Monday, February 1, 2016

Tapestry of Grace: Primer (Review & Giveaway Expired)

Sponsored Post: I was provided a complimentary copy of this curriculum by Lampstand Press in exchange for an honest review.  All ideas expressed here are my own. This post may contain affiliate links. Thanks for supporting my site!


This month, there are many things to celebrate!  Not only is Valentine's Day, my Mom's birthday, and husband's birthday this month, but today my sweet puppy turns six years old!  I also made my blog public, two years ago this month.  I went from 250 pageviews to almost 80k in just 2 years.  It took much work, but to God be the glory in all of this.  I have been able to network and make many professional acquaintances, and also develop friendships.  Thank you to all who have supported me and my family not only on this homeschool journey, but also our blogging journey.

 Happy Birthday, sweet girl :)

Tapestry of Grace:Primer is a wonderful Christian, homeschool curriculum designed for students in Kindergarten to first grade.  It is an introduction to the full Tapestry curriculum, which is offered for students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade and to be used for multiple age levels at the same time.  This curriculum makes it ideal for homeschool use as it can be used for different levels, but it also is for learning together as a family.

Tapestry of Grace:Primer is used to ingeniously incorporate Biblical history and stories into what was going on around at the same time in history.  History, geography, literature, and the arts are taught while learning about Biblical characters and morals simultaneously.  In other words, the subjects are not broken down into separate subjects like most mainstream curriculum.  For example, the first few weeks is spent learning about Abraham, Issac, Jacob and Joseph while learning about what it meant to be a slave in ancient Egypt.  It is fascinating that your five to six year old child will be learning about ancient Egypt! A subject that is not taught usually until high school.
Tapestry of Grace:Primer comes with four different components:

Primer Handbook
This is a set of instructions and weekly lesson plans broken down into 3 week mini units. (12 mini units total so this would be a 36 week curriculum) It gives parents a checklist of things to go through for the assignments and what objectives are to be taught.  This is where the books, supplies and tools are needed to do the study. You can click here or on the picture below to download a free copy of the first mini unit on Eden to Egypt. 

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Primer Guidebook
This guidebook corresponds to each mini unit and gives the parent a breakdown of what will be discussed and learned. Each chapter for each of the mini units is only a few pages, but describes the principles, stories and characters to adults.  This is awesome if you have little to no Biblical knowledge but are looking to learn, and also there are a few things pointed out to those who do have Biblical knowledge.  It helps to prepare for understanding the lesson for that week. 

Love the Journey by: Marcia Somerville:
This is a book written by a homeschool Mom who graduated 6 homeschooled children, who are now adults.  It is written with the intent of encouraging new homeschool Moms, but it also spoke to me and this is my third year homeschooling.  It is written beautifully from a Titus 2 standpoint on how to live Proverbs 31.   I had the pleasure of reading this over the Christmas holiday last year, and it was so refreshing to hear the encouragement.

It's not easy being a homeschool Mom.  You are not understood  on why you do the things that you do.  This book is written by someone who more than understands, and lets you know you can do this!  It is definitely an amazing book to read, even if you are not a homeschool Mom.  She shares some life stories, and many ways on how to be the mother and wife of your home.

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Primer Activity Books:
These are 12 mini unit activity books that have coloring pages, maps, puzzles, and interactive sheets for children.  My boys greatly enjoyed using these, while my husband read the Biblical stories for that week.  By clicking on any of these pictures, you can access free sample downloads of the Primer Activity Books, Love the Journey, Primer Guidebook, or Primer Handbook.

Tapestry of Grace: Primer
 *There is also an additional supplement called Primer: Big Story Game, but this is not included in the curriculum or in the giveaway below.  This is a separate purchase but looks like a fun, learning  game to go with the curriculum*

My family and I enjoyed this curriculum tremendously!  We are actually going to be purchasing the next step after Primer, which is called Year 1.  We studied Biblical stories together, and also learned amazing facts about history.  It was on a level we could all easily understand, and so enriching that we couldn't wait to find out what the next thing we were learning about was!  It is an outstanding curriculum for a homeschool family, because you all get to learn together.

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The lesson plans in Primer also helped me to stay focused on our other areas of homeschool learning.  This curriculum does not come with a math, phonics, or spelling program but because everything was laid out so nicely for the week, it helped me to make sure I focused on these areas as well.  It does have a bit of Science learning, as you learn about different types of animals, plants, and minerals of ancient days.  We also had a wonderful lesson on anatomy learning about Adam and Eve, because my sons asked where our rib cage was located on our bodies.  There is memory work involved, and I used that for not only memory work, but also writing practice.

If you would like to see how we implemented these studies, please click on the links below to check out our weekly lessons since using Primer:



If you are interested, there are two ways to purchase Primer.  The first is to get the package with Primer Activity Books, Love the Journey, Primer Guidebook, and Primer Handbook.  The other is to get this package, and then order the books needed to complete the lessons through BookShelf Central.  I was able to borrow many of the books needed for the lessons from my local library, and I opted to purchase some of them from the book store because we enjoyed them so much. I liked the flexibility in being able to choose.

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 The boys making salt dough ornaments, and then painting them for Week 20. (mini unit 1, lesson 3)

Thanks for stopping by to read my review, and thank you to Lampstand Press and Christy in allowing me to review this awesome curriculum!  One winner of this giveaway will receive one curriculum package of Primer that will include Primer Activity Books, Love the Journey, Primer Guidebook, and Primer Handbook.  The giveaway is open to residents of the United States.  It will open on February 1, 2016 and will close on February 13, 2106 at 11:59 pm.  Winner will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter form.  Best of luck to all who enter :)
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Blessings,

Kelly

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52 comments:

  1. What a great giveaway! We've considered this curriculum, so we'd love to win and try it out!

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! If you click on the links above, it will direct you to their website and you can download the first 3 weeks of lessons for free. Best of luck in the giveaway and thanks for commenting :)

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  2. This would be for my daughter, Katie. She's 5 right now, and this sounds like it would be great for her next school year.

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    1. Very cool, Shecki! It is a wonderful curriculum. Thanks for commenting and best of luck in the giveaway :)

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  3. I have always loved this curriculum and would love to win this for my son and daughter!

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    1. Hi, Christina! It is such an awesome curriculum! Best of luck to you in the giveaway and thank you for commenting :)

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  4. If I won this, I would use it with one of my daughters.

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    1. Very cool, Sara! Thanks for commenting and best of luck in the giveaway :)

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  5. I would be using this with my K or 2nd grader. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    1. Very cool, Miranda! Thanks for commenting and best of luck in the giveaway :)

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    1. Very cool, Jennifer! Thanks for commenting and best of luck in the giveaway :)

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  7. This sounds like a great curriculum. Thanks for linking up at Family Joy Blog Link up Party. I hope we see you next week. :)

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    1. It has been such a blessing to our family, Charlene. I'm so glad you stopped by from Family Joy blog Link Up Party! Thanks for commenting and hope you have an amazing week :)

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  8. This sounds like a wonderful curriculum and a great Giveaway!!!!! Thanks for sharing at Together on Tuesdays! Hope you have a wonderful turnout :)

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    1. Thanks for hosting Together on Tuesdays, Lisa! It is an extraordinary curriculum, and I am so blessed to not only get to review one but also give one away! Thanks for commenting and hope you are having an awesome week :)

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  9. This sounds really good for homeschool mamas. Thank you for sharing with us at Sitting Among Friends and bringing different aspects to my blog community.

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    1. Hi, Jaime! It is an awesome curriculum! Hoping it might be a blessing to someone in your blog community. Thanks for commenting and hope you have an amazing weekend :)

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  10. I think I would use it with my K student and maybe have my 2nd grader tagging along. We want to use Tapestry but I am just a little overwhelmed by it.

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    1. Very cool, Lexi! It can be a bit overwhelming at first, but it has actually helped me stay organized with the rest of our subjects in our homeschool week. You can also go at your own pace. Lesson 5 had so much fun stories and activities that we decided to split it into 2 weeks. Thanks for commenting and best of luck in the giveaway :)

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  11. Excited for this raffle. We plan on using it for our eldest son who will be in kindergarten next year and his 2 younger brothers after that.

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    1. That is wonderful, Travis! Thanks for commenting and I wish you all the best of luck in the giveaway :)

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  12. Thanks for the info! Originally I had been planning on starting Tapestry of Grace Year 1 with my son for his kindergarten year this fall. Then I discovered the Primer and I think that might be a better fit for us, since we have two younger busy boys and are still building our family.

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    1. Hi, Stephanie! Very cool, I think the Primer would be perfect for your family and the ages of your children. Thanks so much for commenting and best of luck in the giveaway :)

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  13. I would use this for my 5 year old. Looks great!

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    1. Very cool, Sandy! Best of luck in the giveaway and thanks for commenting :)

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  14. My 5 year old son, Silas, would love this! Thanks for the chance to win.

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    1. Very cool, Megan! Thanks for commenting and best of luck in the giveaway :)

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  15. This looks so cool . I would use it with my 5yo Caleb

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    1. Very cool, Chelsea! Thanks for commenting and best of luck in the giveaway :)

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  16. I have been praying about what to do for our next year of homeschooling and stumbled on TOG. I feel like it's everything that I've been wanting in a curriculum! Primer would be a perfect fit for my soon to be 1st grader and K4 kiddos!

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    1. Very cool, Megan! Best of luck in the giveaway and thanks for commenting :)

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  17. I didn't enter because my little guy is a 2nd grader but this sounds like a wonderful curriculum! Just wanted to come by and say thanks for linking up at the Sunday Giveaway Linky!

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    1. Hi, Tabitha and thanks for stopping by from Sunday Giveaway Linky! I appreciate you leaving a comment! Hope you have a wonderful week :)

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  18. Awesome - I'm hoping to run into her at Teach Them Diligently this year

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    1. Very cool, Kelli! Did you get a chance to read her book? It is outstanding! Thanks so much for commenting and best of luck in the giveaway :)

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  19. I would use this for me 5 year old son!

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    1. Very cool, Angie! Thanks for commenting and best of luck in the giveaway :)

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  20. I will be using this for my son and daughter! Thanks again for having this giveaway!!!!

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    1. Hi, Myhomeofmanyblessings! Best of luck in the giveaway and thanks for commenting :)

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    1. Very cool, jean602. Thanks for commenting and best of luck in the giveaway :)

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  22. This looks like such a fascinating curriculum! Very cool... not entering because I don't have munchkins to use it with at the moment, but definitely pinning and tweeting! Thanks for sharing at #FridayFrivolity!

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    1. Hi, Sarah and thanks for hosting #FridayFrivolity! You are awesome for sharing! Thanks so much and hope you have an awesome weekend :)

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  23. im homeschooling a friends child and will use this with her

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    1. Very cool, Molli! Thanks for commenting and best of luck in the giveaway :)

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  24. I'd love to try this out with my children!

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    1. Very cool, Kristyn! Thanks for commenting and best of luck in the giveaway :)

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  25. Sounds like a great resource. Thank you for sharing with #TheCozyReadingSpot

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    1. Thanks for hosting #TheCozyReadingSpot, Marissa! It has been awesome for our homeschool studies. Thanks for leaving a comment and hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

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  26. First of all, I love the picture of your husband working with your boys. Precious! Secondly, I've heard such great things about this curriculum and would love to give it a look sometime. It's so hard to switch when you're already into one curriculum! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!
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    1. Thank you, Tina! I know what you mean. It is hard to switch once you are using something already. They have the first 3 weeks of lessons for free on their site, so when you are just about done the one you are working on, see if it may be a good fit for your next curriculum. We have been enjoying it so much! Thanks for commenting and for hosting Booknificent Thursday! Hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

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