. I made the decision to attend college so that I can further my education, as well as provide myself with the opportunity to grow and procure achievements to help with my future after school (such as a degree).

How has Tapestry helped you in your education?

Tapestry has helped in my education in the way that it is set up. The format encourages critical thinking and reading skills to develop. Those skills are useful in all areas of schooling and life. I don’t have a chosen major or field as of yet, but the format of Tapestry promotes skills and techniques for learning that go beyond simply history and literature.

Meet Rachel, a homeschooled high school senior who talks about things she benefitted from in homeschooling.What are some of your favorite aspects of Tapestry?

I enjoy the discussion aspect a lot. If there is a specific area I’m struggling to retain or grasp information on, the interactive discussions usually help to cement it. I also like that the literature curriculum goes side by side with the history portion. Knowing the historical, political, and contextual background of a certain work really enriches the experience of reading and studying it.

What have you learned the most through your Tapestry studies? How has it shaped your worldview?

I have learned how to read and think critically, and to develop my own thoughts and ideas as well as being able to present them in a comprehensive manner. I wouldn’t say Tapestry has shaped my worldview, but it has shown me how to be more aware of it and how to analyze other’s worldviews.

What was your favorite subject or time period you studied in Tapestry?

Year 4 [Modern History] in both history and literature. The history is captivating and the literature is all so consistently rich and enjoyable.

Did you have a favorite historical figure or anybody who was particularly inspiring?

No particular historical figure, but I really loved and have been inspired by some of the authors I’ve been exposed to through Tapestry. Writers and poets such as George Orwell, J.R.R. Tolkien, William Wordsworth, William Blake, and more.

What are some of your other outside interests? How did you fit that in while keeping up with your school?

Well, fortunately, I am an avid reader, so when I don’t have time during the semester to read books of my choosing, I am still getting a taste of new genres and works through literature class. I also enjoy cooking and baking as well as playing ukulele and guitar. It can be hard finding time to do those things during the school week, but they make a great break from the perpetual assignments.Meet the Woods family, who have used Tapestry for many years with their children.The Woods Family

What advice or encouragement would you want to give to homeschooled students?

Make the most of it and put in an effort. In homeschooling (I’ve found) if you don’t have the self-accountability, motivation, and follow through, you’ll get nothing done. Also, more Tapestry specific, don’t be afraid to admit you don’t have the answer. If your teacher asks something and it totally isn’t clicking, instead of just rambling and making up answers (I have been there), simply say “I don’t know” and make an effort to listen and understand the answer. You’re allowed to not know the right answer, but don’t use that as an excuse to come to class unprepared. Genuinely try your hardest to find answers and explanations and to learn. You can only get out of it what you put in, so work hard.

What advice or encouragement would you give to homeschooling parents?

Help your student, but don’t hand them the answers. Help them to understand the concepts and to reach the answer through their own effort. Give them advice, the materials, and the tools, but not the final product. That said, some days are harder than others. Be discerning and don’t excuse them from too much, but be gracious.