You want to start your young children on the right track. You want to build a solid foundation for years to come. What do you need to teach them right now? That learning is fun!
Sonlight's Kindergarten homeschool curriculum does exactly that.
Open your children's eyes to God's fascinating world. Cuddle up with your little ones as you discover wonders far beyond your town borders. Introduce them to a wide range of topics and whet their appetites to learn more. Enjoy a very broad overview of world history and explore the way people ate, dressed and lived throughout the centuries. Get brief, picture-filled overviews of key civilizations of the world such as Ancient Egypt, the Roman Empire, the Vikings, Incas, the Ming Dynasty in China, Colonial America and Victorian England. Take extra time to look at music, art, homes, clothing and climate around the world. Your children will love to sit and pore over these books.
This Kindergarten curriculum sets the stage for future learning. Your kids develop a big-picture understanding that past civilizations existed and that people live differently throughout the world. This knowledge gives a framework for future in-depth study of history. This program also helps children start to see past themselves. Not everyone lives like they do! As children grasp this concept, they are more able to look at situations from another person's point of view and to relate to others who are different from them. They also develop a healthy curiosity about the world around them.
The books in this curriculum provide fodder for faith-building conversations. They present worthy heroes who display courage and honesty, who work hard, love their families and do the right thing. Let's give children some models worth imitating!
You'll also have science, math, handwriting and spelling built into your program or available as part of a customized package.
Sonlight programs use History as the foundation for your homeschooling curriculum. This history focus helps you see how what you are learning ties together throughout your home education and across all subjects. As you study history, you give your students an overview of key events of the past, as well as biographies of people who have made significant contributions to cultures and the advancement of God's Kingdom. All of this is powered by great literature.
Why literature? Three reasons:
These natural benefits that literature provides your homeschool experience make Sonlight's Kindergarten History program -- included in your Kindergarten Full-Grade Package -- an excellent choice for your school year.
With Sonlight, Science is hands-on and fun! You'll delve into an introduction to such diverse topics as Biology, Earth Science, and Physics. But you won't just read about these subjects, you'll encounter them with activities you can do at home with the materials that come in your science supply kits. Not only will you have all the little bits and pieces you'll need, you'll also be able to follow along as each activity is demonstrated on the Discover & Do DVD, which has become many children's favorite "movie."
Math is included in your complete Kindergarten curriculum. If you customize your package, choose from three unique math programs that cater to your student's needs. Horizon's Kindergarten math provides a colorful, hands-on, "spiral learning" approach. Singapore Math's Kindergarten program is extremely clear and offers strong mental math and practice. Saxon math packages is built on strong arithmetic and mathematical foundations with many helps for you to teach the concepts and review regularly.
Beginning in Kindergarten, we encourage you to instruct your children in the skills of handwriting through one of three prize-winning programs:
Your students can get more handwriting practice in their Dictation and Creative Expression assignments as they progress over the new few years.
Spelling is built into the Kindergarten lesson plans in your Sonlight Instructor's Guide. These spelling and vocabulary words are taken from the reading you do with your students and so is a natural extension of your homeschool curriculum. If you would like to add additional formal spelling instruction, choose from one of two spelling programs: Sequential Spelling or All About Spelling.
We recommend you use the included natural spelling and add one of these packages starting in third grade.
Your entire Kindergarten year is laid out for you in your Sonlight Instructor's Guide. These flexible lesson plans offer you a complete schedule, teacher's guide notes, as well as activity sheets and more. You have everything you need to teach your children with confidence from your very first day of school. Just open up and teach. If you are ever curious about how to improve your teaching skills, your Instructor's Guide provides insights and tips to help you get the most out of your homeschool experience.