Note: Our family is no longer using Sonlight, but I am keeping these posts available for those who are interested. For more information on why we have changed course, READ HERE.
Part 1 – Why We Bought Sonlight
I am not even going to presume myself to be a Sonlight expert, but I’ve gotten some questions about it and thought it might prove to be an interesting topic. So right up front here in the title of this series, I’m going to tell you I’ve been using Sonlight a whopping 6 weeks. With that knowledge in the back of your mind, read on…
Sonlight has always been one of those curricula I dismissed as “not for me.” I don’t know if maybe the price tag scared me so much that in a sort of “sour-grapes” attitude I was trying to convince myself I really wasn’t missing much? Or perhaps I was just overwhelmed by yet another curriculum. No matter the reason, it wasn’t until my friend Carrie took the leap a year and a half ago that I even began to take note of Sonlight.
Carrie considered Sonlight a breath of fresh air…like she had finally come home. When I asked her husband how he felt about the price tag, he exclaimed the peace of mind it gave her was worth every penny! Now THAT got my attention!
Then my friend Sarah began using Sonlight. Her personality is very similar to mine when it comes to homeschooling. We’re both rather laid back…maybe too laid back at times. One of my biggest fears with using a curriculum like Sonlight was that it would force me into a schedule. However, here was Sarah telling me she never feels boxed in by Sonlight. She felt like she was accomplishing a lot without feeling like a schedule was looming over her head.
Okay…so far, so good.
Then, Kimberly at Raising Olives did a series on Homeschooling and included her experience with using Sonlight for 7…count them..7 years. I couldn’t even imagine for one second what it must be like to use a curriculum for SEVEN YEARS. Now, that must be SOME curriculum!
So, I began researching…and researching…and researching. (yep, I was slightly obsessive!)
I just happened to have a Sonlight catalog on hand because I’ve always loved to peruse their book lists. I read that catalog frontwards and backwards. I dog-eared, I sticky-noted, I scribbled all over the thing until it was in shreds. (obsessive? ya think?)
From there, the only thing left to do was to take the matter to prayer (and confer with my husband, of course!)
Sonlight just seemed like a good fit…my literature background, my children’s voracious reading habits, my need for flexible structure (how’s that for an oxymoron?) And so we took the money from savings and bought Core 3+4.
So, now you know WHY we bought the curriculum. Next post I’ll attempt to explain our reasoning for buying that particular Core.