"I am now regretting choosing Sonlight."
The Sonlight Curriculum Regrets review has been gnawing at the back of my mind for a few days now. The literature-based approach to learning has failed this child "miserably."
I can't argue with the fact that Sonlight failed this family. But this begs the question: Why? Why did Sonlight fail? ...or, perhaps more telling, what did Sonlight fail to do? Sonlight failed--because of such an emphasis on reading to your children--to get this girl ready for a first grade phonics test she needed to get into a private school. Granted, the review does point out that if you continue homeschooling, Sonlight may work for you.
So why is it that Sonlight may not prepare your child for a specialized classroom setting?
First, like all education options, Sonlight will not likely match a school's narrow requirements. Not because Sonlight is somehow academically inferior, but because the emphasis is different. Every transition from one schooling approach to another requires a reassignment of priorities.
If you are looking for a program that will cram testable standards into your child's mind in the first year or two of school, Sonlight may not be for you. Again, not that Sonlight students don't excel. If you want to see just a few examples of Sonlight students' success, check out this year's Scholarship Winners. It's important to consider the goals of the academic program you are considering.
This drops us back where we started: Choosing a homeschooling curriculum. Far more than what your student may do in the following year, the question to consider now is, "What are my goals for my child's education this year?"
Have your educational goals changed over your years of homeschooling?
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