Hayley and I are diving right into the meaty, scary topic of homeschooling high school! In this inaugural episode of Homeschooling with Grace, I have a slew of questions for how Hayley is utilizing Tapestry of Grace in her homeschool with her high school Sophomore and 6th grader, along with her future plans for ToG, how she organizes her year, and how she overcame her own objections to stepping into this often daunting curriculum. I’ll also share my insights as a first time user of ToG with a high school freshman.
This first episode is a big one (almost an hour long!). We recommend that you download it and listen in bites. We hope you’ll enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of our talk, ignore our kids in the background, and be blessed by Hayley’s wisdom and experience!
Let’s get to it!
Show Notes + Sections:
0:33 Who is Hayley?
1:10 Hayley’s Homeschool Philosophy and Background
3:10 Finding Tapestry of Grace and taking the leap!
4:10 What made ToG so appealing to you?
7:00 Including secular reading in your homeschool
8:45 Choosing where to begin (year)
11:30 Choosing where to begin (level: Rhetoric vs Dialectic)
16:00 Encouragement when you have a freshman in rhetoric
18:00 Annual Planning Process
21:00 Mitigating expenses
22:30 Using Bookshelf Central
23:00 Book buying hack
25:00 Field Trips
26:00 Overcoming overwhelm and objections
29:40 The beauty of the teacher notes
31:44 Planning and prep on a weekly basis
33:40 Tackling the long rhetoric discussions
34:15 Mom’s weekly reading and using the teacher notes
35:42 Delightful surprises from using ToG: discernment and connection
38:50 What to do when your child is struggling with the discussions
41:40 Having that amazing “ah-ha” moment as a Classical educator
42:15 Focusing on the dialectic stage and using it as a family long-term
43:30 Using ToG with a child who isn’t a strong (or happy) reader
47:00 Using ToG with young children
48:00 Large age gap in the family/beauty of the Tapestry
50:50 Closing Thoughts/ Getting off the fence
51:45 Spirit-Led Homeschooling