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  • Title: Eastern Hemisphere
  • Age Range: 10-13
  • Grade Range: 5-8
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Journey across the mysterious East and glimpse God's heart for the world

  • Explore ancient and complex societies where 90% of the world's unevangelized peoples live.
  • Teach like a pro: your complete lesson plans, materials and teaching tips are waiting for you. Just follow along!
  • Gain courage and compassion from inspiring biographies and gripping stories.
  • Meet Mother Teresa, brave explorers, and typical families who live on the other side of the world.
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When asked which program is their favorite, some Sonlight customers vote for almost every one of the Sonlight programs. But usually, Sonlight F gets more votes than the rest.

Unique in feel among all the Sonlight programs, Sonlight F studies non-Western cultures. Rather than studying history chronologically, as we do in our American and World History programs, F is a cultural study that focuses on several less-studied countries, regions, and continents.

One of our passions is the "10/40 Window," the band on a map that extends between 10 and 40 degrees north of the equator and stretches from West Africa in the west to Japan in the east. Incredibly, about two-thirds of the world's population live in this small band. This area lacks access to the gospel (many governments are hostile to the story of Jesus); many of the people live in extreme poverty; many live without access to medical care and access to education.

It is very difficult to pray for God to be at work when we know nothing about where we want God to be at work. It is, perhaps, difficult to feel called to "go" if you know nothing about the need to which you might be called. And how can we be anything but narrow-minded and focused on the West, when that is all we know?

My hope is that, through your studies, you will know more about those other inhabitants of the globe, and grow in compassion for them.

Overview of the History

The centerpiece of Sonlight F is Journey to the Eastern Hemisphere, a book (new for 2016!) that combines articles and photos about various countries and regions: China, Korea, Japan, Russia, Southeast Asia, Vietnam, India, the Middle East, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Africa, the Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Australia, and Antarctica.

F also includes guided exercises and activities to help make the reading meaningful. Make a timeline of Chinese history. Record three interesting things you learned in that day's reading. Research an endangered species and give a mini-report.

The History program adds powerful missionary biographies: Hudson Taylor in China, William Carey in India, Mary Slessor in Nigeria, and God at work in Iran. May these stories help us to inspire the people walking in darkness to see the great light.

Overview of the Literature

As in other Sonlight programs, the 18 Read-Alouds expand on the History. Unlike other Sonlight programs, though, there are not as many books available about any of these peoples and places. Compared to, say, the hundreds of books available about WWII, there are not many children's books about Vietnam or Saudi Arabia.

For many of the countries in F, the language is foreign, the religion is foreign, and the cultural heritage is foreign.

Please, consider each of these Read-Alouds a gift.

(Some years back, Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze went out of print. My daughter remembers me exclaiming, "I just don't know what to do! There isn't another Young Fu!" Even today, more than two decades after that temporary setback, with all the thousands of books I have read and tens of thousands that I have reviewed, I can say with confidence: There isn't another Young Fu.)

Shadow Spinner is an interesting twist on the story of Shahrazad. What would it be like for her, 989 days after starting to tell the Sultan stories? How desperate would she be for any new story? That's the beginning. This is a favorite for many customers.

When my children were little, John started reading Seven Daughters and Seven Sons. This is not a short book (it's scheduled for more than two weeks). But it so captivated my family that they finished in three sessions, reading on late into the night to find out what happens to Buran.

From an age-appropriate but still-intense introduction to Russia under Stalin (how could it be anything but intense?), to a true story set in Sudan; from the beautiful memoir of life in Vietnam before the war, to a gorgeously illustrated Chinese fairy tale, this is, as I said earlier, a collection of books, each of which is a gift.

The Readers, too, are gifts. Jules Verne's classic adventure yarn Around the World in 80 Days. A Saudi Arabian boy who trains a golden eagle to hunt. The story of an Arabian horse that became an ancestor of the modern Thoroughbred. A Palestinian girl in Jerusalem befriends a Jewish boy. Leningrad, besieged during WWII, slowly starves; how can they survive?

Nineteen glorious books!

Did you see the infographic that came out a few years ago? It had a map of the world, with a circle around India, China, Korea, Japan, and Indonesia. And the map had the heading: "There are more people living inside this circle than outside it." True. But even more then that, there are more Muslims living inside the circle than out of it. (We think of the Middle East as the primary place for Islam, and, indeed, it began there. But the 25 million Muslims in Saudi Arabia are few compared to Indonesia's 200 million, or India's 175 million.) There are more Hindus living inside the circle than out of it. There are more Buddhists living inside the circle than out of it.

Not only that: The circle is mostly water, and includes Mongolia, the least populated country on earth.

Come learn about the countries in this circle, and near the circle. Come learn about two-thirds of the world's population. Discover the program many Sonlighters consider their favorite.

Estimated daily time for Eastern Hemisphere plus your other subjects: Student: 4-6 hrs | Parent: 2-3.5 hrs

Instructor's Guides

Sonlight F Instructor's Guide (FCG)

Teach with confidence. This Instructor's Guide shows you how.

Sonlight F includes: History / Bible / Literature.

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Bible

Sing the Word: All Nations Shall Worship - CD (FB02)

Various musical styles, beautifully arranged for children's voices using orchestral and ethnic instruments. Includes all the Scripture verses in the Bible F program.

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Case for Kids (FB04)

Why does God allow bad things to happen? Did Jesus really come back from the dead? Can I have doubts about the Bible and still be a Christian? Single-volume book by author Lee Strobel includes three Case for Kids titles (The Case for Faith, Case for a Creator and Case for Christ). A great tool for families to explore and discuss challenging questions of the faith.

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History & Geography

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? (FH06)

A fast, clear and fun explanation of basic economics.

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Living Water in the Desert (FH12)

Davis. Seventeen chapters tell true stories of God at work in Iran. One man overcome by the kindness of a missionary; another stopped by a vision of men in blue; one grew weary of his own religion; one found a strange book in a library; one saw a man named Jesus in a dream. All of them eventually came to Jesus Christ for His full and free salvation, becoming missionaries to their own people. Marvelous.

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100 Gateway Cities (FH13)

Concise statistical summary of the spiritual condition of 100 of the world's largest and most spiritually needy cities.

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Journey to the Eastern Hemisphere (FH15)

At last! A digest-sized book to replace The World Book Encyclopedia! Interesting articles on various non-Western cultures. Includes maps and color illustrations.

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William Carey: Obliged to Go (FH16)

The thrilling story of William Carey, pioneer missionary to India and the "father of modern missions."

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Mary Slessor: Forward into Calabar (FH18)

A millworker, Mary Slessor became a pioneer missionary in Africa, not only teaching people about Christ, but helping to put an end to twin-killings and other brutal practices.

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Timeline Figures F (FH20)

30 Timeline Figures for Sonlight F on self-adhesive heavy card stock. Just cut them out, color and stick them in your Timeline Book.

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China Kit (FH23)

Get ready for some hands-on fun as you explore Chinese culture! This exciting kit coordinates with History / Bible / Literature F: Eastern Hemisphere and lets your children try calligraphy, a Chinese game and more.

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God's Adventurer: Hudson Taylor (FR07)

Hudson Taylor was only 21 when he sailed from England. He had already learned he could trust God with the last coin in his pocket; he would need that faith as he set out to evangelize the Chinese. A thrilling true story of daring, danger and dependence on God.

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Sadako And The Thousand Paper Cranes (FR251)

Born in Hiroshima in 1943, Sadako was the star of her school's running team, until the dizzy spells started and she was forced to face the hardest race of her life, the race against time.

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Fun with Easy Origami (FR252)

This perfect introduction to the Japanese art of paper folding has everything you need to practice origami.

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Read Alouds

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (FA01)

Young Minli lives in the Valley of Fruitless Mountain, where she and her parents spend their days working hard in the fields. One day, Minli embarks on a quest to find wisdom outside of the village and help her struggling family. This tale of Chinese folklore mixed with fantasy tells of adventure, friendship and courage.

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I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade (FA02)

In 13th-century Mongolia, soldiers from the great Kublai Khan's army invade Oyuna's village to steal horses and gather new soldiers. In hopes of restoring her family's honor and staying with her faithful mare, the crippled Oyuna disguises herself as a boy and joins the soldiers horseback on their quest. Oyuna's journey will change her life forever.

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A Long Walk to Water (FA04)

Nya walks eight hours every day to fetch water for her family. Salva walks away from his war-torn village. He is a "lost boy" refugee, destined to cover Africa on foot, searching for his family and safety. As their stories of Sudan converge, Salva decides to return to his homeland and help his people, because even in a troubled country, determined survivors may press on and find hope.

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Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters (FA06)

Blume. Lonely 11-year-old Cornelia surrounds herself with dictionaries and other books to isolate herself from the outside world. But when a glamorous neighbor named Virginia Somerset moves next door, Cornelia discovers that the world is a much more exciting place than she had originally thought. An unforgettable story of friendship and adventure that takes readers around the world and back again. Absolutely outstanding. One of my favorites.

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Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum (FA12)

ALA Notable Book. Five traditional Nigerian tales retold and beautifully illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings.

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The Master Puppeteer (FA52)

Jiro, son of a starving puppet maker in 18th Century Japan, runs away from home to apprentice himself to the master of the Hanaza puppet theater ... and finds himself in the midst of a Robin Hood intrigue.

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The Horse and His Boy (FA56)

A talking horse and a servant boy share an adventurous and dangerous journey to Narnia to warn of invading barbarians.

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Journey to Jo'burg (FA57)

Touching story of a young girl and her brother who set out to find their mother "somewhere" in the city of Johannesburg.

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Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze (FA62)

An award winning story of a young boy who lived in China during the perilous 1920s.

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Seven Daughters and Seven Sons (FA63)

A true-to-life Arabic fairy tale about a poor girl who makes good through hard work, diligence . . . and brains.

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The Land I Lost (FA64)

Multiple award-winner. The loving memories of the author's childhood in a Vietnamese hamlet.

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All the Small Poems (FA65)

Award-winning collection of poems presents everyday objects in a thought-provoking new light.

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Daughter of the Mountains (FA66)

Momo, a young Tibetan girl, chases the man who stole her Lhasa terrier--from high in the Himalayas to the Bengal plains and the city of Calcutta.

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Shadow Spinner (FA67)

Another one of our family's favorites, Shadow Spinner tells a plausible "story behind the story" of Scheherazade, the woman who saved her own life and the lives of all the women of Persia by telling stories to the Sultan, night after night, for 1001 nights.

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Teresa of Calcutta (FH07)

The inspiring and challenging story of Mother Teresa who, for more than 40 years sought to be "the arms of Christ" to the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta.

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Call it Courage (FR03)

A legendary adventure story of how Mafatu, the son of the Great Chief of Hibueru, a Polynesian people, conquers his fear of the sea and proves he isn't a coward.

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Rickshaw Girl (FR28)

When Naima's parents cannot afford to pay her school fees anymore, she faces hard realities about limitations placed on girls in modern Bangladeshi society. "Rickshaw Girl" is a wonderful story of courage and an intriguing look at microfinance options for women in developing countries today. Beautiful charcoal illustrations throughout.

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Breaking Stalin's Nose (FR30)

Ten-year-old Sasha Zaichik has known the laws of the Soviet Young Pioneers since the age of six:

  • A Young Pioneer is devoted to Comrade Stalin, the Communist Party, and Communism.
  • A Young Pioneer is a reliable comrade and always acts according to conscience.
  • A Young Pioneer has a right to criticize shortcomings.
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Readers / Literature

The House of Sixty Fathers (FA53)

A Chinese boy is separated from his family and is "adopted" by sixty American airmen.

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Water Sky (FR01)

An upper-middle class, white American boy is brought face-to-face with the values, beauty--and challenge--of living among another people: the Eskimos of Barrow, Alaska.

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The Kite Fighters (FR04)

Young-sup and Kee-sup are brothers in Korea in 1473.

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The Big Wave (FR05)

A Japanese boy must face life after escaping a tidal wave that destroys his family and village.

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The Cat Who Went to Heaven (FR06)

A little cat and his master, a compassionate artist, bring about a special Buddhist miracle. Written from a Buddhist perspective.

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Just So Stories (FR09)

One of the best-loved children's books of all time. "Answers" such questions as how the camel got its hump and the elephant his trunk.

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A Girl Named Disaster (FR10)

Farmer. Newbery Honor. After running away to escape an unwanted marriage, Nhamo must find her inner courage to ensure her survival of the dangerous adventure ahead.

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Burying the Sun (FR12)

Whelan. In Leningrad in 1941, Georgi and his family prepare for Hitler's troops to invade. Troops go to the front; Mama goes, as a nurse, to help. His sister travels with the Hermitage's paintings to a safe holding. And Georgi stays and helps with the transport across Lake Ladoga to keep the people in the city alive. A vivid portrayal of life under siege. Beautiful.

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King of the Wind (FR15)

A winning story of an Arabian horse from North Africa and his adventures in France and England.

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The Turning (FR16)

Whelan. Living in Leningrad in 1991, Tanya's parents must work hard to feed their family. With the Soviet Union on the cusp of enormous change, there is plenty of politics to discuss. Tanya, a young dancer with the Kirov Ballet, considers defecting, as her friend encourages her, when the company goes to Paris.

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Around the World in Eighty Days (FR17)

Classic story of adventure.

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Ali and the Golden Eagle (FR18)

The author worked on the edge of the Saudi Arabian desert in the 1970s.

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Li Lun, Lad of Courage (FR19)

A touching story about a Chinese boy who fails his fishing village's traditional test of manhood. Will he ever find a place in society considering his fear of the sea?

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Mission to Cathay (FR20)

A fictional story of Matteo Ricci, the first Roman Catholic ambassador to enter China.

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Red Sand, Blue Sky (FR21)

An Anglo Australian girl finds herself thrown into contact with an aboriginal girl of the same age who has no use for Anglos. The culture shock for both girls is great, but they come to trust one another by pursuing a common goal in an exciting adventure.

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Born in the Year of Courage (FR23)

Fascinating historical fiction that closely follows the truth about a brave 15-year-old Japanese fisherman, Manjiro Nakahama, who is shipwrecked far off the coast of Japan, is brought to the United States, and, upon returning home, paves the way for Commodore Perry's successful "opening of Japan" to the United States in 1853.

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Habibi (FR26)

When Liyana's father decides to move his contemporary Arab-American family from St. Louis to Jerusalem, Liyana's life turns upside down. Liyana is an outsider who doesn't understand the culture around her. Then she befriends a Jewish boy (a friendship silently forbidden in that land), and things really start to get interesting.

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Listening for Lions (FR27)

British East Africa (today's Kenya) is the only home Rachel Sheridan has ever known. But when influenza strikes down her missionary parents in 1919, she is left vulnerable prey to her family's wicked British neighbors. Rachel's wit, spirit and courage help her press through trials and cling to hope.

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A Beautiful Lie (FR31)

How can a lie be beautiful? Set in India during Partition (when Pakistan became a separate nation), 13-year-old Bilal is dealing with the impending death of his father. He wants his father to die in peace, without knowing about the upheaval all around. An engaging story in a vivid setting at a unique time.

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History & Geography

Markable Map and Markers (MAP)

Includes two big full-color maps in one plus a four-color set of fine-tip water-based markers!

A geography Required Resource in every Sonlight History / Bible / Literature program from A—W.

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Resources

3" Binder with Tabs (B050)

Organize all your homeschool papers in one sturdy and convenient binder. With tabs that match your Sonlight® History, Language Arts, and Science Instructor's Guides, you'll always know where to find each week's schedule, notes and study guides.

High School All-Subject Packages include two binders.

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Student Resources

The Timeline Book (RR120)

A blank timeline from 5,000 B.C. to the Present!

Pre-printed timeline in a spiral-bound book—for use throughout your homeschooling adventure. Required Resource for Sonlight A-300.

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Consumable Items

History & Geography

China Kit (FH23)

Get ready for some hands-on fun as you explore Chinese culture! This exciting kit coordinates with History / Bible / Literature F: Eastern Hemisphere and lets your children try calligraphy, a Chinese game and more.

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Instructor's Guides

Eastern Hemisphere Notebook Pages - Extra Set (FCG1)

One set of these consumable sheets is included in the Instructor's Guide for Sonlight F: Eastern Hemisphere. You need one set per student.

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Instructor's Guides

Grammar 5 Set (5L15)

Grammar practice made practical.

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Language Arts

Wordly Wise 3000 Book 5 & Teacher's Key (5L10)

Add this for additional 5th Grade vocabulary practice.

Optional. Wordly Wise 3000 Book 5 introduces students to 300 vocabulary words. Students learn the meaning and application of the words through literary pieces and fascinating historical tales. Each lesson includes a series of five exercises that require thinking yet are fun to do.

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Keys to Good Language 5 (5L09)

Optional worktext scheduled in Language Arts F. Text-workbook with separate pre- and post-test booklet designed to build competency in grammar, usage, mechanics, and composition using content from across the curriculum: literature, science, health, hobbies and history/geography. Pb.

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