Choose by Grade, Age, or Subject

How do I know my student's reading level?

Start with our our free Quick Reading Assessment. You'll get a pretty good idea from that.

How do I choose the right program for my family?

Sonlight® programs have been designed to work with a variety of ages. You have the flexibility to choose a program that most interests and best meets the need of your student. Sonlight encourages you to choose first based on content. Once you have selected the content you wish to cover, take a look at our Program Chart and look at the recommended grade levels for the History / Bible / Literature programs that cover that content. We would also encourage you to read How to Choose the Right Materials for Your Family.

The Sonlight® Forums are another great resource for input on making good choices for your educational needs.

And don't forget to chat with a Sonlight Advisor. These veteran Sonlight moms will gladly answer your questions and help you find the right materials for you and your family.

What is the difference between Readers D, Grade 3 Readers, and Grade 4 Readers?

Grade 3 Readers and Grade 4 Readers are designed to tie into the Language Arts program that is offered for the same grade level (e.g. Grade 3 Readers tie into Language Arts for Grade 3 Readers). They were created to be used in conjunction with the lower level programs, based on your child's reading skill. This way, if your child is using History / Bible / Literature B, but reads at a higher level, you can choose to use LA for Grade 1, Grade 2, or Grade 3 Readers in conjunction with your Sonlight B program.

Once your child reaches level D, the LA and readers are designed to tie into the History portion of your year. Thus, if you purchase History / Bible / Lit D, it is in your best interest to use LA D, and Readers D (or Readers D Advanced).

If you are interested in even more detailed descriptions of our reader packages, please read 'How to Choose Which Reader is Right for Your Child'.

What is the difference between a History / Bible / Literature and All-Subjects Package?

  • A History / Bible / Literature program is composed of History, Bible, Readers, Read-Alouds and an Instructor's Guide. We believe it is the most essential and unique part of our curriculum, and as an added bonus, we offer a 10% discount to History / Bible / Literature purchasers on all orders for the entire year.

    Whenever you purchase a History / Bible / Literature program, you'll get 10% off your entire order... and whatever else you happen to purchase at the same time.

    You may want to read about The 7 Remarkable Benefits You'll Get from a Sonlight® Program to learn more.

  • A Sonlight® All-Subjects Package includes a History / Bible / Literature program plus Language Arts, Science, Math, Handwriting, Spelling, Required Resources and your Instructor's Guides.

    An All-Subjects Package is designed to help you get everything you need quickly and easily. Your All-Subjects Package comes with a built-in 20% discount! And — because All-Subjects Packages include a History / Bible / Lit program — they, too, allow you to get 10% off all other purchases for a year.

What program directly correlates to my grade level?

Each History / Bible / Literature program is designed to be used with a range of ages. The Sonlight program letters can be used to create a sequential order of study, but you certainly may study the History / Bible / Literature programs in any order that best fits your family's needs. Bear in mind that the programs do tend to increase in difficulty as the levels increase.

To see which levels would be appropriate for your children, please take a look at our Relative Difficulty Chart.

If you are looking for a Grade specific program, check out the All-Subjects Packages.

Do I need a separate set of readers for each student?

Most families find that two students can easily share the same set of Readers. For example, one child can do math while the other is reading. However, if you prefer to have your children work on the same subjects at the same time, you may prefer to purchase a set of Readers for each child. If you have more than two students using the same Readers, you may find it more difficult to schedule the day so that each child has a chance to use the Readers.

Do I need a science supplies kit for each student?

Your entire family should have no problem sharing the same set of science supplies. All students can participate in the experiment, and take turns actually doing the experiment. In many cases, the experiments can be repeated over and over using the same materials.

However, some parents or children prefer that each child do every experiment personally. In these cases, you may consider purchasing a separate kit for each child.

Do I need a separate resource kit, including map and timeline for each student?

Your entire family should have no problem sharing the same Timeline Book and Markable Map. Your children can take turns adding the Time Line Figures to the Timeline Book and notating countries, rivers and other landmarks on the Map.

However, some parents or children prefer that each child have their own Timeline Book and Time Line Figures. In these cases, you may consider purchasing a separate Timeline Book and figures for each child.

My child has learning difficulties/is an accelerated learner. Can I use Sonlight?

Sonlight® programs are readily and easily modified to meet a broad range of academic needs. Our programs provide ready-made academic challenges for advanced students, yet average students and those with learning disabilities use Sonlight® successfully.

Sonlight® early elementary programs follow a modest pace. But if your child is chomping at the bit to set a faster pace, Sonlight® will give all the challenge your child requires. Simply substitute one of the Advanced Readers programs for the Regular Readers programs.

By the time you hit level D, Sonlight's pace has quickened noticeably, and in E and beyond we provide more than enough materials and outside assignments to challenge even the brightest students. Thus, for example, the content of the Sonlight H program is easy enough for a 5th grader to understand, but the unmodified workload is worthy of a high school-level course in American History.

The bottom line: if your son or daughter is intellectually gifted, you needn't try to piece together a more challenging program.

But if your child is closer to average, is heavily involved in dance, music, or some other non-academic pursuit, or even if your child has a learning disability: you will find you can readily adjust our program to meet your needs. Simply slow the pace or ignore one or more of the assignments. Sonlight's Read-Aloud components allow students of all reading abilities to enjoy more literature than they might be able to work through on their own.

I have a bright child and I don't want them to be bored. Where do I start?

Our programs provide ready-made academic challenges for advanced students, yet are also used successfully by average students and even those with learning disabilities.

Sonlight® early elementary programs follow a modest pace. But if your child is chomping at the bit to set a faster pace, Sonlight® will give all the challenge your child requires. Simply substitute one of the Advanced Readers programs for the Regular Readers programs.

By the time you hit level D, Sonlight's pace has quickened noticeably, and in E and beyond we provide more than enough materials and outside assignments to challenge even the brightest students. Thus, for example, the content of the Sonlight 100 program is easy enough for a 5th grader to understand, but the unmodified workload is worthy of a high school-level course in American History.

The bottom line: if your son or daughter is intellectually gifted, you needn't try to piece together a more challenging program.

We encourage you to read How to Choose the Right Program for Your Family.

How do I know where to start in a new math program?

If you know what brands of math programs you are interested in, then the best place to begin is with our Math Placement Tests. The results of these tests will help you decide which level to start with.

If you are unsure of what program you'd like to use, then please take a few minutes to read about all of our math programs before making your final decision.

Please remember that our forum users have valuable input regarding which math programs work well in different situations. You may want to pick their brains in the math forum.

How Can I Possibly Use a K Program with a Second Grader?

What Makes a Sonlight Curriculum Program Useful for Multiple Grades

Just as one may find freshmen and graduate students taking the same college course, so, too, with Sonlight® programs. Our elementary homeschool programs are flexible, so your children can go at their own pace.

Can I start homeschooling with Sonlight mid-year?

What if I don't finish a complete curriculum package by the end of the traditional school year?

Should I use multiple Sonlight programs or modify one?

Wouldn't it be easier to teach a separate program to each of my children than combine them into one and modify it?

How do I modify a program for an older or younger student?