After 7 years of homeschooling with Sonlight, we’re moving on. There are a number of reasons, but perhaps our family has simply outgrown Sonlight.
This year began with us deciding that we didn’t like the main book that Sonlight used for history, ‘The Story of the World’. (I mentioned this in my formal review of Sonlight 6) ‘Story of the World’ is based on evolutionary presuppositions, does not include much of recorded Biblical history and the proverbial straw is that the Biblical history that it does record is misleading in the best instances and blatantly false in others. If we can’t trust the author to be factual when it comes to history that is recorded in the inspired Word of God, we aren’t willing to assume that the author is factual when it comes to areas of history where interpretation is necessary. So we decided to choose our own history resources.
Next we realized that while Sonlight’s suggestion for Bible is good, it is a bit simplistic for children who have been reading and studying Scripture for several years. It is a book that we could happily use with our 5-8 year olds, but is not a challenge for our 5th-8th graders. So, we chose to use another book for Bible study.
Then I stepped back. We were not using Sonlight’s history. We were not using Sonlight’s Bible. We were not using Sonlight’s science or language arts. We weren’t using Sonlight.
We’ve appreciated the safety of Sonlight and it has served our family well, until now. The creators of Sonlight are people, moms and dads just like us who have looked at some of the resources that are available and have chosen what they think are best. Perhaps in the future their choices will once again be a good fit for our family, but for now we’re ready to make those choices for ourselves. We’re ready to leave Sonlight’s plan behind and create one of our own.
We’ve spent the last couple of months praying, reading, researching, talking, evaluating and selecting the history and literature books and resources that we want to use with our children. (Our distinctives and methods and other curriculum choices have remained the same.)
I admit that I’m going to miss the already-laid-out lesson plans and the ability to wake up in the morning, open the instructor’s guide and know what we’re going to cover, but I’m excited about creating our own plan for our own family.
We are open to suggestions for GREAT, living history and literature books and are always happy to discover quality book lists, so feel free to share.
Now, if I could just come up with a way for me to add lesson planning into the schedule without getting more behind on laundry. Anyone tips?
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