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
Sonlight offers complete language arts programs for Kindergarten through High School.
"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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Develop excellent writers with Sonlight's proven language arts method. Learn more below!
Sonlight's Approach to Language Arts
When your children were young, you taught them to speak as you spoke to them. In the same vein, children learn to write by learning from good models of writing—and trying out those models for themselves. We call this the natural approach to Language Arts.
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 History / Bible / Literature program. As your children grow, these activities will guide them through writing their first sentences, simple paragraphs, and stories, until they're eventually writing gripping creative works and compelling scholarly papers.
Learning to Write with the Natural Method
With Sonlight, students learn by writing a little every day. Writing lessons come from the books your children read throughout the year. As a result, they remember and comprehend more and more.
Sonlight creative writing lessons apply Dr. Beechick's natural learning method where children learn by discovery. They observe, analyze, and seek to emulate what they have seen a master wordsmith do before them.
Students practice copywork and dictation to absorb critical writing skills from excellent writers.
Students learn grammar gradually, in the context of daily copywork. Sonlight also uses natural language-oriented student Activity Sheets to provide additional instruction in grammar.
Students learn writing mechanics&emdash;from similes to diction to organization&emdas;as they build on each day's practice.
Students explore creative writing with tools like story-starter pictures and journals.
Students write about what they learn in history, science and literature.
An optional fifth day offers students a chance to play with the written word as they try fun exercises from puzzles to palindromes.
Sonlight's Language Arts for Elementary Students
Watch your children's writing skills blossom as they encounter spelling words tied to phonics principles in Sonlight Language Arts up through 2nd grade. In the upper elementary grades, they continue to build vocabulary with words from their books. Meanwhile, they reinforce correct spelling through your choice of highly effective spelling programs.
In History / Bible / Literature E through J, young writers learn to do research, draft a wide variety of papers, and edit their work. Writing assignments range from personal letters and stories to advertisements and news items.
In every assignment, you'll find plenty of examples to follow from the books your students read. These are the "good models" your children learn to emulate. Over time, they grow from these examples.
Sonlight's Language Arts for Middle and High School Students
As your students grow in understanding, they move from basic writing to analysis—and discover what makes writing truly great.
Students in middle school through high school continue to write creative papers similar to their work in earlier years but at a higher level. They also analyze and write about the books they read, delving into plot, characterization, mood, setting and more.
New and experienced Sonlighters alike will find these natural method programs a fresh and appealing way to learn to write well.
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