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In Praise of Sonlight

Homeschooling can be a challenge. From choosing a curriculum to the daily implementation and teaching, it can be daunting. But, I have found a homeschooling gem in Sonlight.

I am not a teacher by training. I have no idea what books to read my children. I could go into a library and search through books, but, I will be honest, other than the classics like Charlotte's Web and The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, I do not know what books to choose. I want to read my children quality books. Books that are well written, have rich story lines, incredible characters, and books that weave in positive morals and life lessons. Books, that Charlotte Mason called, Living Books.

I have been using the Sonlight Curriculum for a year a half now. I chose it because I liked it's science curriculum. J loves science and I searched for a curriculum that had a solid and extensive science program. I liked Sonlight enough to stay with it again this year for first grade.

Sonlight is a literature based curriculum. Simply put, we read tons of books. Most of the books we have read, I have never heard of. But, I have loved them all. Some of the books are so beautiful that I am in tears while I read them to the boys. We finished Mountain Born a few weeks ago. And, as we read it, I wondered why I had never read it before. When we finished it, I thought, this is the type of book every child should be read or read himself/herself.

So, after finishing that book, we started Understood Betsy. Once again, I had never heard of the book. I looked at it and read the back. I thought, "Gosh, this looks boring. I think we might skip this one." I started reading the first chapter and I was unimpressed. But, J was interested, so I continued reading. OK, now, with just two more chapters to go, I am amazed at how beautifully written this book is. Sonlight, you have done it again.

I am so thankful for Sonlight, I am thankful that I do not have to guess at what books to choose. I am thankful that I do not have to worry that we will read a book with questionable morals. Or, really, a book that is any less than a Living Book.

Sonlight, I am hooked!

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  1. Thanks for the review and recommendation.

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  2. Please keep on recommending books like these for us non-homeschoolers who have a hard time finding good books for their kids :)

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  3. Thanks for the review of Sonlight [smile].

    ~Luke

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Outside my window...
It is cold!

I am thinking...
About starting up school again today . . . back the the "grind." I happy to get back into our routine again.

I am thankful for...
Having some time to sit and blog!

I am wearing...
Fleece lounge pants with little green frogs on them! I love wearing these when it is cold.

I am remembering...
All the great times we had as a family the past two weeks.

I am going...
To work on my long to-do list!

I am currently reading...
Nothing . . . I am in the mood for a good novel, but I am not sure which . . . any suggestions?

I am hoping...
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On my mind...
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