Posted 27 April 2008 - 02:42 AM
Posted 27 April 2008 - 05:26 AM
It did not take long at all. I highly recommend it!
Posted 27 April 2008 - 08:39 AM
There really isn't anything I didn't like about it. I love reading to my kids and they love being read to. The SL selections nearly always draw me in as much as the kids. My children pick up a ton of information in an easy, enjoyable way. It is also really nice for me to have a schedule to follow.
Posted 27 April 2008 - 09:14 AM
As to determining what level would best suit your dc now, check out a few of the books from each core from the library and test them out. Core K can be a bit overwhelming for a 5 yo. My dd didn't get anywhere near as much from our reading as ds, so you probably want to use a core that's younger than your child's grade. Don't worry about being behind, SL's read-alouds are very mature for the ages they suggest. You're almost always better off with the higher end of the age range than the younger. For example, in Core K there are books about homelessness, nazi persecution, and guerilla warfare. They're good books, but IMHO, they're more appropriate for a 7yo than a 5 yo.
The science books are very detailed and I really like them, but you can't expect your children to retain everything. They are very good for me to get up to speed on science topics that were lost in the recesses of my brain. I'm glad to be able to point out more about the things we see on our nature walks. I haven't started the experiments yet, but they look like a blast. They don't coordinate at all with the science readings (there's that randomness again) so you can do them whenever you want. I plan to do them over the summer once we've finished up our Five in a Row studies for the year.
In conclusion, SL K is a great collection of materials, but it's not organized in a very coherent way. If that won't bother you too much, this is a great program for older Kers through 2nd grade.
ETA: We read about 20 minutes every day (including weekends), but I skip Egermeier's Bible Stories and Hero Tales, so it might be longer for you.
Posted 27 April 2008 - 09:24 AM
Either way , however you chose to use Sonlight , definitley recommend it .
Posted 27 April 2008 - 09:42 AM
My only hesitation was that the LA seemed a bit weak. My dd6 was pretty ahead verbally and we did other things to work on that. Your opinion of that may vary, depending on your dc's strengths.
Posted 27 April 2008 - 11:53 AM
Posted 27 April 2008 - 02:47 PM
Anyway, I don't want a debate, I just wanted to say that if you are like me and consider that stuff to mature, then you might want to try something else. I don't think the readers are as bad.
Alison in KY
Posted 27 April 2008 - 03:36 PM
Posted 27 April 2008 - 09:02 PM
I did not do it again with my daughter when she reached 5. I planned to put it off until she was 7, hoping it would go better for her at that age. She is very sensitive and would have flipped out at many of the "scary" and uncomfortable situations in the books.
However, now that it's actually upon me, I've decided not to use SL K again, but instead I think I'm going the way of TOG, so that I can combine them. Even if I weren't settling on TOG, though, I must admit that the thought of doing SL K again is just not that exciting to me. I'd be very likely to try something else first rather than do it again as written.
For the record, I am not just in the "anti-SL" camp. I used and really enjoyed SL PreK 4/5 (twice) and also Cores 3 and 4. It's just Core K that doesn't inspire me. Notice I didn't do 1 or 2. After our uninspired year with SL K, I thought I was leaving SL for good. Just came back after an unsuccessful time trying to find something else. If I'd had these forums, though, I might have had an easier time finding alternatives!
Anyway, I do think I'll be using SL K Science with my daughter this coming fall. It's pretty lightweight, and she's not really into science, so I'm hoping it will be fun and easy enough to keep her interest. Plus it has the big advantage that I have it! ;-)
I hope this helps!
Posted 28 April 2008 - 07:12 AM
ETA: I have the 5-day history books and IG for sale on the For Sale board if your interested!
Posted 28 April 2008 - 07:21 AM
We did not do the Hero Tales but enjoyed the Egermeier's Bible Story book which was pretty accurate to the Bible.
We probably spent 30 minutes per day (not including any science experiments). We did not have the Discover and Do DVD.
Posted 28 April 2008 - 08:50 AM
The only book I personally don't like is The Children's Encyclopedia. However, one son likes it and the other tolerates it so we press on anyway. I also plan on doing the science experiments over the summer after we finish up the other science topics. Right now we are raising butterflies to go along with the butterfly section in The First Book of Nature.
I have a 6 month old dd and I do plan to do Sonlight Core K with her as well- although I may start when she is closer to 6.
Hope this helps.
Posted 28 April 2008 - 05:45 PM