Are you trying to decide between Tapestry of Grace and Sonlight? Both programs provide tremendous exposure to literature. In addition, they both integrate history, geography, and Bible and each is written from a Christian perspective. Here are some major items to consider in comparing Sonlight to Tapestry of Grace.
Both Tapestry of Grace and Sonlight
- Present history in the context of a Christian worldview
- Use Living books. What is a Living book?
- Include some books that are not Christian
- Combine history, geography, Bible, and literature studies
- Have helpful and friendly user forums and excellent customer support
- Provide curriculum for all ages
Some of the differences between Tapestry of Grace and Sonlight are shown below:
|Tapestry of Grace||Sonlight|
|Weekly reading assignments||Daily reading assignments|
|Requires more teacher planning||Requires minimal teacher planning|
|Lampstand Press sells only the TOG year plans. (They don’t sell any books or any materials from other curricular areas such as math, science or grammar).||Sonlight is a Complete curriculum provider and sells packages that include the literature books as well as other materials.|
|Classical curriculum using 4 year chronological history cycle||Not classical, can be adapted for chronological history|
|Strong emphasis on God’s providence through history||Great emphasis on missions|
|Includes extensive ideas for hands-on activities||Doesn’t provide specific ideas for hands-on activities|
|Each year plan can be used for each child up to three times (between 1st grade and 12th grade), but additional books are needed for each level.||Each core (year) curriculum package can be used only once per child, but can be reused with younger children|
|The entire program consists off 4 year-plans covering all of world history||13 different core packages (excluding 2 additional preschool cores) are available.|
|Entire family can use the same year plan||Students close in age can be combined in one core|
If you are seeking a history curriculum that integrates other subjects as both Tapestry of Grace and Sonlight do, the choice between these programs is a matter of personal preference. I have specifically NOT provided a list of pros and cons concerning these curricula, because the things that I deem to be positives, might be considered negatives by someone else. I hope this comparison aids you in your decision. Be sure to visit the above links to learn more about these curricula.