Sonlight Read-Alouds begin in Preschool with beautifully illustrated picture books. By Sonlight A, the Read-Alouds are short chapter-books with some illustrations. Each year as the children get older, the Read-Alouds have fewer illustrations, and the books grow longer and have more complex plots. They often interweave with your
Carefully chosen to be age-appropriate, the Read-Alouds
are weightier books than the
Readers, with more challenging
vocabulary and more thought-provoking topics. This way, you have a chance to explain
things as you go along, to talk
with your children about what
you’re reading and what you’re
thinking as you read. This is
where true discipleship occurs,
where you are talking with your children
“when you sit in your house and when you
walk by the way and when you lie down
and when you rise up” (Deuteronomy 6:7).
In earlier Sonlight levels, we focus on selecting marvelous children's books. In the younger years, we want children to become captivated by exceptional books and inspire them with the joy of learning. We want them to love school—or, as some Sonlight parents have said, "My son doesn't even know we're doing school! He just figures we're having fun."
In the upper Sonlight levels, most of the Read-Alouds connect with the events, periods, and people that your child is studying in History. When you study WWII, for example, the Read-Alouds will include books set in occupied Holland or France, or reveal life in Britain during the Blitz.
Besides a dozen or so books of prose, each Sonlight program includes at least one book of poetry. Most of these are collections of outstanding poems by various authors, though some years a program focuses on a single poet. Poetry uses language in creative ways, and we're pleased to be able to share a wide variety of reading materials with your family.