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Christian Non-Traditional Homeschool Curriculum Review : Sonlight

DSCN6994HomeschoolingOne is continuing the Non Traditional Homeschool Curriculum review of four Classical and Literature based curriculum on the market.  Sonlight is the fourth of these reviews.


Sonlight


Sonlight is a popular Christian based literature curriculum on the homeschooling market. Sonlight offers a Curriculum Guide called Instructor’s Guide (IG) along with a selection of books and materials for each Core package.  There are packages for every age group. The Core packages are divided into historical time-periods with suggested age ranges.  For example, Core B is Intro to World History for a 6, 7, or 8 year-old.  The basic Core consists of the Instructor’s Guide, History and Geography books, Bible, Read Alouds, Readers, and Language Arts.  Many of the Core curriculums have a Science curriculum associated with a specific core.  However, this is an extra cost.  The parent adds math, science, electives, and handwriting.

If a student is in the Sonlight program for K-12, they will review World History and American History/Government three times.  The curriculum is easy to use with a choice of 4 days per week or 5 days per week schedule.   Sonlight combines award-winning books with reprinted previously out-of-print texts.  These are some of the best books.  A second grader would read Amelia Bedelia, The Sword in the Tree, and Greg’s Microscope with read alouds including Detective in Togas, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.  There is always an emphasis on missionaries and people, who have explored the unknown by land or by science.   The average 7th grader explores World History in Core G with an appropriate level of understanding into some of historical events in the difficult periods.  The 7th grader would read The Bronze Bow, Mara, Daughter of the Nile, The Phantom Tollbooth, and Leonardo da Vinci.  Even in 7th grade, Sonlight encourages parents to read aloud book which helps the student in diction and pronunciation.  The Core G read aloud books include The Golden Goblet, God King, and The Shakespeare Stealer.


Cost

Sonlight is expensive at first glance.  The Core B is $459 for 5-day program and Core G is $495 for the 5-day program.   The parent receives many books for their money.  For example, the Core G includes 40+ books plus the Instructor’s Guide.


Author’s Opinion


We have used Sonlight for 4 years.  My daughter is an avid reader and loves the books from Sonlight.  For the student who is a prolific reader, this is a great curriculum.  I do read the books and at times find something that we need to talk about before she reads a particular book. However, this is rare.  We add Math, Science, Latin, Grammar, Health, and Fine Arts.


The Bottom Line


This is by far the best literature based curriculum out there.  If you are looking for a Traditional or even Classical program, this is not the one for you.  Although the books can be used in a Classical program, there is not an emphasis on the stages of learning such as Grammar, Dialectic, and Rhetoric.  However, we combine Sonlight and Classical Conversations together very nicely for the literature portion of the comprehensive Christian Homeschooling program.


Summary


In the end, there are high quality diverse homeschooling curriculum packages providers that deliver terrific books, curriculum guides, and activities to make the homeschooling journey a bit easier.  It is so nice to know that there are Christians and Christian companies, who are willing to help you find that homeschooling package just for your student!  Have fun, relax, and enjoy the process of finding that right fit as you journey down your faith walk!



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