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Welcome to Year 1

Tapestry of Grace™ Year 1 is your guide through the Ancient World.

Explore the Ancient World, from Creation to the Fall of Rome. Tapestry is the award-winning homeschool curriculum that uses the history of the world to guide your whole family through an amazing humanities education. Want to know more? Explore Tapestry with video introductions and free samples!

Week Plan Sample

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Want to see what a week of Tapestry looks like? Take a peek right now! You can turn the pages to get a good look at what Tapestry really looks like. Then, for a more in-depth trial, check out Go to Egypt, the free, 3-week sample that introduces and explains each section with annotations added by the author for moms exploring Tapestry for the first time!

Week Plan Sample

Tapestry works for your whole family.

K–3rd graders get opportunities for lots of hands-on projects, storybooks, and read-alouds. 4th–6th graders get more independent work and interesting chapter books. 6th–9th graders get in more challenging assignments that help them make vital learning connections. 10th–12th graders get worldview discussions that will help them to succeed in life. Dad gets a family that is all on the same page, so he can lead them in a single educational conversation, and you get confidence and help to take your family on the adventure of the homeschoooling journey.

Scope & Sequence

What does Tapestry cover? Quite a lot! Take a look at this Scope & Sequence Chart for a broad overview of topics covered in Year 1 of Tapestry... and remember, each topic is taught to your child at the learning-level appropriate for them!

Want more info? Check out the following helpful pdf documents:

Rhetoric Level Studies Grammar/DIALECTIC
History Literature Government Philosophy Bible Survey / Church History Beyond History
Titles Analysis
Unit 1
  • Creation and the Patriarchs
  • Ancient Babylon
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Israelites in the Wilderness: the law and the Tabernacle
  • Ancient Egyptian poetry*
  • Gilgamesh*
  • Ancient Mesopotamian poetry*
  • Genesis*
  • Psalms*
  • The following and tools for studying them are taught and used in many different weeks throughout the year-plan for story analysis, drama analysis, and poetry analysis:
  • Literary vocabulary
  • Structures
  • Modes
  • Topics
  • Themes
  • Genres
  • Devices
  • Techniques
  • Meters
  • Characters
  • Artistry
  • Plots
  • Settings
  • Style
  • Biblical poetics (theory of literature)
  • Worldview analysis
  • Historical literary movements
  • Authors' lives
  • God: the author of government
  • Egyptian Book of the Dead
  • Job
  • Abraham
  • Moses
  • Students survey the first five books of Moses, following the chronological order in which the books were most probably written.
  • Hands-on activities reinforce history and Bible lessons for these students
  • Geography threads include maps and activities tied to history
  • Historical fiction and picture books reinforce studies of ancient cultures
  • Vocabulary words given weekly for grammar students reinforce history and literature studies
  • Follow-up worksheets are given for books read as literature most weeks
  • The history of artistic styles is woven into history lessons. In Unit 2, a studio art thread is offered.
  • Grammar and dialectic students have Bible Survey follow-up questions and/or discussions
  • Weekly writing assignments are keyed to history/Bible survey
  • Many grammar students enjoy Lampstand Press lapbook products which parallel and reinforce weekly history topics
  • Dialectic students may choose to reinforce their work using time lines.
Unit 2
  • Ancient India
  • Ancient China
  • Ancient Americas
  • Ancient Greek cultures of the Mediterranean Sea
  • Israel enters the Promised Land
  • Israel's judges and neighbors
  • Ancient Indian poetry*
  • Analects (Confucius)
  • Ancient American myths*
  • Iliad* (Homer)
  • Odyssey (Homer)
  • Bible Poetry* in Words of Delight (Ryken)
  • 1 and 2 Samuel
  • Analects (Confucius)
  • Biblical government: kingship
  • Lycurgus
  • Buddha
  • Confucius
  • David
  • Bible survey continues as Israel enters the Promised Land: period of the Judges
  • Students follow the rise of the monarchy in Israel, culminating with David, the shepherd-king of Israel
Unit 3
  • Solomon's Divided Heart
  • Divided Kingdoms of Israel
  • Assyrians and the Northern Kingdom
  • Babylonians and Judah
  • Persians and the restoration of Israel
  • Persian Wars with Greeks
  • Classical Greece: Athens & Sparta
  • Bible Poetry* in Words of Delight (Ryken)
  • Trojan Women
  • The Frogs
  • Agamemnon
  • Libation Bearers
  • Eumenides
  • Oedipus the King
  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Solomon
  • Ezra
  • Early philosophers
  • Socrates
  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • After Solomon, Israel is divided into two kingdoms
  • Northern Kingdom (Israel) is finally taken into captivity by the Assyrians
  • The Southern Kingdom (Judah) is taken into captivity by the Babylonians
  • God allows captive Jews to return and rebuild Jerusalem as Cyrus, King of Persia, conquers Babylon
Unit 4
  • Etruscans found Rome
  • The Roman Republic
  • The Roman Empire
  • Life of Christ
  • Early church history in the context of the Roman Empire
  • Roman Empire is split; fall of Western Roman Empire
  • Aeneid (Virgil)
  • The Gospels*
  • Republic (Plato)
  • Republic (Cicero)
  • City of God (Augustine)
  • Diogenes (Cynics)
  • Epicurus
  • Lucretius
  • Epictitus (Stoics)
  • Paul
  • Marcus Aurelius
  • Augustine of Hippo
  • Survey of the life of Christ
  • Birth of the early church and Acts of the Apostles
  • Development of the early church: persecution of early saints at the hands of the Romans

*Indicates that students read selections from this work.