Notgrass History is a traditional text book history curriculum. The text books are visually stunning and laid out very well. It's been a few years since we have used this curriculum but we enjoyed the time we used it. They have excellent literature books that run along side the time period you are learning about. We used Notgrass History for middle school years. They have since added in elementary curriculum too. I have no experience with this so therefore I can't give any experience.
My children liked this curriculum and a wild collection of state quarters started during one of our years using their curriculum. The crediting they lay out for high school is very simple to follow too (something we moms of high school students appreciate!)
I've also heard Ray Notgrass speak at several conferences and was very blessed by his heart for the Lord, his heart to have children learn factual history, and his personal love of history.
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Tapestry of Grace is a wonderful history curriculum that serves up a feast of learning for the entire family. However, if this is your first year homeschooling or you get overwhelmed easily by a lot of options I wouldn't recommend TOG. I always suggest for first year homeschool families to pick a simple curriculum and though TOG can be simple - the experience of a year of homeschooling under your belt helps with handling this curriculum.
That being said, I personally use TOG with my family and we love it. We don't do everything because there is simply too much to do in a year and it's written this way on purpose. Tapestry of Grace is written to be a 4 year cycle curriculum, meaning every four years you start back over again. The curriculum is broken up into Lower Grammar, Upper Grammar, Dialectic, and Rhetoric Levels. History is taught through books rather than a text book and you will read autobiographies, history, historical fiction, and so many more books. There are books to be read as a family read a loud and there are books that each age group are responsible for reading during the week.
I love this curriculum because our entire family (currently in grades 6th, 8th, and 11th grade) can all be learning about the same time period but learning at their appropriate age level. We can then sit together at the dinner table and discuss who was learning what. Inevitably, what each has learned through the week weaves over the top of one another and they naturally learn from each other as we discuss together. Watching their discoveries as we discuss is simply beautiful.
Along with the books to read there are also map aids, writing prompts, vocabulary words, time lines, projects, art, and so much more. TOG is a very deep and wide curriculum and truly one of the best homeschool options for a family who want to learn together.
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