Both programs provide tremendous exposure to literature. In addition, they both integrate history, geography, and Bible and each is written from a Christian perspective. Here are some major items to consider in comparing Sonlight to Tapestry of Grace.
Both Tapestry of Grace and Sonlight
- Present history in the context of a Christian worldview
- Use Living books. What is a Living book?
- Include some books that are not Christian
- Combine history, geography, Bible, and literature studies
- Have helpful and friendly user forums and excellent customer support
- Provide curriculum for all ages
Some of the differences between Tapestry of Grace and Sonlight are shown below:
|Tapestry of Grace||Sonlight|
|Weekly reading assignments||Daily reading assignments|
|Requires more teacher planning||Requires minimal teacher planning|
|Lampstand Press sells only the TOG year plans. (They don’t sell any books or any materials from other curricular areas such as math, science or grammar).||Sonlight is a Complete curriculum provider and sells packages that include the literature books as well as other materials.|
|Classical curriculum using 4 year chronological history cycle||Not classical, can be adapted for chronological history|
|Strong emphasis on God’s providence through history||Great emphasis on missions|
|Includes extensive ideas for hands-on activities||Doesn’t provide specific ideas for hands-on activities|
|Each year plan can be used for each child up to three times (between 1st grade and 12th grade), but additional books are needed for each level.||Each core (year) curriculum package can be used only once per child, but can be reused with younger children|
|The entire program consists off 4 year-plans covering all of world history||13 different core packages (excluding 2 additional preschool cores) are available.|
|Entire family can use the same year plan||Students close in age can be combined in one core|
If you are seeking a history curriculum that integrates other subjects as both Tapestry of Grace and Sonlight do, the choice between these programs is a matter of personal preference. I have specifically NOT provided a list of pros and cons concerning these curricula, because the things that I deem to be positives, might be considered negatives by someone else. I hope this comparison aids you in your decision. Be sure to visit the above links to learn more about these curricula.
By Kristen H.