Pros and Cons of Sonlight Homeschool Curriculum

by Kaye

Interesting, Trustworthy Sonlight Homeschool Curriculum

Interesting, Trustworthy Sonlight Homeschool Curriculum

We have been using Sonlight homeschool curriculum for seven years now, going into our eighth. I have not found anything that excels it for interesting history. My daughter knows more facts than I ever did and often gets comments that she knows so much, she must be home schooled.

I know I can trust the content of the books (very important to me!) because Sonlight has already read and reviewed them. I feel the books chosen provide a well-rounded introduction to the world. They often have Christian over-tones but don’t cocoon her, starting her on a balanced Christian world-view.

I have found the English portion of Sonlight's curriculum to be a little hard to keep up with, but I think it is more that it doesn't fit with our style. I have extensively used outside curriculum for our English.

Science relies heavily on Usborne books and, if you get the Sonlight guide, you get some very good comprehension questions. We have had some great discussions that have resulted from some of the science readings.

Sonlight is a bit pricey, but it is because of the numerous books you get. I love the fact that all the organization is done for you and everything is scheduled so you don't feel lost. It saved me as a beginning home school mom when I didn't have a clear feeling of the direction I was going. I give it an A-1.

Kaye, thanks for sharing what you like and dislike about Sonlight; clearly the pros outweigh the cons! Every curriculum has it's shortcomings, but I like how you make the best of what doesn't work for you and your daughter. Blessings, Heather :)

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Aug 03, 2009
we love Sonlight too!
by: Kim

I totally agree with the post on Sonlight. We LOVE Sonlight! We use it exclusively for history. It's so helpful to have it all laid out for me. We don't read every single book and I don't feel like we are missing out for skipping some books. Even with skipping books, my kids read, on average, 10 historical fiction books a semester along with finding the places they are reading about on maps, doing timelines, and answering questions. We've recently added lapbooking/notebooking to coincide with our history and my kids really enjoy the lapbooking/notebooking.

Getting a program that lays out the entire year of history study using real books, maps, and timelines along with discussion questions and answers and summaries for moms to busy to read every book, is a perfect fit for us!

We buy the teacher guides and then borrow 90% of our books from our well stocked local library. It's a very inexpensive program when you borrow the books from the library. Even if you decide to buy the whole package, the resale value is very high.

Aug 12, 2009
Sonlight at Conventions
by: Luke Holzmann

Sonlight does not offer curriculum for purchase at the conventions we attend. We do this because we don't want you to feel pressured to buy on the spot and then lug around two huge boxes of books [smile]. Conventions are a great place to get answers to your Sonlight questions, peruse the great books and Instructor's Guides and get a feel for what the year ahead with Sonlight could be.


Aug 12, 2009
Updated Sonlight Info
by: Heather

Hi Luke,
Thanks for stopping by and giving us more insight into your company. Home educators can often feel overwhelmed at conventions, especially "newbies". Thank-you for being sensitive to this, instead of taking advantage of the opportunity; makes for happier customers, I'm sure!

Your concern over our physical well-being is appreciated too - no heavy books to lug around will eliminate potential back pain, stress, and fatigue for convention-goers! :)

Wishing you and Sonlight continued success,
Heather Gneco
PS I updated this page re: purchasing Sonlight materials at conventions; thanks for the clarification.

Aug 12, 2009
Another Sonlight fan
by: Heather

We love Sonlight too! This is the first year we've used it and I'm so relieved that I don't have to lay out my own curriculum like in previous years. The literature is wonderful.

Sep 17, 2009
My Kids Love Sonlight!
by: Jennifer

I totally agree with the comments! I have used other curriculums with my kids, they hated them! They were too restrictive, too many workbook pages. I love this curriculum because of the great literature and even my non-reader is enjoying all of the books. I agree that the language arts moves a little fast, especially for my kindergartener who is just grasping reading but, like some of the other comments we just utilize what we can from the books and other resources moving at our own pace.

It is also a great curriculum if you are traveling since it gives them plenty to read in the car during the trip! Adding field trips that are pertinent to what is being studied is fairly easy, too. We are just now finishing up year 1 of using the sonlight curriculum and we love it!!

May 16, 2011
by: momofthree

I just recently purchased the Sonlight curriculum for my kids, 3rd and 1st grade. I will be submitting my grades to a PSP group to keep our records. How did you grade your kids with this curriculum? There doesn't seem to be any testing.

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