"It wasn't long after I opened my first Sonlight Instructor's Guide that I realized everything I needed to succeed was at my fingertips," writes Laurie L of Monroe, WA. "We chose Sonlight 14 years ago, and in June, we had our first graduate. We've had such an amazing journey, and each of our five children has flourished! The literature has been outstanding, and our times of reading aloud together have created many cherished memories. We've traveled to faraway places, experienced great adventures and wept at moving situations, all while snuggling on the couch or sunning ourselves in the yard. We could never put a price on the bonds that have been formed." Angelina (6, Core B) has been on her Sonlight journey for two years. Here, Mom and daughter share a Sonlight moment.
"Sonlight is not just our curriculum, it's our connection as a family," writes Leslie O of Noblesville, IN. "This was our first year with Sonlight, and let me just say, we LOVE it! Since our children are close in age, it has been such a blessing to combine them into the same Core. It has been so much fun to watch the close bond develop between them over the past year. With quality pieces of literature, the stories come to life! These shared experiences have developed a love of learning that will last a lifetime. And for that, my heart is thankful." Here, they share a favorite book (The Lion Storyteller Bedtime Book, from P4/5) at a favorite park. What better way to spend a summer evening?
"We were hesitant to try homeschooling, but once we heard of Sonlight's money-back guarantee, we figured there was nothing to lose," writes Karly W of Sherwood, OR. "It has since won us over and given us confidence to teach our children. We're now growing, learning verses, establishing a biblical worldview and tackling some harder issues – TOGETHER. I love that it's me and my husband doing all those things with them, soaking up our short time together, all in the same home. Sonlight was just what this mama wanted!" Curious kids Toby (5, Core A) Marcus (2) and Jack (3) enjoy a Curious George storytime with Dad.
"I'm heading off to college for the first time and can't help but feel a little jealous of my siblings, because they'll be doing Sonlight again this year," writes Kailey H (17, Cores 100, 300, 400 and 530) of Marshfield, WI. "My family has loved learning so much since we started using Sonlight. History became my favorite subject, and I consumed all the books in each Core. I'm grateful for the in-depth Student Guides that forced me to think critically and caused me to formulate my own values. I feel well-prepared, and the thought of writing a college-level essay doesn't frighten me. I know I have the tools to be successful." Pictured are siblings Luke (15, Core 200), Abigail (13, Core H), Hope (10, Core G), and Mark (8, Core D).
"Sonlight maintains a high standard, but presents information in ways that interest the kids, with hands-on experiments and beautifully illustrated books."
— Tanuja C, Southeast Asia
"Our kids have learned how to think logically and critically and how to teach themselves anything they want to for the rest of their lives," writes Robin H of Oconto Falls, WI. "It's like the difference between teaching a man to fish and giving him a fish. I wish many others could grasp how foundational the reading of great books is to a child's education. It seems very logical that language arts, reading and history are tied together. It helps kids learn when there's connection among subjects instead of compartmentalization. If I had it to do over again, I'd use Sonlight from beginning to end." Robin has used Sonlight for the past twelve of her nineteen homeschooling years. Her three oldest have already graduated with Sonlight, and she is savoring her last year with David (17), who is studying Core 200.
"There isn't another curriculum on the market that compares to Sonlight," writes Carol S of Acworth, GA. "After years of using so many different types of curriculum and being frustrated and confused, a friend finally turned us on to Sonlight. What a difference it has made for us! Our children, who didn't like to read, suddenly couldn't wait to read. Sonlight brings together just the right amount of history, literature and writing exercises and bundles it with an incredible schedule packed with everything you need to teach your children. I've always worried about my ability to teach my children without a teaching degree. Thank you Sonlight for lightening that burden. Everything I need is right at my fingertips." In their third year of Sonlight, Jennifer (17) reads to Jacob (13) and Jillian (12) from Core W.
"Being extremely nervous about taking on this venture [of homeschooling], the Instructor's Guide was what did it for me!" writes Rebecca H of Lindale, TX. "I needed detailed, specific instructions on what to do. It took all of the stress out of the day-to-day planning. Other homeschool moms were struggling with their own curriculums. They expressed stress, their children being uncooperative and on and on. And then they would ask me what I was using, and I would tell them about Sonlight. I almost felt guilty in telling them that we weren't struggling. My homeschool journey has been very pleasant and enjoyable." In her third year of Sonlight, Clara (6, Core B) reads to Mom, Dad, Kate (4, Pre-Kindergarten) and Canon (2).
"I have structure and direction with Sonlight, so we capitalize on every learning moment," writes Erin O of Amelia Court House, VA. "I often get pressured about my choice to homeschool. Thanks to Sonlight, I'm confident that I'm doing the right thing for my girls. I'm learning how to teach as well, which helps melt away the frustration and allows me to be a great teacher and mom. Through Sonlight, I've learned a better approach to phonics, and it has made a world of difference. What I love most is that I don't have to force my kids to learn." Hannah (5, Kindergarten Multi-Subject) and Gracie (2, Preschool Multi-Subject) love learning their letters and words outdoors.
"When we started using Sonlight, our daughter's [standardized test] reading score soared and our reluctant learner turned into a student with an unquenchable appetite for knowledge!" – Rachel K, Pocola, OK
"We love the ministry/spiritual emphasis Sonlight puts in its programs. The whole atmosphere in our home has changed dramatically!" writes Linda M of Honduras. "More than seven years ago, I felt led to quit a great job to be a stay-at-home mom. This curriculum plays such an important role. I especially love overhearing them during play, using names of the characters and parts of the world we've studied. Family members who were skeptical about homeschooling, which is so unusual in our country, are amazed at their skills and knowledge. I can't say enough about how much we love and believe in Sonlight!" After just one year of Sonlight, Aline (6), Aslan (3) and Grace (7), along with Mom, are addicted to literature!
"We have seen the truth of Sonlight's claim that children learn history better when they learn it in the form of a story," writes Jennifer W of Richardson, TX. "Because of Sonlight's Readers and Read-Alouds, our kids have a better grasp and wider knowledge base of historical events at the end of middle school than their parents did at the end of college (due to our [non-Sonlight] textbook-style memorization of facts – facts that were soon forgotten or muddled because they weren't part of a story). Vashti (14) mentioned that some of her friends hate studying history. She said, 'If only they could learn history the Sonlight way, they'd love it like I do!'" In her eigthth year of Sonlight, Vashti devours a biography from Core H that brings the Iron Curtain era to life.
"Sonlight has given us the way to provide a quality, personalized education at a fraction of the cost of private school tuition," writes Catharine L of Mexico. "One Sonlight Core is the equivalent of one month of tuition for three children at an average private school in our city. I love that Sonlight provides everything I need for the year in one box full of wonderful books. I never thought I would have the type of kids who beg to do school. But two weeks into our summer break, they were begging to start up again!" Here, Rebekah and Aliyah (both 8), and Becket (6) show off their geography skills. They are sharing P4/5 and Core B in their second year of Sonlight.
"Sonlight does the heavy lifting for the homeschool family," writes Jason N of Alto, MI. "They select quality books and rigorous studies for children so that the homeschool mom and dad can concentrate on the delivery of the lessons and plan family adventures that serve as a capstone to the curriculum-based learning! In 2010, we took our family on a cross-country tour of twelve national parks and monuments. Sonlight augments this real-world learning with wholesome, quality curriculum grounded in sound educational principles." Here, Mom smiles with Owen, Grace Ann, and Ellen, who were 9, 7 and 4 at the time. They had just completed their Junior Ranger badges at Devil's Tower National Monument. The N family is now studying Core G and Core B.
"Not only have we experienced the academic benefits of using Sonlight in our homeschool journey, we've also had the delight of watching this curriculum impact our children's character," writes Christy G of Joplin, MO. "When we began eight years ago, little did we know that the seeds planted by Sonlight's inspirational biographies and stories of diverse cultures would sprout up children who long to let God use their lives for His glory. Because of Sonlight, we're watching our children become more aware of the world around them, more sensitive to the needs of hurting people and more confident that God can, and will, use anyone willing to obey His call." Tatum (13) shares one of her Sonlight favorites with Josiah (3), AJ (5) and Greta (10).
"I appreciate that Sonlight is not dogmatic in its approach to education," writes Becky C of South Dayton, NY. "On the more controversial topics in science and history it offers different viewpoints and allows the parents to decide how to present them. Sonlight also sparks our daughters' creativity. After studying weather in science last year, Alena was constantly looking for opportunities to apply her knowledge in real life. Whether it was spontaneously building a rain gauge or being thrilled by a shower of hail, she turned into a budding meteorologist." Here, the 7-year-old uses a book from Science A to identify clouds. Her family has used Sonlight for six years.
"Sonlight encompasses all the ideals I ever hoped to achieve spiritually and scholastically for my children and provides the tools for me to accomplish those goals," writes Nancy R of Paducah, KY. "After homeschooling without joy for a decade, I was at a dead end. I approached a Sonlight mom for advice and made the switch. Last year we enjoyed our best school year ever and now own six full Cores! Not only was our school journey transformed, but our lives also, as we began to function better as a family." Here, Gantry (8, Core D+E) shares his Science experiment with Hayden (3, P3/4 Multi-Subject) and Gatlin (6, Core B).
"One of the greatest benefits of homeschooling with Sonlight is that it's completely versatile," writes Leslie H of Bella Vista, AR. "Whether you're the type of person who is bubbling with ideas on how to supplement your child's school day or you view formal education as unfamiliar territory, Sonlight offers plenty of ideas and opportunities to make your lessons come to life, and gives lots of guidance and support to those who need it. With Sonlight, you don't have to recreate the wheel; they've already done it for you!" In her first Sonlight year, Macayla (6, Core A) enjoys lunch, Ancient Rome style.
"This was our first year using Sonlight, and this was the first year with no tears, no fits and no tantrums! Thank you for bringing peace to our school."
— Mechyel J, Carencro, LA
Sonlight Bible study materials have been a great help in illuminating the treasures in God's Word. We love that God's Word is at the heart of all Sonlight curriculum. Although we tried a couple of other options, none were as effective in shaping wise and knowledgeable children of God and citizens of society. We're so convinced of this that we're planning to use Sonlight for the high school years ahead. Here, Dad and his favorite students dig into the Word with the help of Sonlight. Hannah (14) and Micah (12) are using Core 100 in their seventh Sonlight year.
"As soon as I saw Sonlight's Instructor's Guides and what awesome books we'd enjoy reading together, I didn't have to look further," writes Sarah L of Grand Rapids, MI. "My husband and I are teachers by training, so we understand the time necessary for good planning and a successful learning experience. As a mother, I also recognize that I don't have that kind of time anymore. I want to spend my days with my family, not planning for the next school day. Sonlight provides great books, incredibly organized and detailed lesson plans, the freedom to do what works best for our family, and the opportunity to teach our Christian faith." Mom and Dad here share the Good News with Lucas (5, Core A, Science A) and Carlos (2).
"I am officially convinced that Sonlight has the most fun science program ever!" writes Rachel C of Ontario, Canada. "Sonlight science encourages a curiosity about God's creation and a love of learning about it. It is perfect for our boys because it has a good mix of reading, worksheets, outside discovery and hands-on experiments. It is designed in a way that we can all do the same things together, and the teachers manual makes the lesson planning so easy." In their first year of Sonlight, Zachary (5) and Anthony (4) are quite proud of the seedlings they grew with their Science A program.
Sonlight is way more than a series of awesome books to read; it is the habit of sitting down on the sofa and digging into a good book and thoughtful conversations. These times pull our busy family together in spite of a wide variety of ages, interests and energy levels. I was hesitant to invest in a program that at first seemed like 'just books.' But the traditions and values of family time, discussion and critical thinking that our family has developed because of the encouragement I get from the Instructor's Guide is worth far more than I ever dreamed! Here, Ethan (10, Core F), Tristan (4, Core A) and Kian (7, Core F) squeeze in to hear Mom read a Sonlight favorite. They and 13-year-old Zara (Core 100) have used Sonlight since the beginning.
"Sonlight's literature-rich approach has helped our son stretch and grow beyond his own personal experience. Standard textbooks aren't designed to create a thinking human being. Sonlight does that, and more!" — Julie M, Erie, PA