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    Breakdown of credits for starting in middle of Year plan

    Hello. I have dd that will be a freshman in the fall and our family is finishing Renaissance & Reformation in our history time period. I would like to move forward using TOG (Y2 U3) for the first time, but not sure how to assign credits for each subject as printed on The Loom. By the end of the school yr. we will be, God willing, at Y3 U2. Also, is credit given to American History too or is this curriculum only for World History, and I would need to expand on American History to get the high school requirement fulfilled? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

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    Can I tell you what I am giving credit for? I have a senior in the fall so I am at the end of detailing my classes and the beginning of the admissions intensive part of my high school experience. You may want to know: he's applying to fairly rigorous schools not all top tier, but schools that aren't known to be easy to get in either. I am trying to walk a line between doing what colleges expect and yet making clear our distinctiveness as home schoolers.

    On the one page transcript I need short titles that are quickly understood.
    Ancient History
    Ancient Literature
    Medieval and Early Modern History
    Medieval and Early Modern Literature
    Nineteenth Century History
    Nineteenth Century Literature
    Twentieth Century History
    Twentieth Century Literature
    Religious Development
    Ancient Philsophy
    Art and Music History
    Government Development

    As part of the course descriptions the college will get an overview of what Tapestry means the four year cycle through history. On the transcript the last four course are clearly marked as multi-year course. Although Tapestry give more than 1 credit if you do all four for all four years, I award only 1 credit for each because I believe that is more appropriate. (I never want an admissions officer to think my materials over state my child's accomplishments in comparison to students from brick and mortar schools. This would undermine the overall credibility of the materials.)

    The class descriptions make clear that US history is the focus of the last two years, but that it is set in context of world history. But to be honest, that level of detail won't fit on a 1 page transcript which has a lot going on already.

    My class descriptions are a place where I vary from the brief one paragraph descriptions you will find some recommending. I have no doubt that brick and mortar schools use such things. And I am well aware that in the average 15 minutes a college admissions officer looks at an application, they may well not be able to read my course descriptions in detail. So why provide one page ones? Because I believe they will read enough to see the depth of the program which is what I want to convey.

    Okay, finally, since some folks talk about the Tapestry buffet what do I cut? Not much. We do all the course I list above, pretty full tilt. We don't do geography through Tapestry so I don't include that as a separate course, but I have not cut lit or history or other materials at all.
    Pat
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    Hi,

    I would do the credit as follows:

    1 credit - American History 1785-1848, or 1/2 Credit for History II and 1/2 Credit for History III
    1/2 credit- English II
    1/2 credit -English III
    1/2 credit -Classic Literature of the Western World to 1800
    1/2 credit- Classic Literature 1785-1848
    1/2 credit- Writing II
    1/2 credit- Writing III
    1/2 credit- History of the Fine Arts II & II
    1/2 credit- Theological Studies I & 19th Century Philosophy
    1/2 credit- Church History: Middle Ages & The 1800's
    1/2 credit- Government Studies II & III

    Basically what I would do is look at the week-plan titles and the year-plan credits and just give half the credit for the assignment listed in each year. Make sure that they complete all the assignments listed for the full year descriptions.

    Ex. If they are doing a history credit they can't get a geography credit too, make sure they are doing at least 32 weeks of the reading assignments, complete all the government and church history assignments to qualify for credits, etc.

    I hope this information helps. Have a great day!
    God Bless,
    Sharon Land
    Curriculum Specialist
    Lampstand Press, Ltd.
    423-765-2833 (Option 3)

    We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. (NIV)
    1 Thessalonians 1:2

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    Thanks Pat for the insight and blessings on your diligence! This will give me a little confidence in moving forward with TOG since I really don't want to switch curriculum once my child is in high school unless it's absolutely necessary.

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    Yes, that does help greatly! It completely makes sense when you laid it out like that. Thank you so much Sharon! Just one more question to double check...the work needs to be done in Rhetoric and not Dialectic level to get credit??

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    Typically for the credit to be given the work must be done from the Rhetoric Level assignments. With that being said, there are students that have learning challenges and may need to have the program geared down for them a bit. They can receive credits by doing the Dialectic work but going by the Rhetoric guidelines.

    Ex. If they are doing a history credit they can't get a geography credit too, make sure they are doing at least 32 weeks of the reading assignments, complete all the government and church history assignments to qualify for credits, etc.

    I would only do this if the student is truly having learning challenges. Make sure you always adapt in those cases, but not because the student doesn't want to do his/her school assignments.
    God Bless,
    Sharon Land
    Curriculum Specialist
    Lampstand Press, Ltd.
    423-765-2833 (Option 3)

    We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. (NIV)
    1 Thessalonians 1:2

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