Only 35 more to go.
We started school last week, Tapestry of Grace Year 1. And this week is not a school week. We had some plans for the weekend and early part of the week that would have made a “school week” very rushed, so we will be completing Week 2 next week.
The first week went quite well. I was much more involved and accessible than I was our last school year and felt that it made the whole week run more smoothly. No one got behind (including me), and we had some great impromptu discussions besides the ones that were planned. Much of their studies are independent at their age, so it is really quite easy to fall into the habit of allowing independence in more areas. They actually don’t need this additional independence. They need interaction and feedback. This past week reinforced my underlying knowledge of this fact. Now I strive for the right balance of involvement, accessibility, and planned independence.
Our personal goals this year include improvement in time management, discipline, orderliness, and diligence. Amongst all this improvement, we want to continue to enjoy each other and life. My greatest goal this year is to abide in Christ continually. This year I want to be immersed in prayer and worship every day, every week. I want this passion in my soul to be catching. My children will mirror my heart attitude, so I desire for this heart attitude to be one with my Lord’s.
My son has already started on Week 2. He has decided to work ahead to have more free time during his school week. They will have this option throughout the school year as we take our many breaks. The plan is to always be working ahead, and never to be making up unfinished work. The plan is to have no unfinished work.
I am really excited about the topic of study in Tapestry of Grace Year 1. We will be intently studying the Bible historically. In the other Tapestry of Grace years of study, the Bible is continually referenced, but I love that this year the Bible is THE best history book available for this time period.
As Marcia Somerville says in her Unit 1 Introductory Notes:
The dominant thread for our study this year will be our survey of the Word of God. In Ephesians 1:3-10, we see the message that is proclaimed on every page of Holy Scriptures beautifully summed up for us:
Ephesians 1:3-10 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: (4) According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: (5) Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, (6) To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (7) In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; (8) Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; (9) Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: (10) That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
This passage, which ranges from the dawn of time to its final end, states the point and purpose of human history: to glorify God for His free gift of His Son for our sakes. Christ’s redemptive work for mankind on the cross is the pinnacle of history; all other events were either a prelude to or foreshadowing of Christ and His great work.
This passage also sounds the theme of all Tapestry studies: to look for the hand of God as, with quiet sovereignty, He workds all things in accordance with His pleasure and will to bring them, ultimately, together under one head, even Christ. It seems to me that each page of Scripture points to Christ and His cross, either by displaying or describing man’s sinfulness and his need of a Savior, or by displaying the greatness, power, mercy, and lavish goodness of our God.