I have never personally used Sonlight curriculum but everyone that I know who has used it has always told me how much they love it. In my quest to help you make informed choices concerning your home-schooling adventure I thought I would ask some home-schoolers who use Sonlight to tell me why they use it and then pass that knowledge on to you.
So…I put out a tweet on Twitter asking for anyone who has used Sonlight to DM me and we would connect so that I could get the 411…okay you get the picture.
I had two people respond with answers to my questions and I found their responses to be enlightening. I think you will too.
- The first response in my inbox came from Brooke McGlothlin who blogs at: www.brookemcglothlin.com. Brooke has been using Sonlight with her two little boys for pre-school, and is starting the kindergarten program this fall with her five-year old. The draw for Brooke was Sonlight’s literature-based approach. She also loves the Instructor Guides which mean less prep time for her.
- The second response I received came from Luke Holzman who was actually one of the “guinea pigs” for the Sonlight curriculum being that his parents are, in fact, the creators of Sonlight. (Nothing like going to the source!) According to Luke, Sonlight was the first home-school curriculum provider to use a literature-based approach. Luke’s brother and two sisters also cut their teeth on Sonlight so he feels it can work with any learning style. You can contact Luke and learn more about Sonlight at Sonlight.com. Luke does point out that Sonlight is not for everyone and recommends parents read the article “27 Reasons NOT to Buy Sonlight.”
When I was first starting out as a home-schooler, I found my best resource to be other home-schooling parents. Even those who had only been home-schooling a couple of years had information that turned out to be very valuable to me. I would encourage you to peruse the Sonlight website AND talk to other home-schoolers you know who have used Sonlight to find out their perceptions and what they feel are the pros and cons. I will note that, as you may notice if you glance at my sidebar, I am a Sonlight affiliate. I chose to become an affiliate because of the positive things other home-schoolers had to say about this curriculum.
Finally, readers, if you have used Sonlight would you take a minute to tell me why in the comments? What were your considerations when choosing this curriculum and has Sonlight met your expectations? What would you tell other home-schoolers who are thinking of using Sonlight?Print This Post