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
|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.