Shipping

Backorders

Due to the increased demand for homeschool materials, some products may be backordered. These items will be listed on your packing list when you receive your order or you can view the list of all products backordered here. You may order any of the items listed now. We plan to ship these items starting on their "Expected Availability" date.

If your backordered items are used within the first 3 weeks of your curriculum we will ship them out as soon as we receive them. If you have multiple other items on backorder we will ship them when all of the items have arrived in house.

Shipping Timelines

We strive to ship out orders as quickly as possible. Orders usually ship within 2-3 BUSINESS DAYS from the time we receive your order. During promotions, holidays, at the end of each month and during the summer months, shipments may be delayed slightly due to high order volumes. We will update this page with estimated ship times accordingly and send an email with tracking information as soon as your order ships.

Orders are currently shipping from our warehouse within 2-3 BUSINESS DAYS from the time we receive your order.

US Shipping (to the lower 48 states)
AK, HI, APO/FPO and Shipping to US Territories
International Shipping (including Canada)

Expedited Processing and Shipping Options

Rush Service (faster service in our warehouse)

Rush Service moves your order to the front of the line in our warehouse. If you place your order before 11am (MST), your order will be on its way to you that day. If you place your order after 11am (MST), we will ship your order the next day. It is currently:

Drop-Shipped Items

We special order a few items--such as less common Rosetta Stone® packages--as needed. You still get all the benefits of ordering through us, but it takes an additional 10 business days for your items to ship.


FAQs

Is my shipment insured against theft or damage?

Sonlight Curriculum, Ltd. insures items against damage or theft during transit when shipped via trackable shipping anywhere in the world. We do not insure Postal Service (e.g., Media Mail) deliveries unless you specifically request and pay for the service. Though we don't often ship via UPS, we do insure items against damage or theft during transit when shipping via UPS.

Which items qualify for Media Mail shipping?

The following items generally qualify for Media Mail:

  • Books
  • Instructor's Guides
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • Computer programs
  • Extra Activity sheets and other stacks of paper
  • Binders (if you also order an Instructor's Guide)

These items do NOT qualify for Media Mail:

  • The Sonlight Catalog
  • Science supply kits and components
  • Non-media resources such as microscopes, the markable map, art supplies, puzzles, etc.
  • Math kits and components
  • Handwriting supplies/manipulatives such as the chalk board, chalk, foam mat, etc.
  • Instruments
  • Binders (if ordered alone)
  • Free Gifts

Please note: The United States Postal Service maintains these rules for Media Mail. Unfortunately, Sonlight cannot make exceptions to what we can ship via Media Mail. If you have any questions, please contact us.

When you start the check-out process, your shopping cart will let you know if you order qualifies for Media Mail. If you cannot choose the Media Mail option when you check out, your order does not qualify for it (either because your order is over $150 and receives free trackable shipping, or because your order contains one or more items that we are not allowed to ship Media Mail).

What Import Restrictions are there for Sonlight products?

  • Restrictions on biologically active items to Australia, Anguilla, New Zealand, Mexico and South Africa: Due to import restrictions on biologically active items (soil, seeds, yeast, etc.), Sonlight cannot ship certain science supply kits to certain countries. Here is a list of those items, plus the countries we may not ship them to:
    • Kindergarten Science Supplies Kit (#KSK)—Anguilla, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and South Africa
    • 1st Grade Science Supplies Kit (#1SK)—Australia, Mexico, New Zealand and South Africa
    • 2nd Grade Science Supplies Kit (#2SK)—Australia, Mexico, New Zealand and South Africa
    • 3rd Grade Science Supplies Kit (#3SK)—Australia, Mexico, New Zealand and South Africa
    • Science Supplies Kit D (#DSK)—Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
    • Microscopy Science Supplies Kit E (#ESKM)—Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
    • Science Supplies Kit G (#GSK)—Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
    • Science Supplies Kit 150 (#150-35)—Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
    • Microscopy Supplies Kit (#250-25)—Mexico and Turkey
    • Advanced Dissection Kit with Specimens (#250-30)—Australia, Mexico, New Zealand and South Africa
    • Chemistry Supplies Kit (#350-15)—Mexico
    • Berean Chemistry Science Supply Kit (#355-05)—Mexico
    • Slide Set with Blood Type Kit (#550-15)—Mexico
    • Advanced Biology Dissection Animals & Trays (#550-16)—Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
    • Extra Dissection Animals & Trays for Additional Student (#SS122)—Australia, Mexico, New Zealand and South Africa
    • Laboratory Equipment: Advanced Chemistry in Creation (#SS700)—Mexico

    If you live in one of these countries, you will have to find equivalent items locally. If you order a package containing restricted items, we will remove those items from your package and reduce your cost accordingly.

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