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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
*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.
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.
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 :)a Rafflecopter giveaway
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