Sonlight Curriculum Review
Name: Sonlight Homeschool Curriculum
Price: (There are 2 Options See Below)
Owners: John and Sarita Holzmann began Sonlight Curriculum in 1990
Sonlight’s 1st Grade Product Overview (This comes in every grade and also has some electives along with some College Prep Material)
Your First Grade homeschool curriculum comes with a clear outline of world history from Creation to the fall of Rome. There are also Missionary biographies and literary characters that provide inspiration to follow God and live life according to His word. The well illustrated and age appropriate books of your first grade curriculum will have children learning in a fun manner, this makes it worth it right there. It also includes experimental science programs along with your choice of math studies, handwriting and spelling.
The Sonlight Instructor’s Guide provides your daily, book-by-book, subject-by-subject 1st Grade schedule. This is more than a guide but also a calendar. In each week’s organized lesson plan, you will find a good amount of notes and teaching tips to help you along through each subject.
Sonlight’s 1st Grade History, Bible, Language Arts and Reading
Each of these programs is included in your 1st Grade Full-Grade Package. You’ll have everything you need for your First Grader and have the flexibility to include other students by customizing your homeschool curriculum if this is something you will need. Spelling and Vocabulary are already built in to your lesson plans at this level. Spelling and vocabulary words are from the reading you do with your students each day, and this makes practice a natural part of your days activities.
First Grade Science
By using the Sonlight Science books you will learn about Animals, Astronomy and Physics all at grade level. This Science Curriculum is full of hands-on activities and filled with the supplies you’ll need to accomplish them. I think this is one of the more exciting things about the Science program, children would much rather be doing something, rather than just reading about it.
First Grade Math
The Math package comes with Saxon which offers the building blocks of a mathematical foundation and helps you teach your child concepts which will be a part of the ongoing review. For instance, first-graders will skip count by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s; compare and order numbers.
Sonlight also offers Sinagapore Math, and Horizon Math. This is one of the specific things parents appreciate, that they are able to choose which math program they will use for their children.
The daily handwriting practice is focused on verses from Scripture and students learn the traditional “ball-and-stick- style of print and a standard cursive hand. You’ll also appreciate the included full-color workbooks recommended for beginners. A Reason for Handwriting starts with lines and shapes, then moves into basic letter formation of both lower-case and upper-case alphabet. This program is built around a Creation theme and also includes an art component. This keeps your child interested and focused – don’t want to loose them in the middle of the day.
What Are My Options?
Sonlight Has 2 Options for Building Your Curriculum
- Option 1 – You can build your personalized program by subject, which can be used for multiple students, or
- Option 2 – Get everything in one recommended packet
- History, Bible & Literature – $489
- Language Arts – $57
- Science – $210
- Math – Horizon – $198
- Handwriting – $23
Full Grade Package – $824
High Quality – But Is It Right For You?
As you can see, Sonlight has a high quality Curriculum program which can be used for multiple students. At the same time, Sonlight may not be for everyone. For instance, if your child does not like to read alone, there may be an issue with Sonlight in the upcoming years. Children will be doing seat work on a regular basis and will be expected to be self-motivators. This curriculum is very involved and may not work for the first-time homeschooler.
This is a literature-based learning system that makes the subjects more interesting, not your basic workbook, take a test, and get results curriculum. It also focuses on a liberal arts and strong sciences emphasis that will prepare child to be a leader.
Sonlight does provide personalized help with their online advisors.
Along with placement tests, homeschool helps and articles that will help you make your final choice. I hope this helps you make the right decision for your family, only you know what your children are capable of.
The Sonlight Complete Curriculum is available at https://www.sonlight.com
Below are a few of Sonlight Products that can be purchased at Amazon for a much more reasonable price. You can purchase items separately and piece together what will work for you.
Sonlight Curriculum Core B Grade 3 Readers (Includes Language Arts, Schedule and Study Guide for Grade 3 readers) Paperback – 2012 Includes the following books: A Question of Yams; Clara and the Bookwagon; Brave Kids, Cora Frear; Jake Drake, Bully Buster; Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie; Prairie School; Riding the Pony Express; Secret Valley; The Chalk Box Kid; The House on Walenska Street; The Last Little Cat; The Long Way Westward; The Long Way to a New Land; The Paint Brush Kid; The Viking Adventure; Tippy Lemmey; Tornado
Sonlight Curriculum Core B Grade 2 Readers (Includes Language Arts for Grade 2 Readers) Unknown Binding – 2012 – All books needed for Core B Sonlight Curriculum Grade 2 readers including the Language Arts for Readers 2. Frog and Toad are Friends;Frog and Toad Together;Owl at Home;Hill of Fire ; Pompeii: Buried Alive!;Titanic: Lost and Found;Wagon Wheels;The Big Balloon Race;Mouse Tales;The Beginner’s Bible; Daniel’s Duck;Nate the Great;The Fire Cat;Greg’s Microscope;Frog and Toad All Year;Amelia Bedelia;Surprises;The Sword in the Tree
I Can Read It! Book 1 Paperback – Controlled-vocabulary stories, with real plot, action, and humor, engage your childs attention and interest. Reading lessons move your child through a natural progression of phonetic and spelling patterns. Easy to use. Includes I Did Read It! diplomas. Fun!by