How it works

Have you ever visited a city or museum on your own, and then later with a guide?

If you have, you know what we mean when we say that a guided tour is both more meaningful and easier. Tapestry makes the homeschool journey more meaningful by pointing out areas of interest and give you the background stories that put what you're seeing in context. It's easier because Tapestry plans your route and leads you through it. You don't have to be distracted by wrong turns, or concerns that you'll miss important educational sights. Here's how it works...

The Structure of Tapestry:

Year Plans

4 year-plans

Tapestry takes the story of history and divides it into four studies called "year-plans," each of which spans a specific era of history. Each year-plan is designed to be completed in one school year. Year 1 covers the Ancient World. Year 2 covers the Medieval World through the American Revolution. Year 3 covers the 1800’s. Year 4 begins in 1900 and ends with current events.


4 units per year-plan

Every year-plan consists of four quarters, called "Units." You can start your Tapestry studies with any unit — even in the middle of a year-plan! With any purchase of a unit, you’ll also receive the Loom: a digital collection of important and useful documents that don’t belong in any one specific week-plan, but are helpful throughout the whole unit or year-plan, such as introductions, grading sheets, extra printable pages, and much more.

Week Plans

9 week-plans per unit

Each unit contains 9 "week-plans." A week-plan is a plan of study for one typical school week, based on the pace of a high school student covering all of world history, literature, church history, government, philosophy, and arts over 4-years. Week-plans are the actual reading, writing, and thinking assignments, as well as tools and teacher helps that your family will use to teach and learn from week to week. They contain what you need in order to plan studies for all ages in history, writing, geography, literature, church history, government, philosophy, and arts.

Parts of a week-plan

Threads are designed to provide teachers with the main emphases of the week-plan. They offer objective goals for the week so that you are assured that you’ve covered the right amount of information for the week.

Reading Assignments give all students reading about the same historical topic, but use resources specially chosen for their reading ability and level of comprehension.

Weekly Overview show the student his options at a glance. They are written to the students to encourage independent planning, but you are the teacher and will be able to guide the choices each week.

Writing Assignments are on 12 learning levels that correlate with normal grade levels. You can mix and match, jumping between levels, weeks, and units. More choices mean total flexibility!

Student Activity Pages provide worksheets, questions, or other assignments for your student. You can help him choose wisely so that he will learn through a variety of modalities — visual, tactile, or auditory.

Pageant of Philosophy helps you prepare your students to confront other worldviews in life. Over the four years of rhetoric-level studies, you can survey major philosophies throughout history in a fun play format.

Teacher's Notes are where we supply detailed information by subject. Learn in summary what your children read about in detail so that you are in the know, and can teach with minimum preparation time.

Supplements contain bonus information. They can contain anything from in-depth articles to extended project instructions and are not included in every week-plan.


Supplements can make the journey easier. In addition to Tapestry, Lampstand Press has created Supplements. These products are written to go hand-inhand with Tapestry of Grace, and make your family's homeschool experience more streamlined and enjoyable. These optional purchases can be a great investment; many moms find they significantly reduce planning and preparation time, so they can do what they really care about — teach their kids.

Pop QuizPOP QUIZ offers 15-minute audio tracks, which summarize what students are studying each week of Tapestry, as well as question cards spark great conversations.

GovernmentKEY DOCUMENTS IN GOVERNMENT STUDIES is a collection of Rhetoric government assignments that keep you from having to hunt them up online!

Map AidsMAP AIDS is a geography supplement that provides an easy-to-print PDF of every map and answer key assigned in Tapestry.

EvaluationsEVALUATIONS offer history tests and quizzes, unit-end exams, year-end exams, and answer keys for Tapestry.

Writing AidsWRITING AIDS is a writing handbook that covers every writing genre assigned in Tapestry with explanations, direction, grading helps, and graphic organizers.

LapbooksLAPBOOKS are activity folders made of colorful booklets, which reinforce learning in a fun new way! Assemble from pre-printed kits or print for yourself.

Year 2 Shorter Works AnthologyYEAR 2 SHORTER WORKS ANTHOLOGY is a printable collection of hard-to-find Year 2 Rhetoric literature assignments, which include useful annotations and author introductions.

Bookshelf Central

Resource Books

Tapestry of Grace is a book-based curriculum, so don’t forget the books. Visit the website of our sister company, Bookshelf Central. Here you can see a customized booklist for your family, purchase Tapestry assigned books at competitive prices, and see our recommendations for other subjects as well.