A Year of Tales curriculum review

Curriculum Review: A Year of Tales

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Today I want to share with you the newest curriculum that I have chosen to use for the upcoming school year. I spent months trying to figure out what would be a good fit for us this year, and I even purchased two other curriculums before deciding this was the one. Here are some of the main things I was looking for in a curriculum:
  • Could easily work for both of my children (ages 5 and 6 and a half)
  • Gentle, life-giving, inviting lessons
  • Easily adaptable
  • Literature-based
  • Inviting Morning Time selections
  • Elements of nature study
  • Hands-on, beautiful, and useful activities like baking and handcrafts

I honestly thought finding something that would check off all my boxes would be a pipe dream, but I found it in A Year of Tales!

A Year of Tales curriculum review

Here is how the curriculum is described on their website:

A Year of Tales is a gentle curriculum for your young learner, from Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Focusing on literature and nature as a base, blending together the rich and imaginative tales from Beatrix Potter, and encouraging character and exploration, this curriculum will create a memorable year of education for both the student, and the teacher as well. The complete curriculum contains 22 weeks of lessons with additional learning included to expand the curriculum to 30 full weeks, if desired.

Each week you will study a new character trait, a Bible verse that encourages and instructs, read thoughtful and well-written literature, as well as a new tale by Beatrix Potter, expand your knowledge with vocabulary words to learn and a spelling list, introduce and learn to appreciate poetry and art, create beautiful and enjoyable handcrafts, as well as exploring nature and science together with a developmentally appropriate hands-on approach. You will also find opportunities to learn basic geography, as well as focused geography lessons for this curriculum throughout the year. Additional Bible readings on the character traits are shared for continuing your learning, as well.

Every Friday, you will break in your lessons for a very special tea and poetry time for review, connection, and remembering. At this time your child might give oral recitation of what they have absorbed and filled their hearts and minds with that week. A field trip recommendation is also given each Friday for bridging what you have learned in stories, resources, and creativity with what your child will find in the world around them.” - Lisa Wilkinson at A Year of Tales, emphasis mine

What really drew me to A Year of Tales was getting to know the person behind it. Lisa is a seasoned homeschool mom who is still in the trenches herself. She has learned through years of schooling and lots of curriculum what really works in a home education dynamic. I see this curriculum as a very full and rich menu. It has so much to offer that you can pick and choose what works for your individual child. I especially love that she offers elements to create an inviting Morning Time, including a character lesson, a Bible lesson, poetry, art studies, and fables. Here are some sneak peeks inside the curriculum:

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Lisa will also be releasing a preschool guide that I will be incorporating for my younger daughter. I am just so excited to get started. We will likely begin in August once we’re all settled into the RV, and I will share our journey along the way!

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5 comments

Hailey
Hailey

Hi! Did you get around to doing a full review on A Year of Tales?

Treehouse Schoolhouse
Treehouse Schoolhouse

Hey ladies, we didn’t complete A Year of Tales or use all of the elements, mostly because we were living in an RV at the time and I was pregnant, moving, etc. We enjoyed what we used though. I will write up a follow-up post when I can!

melanie
melanie

This looks awesome so I bought it, now I’m looking into getting it printed and I was wondering if you could advise me? It looks like this curriculum comes with both a “parent collection” guide? and something that looks similar (even has duplicate pages) called the “complete”… my question is do I need to have both printed as of course that’s going to increase the cost and I’d hate to pay for duplicates. I reached out to the company a few days ago but they haven’t replied. Sorry if it’s a silly question, it’s just curious to me that pages would intentionally be duplicated and becomes confusing when thinking about getting it professionally printed and possibly bound.
Thank you so much, hope this reaches someone who can help.

Jodi
Jodi

Hi! How did you like this curriculum? Did you stick with it? Pros? Cons? Thanks!

Lauren
Lauren

Hi, I looked and haven’t found a subsequent post after you were using this curriculum about how it went for you all. Did you like it? I am considering this curriculum to use with a 6.5 and 4.5 year old (I also have a 2 year old and newborn), probably using pieces from both the elementary and preschool guides. So, I am curious to know if you enjoyed it, if you don’t mind sharing or pointing me to a post about that.

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