Note: Our family is no longer using Sonlight, but I am keeping these posts available for those who are interested.
Back in January, I posted about our first 6 weeks using Sonlight:
I thought I would take a moment to reflect on what an entire school year ended up looking like since a lot took place following those initial six weeks.
First off, I found out I was pregnant. Those of you who know me best, know that early pregnancy for me spells morning sickness with a capital M. Homeschooling during this time takes on a minimalist form. So, perhaps you are wondering how Sonlight stood up to this test…
I was able to easily strip down the Instructor Guide to just what I felt I could accomplish. Thankfully, the IG is already in a bare bones format, so it didn’t take much work to weed out a couple of things I just could not handle and make it work for me. When I say bare bones, what I mean is that Sonlight is not about “busy-work.” Your brain doesn’t end up cluttered with a million projects you “could” do or tons of information you have to sift through. The schedule is VERY easy to follow and VERY easy to subtract from as needed.
Secondly, we homeschool year round with periodic (and rather impromptu breaks). Sometimes this can spell disaster for homeschooling materials that are based on seasons or have ongoing projects that take weeks, or even months to complete. Could Sonlight hold its own in a very spur-of-the-moment family?
One of my favorite things about Sonlight is that as we run out the door for a long weekend or mid-week visit to grandparents, we can grab the next couple of assigned Sonlight books and my children have instant reading material for the van ride!
Lastly, I needed a curriculum that could speed up or slow down easily. Because so much interrupts our lives, it is easy to feel behind all the time. I had experienced this with other curricula and felt overwhelmed by the guilt that ensued. I wondered if Sonlight would be the same. Could it offer the flexibility I would need to be able to slow down and then speed up at will?
A+ yet again!
Because I could pare down the coursework to my liking and because there were no deadlines I *had* to meet, Sonlight made it simple for me to take 2 weeks with one week, only to combine a couple of weeks on down the road. This was especially true if my children happened to finish their books “early” (not uncommon in our book-loving household!)
I know the price tag seems steep. I know how long I stressed over those digits listed in the catalog. I know what finally pushed me over the edge was the fact I could send it back due to the Love To Learn Guarantee (otherwise known as the “18 week Test Drive“). But, in the end, I was hooked.
In fact, I was recently asked why I chose Sonlight over another curriculum. My quick answer is this:
Everything is in the box. I don’t have to search the libraries and scour the internet for extra books that don’t come with the curriculum. I have 5, soon to be 6 children, I need to focus on. Because of this, I streamline EVERYTHING. Sonlight is one more way for me to easily streamline our homeschool.
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