Tapestry of Grace’s New Primer Curriculum
I am very thankful to Tapestry of Grace for providing a digital copy of the Primer Curriculum to review. Although I was gifted the curriculum for review purposes, all views are my own. I never recommend a product or service that I do not fully stand behind. I promise to always be open and honest with you because I want the best for your family!
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when he said to me, “Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children.” Deuteronomy 4:9-10 NIV
The History Behind the Primer Curriculum
I love it when companies see a need for something and do whatever they can to meet that need. That is how Tapestry of Grace’s Primer Curriculum was created. They already had a classical curriculum for multi-aged students that cycled through world and Biblical history every 4 years. They saw a need for a preschool/kindergarten curriculum that would be a gentle introduction and historical overview. So, the Primer Curriculum was created.
Who Should Use Primer?
Although this curriculum was written for Kindergarten and first grade, I learned a lot going through it. There was plenty of new information, so much so, I could also include my third grader. We loved seeing how world history fit together with Bible history. If I had been taught that way growing up, I think I would have enjoyed history a lot more!
What Makes Primer Special?
The Primer Curriculum takes you through a chronological overview integrating world and biblical history. There is plenty for adults to learn too! This year-long curriculum is divided into 12 mini-units. Each mini-unit is divided into 3 topics. It begins with Eden to Egypt and ends with the present times. Though it is designed to be done in a year, you may take longer if you wish.
Each section includes…
- The Handbook which lists the threads, objectives, and assignments that include history, literature, memory, geography, and arts and activities. There are even suggested extension activities to do with Dad! It is up to you to choose appropriate math, phonics, science and foreign language.
- The Guidebook gives an in-depth explanation of the topics. This is where I learned a lot of information. This is for the parent, not for reading word by word. The best learning comes from the heart of the parent when they aren’t reading word for word anyway!
- The Activity Book was our favorite part. It included coloring pages with a synopsis of the stories at the bottom, mazes, maps, and more. There were also pages of story images that could be numbered to help students remember where they fell in the timeline.
- Love the Journey is a homeschooling philosophy book included with the curriculum. It is divided up for easy reading. That also makes it easy to concentrate and truly meditate on the information.
Fantastic Educational Books
Lots of great living books are suggested with this curriculum, but one of my favorite books are the reference books. You can find a list of all the books at the Bookshelf Central link on the Tapestry of Grace website. You can also find discounts there! Whether or not you plan on purchasing the curriculum, you should definitely consider purchasing some of these. I do love how the Primer Curriculum ties it all together though. If you, like me, are not naturally a history buff, it always helps to have someone else tie up the loose ends and organize it for you. You can do this on your own, but it saves a lot of time when this curriculum has done the work for you in advance.
Old Testament Days: An Activity Guide (Hands-On History) was our favorite. It puts a hands-on spin on the stories in the Bible. It is not just traditional Bible crafts. It goes beyond and helps you experience the culture of the time. You might make toys that are very similar to the toys children in Pharoah’s palace probably played with. You can also play a card game based on the hospitality customs of the time. I especially recommend this book if you have a little artist. It is fantastic for any hands-on learner, which we all are to some degree!
My Thoughts on Digital Curriculum
If you have never used a digital curriculum (like me), perhaps this will be helpful for you. You really have to think about how you like to study, learn, and teach. If you like to highlight and make notes in your books, using a digital curriculum may be difficult for you. Digital curriculums are often less expensive, which is wonderful, and needs to be taken into consideration. It may, however, be worth a little more money to have something in print. (I am SUPER frugal, so for me to say that really means something!) The good thing about Tapestry of Grace’s Digital Curriculum is that it updates automatically if the company makes any changes. It is nice to be able to not take up room on your bookshelf, but for me personally, it’s worth a little more money to have a paper copy. You could consider getting a combination of digital and print media to suit your personal preferences.
Our Family Has Been Blessed by the Primer Curriculum
We are thankful to Tapestry of Grace for letting us review a copy of the Primer Curriculum. It has been a blessing to our biblical and historical understanding, as well as a lot of fun. If you think this might be a good fit for your family, try a sample of their curriculum now.
What do you look for in curriculum? Does Primer sound like a good curriculum for you?