I thought that I was going to dive into Tapestry of Grace for HA this next year. I first looked into it last Jan and printed out all the samples to look into. I surfed around to find info from others who use it and more info on how it works. I gathered opinions, price lists, etc. I really like all that it entails and how multiple students can use it at one time. (Check out Trivium Academy for more good info on TOG)
And then we had Reagan evaluated and I came to understand that she, entering K this year, is going to walk a different path than Jefferson did (yeah, yeah - don't you veterans of multiple kids laugh at that observation!). I have found that it is going to take a more right-brained, time consuming approach to teach her the things that Jefferson just learned from 2 workbooks.
Therefore, I don't want to have to divide my time any more than I have to in adjusting to teaching 2 (VERY different) kids. Reagans phonics will require much crafty work and focused attention. Jefferson will be adding Spanish, a structured Bible program and possibly piano lessons (next Jan) in 2nd grade. Lincoln will be crawling (oi - what that will entail!! LOL) and Adam will be old enough (3) to want to be in the throws of it all.
So, knowing what I know about myself and how I get easily overwhelmed with trying to do it all, I have decided NOT to go with TOG this year. I think that it will just have too many choices for me and require a little too much to add to the other changes coming this year. Since Language Arts is still my main focus, I don't want history to throw us off or burn me out. Also, from what I know of TOG, we can choose to use it later when we are ready or when we have even more students to use it. I am a little dissapointed since I really like what I have seen in this curriculum. But again, I think I will just look forward to it for possible use later.
For this year then, we continue with SOTW 2 - The Middle Ages. I'm used to it, Jefferson enjoys it and we can use it at any speed that we want to. Thankfully, I can get it here in time to begin it on time this year too! Looking forward to it -we love history around here!