We are doing something new this year: Tapestry of Grace!
I’m really excited about it because it completely fits in with my style of teaching: some Charlotte Mason (reading living books) and Classical Education (learning all humanities through the guidance of the the history we’re studying). We’re doing Year 4, which means we will all be studying 20th Century history, literature, music, and art. The kids will also have writing assignments for history and literature “class.”
Our family will be partcipating in a brand-new Tapestry of Grace Fellowship group that will be meeting on Wednesday mornings for 3 hours. Thirty-five families are involved! My oldest two boys will be in the Dialectic group, which means they will have assignments to read and complete each week so that they will be able to participate in the discussions. Here are the books they will be reading this year: The Call of the Wild, Tales of O. Henry, Anne of Green Gables, Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost, Peter Pan, Our Town, The Snow Goose, Homeless Bird, The Little Prince, My Side of the Mountain, Onion John, Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes, The Lilies of the Field, Have Space Suit – Will Travel, Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood, Raising Dragons, and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.
My oldest daughter will be in the Upper Grammar class. The next 3 kids are in Lower Grammar. The Grammar classes will be doing all kinds of neat projects and activities that will enrich our read-alouds at home. I’ll share what they are after we do them!
My youngest son will be in the preschool class, and my 2-year-old in the nursery.
I will be teaching 4 music classes at our Tapestry of Grace Fellowship Group: 20th Century Music History/Appreciation for Dialectic/Rhetoric classes (middle school and high school), 20th Century Music History/Appreciation for the Grammar (elementary) classes, Early Childhood Music and Movement for the preschool class, and Early Childhood Music and Movement for the nursery class. I’ve been working hard this summer to come up with the music history/appreciation curriculum. I’ve actually been writing it since I haven’t been able to find exactly what I was wanting to teach. It’s going to be so exciting to share this music with the kids. They won’t all like it, but I do hope they will learn to appreciate classical music more!
For the preschoolers and baby/toddlers I’ll be teaching music and movement classes that I have taught for 15 years. I love teaching those classes!
I’m glad we don’t start until the end of the month because I still have so much planning and writing to do. I’ve been slowly ordering the books we need. At least we’re set for the first couple of weeks. It’s going to be an exciting year!