After last week’s comparison of Tapestry of Grace and Sonlight, this week I’ve been asked to compare Tapestry of Grace to My Father’s World . Both programs are classical Christian unit study programs that teach history chronologically; and both integrate history, geography, and Bible.
Both Tapestry of Grace and My Father’s World
- 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
- Include hands-on activities
Some of the differences between Tapestry of Grace and My Father’s World are shown below:
|Tapestry of Grace||My Father’s World|
|Weekly reading assignments and activity ideas||Daily reading assignments and lesson plans|
|Schedules many resources every week for teacher to choose from||Schedules fewer resources, but includes a large list of extra resources for a “book basket”|
|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).
||My Father’s World is a Complete curriculum provider and sells packages that include the history books as well as other materials. Suggested schedules are provided for all subjects.
|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 one 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. Each year plan contains plans for four different student levels.||World history is covered in four years. In addition, there are separate K and 1st grade programs, as well as a U.S. history program for 2nd or 3rd grade and a world geography study. The high school plans are being developed with 9th and 10th grade currently available.|
|Entire family can use the same year plan with different assignments for each of the four levels.
||All elementary and middle school students can be combined into one program with some modifications.
If you are seeking a classical, Christian, unit-study, history curriculum both Tapestry of Grace and My Father’s World are excellent choices. 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.