Sep 192008

We have been learning about the tabernacle in our Tapestry of Grace studies.

And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. (Ex. 25:8)

We built a model tabernacle to reinforce our learning and I think this was our most fun project ever!

model tabernacle

Our model

The altar and the laver

And thou shalt make an altar … and thou shalt overlay it with brass. (Ex. 27:1-2)


Thou shalt also make a laver [of] brass, and his foot [also of] brass, to wash [withal]: and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein.(Ex 30:18)

The tabernacle with the badger skin covering

Under the badger skins were rams’ skins dyed red


And thou shalt make a covering for the tent [of] rams’ skins dyed red, and a covering above [of] badgers’ skins. (Ex 26:14)

These items are found inside the tent.

The golden lampstand


And thou shalt make a candlestick [of] pure gold: [of] beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same. And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side: (Ex. 25:31-32)

Table of Showbread

And thou shalt set upon the table shewbread before me alway. (Ex. 25:30)

The altar of incense

And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon:(Ex 30:1)

The Ark of the Covenant

And they shall make an ark…And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about. Ex 25:10-11

Inside the ark were the tablets with the 10 Commandments, Aaron’s rod, and a jar of manna.

Here are instructions for the building the model tabernacle.

Sep 062008

We have had a fairly busy 2 weeks with our Tapestry of Grace (TOG) studies.  The topic of Week 5 is the Tower of Babel and Mesopotamia.  Week 6 focuses on the stories of the Patriarchs.  We were assigned chapters 12-50 in Genesis in one week!  Thankfully, we have the whole Bible on CD which we listened to this week or I don’t think I would have any voice left!


Last week we had our 2nd co-op meeting where we finished up discussing Egypt.  The UG kids made pyramids out of sugar cubes.


tapestry of grace year 1 weeks 5 and 6

My kids tend to be slow on doing projects so they weren’t able to finish them at co-op. They finished them last week at home.


They also painted their salt dough maps that they made at our first co-op meeting.


tapestry of grace year 1 weeks 5 and 6

My older son has spent 2 weeks designing a Royal Game of Ur game board. It’s 99% finished, but I don’t have pictures to share of it yet. My daughter made a model ziggurat which we downloaded from here. She also started a weaving project.


Finally, yesterday I decided to try the no-bake cookie dough map idea.  My younger son made a map of Israel.

tapestry of grace year 1 weeks 5 and 6

My daughter made a map to show Abraham’s journey from Ur to Canaan, to Egypt, and back to Canaan.


tapestry of grace year 1 weeks 5 and 6


My older son made the same map as my daughter, but he added flags to identify the cities.

tapestry of grace year 1 weeks 5 and 6

Everyone enjoyed themselves making and eating their maps!

Aug 132008

Yesterday we had our first Tapestry of Grace (TOG) co-op meeting.  We went over weeks 1 and 2 of Year 1 Unit 1 which is Egypt.  The day went extremely well considering all of us are new to TOG and co-ops of this kind.  We started off with salt dough maps of either Egypt or an imaginary country.

Tapestry of Grace Co-op

Tapestry of Grace Co-op

Tapestry of Grace Co-op

Next, we made mud bricks.  This seemed like a fun idea, but in hindsight it was really messy with not much reward.  Hmm, maybe that’s how the Israelites felt.


Tapestry of Grace Co-op

Tapestry of Grace Co-op

Then, after cleaning everyone up, we divided into upper grammar and lower grammar groups, for vocabulary, geography, and literature review and discussion.  Then another project.  The upper grammer kids made mummies out of clay and put them in a sarcophagus folded from cardstock.

Tapestry of Grace Co-op

Then we went to the neighborhood park for lunch and came home.  I was totally exhausted!  I hope I can get used to this.  I’m really glad this is just every 2 weeks!