"The Learning Center has been such a blessing for us this year. It is Tapestry, only better! We plan to add History to our Literature courses for next year."

"I am very pleased. The Learning Center seems very organized and well managed. My daughter’s interest at the rhetoric level has blossomed as I had always hoped it would as she progresses through the teen years. My interest is in math and science, and I have found that teaching literature is not my strong suit! I am so thankful that you have filled my family's need has for a rigorous, thoughtful, and thorough Christian approach to teaching the great literary classics."

"We've had experience with online classes with other organizations and they don't hold a candle to the Learning Center."

"Getting ideas and information from the brain, down the arm onto the paper has been challenging for my son because he tends to be too detail oriented. I think this class has helped him tremendously. Thank You!"

"Well done. The critiques are excellent and take my daughter to the next level. She's growing as a writer but also in thinking so that she knows how to organize her thoughts and write them down. She's doing better at knowing what to say and then saying it."

"The class is fulfilling our expectations and then some!"

"Thank you so much for offering this. It's made a huge difference in my daughter's school year. She loves it!"

"Thank you for a great year!"

"Way to go, Learning Center staff! You have blessed our family so far beyond anything we thought possible when the school year started. We feel privileged to have been a part of this first year."

Q: Do teachers give and correct tests and determine grades for classes, or do they simply lead discussions, while parents correct student’s work and calculate a grade themselves?

A: Grading will vary with the class. Writing classes will give more feedback than history ones, for instance. We do not grade daily work, but we do offer a discussion grade based on class participation. Some classes will also give occasional quizzes.

Q: In Writing and Composition classes, do teachers grade as well as give comments, or do parents assign the grade?

A: For writing courses, the teacher provides feedback on papers and also offers suggested grades for final drafts, but final grades are at the discretion of the parent.

Q: Do students do some of the group projects, such as debates, which are listed in some of the Year Plans?

A: For discussion classes, teachers usually only cover the discussion scripts for each week-plan. While we do some debating in our classes as outlined in discussion scripts, we do not assign the larger group projects.

Q: What literature books do you use for dialectic and rhetoric Literature classes?

A: We only use in-print books suggested in the Reading Assignment Charts in the curriculum. While we may not cover all the books that Tapestry assigns, we do not add any books that Tapestry plans do not assign. For a complete list of books used in our courses please see the course descriptions or Bookshelf Central.

Q: What is Rhetoric Literature-Lite?

A: Rhetoric Literature-Lite courses use the literature cutting charts suggested by Tapestry of Grace as a basis to pare down the reading selections of the full rhetoric Literature program. Some of the Rhetoric Literature-Lite courses will also add in a few appropriate dialectic books to round out the class.

Q. Should my student take Rhetoric Literature or Rhetoric Literature-Lite?

A: Rhetoric Literature-Lite courses are designed for young rhetoric students who are ready to study the Great Books on the rhetoric level but would like to do so at a slower pace. One year of Rhetoric Literature-Lite or one year of beginning level rhetoric Literature is a prerequisite for our Rhetoric Literature classes. Older rhetoric students may opt for this class if they have never studied literature with Tapestry of Grace or desire a lighter load.

Q: What kinds of things do the teachers do to keep classes interesting?

A: We use polls, debating, a whiteboard, PowerPoint presentations, short video clips, breakout rooms, etc. in class to promote creativity and participation. Sometimes we also play games, such as a variant of Jeopardy. The software used in online classes allows for both variety and interaction between teachers and students.

Q: Are the classes recorded for those who have an occasional absence?

A: Yes, we record classes for students to watch when they are absent.

Q: Will you give completion certificates?

A: No, we are not a degree-granting or legal-covering organization. Our purpose only includes aiding parents in teaching their children at home.

Q: Will you require students to turn in answers for Accountability and Thinking Questions each week? If so, will you grade them?

A: No, students do not turn in Accountability and Thinking Questions.

Q: How am I able to quantify a grade for my student if you do not provide a grade for him?

A: We suggest various grading schemes for different classes.

  • We recommend that students who take our History and Literature courses use our published Evaluations as needed and desired, in conjunction with the LLC grade. These Evaluations give you one or more grading tools per week, but we do not suggest that you evaluate your student weekly; a more normative number would be two quizzes and a unit-end test per quarter.
  • In our writing courses, all assignments will receive high-level feedback as well as a recommended grade.
  • Teachers give class participation grades that parents can use to average with grades for written work.

Q: How do you handle absences?

A: We understand that you are a homeschool family and desire flexibility in your schedule. We allow one absence per unit, with a total of four absences for the school year. We also allow one dropped grade per unit, with parental permission. Many will use the dropped grade for a class that the student attended, but didn’t participate in for one reason or another (sickness, internet problems, etc). We find that many students who travel take class right along with them and don’t miss any classes. A parent should contact the teacher to let her know when any absences will occur. If a student will be traveling for any length of time, please contact each teacher for further instruction.

Q: How does the LLC handle Global Updates?

A: Tapestry of Grace is updated annually; these "Global Updates" primarily include updated pages from the Book Updates Charts. The LLC uses the Global Updates for the following school year. For instance, if the Global Updates are released in January 2012, the LLC will use them for books, assignments, etc. for the 2012 – 2013 school year.

Q: Which edition of Tapestry does the LLC use?

The Lampstand Learning Center always used the most current version of Tapestry of Grace. We require families to use the DE version of Tapestry so that they will always have the most current version available.