What do we mean when we say that Tapestry of Grace is a humanities program that teaches students through integrated unit studies? To answer this, we need to understand what we mean by both “humanities” and “unit studies”.
The humanities are the academic disciplines focus their study on human culture. These subjects train students to read widely, think deeply, and write clearly, investigating and expressing what it is to live wisely and well. The humanities are distinguished from other disciplines such as the sciences (including mathematics) or the skilled crafts. Sciences and “the trades” are studied to prepare students for a particular profession, while the humanities usually have the aim of teaching students to think well, as basic preparation for a number of different professions.
“Give me a place to stand and a lever long enough, and I will move the world!” -Archimedes
At Lampstand Press, we believe that a study of the humanities gives students a sense of who they are — a place to stand, if you will — from which they can move the world. We approach the study of the humanities from a genuine, Christian perspective, personally convinced of God’s active role in the events of history. We encourage our students to think deeply about their worldview and to compare the worldviews of the cultures we study. By doing so, we trust that truth will become plain to them and that they will see the power, beauty, and glory of God in the events of history.
Integrated Unit Studies.
How does one find the time to study all of the different humanities disciplines?
In writing TAPESTRY of GRACE, we realized that the major developments in the humanities build on the events that preceded them and were influenced by discoveries in other disciplines. For example, literature stories give deeper insight into events of history, which occurred in the physical world studied in geography. Historical events were marked by the creation of works in the arts and technology, shaped by philosophy under the rule of government.
We use unit studies to deeply study world cultures, moving sequentially through time.
The Unit Study approach focuses on learning everything we can about one topic through the lens of multiple subjects, rather than studying different topics within a single subject. Because of this, the subjects are blended, and history, literature, geography, and so forth are studied simultaneously in the context of a broader story.
Core Subjects (All Levels):
- Church History
Unit studies generally stand alone and are non-sequential. But, in TAPESTRY of GRACE, we guide students sequentially through the timeline of history. While families can choose to study units out of order (and units do stand alone), we believe that so much is gained by letting each unit build upon the insights studied in the previous unit.
Each of our four year plans covers an era of history using four 9-week units.
Our unit study guides are integrated in another important way. All members of the family can study the same subject at once. Learn more about how TAPESTRY of GRACE supports whole-family learning.