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!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.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.