Explore Tapestry

Welcome!

Tapestry of Grace first appeared as a homeschooling product in 1998. Since then, it has gathered up a long roll of awards and accolades, satisfied users and educated students. We are glad for this, but we also know that no curriculum works equally well for all students. The last twenty-something years have taught us that Tapestry of Grace will sing for some—and strike the wrong note for others. Therefore, we ask ourselves, “What can we do to help folks quickly discern whether Tapestry will sing for them?”

We think we can do four things to help:

  1. Encourage you to spend time reflecting on your God, yourself, your students, and your goals for this year.
  2. Explain Tapestry of Grace as clearly as possible, both in terms of underlying educational philosophy and available curriculum formats.
  3. Connect you with a community that can help you to explore further.
  4. Provide an up-to-date production calendar, buying recommendations, and price list, so that you know your options.

PEDAGOGY – n., philosophy of education

What is Tapestry?

Tapestry of Grace is a program that tries to help students see patterns in the ancient, dense, and colorful tapestry of human experience. It is a type of perception that Corrie Ten Boom describes in her poem “My life is but a weaving.”

My life is but a weaving
Between my God and me.
I cannot choose the colors
He weaveth steadily.

Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow;
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I the underside.

Not ’til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas
And reveal the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful
In the weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned

He knows, He loves, He cares;
Nothing this truth can dim.
He gives the very best to those
Who leave the choice to Him.

Corrie sees a pattern in her life. She understands that the colors chosen are not random, and has learned how to see God’s nature and attitudes in His works throughout her life. Our goal is to illuminate the greater tapestry of human history so that our students might see—and trust—more of God through His design.  

Christian

We believe that God created time and space for His own glory, and that He is unfolding history to accomplish His perfect purposes for His glory, and for His people. Our passion for learning is a direct expression of our passion for God. He commands our full attention by His power, and He also attracts it by His beauty.

We believe that it honors God for us to learn the truths that He has revealed in Scripture, in nature, and in history, whether such revealed truths fit into our preconceived notions or not. Our reason for studying history is to learn from the experiences of others more about God’s character and more about our own frailties and calling (1 Cor 10:11). We want God to receive the glory He deserves for all His mighty acts in history.

Our intention is to remain accurate and biblically oriented. Tapestry‘s Teacher’s Notes and Student Activity Page questions emphasize God’s sovereignty in history, frequently noting specific evidences of His work as we understand it. It is our belief that children need to be led in “connecting the dots” of the events of history with both Scripture and a sense of the loving, just, active presence of God in world events. It is our aim to strengthen in them a sense of both humility (Psalm 8:3-5) and purpose (Ephesians 2:10) as they view the sweeping majesty of God acting in HIS story.

All men and women sin; no expression of the body of Christ or worldly community has been without sin. God has called us to love sinners and tell them His good news, not to judge them for their lost condition. Our position is that if children are taught to view the sins or errors of others with compassion and a biblical interpretation, they will both be warned of their own human tendency to sin, and become more compassionate, but accurate, historians. They will be better prepared to glorify and enjoy God.

Classical

“Classical education” has different meanings for Christian home educators. We emphasize three: 1) a “grammar, dialectic, rhetoric” model of child development and training, 2) a “Great Books” curriculum, which hands on the heritage of Western civilization, 3) an emphasis on “Socratic discussion” for children of appropriate ages.

1. A “Grammar, Dialectic, Rhetoric” Model

Medieval educators taught students to speak Latin, debate in Latin, and persuade in Latin before they considered them ready for more advanced learning. The three disciplines of “grammar,” “dialectic,” and “rhetoric” composed the Trivium, which prepared scholars for the rest of the seven “liberal arts.” Modern scientists have discovered that these three modes of learning correspond to specific stages of child development.

  • “Grammar”: Young children are remarkably good at memorizing facts and learning stories
  • “Dialectic”: Children near the age of puberty excel at making connections
  • “Rhetoric”: Teens and adults can become skilled in analyzing, synthesizing, applying, and persuading

Tapestry of Grace divides assignments into four distinct learning levels that span roughly four grades each: Lower Grammar (K-3), Upper Grammar (3-6), Dialectic (6-9) and Rhetoric (9-12). The overlap of grade levels is intentional, reflecting the fact that students’ brains shift to new learning levels in an unpredictable way and at different ages. 

2. Exposure to “Great Books”

For Tapestry of Grace, the term “classical education” also means an education in the Great Books of Western civilization. We believe a liberal arts education includes broad and deep exposure to works by Plato, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, and others. Because of this, we study many of the Great Books of the Western Canon at the high school level.  

3. Emphasis on “Socratic Discussion”

The Socratic method (named for the ancient philosopher Socrates) involves teaching by asking questions that lead students to arrive at conclusions by reasoning for themselves, as opposed to “lecture style” where students are told what to believe. All of our teacher’s notes for the dialectic and rhetoric levels have fully scripted Socratic discussions, offering a series of questions to ask in addition to possible answers your students might give. We also offer help via a teacher training video entitled “Holding Socratic Discussions.”  

Charlotte Mason

Tapestry of Grace uses many of Charlotte Mason’s methods: focus on character development and discussion-based learning, living books instead of textbooks, art and music appreciation, and hands-on activities. 

We believe that the primary focus, especially in the early elementary grades, should be on character development. No amount of knowledge can make up for deficiencies in character. Rather than providing a lesson for each hour of the school day, we deliberately allow more time for unstructured play and the character development opportunities that arise from everyday conflicts with obstacles, siblings, or parents. For dialectic and rhetoric students, Tapestry of Grace weaves character instruction into our Socratic Discussion outlines.   

To further encourage delight in learning and open-ended discussions that lead to character growth, we use living books. Students read engaging histories and literature written by good authors (including many classical authors) from a multiplicity of perspectives.

For all ages, Tapestry of Grace offers music and art appreciation, as well as hands-on learning activities.

Pause to reflect…

Do you fully agree with what we have said? If so, please keep reading!

Do you have questions? If so, you may want to bring them to us via our Help button (see the bottom right corner of this screen) or take them to someone in our Community for thoughtful answers.

Do you strongly disagree? If so, feel free to read on, but Tapestry of Grace may not be for you. It’s wonderful to know that now rather than later, isn’t it? We wish you the best in finding a program that is right for your goals, and we warmly recommend Cathy Duffy’s page as an excellent way to continue your search.

CURRICULUM, n., program of study

Think of a Tapestry

How do weavers make a tapestry?  First, they begin with a cartoon (yes, really!)–a sketch on paper that they hope to recreate in colored threads.  Second, they set up a loom, considering how broad and deep they want the finished cloth to be as they thread the loom both vertically and horizontally. Third, they select colorful silk or wool threads.  Fourth and finally, they weave the threads together row by row to create the picture represented in the cartoon.

Start with your cartoon… 

Weavers understand how important it is to have a sketch on paper.  If you don’t know what picture you are trying to represent, how will you know when you are succeeding?  So, first we encourage you to talk to God and reflect on yourself, your students, and your goals. We consider this so important that we have written several blog articles about it, if you care to explore them (BLOG IN TRANSIT: COMING SOON)!

Thread your loom… 

How long and wide do you want your finished cloth to be? How many learning levels are you trying to cover (vertical), and how broad a span of human experience (horizontal)? Tapestry of Grace offers four learning levels and four distinct eras of history (which can be further separated into sixteen units of eight to ten weeks each).

You may have only one student in your home, and you may be interested in only one era of history. However, if you have multiple students and are interested in multiple subjects, we do want to put in a good word for something we call “cyclical education.”

Cyclical education is the idea of starting simple and letting your students’ understanding of the world around them grow as they do. Tapestry of Grace can take your family inch by inch over the glorious tapestry of history in four school years, then invite you to circle back around again. If your student was just seven years old the first time he saw the pyramids woven into God’s tapestry, he can revisit them at the ripe old age of eleven with a foundation of understanding upon which to build deeper knowledge. In a 12-year homeschool education, this approach gives your students the chance to explore the scope of history as many as three times, seeing more detail, depth, and richness each time they revisit that part of the pattern.

As you are about to learn, we will be happy to serve you with a single subject for a single learning level to cover a small span of history, but if you are interested in seeing as much of the pattern as possible, we do commend cyclical education as an idea worth exploring!

Choose your colored threads

Which colored silk or wool threads (subjects) will you use to bring your picture to life?  You can make a simpler picture with a few colors, or a richer and more nuanced picture with many colors.  Tapestry of Grace offers twelve, some of which are partial, in development, or available only in high school.

  • History
  • Geography
  • Writing
    • Handwriting (in development)
    • English Grammar (in development)
    • Composition
  • Bible Survey and Church History
  • Literature
  • Worldview
  • Fine Arts 
    • Music Appreciation
    • Art Appreciation
  • Government (high school)
  • Philosophy (high school)
  • Math (in development)
  • Science (in development)
  • Economics (partial)

You can start your thread with Stitches…

You may already have a piece of cloth that you would like to embroider with just a few stitches of a colored thread. Maybe you have offered to teach Literature for a high school group and simply need a book study on The Odyssey. Perhaps you are well-satisfied with your main curriculum, but do find the idea of a few history-based handwriting pages intriguing. In such cases, Stitches may be able to help you mend a small gap.

Tapestry’s Stitches Studies are individual study guides composed of separate Student and Teacher materials. They are designed to be used either with our full Tapestry or as stand-alone products to help supplement another program. You can search the “Stitches” category on our shop and see our ever-expanding range of options, since Stitches are becoming available across several learning subjects, all learning levels, and all historical eras. They can also be mixed and matched to create studies that cover a few weeks…. months…. or years! It’s up to you. Look under “Free Samples” in our shop to download some of our latest Stitches studies.

You can start your thread with Spools…

Bobbins/Spools Logo

If you’d like to sew a whole seam, you will need more than a few stitches’ worth of thread. Tapestry’s Spools Subjects Units are pre-organized units (or full years) of eight to ten weeks in a variety of subjects, all learning levels, and all historical eras. Both Student Manuals and Teacher Manuals will be coming out in 2021 (see Production Calendar below). You can even purchase a “full rack” of all our subjects (minus those still in development) grouped together.

Search for “Spools” in our shop according to your desired subject(s), learning level(s), unit(s), and year(s), or look for them under “Free Samples” in our shop.

Below are our sixteen units of Spools Subjects, grouped according to the four years in which they appear. As with Stitches Studies, you can mix or match Spools Subjects units according to your preferences.

You can start your thread with the Integrated Tapestry

“Integrated” study, also known as the Unit Study approach, simply means that instead of studying each school subject separately, your students are learning them together and in relation to one another. For example, if your family is studying Egypt, your child will read a history book about Pharaohs, write a paragraph about the pyramids, and color a map of the Nile River. In the educational world, it has long been recognized that integration of subjects makes each one easier to understand, remember, enjoy, and connect to others.

Integrated studies in a homeschooling family can lead to an exciting context that we call “whole-family learning.” This means that each of your students studies the same topic at the same time, but each at his own learning level. In a week that has Egypt as its central topic, your youngest student learns about hippos and crocodiles in the Nile River, your middle child reads about why the Pharaohs built the Pyramids, and your oldest student is challenged to analyze the biblical view of Egyptian civilization within God’s plan of redemption. At each day’s end, when your whole family comes together around the kitchen table, everyone can enjoy participating in one educational conversation because everybody has been studying the same integrated subjects at different levels of understanding.

To learn more about Integrated Tapestry of Grace, search our shop for “Integrated,” or try a downloadable version under “Free Samples.”

You can start your thread with Tapestry Primer

This integrated program is a gentle K-1 introduction to the full Integrated Tapestry curriculum. The Guidebook component of Primer also works well as a history “refresher course” for parents just beginning to homeschool. Primer is written to be interactive and easy-paced, offering a simple, conversational, hands-on and game-oriented approach to history. It introduces users to the joys of story-driven learning, integrated humanities studies, and full family education while taking them through a survey of the full sweep of human history.

Primer is made up of twelve mini-units, with three “topics” each. Each topic is used over the course of one week, thus constituting enough material in History, Literature, Geography, Memory Work, and Activities for one school year. Alternatively, many users spread each topic over two weeks and use Primer over a two-year time span.

Primer Mini-Unit Titles:

  • Mini-Unit 1: Eden to Egypt
  • Mini-Unit 2: Tabernacle and Temple
  • Mini-Unit 3: Daniel’s Revelation
  • Mini-Unit 4: Christ and the Church
  • Mini-Unit 5: The Broken Road
  • Mini-Unit 6: Recovery and Discovery
  • Mini-Unit 7: A New World
  • Mini-Unit 8: One Nation
  • Mini-Unit 9: Growing Pains
  • Mini-Unit 10: A House Divided
  • Mini-Unit 11: Engines of Empires
  • Mini-Unit 12: A Smaller World

Look under “Primer” and “Free Samples” in our shop to read product descriptions, or to download and try it out.

COMMUNITY 

At any given time during the last twenty years, we estimate that several thousand persons worldwide are using Tapestry of Grace. We have so loved watching this rich, colorful, and multi-dimensional community grow! Our users tend to be passionate about education, honest about their experience with Tapestry, and full of good ideas. They are also true teachers: they love to answer questions.

To visit them, open the Community page and start exploring. You will find presentation specialists, Facebook groups, Instagram and YouTube, a forum (COMING SOON), and a blog stuffed with articles (COMING SOON).

BUYING DECISIONS

Terms and Conditions

Some of our products are available only in a digital format that cannot be resold (with or without a convenience printout, which also cannot be resold). Others are available in a print (or CD) format that can be resold. Please read our Terms and Conditions page carefully before making your buying decisions, and note that you must agree to these terms in order to checkout. If, after purchase, you attempt to resell an item contrary to the terms laid out in that page, you will be liable to at least the full penalties also listed there.

If you have any questions or concerns about our terms and conditions of purchase, please contact us! We will be happy to explain further.

Production Calendar

This section houses our current May 2021 – December 2023 production calendar and price list. We have also incorporated recommendations (below the calendar) for purchasing based on the production calendar and our best estimation of product uses.

Please note that this production calendar is an approximation only and subject to continuous change. Product development routinely runs two to six months late in “real time” due to a variety of factors, including unforeseeable circumstances. We urge you not to plan your school year around the expectation of having certain products available within the exact time frame described on this calendar.

May 2021

  • Release new Supporting Links section of tapestryofgrace.com – Now available on the website
  • Begin rolling release of Weft History Audio:
    • Year 1: Unit 1 – now available in the store
  • Begin rolling release of Stitches Handwriting Studies:
    • Year 1: Week 1, Level 1, The Letter “S” – now available in the store as a free sample
    • Year 1: Weeks 1-9, Level 1 – now available in the store
  • Begin rolling release of Stitches English Grammar Studies:
    • Year 1: Week 8, Level 4, Complete Sentences – now available in the store as a free sample
    • Year 1: Week 28, Level 4, Noun Review – now available in the store
  • Release Tapestry Online
  • Begin to Translate Book Updates Chart to New Website

June-August 2021

  • Release new Book Updates Chart section of tapestryofgrace.com
  • Begin rolling release of Stitches Dialectic Literature Studies:
    • TBD: About 32 separate book studies across Year 2, Year 3, and Year 4 are in the final stages of completion. This project was delayed due to spring web development problems, but we expect to move it to the front burner in June and continue through the 2021-2022 Winter Curriculum Development Season
  • Begin rolling release of Spools Student Manuals 2021
    • TBD, but probably beginning with a release of the first unit of all four levels across all four years.
  • Begin rolling release of Spools Teacher Manuals 2021
    • TBD, but probably beginning with a release of the first unit of all four levels across all four years.
  • Continue rolling release of Weft History Audio:
    • Year 1: Unit 2
    • Year 2: Unit 1
    • Year 3: Unit 1
    • Year 4: Unit 1
  • Continue rolling release of Stitches Handwriting Studies:
    • TBD
  • Continue rolling release of Stitches English Grammar Studies:
    • TBD, but the plan is to release all the English Grammar studies for a complete Year 2.
  • Begin rolling release of Stitches Math and Science Studies:
    • More TBD, but no complete unit or year of studies will be available for any level in this timeframe

September-December 2021

  • Continue rolling release of Stitches Dialectic Literature Studies:
    • TBD
  • Release revised Literary Toolbox, incorporating Book I and Appendix A of Poetics
  • Begin Rhetoric Literature Stitches Project
  • Continue rolling release of Stitches Handwriting Studies:
    • TBD
  • Continue rolling release of Stitches English Grammar Studies:
    • TBD
  • Continue rolling release of Stitches Math and Science Studies:
    • TBD
  • Begin Booklist Project
  • Begin Grammar Worksheets Project (LG and UG, Y1-Y4)
  • Begin Warp History Project
  • Begin Warp Literature Project
  • Begin Warp Math and Science Project

January-March 2022

  • Release new Warp sections of tapestryofgrace.com
    • Articles on Literature (replacing Book II and Appendix B of Poetics for the 2023 Edition and beyond)
    • Some articles on Math and Science (more will be added as Math and Science program expands)
  • Continue rolling release of Stitches Dialectic Literature Studies:
    • TBD
  • Begin rolling release of Stitches Rhetoric Literature studies
    • TBD
  • Continue Booklist Project
  • Continue Warp Science and Math Project
  • Continue Grammar Worksheets Project (LG and UG, Y1-Y4)
  • Continue Warp History Project

April-May 2022

  • Continue rolling release of Stitches Dialectic Literature Studies:
    • TBD
  • Continue rolling release of Stitches Rhetoric Literature studies
    • TBD
  • Continue Booklist Project
  • Continue Warp Science and Math Project
  • Continue Grammar Worksheets Project (LG and UG, Y1-Y4)
  • Continue Warp History Project

June-August 2022

  • Complete release of Stitches Dialectic Literature Studies
  • Begin rolling release of Literature Studies for Young Adults
    • Year 2
    • Year 3
    • Year 4
  • Complete release of Stitches Rhetoric Literature Studies
  • Continue Booklist Project
  • Continue Warp Science and Math Project
  • Continue Grammar Worksheets Project (LG and UG, Y1-Y4)
  • Continue Warp History Project

September-December 2022

  • Release new Booklist section of Tapestryofgrace.com
  • Begin Writing Project
  • Continue Warp History Project
  • Complete Weft Readers Project (History, Literature, Math and Science)
  • Complete Grammar Worksheets Project (LG and UG, Y1-Y4)
  • Begin Global Update Project: 2023 Editions of Integrated Tapestry of Grace and Spools Subjects

Looking Ahead to 2023

  • Release new Writing section of Tapestryofgrace.com
  • Release new Warp articles: History
  • Release Weft History Readers (Upper Grammar spine texts)
    • Year 1
    • Year 2
    • Year 3
    • Year 4
  • Release Weft Literature Readers (Grammar Level anthologies)
    • Year 1
    • Year 2
    • Year 3
    • Year 4
  • Release Weft Math and Science Readers (Upper Grammar spine texts)
    • Year 1
    • Year 2
    • Year 3
    • Year 4
  • Release global update:*
    • 2023 Editions of Integrated Tapestry of Grace and Spools Subjects
      • Updated booklist (incorporating Warp and Weft readings)
      • NEW Literature worksheets: LG and UG
      • Updated Vocabulary: LG and UG
      • NEW History Questions and Answers: LG and UG
      • Updated Dialectic Literature program (incorporating a selection of Stitches Dialectic Literature Studies)
      • Poetics replaced by Literary Toolbox, Warp Articles, and Loom Articles
      • More TBD

*2023 Edition year-plan updates will be available for free to those who purchased Integrated Tapestry year plans prior to December 31, 2020. All other purchasers must pay a fee (amount TBD, but we hope quite reasonable) to update to the latest edition.

Buying Recommendations for 2021-22 School Year

  • The most up-to-date Integrated Tapestry of Grace edition for this 2021-2022 school year will be the 2020 Edition.
  • If you have the 2020 Edition of Integrated Tapestry and wish to purchase Spools Student Manuals, we recommend the 2020 Edition of Spools. The 2021 Edition of Spools Student Manual can be used with the 2020 Edition of of Integrated Tapestry, but will include History questions at the Grammar levels for which the 2020 Edition of Integrated Tapestry has no answers. 2021 Spools Teacher Manuals will include History questions and answers that do not correspond to the 2020 Edition of Integrated Tapestry of Grace. Also, 2021 Spools Student Manuals and Teacher Manuals will include updated vocabulary that does not match the 2020 Edition of Integrated Tapestry of Grace.
  • If you are only interested in the Grammar History questions (without answers), you can purchase the Weft History Audio, which comes with some of the same Grammar History questions for each unit. Alternatively, the same questions are also included with Pop Quiz.
  • It is likely (but not definite) that you will be able to purchase full year of Stitches Handwriting Studies for your student to use this school year.
  • It is likely (but not definite) that a full year (probably Year 2) of Stitches English Grammar Studies will be available for your student to use this school year. Other units of other years may also be available, depending on production speed.
  • It is likely (but not definite) that some Dialectic Literature Stitches Studies from Y2-Y4 eras will be available for your student to use this school year.
  • While we do not recommend that you build your school plans around an “on-time” release of our current curriculum projects, we can tell you that currently we are on track for a summer release of 2021 Edition Spools Subjects, and in fact the process is going more smoothly than we expected. We will prioritize the release of the first unit for each year and level in each subject.

Price List

* Digital products cannot be copied, gifted, or resold without explicit written permission from Lampstand Press.  If you belong to a group, or if you are trying to help a person who cannot afford to purchase Tapestry, please contact Lampstand Press as we have special options for persons in these categories. 

** A printout of a Digital product is considered part of that digital product (see above).

Stitches Studies

Spools Subjects

Integrated Tapestry

Tapestry Primer

Individual Primer components are also sold separately in the shop.

Supplements for All Levels

Supplements for Grammar Levels

Supplements for Upper Levels

Literature Studies for Young Adults

Individual components are also sold separately in the shop.