We talk a lot about the dynamics of a good homeschool curriculum. Everything from does it cover all the basics to does it teach from a Christian Worldview is discussed in detail between homeschool moms as they try to figure out what curriculum to buy each year. We are very concerned with how the curriculum affects and educates our children, but, have we ever considered how it affects and educates us as homeschool moms?
Any mom who has been homeschooling more than a few minutes knows that all the knowledge she imparts pales in comparison to all the knowledge she gains simply by teaching her young children. Subjects I absolutely detested during my school years have become favorites. Information that was disconnected and disjointed in my mind as a child has become connected and makes sense as I pull the pieces together for my children. And a faith that was likewise disconnected and disjointed, has become woven together through the threads of the homeschool curriculum I have chosen to use to teach my children.
I feel extremely blessed to be able to not only learn right alongside my children academically, but also to be able to worship alongside them through the guidance of Tapestry of Grace and it’s deep Christian roots. From Year 1 all the way through Year 4, I have seen God’s hand weaving the tapestry of history, and it has been exciting for me to lead my children and myself through it!
One component of Tapestry of Grace that I have always been thankful for are the tidbits of commentary the author, Marcia Somerville, includes in the Teacher’s Notes. The basic overviews come from World Book, but Marcia does not hesitate to give you a well-rounded view by adding in what a secular text has left out.
And then there are the discussions that have been a wonderful addition to our day as my children have grown up. The questions are thought-provoking and allow you and your child to become thinking Christians.
And of course, there are the books – loads and loads of lovely books! Tapestry of Grace has amazing book lists to choose from, and as your child ages (and you mature right along with them), the books become more challenging to their faith and worldview without wrecking it completely. TOG doesn’t leave the homeschool mom floundering for answers, it walks alongside her in the process. For this, I am extremely grateful!
As homeschool moms, we often struggle to find Quiet Time with the Lord. We struggle to deepen our own faith, and all too often we are running on empty spiritually. It is because of this, I believe it is imperative we consider our own spiritual welfare when considering a homeschool curriculum. We need meat too!
Whatever curriculum you choose, don’t neglect your own needs, homeschool mama! Consider your teaching style, your time, your season of life, and especially your spiritual needs. Your curriculum should benefit everyone using it!
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