Building a community around your homeschool
Sonlight Connections is a collaborative community designed to provide you with support and encouragement on your homeschool journey. If you long for a community that provides educational enrichment, encouragement, creativity, fun, and friendship, Sonlight Connections is for you.
There are many ways to join in and get connected. Click below to get started.
CONNECT IN THE SONLIGHT APPDownload the Sonlight App to connect and build a vibrant community with fellow Sonlight families! You'll also be able to connect directly with Sonlight, get exclusive access to rich homeschooling content, shop for curriculum, and much more! Now available for iOS and Android.
Connect In Person
You can now meet in person with homeschool families who share the same educational philosophy. Join an established Sonlight Connections group or create your own! These in-person groups are perfect for educational group projects, parent discussions about homeschool struggles or opportunities to just have fun with homeschool friends.
The in-person groups are fully owned and operated by the Connectors who start them with minimal guidance from Sonlight. A Connector decides where the group will meet, how often, and what the group will do at each meeting.
The map below shows where established groups are located.
Join a Group
Please review the map below. If you have an established group near you, click the icon on the map to email the Connector directly.
If there is no group in your area and you would like to be added to a list to be contacted once a group does start in your area, click the "Join a Group" button below the map. Please note that once a group is started in your area you will be notified by the Connector.
Join the Sonlight Connections Facebook Group
Our Sonlight operated Connections Facebook group is exclusive for sonlight.com users! This community is a place to share ideas, discuss issues and support each other with encouragement and prayer. Ask for guidance as needed, provide advice to your peers and stay connected with like-minded individuals.
Start building your community around your homeschool with Sonlight Connections.
Join the Sonlight Newbies Group
Are you new to Sonlight? Get the support you need as you start the homeschool journey with Sonlight. Learn how to use the Instructor's Guide to fit your family, schedule your homeschool, organization tips and SO MUCH MORE!
This private group in the Sonlight App is a year-long membership for parents using Sonlight for the first time. To help you navigate your first year, our team of veteran Sonlight Curriculum Mentors come alongside to provide guidance, advice, and encouragement.
The Sonlight Newbies group is free for families using Sonlight for the first time with the purchase of a History / Bible / Literature Program, an All-Subjects Package, Science Package, or SonlightCares™.
Download the Sonlight App today to get started!
Connect by Listening
Sonlight Connections: A Homeschool Podcast
We know you’re busy. You can connect by listening to Sonlight Connections: A Homeschool Podcast. Get tips, advice, and encouragement from veteran homeschoolers.
Listen to Sarita Speak
As heard on Kristi Clover's Simply Joyful Podcast
Listen in as Kristi and Sarita talk about the importance of year-round reading and recommend many great books for your kids to read independently or together.
As heard on Joy in the Journey with Misty Bailey
Listen in as Misty and Sarita talk missions, books, and how to cultivate a love for reading. Feel encouraged and equipped to raise readers, all while learning more about the heart of Sonlight.
As heard on Your Morning Basket with Pam Barnhill
Learn how Sarita came to love homeschooling, her heart for missionaries and the people they serve and Sarita’s passion for bringing geography to life using literature.
As heard on Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie
Learn from Sarita, the 7-point test she puts books through before adding them to the Sonlight curriculum and a personal story of how her son went from struggling reader to Valedictorian.
As heard on Homeschool in Real Life with Kendra Fletcher
Listen in as Sarita talks about how to raise children with a heart for the world through impactful missionary tales, biographies and just good books.
As heard on Raising Lifelong Learners with Colleen Kessler
Learn how books can ignite a love of learning in kids of all ages as Sarita talks about how books can make learning come to life.
As heard on Brave Writer Podcast with Julie Bogart
Listen to Sarita and Julie discuss how you can develop cultural literacy and empathy through the power of books.
You can also listen in as Sarita Holzmann, president of Sonlight, speaks with influential homeschool moms on their podcasts. Their conversations elaborate on how literature can enrich the study of geography, the importance of raising children with a heart for the world and the power behind great books. Listen below for all that and more.
For anyone not sure if they want to join, Sonlight Connections Facebook group has become one of my favorite homeschool groups!
In our country, homeschooling is not that popular. That is why the support and advice from the Sonlight Connections Community is a huge blessing to us.
I work from home, and this is my first year homeschooling. It can feel like a bit of a roller coaster. One minute I think this is the best decision we have ever made and then other times I get bombarded with doubts: Did we make the right choice? Am I enough for the kids? Will they learn what they really need? Sonlight's Facebook groups have been such a blessing. They help me get out of those anxious/doubtful times. I get so much encouragement from the other moms and dads who have the same struggles or questions that I have.
This group has been such a joy for me this whole 1st year of homeschooling, but ESPECIALLY during this unusual time we all find ourselves in. So many of you make me laugh and I wish I knew you in real life! And I LOVE to hear from all of you veteran Sonlighters because I gain so much wisdom and advice! Not many Facebook homeschool groups are as awesome as this one. Thanks for the breath of fresh air, All! Praying for you all!
I'd like to express some gratitude for the Sonlight app! We have had a crazy, crazy couple months. A lot of school has been pushed to the side and I'll be honest, I was reconsidering my choice to use Sonlight again, since I felt SO behind in all of our reading. It's been a while since I've been on the app and popped in here to hopefully get some motivation/encouragement. Seeing all of these posts has been such a pick-me-up. I'm really thankful for this space and thankful for all of you sharing your journey even if you don't feel like you are sharing anything profound. It truly helps!
Connect in Online Events
You can teach your kids at home and Sonlight's online events can help!
Throughout the year, we host online events that bring together veteran homeschoolers, Sonlight Homeschool Advisors, homeschooling experts, curriculum creators, and Sonlight founder and president, Sarita Holzmann. These events give you the opportunity to connect and learn alongside fellow homeschoolers and experts. You'll get everything from practical homeschooling advice, real-world homeschooling experiences, encouragement, tips to enrich your homeschool, and even tools to decide if homeschooling is right for your family.
Whether you are new to homeschooling, transitioned from public school to homeschooling, thinking about homeschooling, or have been homeschooling for years—we have an online event for you! Learn more about our current events below.
June 23-24, 2021: Sonlight Connections Homeschool Summit 2021 -SAVE THE DATE!
Visit our homeschool conventions and events page for a list of upcoming events.
What's Next for My Homeschool (Watch in the Sonlight App)
Keep Calm and Homeschool into 2021
No matter where you are in your homeschooling journey, challenges arise. Join the Sonlight community for this online event to gather tips on navigating challenges, advice from expert homeschoolers, draw from the experiences of Sonlight veterans and be encouraged to navigate the new year successfully. This 2-day event will not disappoint as you garner encouragement and community from the comfort of your own home.
Save the date to cozy up on the couch with a cup of something warm and your computer to join these fabulous homeschool veterans as they help you find joy in your homeschool while you Keep Calm and Homeschool into 2021.
Sonlight Connections Homeschool Summit
The Sonlight Connections Homeschool Summit brings together veteran homeschoolers, Sonlight Homeschool Advisors, and Sarita Holzmann (founder and president of Sonlight) to provide you practical homeschooling advice, #momlife encouragement, tips to enrich your homeschool, and the tools to decide if homeschooling is right for your family.
You’ll walk away from this event rejuvenated. You’ll learn what it’s really like to homeschool from real homeschooling families, get personalized advice, plus we can help you choose the right curriculum.
For anyone not sure if they want to join, Sonlight Connections Facebook group has become one of my favorite homeschool groups! —Natalie W.
I work from home, and this is my first year homeschooling. It can feel like a bit of a roller coaster. One minute I think this is the best decision we have ever made and then other times I get bombarded with doubts: Did we make the right choice? Am I enough for the kids? Will they learn what they really need? Sonlight's Facebook groups have been such a blessing. They help me get out of those anxious/doubtful times. I get so much encouragement from the other moms and dads who have the same struggles or questions that I have. — Amy A.
This group has been such a joy for me this whole 1st year of homeschooling, but ESPECIALLY during this unusual time we all find ourselves in. So many of you make me laugh and I wish I knew you in real life! And I LOVE to hear from all of you veteran Sonlighters because I gain so much wisdom and advice! Not many Facebook homeschool groups are as awesome as this one. Thanks for the breath of fresh air, All! Praying for you all! — Donielle G.
Connect by Email
Sign up to receive emails filled with motivation and support from Sonlight. You will also get:
- Sarita's Word, our free biweekly encouraging word from Sonlight's president and founder
- Insider information and sneak peeks of new products coming to Sonlight
- Alerts to our occasional sales and specials offers