Props first to Katrina, whose dedication to figuring out home schooling is admirable and lovely to encourage. It was her idea to see TOG as a skeleton, so I have borrowed from her to share with you today.
If you liken TOG to the skeleton I would say that TOG allows me to work on which member of the body needs exercise. In other words, sometimes, TOG flexes the feet of history (geography); the hands (activities); the mouth (literature and original works); the head (history); the body (church history); the legs (history in depth). Each is an important member, and the body of humanities cannot be whole without the other.
On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 1 Corinthians 12:22-26I find TOG also allows me to work on the spiritual bodies of each of my children, as they are different members in the body of Christ, I can use the body of TOG to refine their purpose in our home and hopefully, refine their purpose in the body of Christ, but always keep us in a place of agreement (if you will) since we're on the same page.
Iron sharpens iron,When you become comfortable with TOG, you realize it is a powerful tool, but that it remains just.a.tool to help you accomplish your goals in your school and family. Initially, it does take over, particularly at the Dialectic stage and beyond, but then you realize, that's because you're not just doing history, you're exercising the body of humanities. Then, as all things have a dual manifestation (in the natural and spirit), by allowing yourself a longer workout, the strength and endurance you pursue will be evident in the prevailing sharpness.
So one man sharpens another. He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit,
And he who cares for his master will be honored. Proverbs 27:17-18