Sonlight is not your average homeschool education. Sonlight parents and students love their homeschool experience.
They joyfully celebrate #sonlightboxday when the materials arrive at the start of the school year, and joyfully choose their favorite books at the end of the school year.
At Sonlight, we provide tools that have helped thousands of parents just like you raise children who love to learn, love God and have the academic preparation to do whatever Christ calls them to do.
Sonlight is a complete, literature-based, homeschool Christian curriculum offering every subject from preschool through high school. We do not attempt to replicate public education at home though. More than thirty years ago, we pioneered an entirely different approach to learning—literature-based learning. Sonlight’s comprehensive, literature-based curriculum uses real books to deliver an engaging and complete education, far richer than textbooks and rote memorization. Sonlighters enjoy a liberal arts education that produces critical thinkers who are ambassadors for Christ with a heart for the world.
A Sonlight education is built around great stories and the best materials available today. Your complete curriculum comes with thorough lesson plans and notes, so that you can enjoy successful homeschooling.
Sonlight's literature-based curriculum brings learning to life!
We believe that YOU are the one best-suited to teach your children. As a Sonlight homeschool family, you’ll grow close, talking and wondering, laughing and learning together. As you and your children walk together on this journey, we’ll give you the tools to prepare them for their future. Watch the video featuring real Sonlight customers to see if our Love to Learn, Love to Teach™ curriculum fits your family.
For the first time in our homeschool journey, I feel like my children are getting a truly quality education.” - The F Family, Grand Island, NE
These five values combine to form one truly dynamic and academic curriculum. With Sonlight, you will give your kids an extraordinary education. You will challenge them without overwhelming them. With Sonlight's help, you will discuss real-life issues — like politics, moral relativism, evolution, and creation — with your kids and help them gain sure footing about what they believe. You will help them understand the big picture of history and the world around them. You will give them firm foundations in all the main academic subjects. And most importantly, with Sonlight's help, you will give them a lifelong love of learning.
After high school, your students will be ready to excel in college or the workforce. Sonlight graduates are now engineers, missionaries, musicians, doctors, pastors, elected officials, farmers, entrepreneurs, homeschool parents, and more!
Sonlight provides everything you need for your homeschool, including:
- Complete, ready-to-use lesson plans and daily schedules
- All of your books and materials
- Maps and timelines
- Materials, experiments, and hands-on activities
- Activity sheets and answer keys
- Discussion questions, notes, and teaching tips
- Scripture readings
- Teaching scripts and evaluative rubrics
- and more!
History / Bible / Literature Programs form the center
History / Bible / Literature Programs are the centerpiece of your Sonlight experience. Each program weaves together a year's worth of History and Geography, Bible and Literature.
Each program is crafted around gripping books because books – quality books – can distill the wisdom of an entire life into the span of a few pages. A great story-based history book or series (such as The Story of the World) serves as the "spine" for each program. You gradually read this book throughout the whole year; it's your chronological guide, moving you logically through history. As you progress, you also read lots of biographies, historical fiction, and novels that dig into the historical/cultural topics you're studying.
Since quality literature reaches kids of various ages, you can use one Sonlight program with multiple children. We don't assign a specific grade level to each program for this very reason. Your 3rd and 5th graders could both get great educations from Sonlight E this year!
Sonlight provides you with everything you need to homeschool with excellence.
Start with a History / Bible / Literature program and add additional subjects (language arts, math, science, electives and more). Or, opt for an All-Subjects Package and get everything you need in one convenient package. You can also pick any individual items or subjects you need.
You can teach multiple children with one History / Bible / Literature or All-Subjects Package. Simply add on skill specific subjects for each child. Learn more about teaching multiple students here.
With Sonlight, your students will take three sweeps through history as you homeschool from preschool through high school.
Take three sweeps through history
With Sonlight, you journey on a solid progression of learning from preschool to high school graduation. Check out the Scope and Sequence of our History / Bible / Literature, Language Arts and Science programs.
You'll take three sweeps through history during your Sonlight journey. Each year is specifically created for children in the target age ranges for that program. All the material—from the content we chose to cover (and the more gritty aspects of History we chose to skip over until later grades), to the Readers and Read-Alouds, to the suggested hands-on activities--it's all at just the level for your children.
The first years (Preschool through level A) are an introduction to learning and the world. In Sonlight B-E, take your first fascinating sweep through World and American History. In Sonlight F, take a year to explore the Eastern Hemisphere and help your children (ages 10-13) learn to research.
Then dive in and take another sweep at a deeper level through World and American History in Sonlight G-100. Finally, you do a modified sweep through select aspects of history with Sonlight 200-500 (including 2,000 years of Church History, 20th Century World History, Civics/American Government, and World History and Worldview Studies).
What will I do each day?
Each day, simply open your Instructor's Guide and see what's on the schedule. No more lesson planning—just enjoy your homeschool! You will:
- Read that day's Scripture together and work on the memory verse for the week.
- Read the assigned History and Read-Aloud pages to your children (until your students reach high school) and talk about what you read using the suggested Discussion Questions.
- Let your children read their assigned Readers, either to themselves or to you. Discuss what they read with the notes and questions provided.
- Do any suggested map activities.
- In the younger years, enjoy some optional hands-on activities.
- In language arts, explore grammar, spelling, and writing, scheduled each day. These assignments often use passages from the Readers your children are already enjoying.
- For science, simply follow the lesson schedule in your Science Instructor's Guide. Read with your children and do simple hands-on experiments together. In the lower levels, your children complete Activity Sheets to reinforce learning.
- Do a Math lesson.
- Practice Handwriting as needed.
- Then there's plenty of time for enrichment and electives: foreign language, sports, music, art, additional reading … whatever you like!
Many homeschool families finish school by early afternoon and have the rest of the day for free play, art, sports, and other activities.
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In the end, Sonlight's secret comes down to this: we believe children respond more positively to great literature than to textbooks. And we believe that parents can be their children's best teachers.
We give you all of the tools you need to succeed. Guaranteed.
With Sonlight, kids love to learn and parents love to teach. That is a beautiful thing indeed. Read more about our money-back, Love to Learn Guarantee.™