Exploring American History - 2022 Version

History / Bible / Literature K, Grade 2 Readers, 5-Day
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Sonlight K (2022 Version) is a delightful, age-appropriate Kindergarten American History program, done in Sonlight's signature style. In this 36-week program, you'll give your students their first taste of American history. This program will inspire a love of learning as you explore America's unique history.


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The 2022 version of History / Bible / Literature K focuses on American History. The new 2023 version of History / Bible / Literature K focuses on World Cultures. Purchase the 2023 version here.

Young adventurers: Discover America's history

The History / Bible / Literature program Sonlighters have been wishing for—a delightful, age-appropriate Kindergarten American History program, done in Sonlight's signature style. Available in 4- or 5-Day!

In this 36-week program, you'll give your students their first taste of American history.

Sonlight K shares the stories of key events and important people in American history. You'll encounter key statesmen and meet the four presidents on Mount Rushmore. You'll cover the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, "The Star-Spangled Banner" (the song and the flag itself), and much more.

You won't find another program like this on the market. It's unique. And fascinating and fun!

In Sonlight K, you'll:

  • Inspire a love of learning as you explore America's unique history.
  • Read stories of the men and women, artists and presidents, plus a computer programmer, an enslaved potter, a determined dog, a joyful puppeteer—more than three score short biographies.
  • Feast on more than two dozen of the best children's books on the planet, carefully selected from the tens of thousands published each year.
  • Guide your children confidently each day: you get lesson plans, teaching tips and materials for the entire year.
  • Purchase this History / Bible / Literature package and you'll get free shipping (lower 48), a one-year guarantee and other perks.

Estimated daily time for Exploring American History plus your other subjects: Student: 1.5-2 hrs | Parent: 1-1.5 hrs

Overview of the Bible

The Bible portion of the program includes an album of memory songs and The One Year Bible for Children, an excellent overview of the stories of the Scriptures.

The included Sing the Word CD helps you hide God's Word in your heart with memorization exercises. This CD (also includes the digital version), scheduled in the Sonlight K Instructor's Guide, wonderfully complements the rest of the Bible curriculum included in Exploring American History.

Overview of the History

In Sonlight K, our new History spine ties the year's studies together. The sixty chapters in the two-volume Heroes and Happenings introduces children to a wide range of people and events from American History. Some of them are well known, like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Some are far more obscure, like Dave the Potter, an enslaved African American who inscribed rhymes on his pots at a time when the enslaved were forbidden from learning to read, or Temple Grandin, the autistic professor who transformed how people manage cattle.

Besides this foundational two-volume text, the 4-Day History program includes timeline figures and seven additional books (and the 5-Day program adds three more!). Enjoy a deeper dive into the Revolutionary War, Westward Expansion, the time of the Pilgrims, and more.

You'll learn the stories of key events and important people in American history. In these enthralling books, lavish with illustrations and maps, You'll read a bit from the four big wars (Revolutionary, Civil, WWI, WWII), and the four presidents on Mount Rushmore. You'll cover the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the American flag, "The Star-Spangled Banner," and the Statue of Liberty.

You'll learn about events in almost every one of the 50 states. You'll learn about people from a range of religions and ethnicities, with diverse skin colors and contributions.

As a complete program, this history program is stunning.

Overview of the Literature

You'll enjoy more than a dozen of the best children's books on the planet, books carefully selected from the tens of the thousands published each year.

The Read-Alouds in History / Bible / Literature K are a tremendous treat! Seventeen marvelous books in the 4-Day program, plus four additional titles in 5-Day (which are truly most excellent; even if you opt for the 4-Day program, these four are well worth adding to your order).

Enjoy animal books and adventure books, and books about life in interesting places. Beautifully written, age appropriate, appealing illustrations, humorous plots—this is a program to celebrate, with books the team has carefully curated over many years. (Early elementary is one of the hardest ages to find good books—children still have limited vocabulary and prefer short chapters).

Grade 2 Readers

The Grade 2 Readers package is ideal for children who have progressed to reading long-vowel, 5- and 6-letter words with moderate fluency. By the end of the program they will have progressed to reading chapter books.

The Beginner's Bible, with full-color illustrations and simple text, takes up a good portion of the academic year.

The 17 additional titles (!) are a truly amazing collection of early readers.

There are some funny stories (Mouse Tales, Amelia Bedelia). Some history (Titanic: Lost and Found, Pompeii: Buried Alive! and Hill of Fire). Some historical fiction (Wagon Wheels, The Big Balloon Race, The Sword in the Tree). And three of the beautiful Frog and Toad books, funny and poignant. (Oh! And a detective story, which somehow matches the tone of Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon, but written for young children! Incredible!)

This is a witty, charming, interesting collection for early readers.

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Instructor's Guide
  • One Year Bible for Children
    Read through the Bible in one year with this Children's Bible story book and devotional for young children. Complete with beautiful illustrations. Gilbert Beers.
    Retail: $17.99
  • Sing the Word! Teach Me Your Paths CD
    A great mnemonic aid: the entire set of 28 Scripture verses in the Bible K Memory program (plus a bonus track!) set to diverse musical styles. Beautifully arranged for children's voices using orchestral...
    Retail: $15.99
  • Granny Han's Breakfast
    When Granny Han went to her cupboard one morning, her cupboard was bare! Granny prayed for her food anyway, and before she knew it, a large and wonderful breakfast appeared before her eyes.
    Retail: $5.99
  • Heroes and Happenings Vol. 1
    Introduce your kindergarten student to American History with this age-appropriate kindergarten history book. Volume 1. Amy Lykosh.
    Retail: $26.00
  • Heroes and Happenings Vol. 2
    Learn about people and events throughout American History with this age-appropriate kindergarten history book. Volume 2. Amy Lykosh.
    Retail: $26.00
  • Abandoned on the Wild Frontier
    Young Peter is left alone on the frontier when his father is killed and his mother is kidnapped. The story of his life with a circuit-rider evangelist and his on-going search for his mother. Dave and...
    Retail: $7.99
  • Timeline Figures - K
    All the Timeline Figures needed for Sonlight Kindergarten History (2022 Version) on self-adhesive heavy card stock. Just cut them out, color and stick them in your Timeline Book.
    Retail: $12.00
  • Maps and Globes
    An excellent introduction to maps and map reading for kindergarten. Large, full-color illustrations. Includes activities. Knowlton and Barton.
    Retail: $8.99
  • George vs. George
    There are two sides to every story! This wonderfully illustrated book shows both sides of the American Revolution through the eyes of George Washington and King George III. Rosalyn Schanzer.
    Retail: $6.95
  • How We Crossed the West
    Beautifully rendered folk-style illustrations help bring to life the story of Lewis and Clark. Descriptive text is taken from their historical journals. Rosalyn Schanzer.
    Retail: $7.95
  • The Very First Americans
    Learn all about the first Americans. Watercolor paintings depict the clothing, dwellings, art, tools, and other Native American artifacts. Ashrose and Waldman.
    Retail: $5.99
  • The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal
    The story of DeWitt Clinton, a young politician who has a dream to build a canal to connect the Hudson River with the Great Lakes. You won't want to miss this trip! Cheryl Harness.
    Retail: $7.99
  • Three Young Pilgrims
    Based on the true story of the Allerton family. Experience life aboard the Mayflower followed by the first winter in the New World. Cherly Harness.
    Retail: $7.99
  • The New York Colony
    A True Book: Thirteen Colonies series allows readers to experience what makes each of America's colonies distinctive and exceptional.
    Retail: $6.95
  • Your Life as a Settler in Colonial America
    Describes the life of a settler in Colonial America, addressing work ethic and expectations, education, food, hygiene, dress, and slavery.
    Retail: $8.95
  • Civil War on Sunday
    Cannon fire! That's what Jack and Annie hear when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the time of the American Civil War.
    Retail: $6.99
  • The Llama Who Had No Pajama
    From silly to contemplative, a satisfying collection of 100 favorite poems. Young readers of all levels will eat this up, and come back for more. Delightfully illustrated.
    Retail: $8.99
  • Richard Scarry's Please and Thank You Book
    A series of stories featuring Huckle, Lowly, Pig Will, Pig Won't, and other characters who demonstrate the good will generated by nice manners. Zany pictures and stories help reinforce manners lessons.
    Retail: $5.99
  • My Father's Dragon
    A delightful story about a boy who rescues a sweet young dragon from her enemies through the judicious use of the unlikely items he has stored in his knapsack.
    Retail: $7.95
  • Dolphin Adventure
    Eighty feet below the ocean's surface, Wayne Grover encounters three dolphins, one with a large fish hook stuck in his back.
    Retail: $5.99
  • A Grain of Rice
    A humble farmer wants to marry the Emperor's daughter . . . and succeeds because of his wisdom.
    Retail: $7.99
  • The Boxcar Children
    The classic Gertrude Chandler Warner book about four orphans who have to fend for themselves.
    Retail: $7.99
  • Dolphin Treasure
    Sequel to Dolphin Adventure. Wayne is searching for buried treasure that sunk with a Spanish galleon off the Florida coast when a storm arises and his dolphin friend comes to his rescue.
    Retail: $6.99
  • Little House in the Big Woods
    In the late 1870's, wolves, panthers and bears roam the deep Wisconsin woods. In those same woods, Laura lives with Pa and Ma, and her sisters, Mary and Baby Carrie, in a snug little house built of logs.
    Retail: $8.99
  • Anna Hibiscus
    Learn all about a different culture while sharing Anna's experiences in Africa with her family. Short stories perfect for younger children. Atinuke.
    Retail: $7.99
  • The Terrible Two
    Miles Murphy, the town prankster, is forced to move to a sleepy village that's famous for one thing only: cows. A wonderful story of joining forces and making a new friend. Barnett and John.
    Retail: $8.99
  • Adventures of a South Pole Pig
    Flora the pig is an adventurer! Join her as she sets her heart on becoming a sled dog (well, a sled pig) and takes an exhilarating--and dangerous--trip aboard a ship to Antartica. Chris Kurtz.
    Retail: $7.99
  • Travels with my Family
    A unique look at what makes the perfect family vacation. An amusing tale of family life on the road. Homel and Gay.
    Retail: $8.95
  • The Silver Balloon
    A captivating story about a young boy who acquires a pen pal in an unusual way. Susan Bonners.
    Retail: $9.99
  • 26 Fairmount Avenue
    A Newbery Honor book ... an entertaining and charming story about the childhood experiences of author Tomie dePaola.
    Retail: $6.99
  • The World According to Humphrey
    Experience the world through the eyes of a young hamster. Humphrey spends the week in a classroom, and each weekend travels to the home of a different student. A great story about encouraging others....
    Retail: $7.99
  • Just Dance
    A memorable tale about a young girl facing a seemingly boring summer on her family's farm. An intriguing look at small town life. Patricia Mclachlan.
    Retail: $7.99
  • Roxie and the Hooligans
    The story of Roxie, a little girl with a big imagination. She knows how to handle all situations from reading her books, but has to put her wits and adventurous spirit to work to outsmart some school...
    Retail: $7.99
  • The Missing Mummy (A to Z Mysteries)
    Help Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose solve mysteries from A to Z!
    Retail: $6.99
  • Heartwood Hotel: A True Home
    This delightfully enticing start of a new chapter book series tells a tale of friendship, courage, and community, with exquisite black-and-white illustrations throughout. The reader will become involved...
    Retail: $6.99
  • Franklin Endicott and the Third Key
    The latest tale from Deckawoo Drive and New York Times best-selling creators Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen is a balm for young worrywarts facing the unknown.
    Retail: $6.99
  • Feelings
    A classic picture book that is a great way to explore feelings with kids. Sometimes it's hard for children to understand or explain their feelings. This book encourages dialogue about emotions. Aliki.
    Retail: $7.99
  • Frog and Toad are Friends
    Five more easy-to-read stories in this delightful series.
    Retail: $4.99
  • Frog and Toad Together
    Frog and Toad are back with more silly adventures.
    Retail: $4.99
  • Owl at Home
    Five easy-to-read stories about an owl who's not so wise after all.
    Retail: $4.99
  • Hill of Fire
    Exciting, true story of a volcano that erupted in a Mexican farmer's field.
    Retail: $4.99
  • Pompeii: Buried Alive!
    Famous volcanic explosion "freezes" an ancient Italian city in volcanic ash.
    Retail: $4.99
  • Titanic: Lost and Found
    The ship so big "even God can't sink it" is lost on its first--and last--voyage.
    Retail: $5.99
  • Wagon Wheels
    A black family moves west after being freed in the Civil War.
    Retail: $4.99
  • The Big Balloon Race
    A suspense-filled, true story of a small girl who helps her mother fly in a hot air balloon race in the 1880s.
    Retail: $5.99
  • Mouse Tales
    Delightful book about a father mouse who puts his offspring to bed by telling them each a "mouse tale."
    Retail: $4.99
  • The Beginner's Bible
    Ninety-five beginner Bible stories from Scripture in easy-to-read language.
    Retail: $22.99
  • Daniel's Duck
    Daniel enters a carved duck in the county fair.
    Retail: $5.99
  • Nate the Great
    Great adventure of a boy detective and his dog.
    Retail: $6.99
  • The Fire Cat
    A bad, bored cat finds that serving others is more fun than hurting them.
    Retail: $4.99
  • Greg's Microscope
    An accurate, entertaining look at the wonders of nature as seen through a microscope.
    Retail: $4.99
  • Frog and Toad All Year
    Five delightful stories of two wonderful friends.
    Retail: $4.99
  • Amelia Bedelia
    What library would be complete without at least one book about this unbelievable housemaid who takes everything absolutely too literally?
    Retail: $4.99
  • Surprises
    Thirty-eight poems that are sure to please.
    Retail: $4.99
  • The Sword in the Tree
    Lord Weldon's son and wife, displaced by a wicked uncle, appeal to King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table to see justice done.
    Retail: $5.99
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