Sonlight Instructor's Guide Update Chart
See the progression of updates, enhancements, improvements, and changes to Sonlight Instructor's Guides's from 1997 to Present.
Click here to update your old IG for 50% off the retail price and get all the latest materials.
History / Bible / Lit
Bible and History programs switched in Levels K and A. Level K is now "Intro to The World: Cultures" and Level A is now "Exploring American History."
HBLs C and B+C updated with two new Bible books.
HBL D updated with Talking to Your Kids About God and The Bill of Rights.
One new Bible book for each of HBLs D+E, F, G, W, & J.
HBL H updated with two new Bible books.
History 120 updated with a new spine and booklist.
History 220 updated with one new Bible book and History 320 updated with two new Bible books.
Poetry notes added to levels A, D, E, D+E, G, W, J, 130, and 530 so that all History / Bible / Literature programs now have poetry notes to direct your discussions.
Rubrics added to levels 530 & 630 so that all high school guides (levels 130-630) now include Rubrics.
New Science E program with all new booklist, experiments, and supply kit.
New hands-on activities added to Pre-Kindergarten and a new 4 day, 36 week schedule.
HBLs A-E, H-J, 420, & Grade 5 Readers updated with 1 or 2 new titles each.
HBL D features a new booklist with several new titles and the Advanced Reader option no longer available.
History 320 updated with a new spine and historical fiction booklists.
LA D updated with a new booklist and the Advanced Reader option no longer available.
New Science D program with all new booklist, experiments, and supply kit.
New hands on activities added to Preschool and a 3 day, 30 week schedule.
HBL B updated with The Ology.
HBL D updated with the books The Constitution and The Bill of Rights.
History 320 updated with a new spine and historical fiction book lists.
All new Grade 5 Reader packages.
330 updates with Rubrics
New Science A, B, & C programs with all new book lists, experiments, and supply kits.
|New Scope and Sequence to reflect new age and grade ranges in levels K through 500.||New Scope and Sequence to reflect age and grade ranges in levels K through 530.||New Scope and Sequence to reflect new age and grade ranges in levels K through 630.|
|New Kindergarten HBL program "Exploring American History" with the new books Heroes and Happenings vol. 1 & 2.||New Science K program with all new booklist, experiments, and supply kit.|
|HBL A updated with a new booklist (several new titles).|
|HBL C and B+C updated with the new poetry book 104 Poems of Whimsy and Wisdom. Readers H updated with the book Calico Bush. Level 320 updated with A Night Divided.|
|New optional hands-on history project kit for HBL C. New optional lap book for HBL H World History II.|
|New optional hands-on history project kit for HBL B. New optional lap books for HBL G World History I.||Language Arts F-W & J updated with a new accent color and full color story starter images.||Science G & W updated with a new accent color and full color activity sheets.|
|HBL programs F-W & J updated with a new accent color.||Language Arts 3 and Diamond Notes updated with a new color design.||New Science J program. New Berean Chemistry Program for high school.|
|HBL B and B+C updated with a new edition of Window on the World.||Science H -Technology updated with a new edition of Planet Earth.|
|130 Literature updated with new writing assignments. 230 Literature updated with 2 new books and writing assignments.||New 4-Day program for Language Art G.|
|Elective 660 updated with The Book that Made Your World.|
|Elective 690 Psychology updated with new textbook edition.|
|New optional hands-on history project kit for HBL A. NEW optional lap books for HBL D and E.||Language Arts K- E updated with a new accent color and full color story starter images.||Science A-F updated with a new accent color and full color activity sheets.|
|HBL E updated with the new book One Voice. College and Career Planning updated with the book The HomeScholar's Guide to College Admission and Scholarships.||New Language Arts J program. NEW 4-Day program for Language Arts H.||New 4-Day program for Science G. NEW Science H-Technology program (4-Day).|
|Eastern Hemisphere Notebook updated with a brand new design and now purchased separately from HBL F, included in HBL F and ASP packages.|
|New program HBL J History of Science. NEW 4-Day programs HBL G and H.|
|New true 4-Day Instructor's Guides for Levels A-F.||New true 4-Day Instructor's Guides for Levels K-F.||New true 4-Day Instructor's Guides for Levels A-F.|
|Levels Pre-K and A-D now have a brand new design and a spot of color.||Levels K-D now have a brand new design and a spot of color.||Levels A-D now have a brand new design and a spot of color.|
|All guides have gone through professional proofing to ensure their quality.||All guides have gone through professional proofing to ensure their quality.||All guides have gone through professional proofing to ensure their quality.|
|HBL E updated with the new book George Washington Carver: From Slave to Scientist.||Levels K-W now include several new features, such as: weekly overview summaries, teacher helps, revised assignments, and evaluation rubrics.||Science G updated with the book Chemically Active for experiments.|
|HBL F updated with the new book A Beautiful Lie.|
|Core name changed to History / Bible / Literature (HBL)||Language Arts D-W updated with new titles and now purchased separately from HBL.||Course-specific supply kits now contain all "We provide" items needed throughout the year. The Non-Consumable Science Kit is no longer necessary.|
|HBL Levels A-W: All of Sonlight's History / Bible / Literature programs for Levels A-W were completely revised and redesigned this year. Each level features a new booklist (with many new titles). Each Instructor's Guide has been reorganized so the study guide notes for the Read-Alouds are located in the back as separate "pull-out" sheets.|
|Language Arts now separate from HBL packages levels A-W.|
|Core A updated with Winnie the Pooh.|
|330 Literature updated with First They Killed My Father|
|NEW high school course: Advanced Apologetics|
|Psychology program updated with a new textbook: Myer's Psychology for AP|
|Core E updated with the rewritten Landmark History of the American People Volume 2 and the Children's Encyclopedia of American History.|
|NEW high school history course: World History and Worldview Studies.|
|Pre-K updated with the book 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible.||Language Arts H revised and redesigned to include Dictation, Writing Mechanics, writing activities and Activity Sheets. Included in Core H.|
|Cores D and D+E updated with the newly rewritten Landmark History of the American Peoples (now in two volumes) and the Children's Encyclopedia of American History.||Language Arts W revised and now included in Core W.|
|Core F updated with the book Case for Kids.|
|Core G updated with Greek Myths.|
|Cores H and W updated with several new titles and completely revised and redesigned to match Cores A-G.|
|Cores 100-400 updated and redesigned to be mix-and-matched with a History/Bible course and Literature/Language Arts course for each Core.|
|130 Literature updated with several new titles.|
|230 Literature updated with the book The Hawk and the Dove Trilogy.|
|430 Literature updated with several new titles.|
|420 updated with several new titles. Now 18 week American Government/Civics program, to be combined with Sonlight's Economics.|
|Psychology Workbook and Diary updated with a daily schedule.|
|Core Levels A-G: All of Sonlight's Core programs for Levels A-G were completely revised and redesigned this year. Each level features a new booklist (with many new titles). Each guide has been reorganized so the study guide notes are located behind the weekly schedules. New laminated color maps serve as answer keys. The additional Bible materials are now included in the Core packages. Language Arts is included in Cores D-G.||Language Arts K - Language Arts 4-5 edited and rewritten. Reader Study Guide content included in Language Arts.||Science A-G Notes, activities, and Activity Sheet Questions edited.|
|Core Preschool updated with Family-Time Bible in Pictures.||Language Arts D - G edited, rewritten, and included with Core.|
|Core 200 updated with The Annotated Pride and Prejudice; Pontius Pilate; The Outlaws of Sherwood.|
|Core K-Alt 7 titles changed to alphabetic labeling.||Language Arts titles changed to alphabetic labeling.||Science K-6 titles changed to alphabetic labeling.|
|Core E updated with a new book: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler moved from Core 100. Rules of the Road removed.||Language Arts D optional workbooks changed. Removed MCP Word Study D and Wordly Wise C. Added Wordly Wise 3000 Book 3.||Science G updated with a new book: What's Science All About?. Removed Book of Science.|
|Core 100 updated with new titles: Rules of the Road moved from Core E; Before Columbus, The Boy's War, Freedom Walkers, The Great Little Madison, Sacajawea, Shh! We're Writing the Constitution, The Yanks are Coming, Elijah of Buxton, Guests, Keeping Score, My Heart Lies South, Their Eyes Were Watching God, They Loved to Laugh. Removed: After the Dancing Days, Blue Willow, A Gathering of Days, The Green Book, Nothing to Fear, Red Badge of Courage, Sounder, Christy, Streams to the River, River to the Sea, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler moved to Core E.|
|Core 530 updated with a new translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and an update to the Sound and Sense Answer Key to match the 13th edition of the book.|
|Cores 100-530 updated with a Student Guide which is identical to the Parent Guide but without answers in the Study Guides or on the map pages.|
|Psychology Workbook/diary updated to match the new text edition.|
|NEW high school worldview course: What Good is Christianity? Evaluating its Historical Record.|
|Pre-K now includes developmental activities.||Level 2: Advanced "Reading with Longer Chapter Books" updated with new books: The King's Equal, The Children of Noisy Village||Science C updated with a new book: Dinosaurs Unleashed|
|Core A updated with a new book: The Arnold Lobel Book of Mother Goose||Science H and above: All Schedule Plus now include schedule for CD-ROM version and Companion Multimedia CD for use with either the CD-ROM or Textbook packages.|
|Core C and Core B+C updated with new poetry books: A Poke in the I, Cornstalks: A Bushel of Poems|
|Core H updated with new books: Painless Poetry (previously in Core D), The Ravenmaster's Secret, Out of Many Waters|
|Binder and Tabs no longer included in Core packages.|
|Core P 4/5 –W: Redesigned Schedule pages and Study Guides to make the guides easier to navigate and read.||Levels K-6: Re-evaluated every assignment to ensure clarity and ease of use. Added more parent tools, explanations, and examples of completed assignments to reinforce expectations.||Levels A-G: All of Sonlight's Science programs for Levels K-6 were completely revised and redesigned this year. Each level features a new booklist (with many new titles) including a biography for each level, new internet-linked editions, and more multimedia materials, like DVDs. Each guide also contains notes about controversial issues, new redesigned Activity Sheets, and new Optional hands-on Activities.|
|Pre-K updated with new books: Uncle Wiggily's Storybook; The Classic Tales of Brer Rabbit.|
|Core A updated with new books: I Heard Good News; The Usborne Internet-Linked Children's Encyclopedia|
|Core E updated with new books: Shoes for Everyone; Simon Bolivar: The Liberator|
|Core 300 Literature completely upgraded! New books: God Spoke Tibetan; There's a Sheep in My Bathtub; To Destroy You is No Loss; The Wave; The Tempest; The Wednesday Wars; Hope Was Here; My Father's Daughter; Robert Frost's Poems. Includes new Notes for each book, with sample answers for the questions and revamped Creative Writing assignments.|
|New Psychology course for high school students, including an Interactive Workbook and Diary to navigate Psychology from a Christian perspective.|
|Core P 3/4 new Core for the 2008 season; includes Parent's Companion.||Level 1: "Beginning to Read" The I Can Read It! series updated with new text and color illustrations.||Science D: Updated with new books: The Usborne Internet-Linked First Encyclopedia of Seas and Oceans and Real Science E Kids, Biology 1.|
|Core P 4/5 Updated with new books: Family Bible; Is a Blue Whale the biggest thing there is?; What's Smaller than a Pygmy Shrew?; How do you lift a Lion?; How to dig a hole to the other side of the World?||Level 2: 2 Regular "Reading with Easy Readers"; 2 Intermediate "Reading with Short Chapter Books"; 2 Advanced "Reading with Longer Chapter Books" revised daily activities.||Science F: Updated with new books: The Boy's Body Book (for boys); The Care and Keeping of You (for girls).|
|Core E Updated with new books: Rules of the Road; The World Wars||Levels 3-6: Revised 4-Day Readers Schedule that includes all of the 5-day Reader books.||Science G: Updated with new book: Evolution: The Grand Experiment.|
|Core F Updated with new book: David Livingstone.||Exploring Creation with General Science: Newly released 2nd edition of this book covers science in general, including a brief history of science; the scientific method; how to analyze and interpret experiments; cells; classification; the human body; and more. Schedule Plus for this product has been updated.|
|Eastern Hemisphere Explorer: Completely revised to allow for more student-lead exploration and more fascinating details for each country. Printed in color. Schedule included in Core F.||New Schedule Plus for AP Biology science course.|
|One Year World History, previously called Alt 6 and Alt 7, is renamed W|
|Core 300 History Study Guide and schedule were completely rewritten to include the new text, The Visual History of the Modern World, with new insights, questions, and answers.|
|New Career Planning Course for high school students, including our College and Career Planning Guide.|
|New Economics Course for high school students, including our Schedule and Notes for Economics.|
|Eastern Hemisphere Explorer: Updated sections on the Middle East and Africa to match the new 2007 articles in World Book.||Levels K-6: All of Sonlight's Language Arts programs for Levels K-6 were completely revised and redesigned this year. Each new guide features a revamped writing program, a new, lighter approach to grammar instruction, redesigned Activity Sheets, and more! Each new program uses an easy-to-teach, fun-to-use approach that parents and students alike will enjoy. Our new creative writing assignments will take the mystery out of how to teach writing and provide students with many challenging, creative tasks. In particular, new Story-Starter Picture assignments will test the limits of your children's imaginations.||Exploring Creation with Physical Science: Newly released 2nd edition of this book covers earth science, introductory chemistry, and introductory physics. Schedule Plus for this product has been updated.|
|Core 100: Bible package updated with 4 new books: 1) God’s Will, God’s Best 2) Why Pray 3) Evidence for Jesus; and 4) The Bible Jesus Read.|
|Core 300: 20th Century Day By Day book was replaced with a CD-ROM version.|
|Core 100 updated to include answer
key sets for study guides. Answers removed from the
study guides. Literary Analysis added.
|Student Activity Sheets for Language Arts 3 upgraded
to lighten the load and spread out the introduction of
|Discover and Do Volume 3 released.|
|New customizable Reader packs created for K-2 which
includes Reader Study Guides.
|4-day option removed from Language Arts K and
Language Arts 2 Advanced .
|Core A redesigned and updated.||Language Arts 2 Advanced Student Activity Sheets
created for new books. New schedule created to
accommodate new book titles
|Language Arts 240 schedule created for optional
workbooks. Available online only.
|Created a new Level 2 Intermediate Reader
package with a schedule, as well as dictation,
phonics, and creative expression
|Creative writing assignments were edited and revised, including adding new examples.||Discover and Do Volume 2 video released. Scheduled in 1 so you can watch Professor Justin perform each experiment before you try them.|
|New 7th World History program centered
around Story of the World, Vol 3 & 4 . This is
part 2 of a 2 year study.
|All LA Activity Sheets for all levels were thoroughly edited and proofread to ensure accuracy.||Added Schedule Plus guide for Physics science course.|
|American History In-Depth , previously named
HCG, is renamed 100-01
|Activity sheets edited to streamline and simplify instruction.|
|History of God's Kingdom , previously named 8TB, is renamed 200-01||Material from previous 8TL was incorporated into 200-01 Core guide.|
|Made book changes and structural changes to level 200, including removing the boy/girl designations, adding literary analysis, and integrating the creative writing assignments with the reading. This guide was previously published as 8TB.||Created new Grammar Guide with expanded instruction and examples of all grammar concepts taught.|
|20th-Century World History , previously named 9TB, is renamed 300-01||Added a new "Before You Begin" introduction to every guide to help better prepare customers for the course.|
|Civics/American Government , previously named ATB, is renamed 400-01||Dictation assignments were realigned to better fit with the reader schedules.|
|Survey of British Literature, previously named BLT, is renamed 530||Grammar assignments within the guides were simplified and streamlined to making completing the assignment easier.|
|Created answer key sets for high school
guides. Removed the answer from the study
|Preschool Guide revised and combined into
a single book.
|Updated Eastern Hemisphere Explorer for
new version of World Book encyclopedia.
Revised the Table of Contents to make
sections easier to find.
|New samples added to the website to
explain schedule page symbols.
|Preschool Guide extensively revised: added songs and activities, bound in colorful, illustrated, easy to hold booklet.||6TL developed to coordinate with our new World History, Part 1 course. The retitled 6aTL coordinates with One Year Condensed World History course.||Discover and Do video released. Scheduled in A so you can watch Professor Ike perform each experiment before you try them.|
|New 6th World History program centered around Story of the World, Vol 1 & 2 . This is part 1 of a 2 year study. Part 2 will release in 2005.||Creative writing assignments were revised to offer optional assignments using interactive computer technology for student practice and evaluation. (4th-8th)||3rd incorporates Usborne's new internet linked version of Mysteries and Marvels of Nature . Added biography of Rachel Carson, marine biologist/ecologist.|
|One Year World History for middle grades continues, based on Children's History of the World.||Research Paper packet with comprehensive instructions incorporated into Appendix for 3rd and higher.||Answer Key included for computer unit in 5th.|
|Complete map keys for all geography assignments, K-10. Keys follow each book for easy reference.||Expanded Glossary of Grammar Rules for 2nd and higher.||Added Schedule Plus guides for 7th-9th Apologia science courses.|
|Create-a-Calendar added to K. This interactive teaching tool is designed to keep your child engaged regularly as he learns calendar features.||Added Certificate of Completion to recognized achievement for your child at the end of each course.|
|Sing the Word: God Our Provider added to 2nd. Continues the series of songs on CD to reinforce this year's memory verses.|
|Eastern Hemisphere Explorer schedule in 5th adds a variety of fun and interactive activities to reinforce the World Book reading daily.|
|8th-10th guides reorganized. Notes arranged into Study Guides for each book, complete with commentary, questions and|
|Symbols on appropriate assignment in schedule pages alert you to timeline and map assignments. New timeline figure sets and expanded and improved with beautiful illustrations.|
|Added Certificate of Completion to recognized achievement for your child at the end of each course.|
|Changed title of "Basic" to "Core" to better describe this package as 'core' or central to necessary subjects for each year.||Released How to Write a Research Paper in appendix, plus for sale as a separate research paper packet||Activity sheets redesigned with lots of engaging new illustrations; more age-appropriate activities|
|grade numbers removed from Igs so that the Title/Subject matter is emphasized rather than the "grade"||Coordinated Research Paper assignments between Core and LA (3rd - 10th)||full Answer Keys mirror student activity sheets|
|Answers to Markable map assignments keyed to set of teacher maps included in the K-6 Guides||book report samples added to 1st - 6th Guides||4- and 5-Day schedules separated and printed back-to-back|
|questions for all readers completed; artwork added to illustrate||new computer unit offered in 5th|
|time line information checked and revised with new Time Line Figures and very clearly designated|
|Released Part 2 of the 2 year Intro to World History program (Core B and 2)|
|answers provided for vocab, cultural literacy, and research questions for all Core IGs|
|new and improved timeline assignments and figure sets|
|week day indications (Monday, Tuesday, etc.) changed to Day 1, Day 2, etc||week day indications (Monday, Tuesday, etc.) changed to Day 1, Day 2, etc||week day indications (Monday, Tuesday, etc.) changed to Day 1, Day 2, etc|
|I Can Read it! Revised And reformatted into a 4 volume, small format set. Three volumes of controlled-vocabulary stories, one volume of word lists to teach spelling patterns.||new I Can Read It! books offered (4 vol set)|
|Basic "1" becomes first half of a two year World History program||Age appropriate learning activities with complete instructions and answer keys|
|History of God's Kingdom program for high school completely re-written||4- and 5-Day schedules printed back-to-back; arranged to enable you to file your preference prominently|
|4- and 5-Day schedules printed back-to-back; arranged to enable you to file your preference prominently||notes moved off schedule pages to notes pages following each schedule page|
|notes moved off schedule pages to history, reader, read-aloud study guides; divider tabs for each are now included||Regular and Advanced reader programs K-3 offered as separate Guides|
|new questions, plus setting and date added to the Guide for each reader (2-advanced-8th)||binders included with all K-6 LA Guides for use with student activity sheets|
|all K-6 readers now have cultural literacy, comprehension, narration, geography, nature studies, and other similar questions||handwriting schedule open so you can choose your own program, schedules posted on our website|
|vocabulary development exercises moved from LA Guide to Basic/Core Guide||offered a new LA program to coordinate with One-Year American History Basic/Core (Alt 4)|
|provided learning objectives for all History books||check off boxes added for recording completion of assignments|
|"Teacher Manuals" renamed "Instructor's Guides" to better reflect the focus and extensive tools available||"Teacher Manuals" renamed "Instructor's Guides" to better reflect the focus and extensive tools available||"Teacher Manuals" renamed "Instructor's Guides" to better reflect the focus and extensive tools available|
|New 4- and 5-Day Schedules; schedule pages in cleaner format so easier to read and with room for you to note progress||massive IG upgrade, expansion, and revision-including Readers schedule added spelling rules and work lists added, full schedule of Creative Writing exercises||New 4- and 5-Day Schedules; schedule pages in cleaner format with room for you to note progress|
|Introducing Sonlight booklet released||New 4- and 5-Day Schedules; schedule pages in cleaner format so easier to read and with room for you to note progress||separate student activity sheets with answers in notes section added|
|separate student activity sheets and complete answer keys with thorough instructions added||Shopping/Planning List added to help you anticipate common items you will supply for experiments the following week|
|glossary of phonics rules and answer keys w/ instructions added|
|Major Teacher's Manuals upgrades and innovations, including Read-Aloud comprehension, narration, cultural literacy and geography questions add; booklists added to all Cores||Major Teacher's Manuals upgrades including phonics instruction directly related to dictation assignments|
|Civics/American Government program for high school introduced||added Student Activity Sheets K-2 & Answer Keys w/Instructions|
|K-2 in-depth discovery questions for readalouds added||added book lists to all K-7; new reader schedules|
|self-stick label color-matched to Basic/Core manual name tag to label your books for easy reference||vocabulary development based on readalouds added to K-2|
|180-day and week designations added to allow you full flexibility in defining your own schedule||180-day and week designations added to allow you full flexibility in defining your own schedule||180-day and week designations added to allow more flexibility to match your schedule|
|I Can Read It! revised;||The Latin Road to English Grammar offered||High School Science expanded ; Lyrical Life Science offered|
|"Young Earth, Old Earth" article addressing various theories of Creation included|
|Unreached Peoples video offered; 1998 World Book Multimedia Encyclopedia offered; Draw Today program offered; Audio Memory Kits (Grammar Songs Kit and Geography Songs Kit ) offered||Sonlight Curriculum Phonics (I Can Read It!) introduced|
|"Complete Curricula" changed to "Basic Curricula" because we now offer each subject (History, LA, Science, Math) separately to add more flexibility for you.||LA Guide offered in separate three hole punched, shrink-wrapped format so you can mix-and-match all subjects and levels||Science Guide offered in separate three hole punched, shrink-wrapped format so you can mix-and-match all subjects and levels|
|Basic Bible, History, and Readers schedule now formatted directly on the record/schedule sheets|
|Stiff dividers included to separate the 36 weeks in all manuals||Stiff dividers included to separate the 36 weeks in all manuals||Stiff dividers included to separate the 36 weeks in all manuals|
|Each week printed on its own sheet to facilitate intermixing the schedules for all your children in all subjects by week;||Each week printed on its own sheet to facilitate intermixing the schedules for all your children in all subjects by week;||Each week printed on its own sheet to facilitate intermixing the schedules for all your children in all subjects by week;|
|unique color per subject (Basic/Core = white) so that you can easily distinguish the different subjects||unique color per subject (Basic/Core = white) so that you can easily distinguish the different subjects||unique color per subject (Basic/Core = white) so that you can easily distinguish the different subjects|
|All pages foot noted with grade, week and page number||All pages foot noted with grade, week and page number||All pages foot noted with grade, week and page number|
|Sonlight Curriculum Time Line developed; figures integrated into Basic/Core curricula (K-6) to provide even more context for your student; spiral bound time-line book offered|
|20th Century World History program for high school offered|