Sonlight Homeschool

Language Arts Curriculum

Help your children become excellent readers and writers with Sonlight Language Arts. Sonlight's Language Arts links well with your History / Bible / Literature program. We offer both a full Language Arts program, as well as additional supplements

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Sonlight offers complete language arts programs for Kindergarten through High School.

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Add to your language arts program with a variety of materials, including handwriting, spelling, and vocabulary tools. 

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Get more information about Sonlight's approach to language arts and find a free eBook and helpful links.

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Take the Free Homeschool Language Arts Assessment

Children’s abilities vary greatly in the younger years, so choose the Language Arts program that matches your child's ability to read.

Homeschool Language Arts Programs

"Workbooks don't really teach children how to write effectively," says Dr. Ruth Beechick, homeschool expert and author of The Three R's. Instead, students best learn to write well as they:

  • Listen to good writing,
  • Look at good writing,
  • Copy good writing, 
  • Then, finally, write on their own!

"Benjamin Franklin taught himself to write this way," explains Dr. Beechick. Benjamin Franklin outlined essays he admired, put them aside for a few days, and later tried an original article by following his outline. "He compared his writing with the model to see where he fell short. Then he tried another, improving his writing all the while."

Sonlight Language Arts programs flow from this principle. Each program guides your children through well-paced writing activities based on the Readers they’re already enjoying in their HBL program.

With Sonlight Language Arts, your students will practice natural learning exercises like these. And practice is key!

Introductory Programs

For Sonlight History / Bible / Literature Levels K-C, we recommend you choose your language arts program based on your student's ability. Children’s abilities vary greatly in the younger years, so pick the program that matches your child's reading level. Our free language arts assessment can help you gauge this. 

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Language Arts K

Teach your children the alphabet and letter sounds. Serve as their scribe as they begin to practice creative writing. Imitate good writing during weekly copywork exercises.

Age Range: 5-6
Grade Range: K

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Language Arts 1

Read more advanced short words. Serve as your children's scribe as they write their first short stories. Imitate good writing during weekly copywork exercises.

Age Range: 6-8
Grade Range: 1

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Language Arts 2

Help your children learn to form and organize their thoughts. You might still serve as their scribe as they construct basic sentences and simple paragraphs.

Age Range: 7-9
Grade Range: 2

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Language Arts 3

Use the unique Diamond Notes to guide your children step-by-step through the process of writing winning paragraphs. Imitate good writing during weekly copywork exercises.

Age Range: 8-10
Grade Range: 3

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Language Arts 4

Write sentences and short paragraphs relatively independently. Imitate good writing during weekly copywork exercises.

Age Range: 9-12
Grade Range: 4

Intermediate Programs

Your student has likely learned to read by Sonlight History / Bible / Literature D, so now you will begin to "read to learn" with Language Arts that matches your History / Bible / Literature level.

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Language Arts D

Explore various writing styles while learning about mechanics such as similes, metaphors and hyperbole. Imitate good writing during weekly dictation excercises.

Age Range: 9-12

Grade Range: 4-7

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Language Arts D+E

Explore various writing styles and practice advanced writing techniques such as varying sentence length, using active voice, and creating authentic dialog. Recognize and imitate good writing during weekly dictation exercises.

Age Range: 10-13

Grade Range: 5-8

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Language Arts E

Explore various writing styles and take on advanced writing mechanics and techniques. Recognize and imitate good writing during weekly dictation exercises.

Age Range: 10-13

Grade Range: 5-8

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Language Arts F

Let creativity blossom through more challenging writing assignments in a variety of writing styles. Imitate good writing during weekly dictation exercises.

Age Range: 11-14

Grade Range: 6-9

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Language Arts G

Tackle advanced writing assignments and explore basic literary analysis. Imitate good writing with weekly dictation.

Age Range: 12-14

Grade Range: 7-9

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Language Arts W

Tackle advanced writing assignments and explore basic literary analysis. Imitate good writing with weekly dictation. (Same basic material as Language Arts G.)

Age Range: 12-14

Grade Range: 7-9

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Language Arts H

Increase mastery of the written word through excercises blending grammar, mechanics, and creative instruction. 

Age Range: 13-15

Grade Range: 8-10

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Language Arts J

Bridge skills between Middle School and High School. Analyze books, do creative writing, and practice for the SAT.

Age Range: 13-15

Grade Range: 8-10

High School Programs

In high school, mix-and-match our upper-level History programs with upper-level Language Arts programs to make the best program for your student.

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American Historial Literature

Sonlight 130 Course

American Historical Literature is a roughly chronological journey through American History. From Alaska’s Yukon Gold Rush to the Jim Crow South, from Iroquois life in New York to a California girl moving to Mexico, students enjoy a wide variety of settings and genres.

Age Range: 13-15

Grade Range: 8-10

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Classical Literature

Sonlight 230 Course

Stories set mostly chronologically through history, mostly by British authors, you’ll travel from first-century Israel to World War II and beyond. An especially rich range of genres, with intellectually challenging books—coupled with delightful books.

Age Range: 14-17

Grade Range: 9-11

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20th Century Literature

Sonlight 330 Course

From the novelty of the first flush toilet in town to nuclear war—the 20th Century changed everything. This course is a powerful, beautiful collection from this incredible century.

Age Range: 16-18

Grade Range: 10-12

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American Literature

Sonlight 430 Course

Practice in-depth analysis on classics of American literature. This course includes a balanced mix of books you learn how to read for all they're worth.

Age Range: 17-18

Grade Range: 11-12

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World Literature

Sonlight 530 Course

Explore how writers have repeated themes over 4000 years and six continents. In this course you will capture the shared humanity of writers around the world.

Age Range: 17-18

Grade Range: 11-12

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British Literature

Sonlight 630 Course

A college-prep survey of significant, beautiful literature. A largely self-guided course, students evaluate beauty and literature from an academic perspective and biblical worldview.

Age Range: 17-18

Grade Range: 11-12

Homeschool Language Arts Materials

Looking for specific Language Arts materials? If your children need additional practice, prefer a workbook program, or you would like to supplement our natural-language learning approach, we provide a number of optional language arts resources and supplements.

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Phonics

Sonlight's early language arts programs include a phonics foundation. You will also find basic phonics for spelling rules in our language arts Instructor's Guide. If you would like to supplement this instruction, browse our homeschool phonics resources here.

Spelling

Spelling is included in Sonlight Language Arts programs through level 4. Spelling You See is included in our All-Subjects Packages for levels D-F. Browse all spelling products here.

Handwriting

Find homeschool handwriting and penmanship programs here. Choose from one of three prize-winning programs: Handwriting Without Tears, A Reason for Handwriting and Getty-Dubay Italic Handwriting.

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Activity Sheets

Language Arts Activity Sheets reinforce your teaching and provide assignments that make your children eager to learn how to write well. A variety of activity options coordinate with your students' language arts studies and draw on a range of skills and interests. Weekly notes provide answers to grammar questions and suggested responses for creative writing assignments. Each student should have their own set of Activity Sheets.

Homeschool Language Arts Supplements

For those looking to supplement Sonlight's natural-language learning approach, we provide a number of optional Language Arts supplements here.

Vocabulary

Grammar

Reference Tools

Writing Tools

Analogies

Additional Information

Develop excellent writers with Sonlight's proven language arts method. Learn more below!

Sonlight's Approach to Language Arts
Learning to Write with the Natural Method
Sonlight's Language Arts for Elementary Students
Sonlight's Language Arts for Middle and High School Students
A Beginner's Guide to Language Arts ebookA Beginner's Guide to Language Arts ebook

Confused About Language Arts?

Download this FREE, Beginner's Blueprint to Language Arts guide and get the confidence you need to teach Language Arts today.

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