**THIS IS THE SECOND PART OF THE TAPESTRY OF GRACE REVIEW, BE SURE TO VISIT THE MAIN POST AS WELL**
As mentioned in the main post, Tapestry of Grace is designed to follow the Classical Education method, but in a Unit Study style. As a part of the basic curriculum, they offer many additional choices to complement the program. Out of the choices offered (Literature Anthology, Map Aids, Evaluations, Lapbooks, Pop Quiz, and Government), we decided to review one of our favorite activities (Lapbooking) by selecting that program.
TOG offers lapbooks for the Lower to Upper Grammar (but I suppose a lapbook-loving kid in the Dialect stage would enjoy it too) level students, to complete alongside the core program studies. Each year has 4 lapbooks available (you choose with one you are currently studying) or you can just buy the whole year. If you are not aware of what a lapbook is; basically it is a homemade book designed to take key components from a book or study, and condense the information into categories (which are placed into some type of mini-booklet, such as a matchbook fold, or flip-book) to refer to whenever the desire strikes. Because Lapbooks are naturally very hands-on projects, the necessary work it takes to build it, and research the subjects in order to fill in the various booklets-cementing the learned information into the child's memory-in a non-stressful, and fun manner.
We chose the Year 1, Unit 1 lapbook, which covers Creation to the Egyptians and on to the end of the Moses era. Most of the booklets highlight many familiar aspects of the Egyptian culture and Moses' life. I have our lapbook posted on my Scrap and Lapbooks Blog, so please visit to see what it looks like. I am impressed with the overall content, and appearance of it. I was relieved that it followed along the topics of study in which the actual mini-books were varied, and so were the various folds. The directions were easy to follow, and the booklets quick to assemble. The information you put inside of them is rather easy to figure out, but usually there was no additional pictures (for non, or reluctant writers) or material to place inside the mini-books. I ended up drawing many of the subjects (like the landforms) or found free pictures from the Internet to place inside (like for the 7 days of creation), or used stickers (Noah's Ark) but am still looking for some to use with the Flora/Fauna section. I am not really sure what is suppose to go in the tiny triangle for the Pyramids. Maybe I will find some clip are of the famous Giza 3. Overall it is a nice lapbook and worth the money-especially if you have several children who want to do it.
As an added bonus, TOG now offers these intriguing maps designed to follow the flow of the Tapestry of Grace program. They are charming and fun. One could download them for free to post as a computer desk icon, or print to make a map. They now have a company who prints them in poster sizes for your convenience. I find them to be nicely done, but frankly would not spend money to buy them. I prefer to spend our limited funds on actual atlases or maps that have a wide range of use. But that is my preference, so if you are a major TOGer-then these babies may be rather appealing to you.
for copying and making the initial lapbook (and poss. helping the littles)
for most of the required work
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Map of the Humanities Free Download
Map of the Humanities Posters prices vary $14.95-$24.95
$20 per Unit or $75 for the entire Year
comes on CD which you then print from (Printer Alert here-but not overly crazy)
or buy pre-printed lapbook kits (makes one) for $15 each
Be sure to visit the TOS Crew Homepage because my crew mates chose different levels and supplemental material to review.
**tapestry of Grace provided me with the free copy of the Year 1, Unit 1 Lapbook Guide eBook , in order to test and use it with my family, so I could write this review.