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  1. I am breaking up my overview of world history/geography post questions to hopefully hear more specifics... Sonlight's Intro to World History looks something like what I am thinking but I am more questioning of their book choices. (We like to wait on tough topics until kids are older but still think there are plenty of books to use beyond just American history when they are young.) I also am not that interested in doing the Intro for two years but like the books that are in the separate years better than the books in the B+C option. If you have used Core B, C, or B+C can you tell me which books are questionable? Is B+C too old for my two oldests? It looks like the age goes up from B, but B+C and C are the same.
  2. We are returning to SL from MFW next year. I am starting to search for used complete cores. All I've found so far are older editions 2008 and up. I know that a few of the books have changes and that SL has changed the IG's so that the student portion is separate. I need to help figuring out which is the best way to go. Any thoughts/ideas on this?
  3. I'm needing the following: Sonlight K Beautiful Feet (books and manuals) for primary and teaching character. Moving Beyong the Page (teacher manuals, student manuals and needed books and manipukatived) ages 5-7 Peak with Books (just literature)
  4. This year for my 4th grader we have been using Sonlight Core 3(D) for American History. She enjoys the readers a lot but the Landmark book is quite hard to swallow....we of course read it as a RA but I feel she is not getting it. I need something more basic for a start in American History..... I have the Complete Book of American History, USA workbooks from SL, DK American History Encyclopedia, and tons of reading books from Sonlight and used book stores. Has anyone used these books together that I have suggested? If so, did it give them a solid base of American History for Elementary..... I really want to do a full sweep of American History with my 4th grader, and was hoping to have my 1st grader listen in, before starting SOTW 1 for her 5th grade year and for my 2nd grader. We use notebookingpages.com to notebook everything we read.....we cook our way through American History......timeline, mapping, and on Friday's we study our NC state history while creating a NC Notebook. Can anyone give some much needed advice or just give me a pat on the back that it's OK!!? Thank you Hive!
  5. Just curious to see how it is going. I figured my oldest would do CC this upcoming year. But, we might be moving to a place where that isn't as plausible for him. He likes schedules and plans and not me looking over his shoulder. He learns by reading and hates hands on projects.
  6. This year my children are dd5th and ds2nd and we are studying Ancients with MFW Creation to Greeks. This is our first time going through the Classical History rotation. Last year we did MFW ECC. I had it all planned out. My dd5th would follow the history rotation with MFW (with little brother tagging along), doing Rome to the Reformation next year (6th), followed by two years of American History (7th & 8th). But, my husband and I are missionaries overseas and furlough is falling at such an odd time. We are planning on going December 2013, in the middle of dd’s 6th grade, in which they would be doing Rome to the Reformation. There are so many factors contributing to my dilemma but I need help deciding how to proceed. I’m really torn about what to do. I love the history rotation and have been so excited about it, but I also really want to take advantage of the opportunity we are going to have to spend 6 months in the U.S. I want to do field trips to all sorts of historic sites (we’ll be traveling most of the U.S. from Kansas to the East). I just think it’s an important opportunity for my children to experience living in the States and being American for awhile. I just can’t decide what to do about our history rotation though. Here are my options as far as I can tell: 1.Continue with Rome to Reformation as normal, doing the schooling in the car/hotels/on visits as we travel. I probably wouldn’t be able to handle an all inclusive program like MFW or Sonlight, though, so I would probably go with a text. 2. Start Rome for the semester before we leave. Take a break for the 6 months we’re gone, and then pick it back up when we come back. The draw back to this is that we’ll have to do some considerable review. It also puts us 6 months behind on our rotation. We could probably make it up over the next couple years before high school though. 3. Make 6th grade all about U.S. history, doing fun projects to prepare for the trip and then diving into it while we’re there. Then come back and do Rome to the Reformation for 7th and a 1 year U.S. History for 8th. It would be disjointed, and they wouldn’t get the in-depth study of U.S. History that I wanted. 4. Or, I could skip Rome to the Reformation right now and do the two year study of U.S. History for 6th and 7th, then go back to Rome to the Reformation for 8th. Disjointed, once again. But would accommodate being in the States for 6th grade and allow for an in-depth study of U.S. History with our trip as the focus. For high school I’m planning to use either MFW’s high school program, which follows the history rotation, or Sonlight, which starts with American History. I’m just in a conundrum over this… So, what would you do? And Why?
  7. I just feel like complaining, and if I do it there, they'll probably delete my post. I've been a Sonlight customer since 2001, and I've had "heirloom" status for years -- what that got me was forum access and a 10% discount on all purchases. All of a sudden, even though my badges still show heirloom, their system won't give me the discount. Their answer is, "prove how many Cores you've purchased." Huh? Thanks. I just needed to whine about it. Feel better now. :001_smile:
  8. I know I have come across a list on this forum which had all the Sonlight books listed in the 4-year history cycle. I had it saved on my last computer as a bookmark but that computer crashed and now I am desperate to find this list again. I have done lots of searches again and can't find it. Please, can someone point me in the right direction? TIA.
  9. Help! I don't want to get fired. ;) I have ordered a used 2011 edition of Core D+E (3+4), but it won't be here in time for me to get any planning and scheduling done before it arrives. Would any of you be willing to scan/photo/act out with hand gestures the first week or so of the Instructor's Guide? It would be a lifesaver! It is my first year with Sonlight and I am really panicking that I am no prepared. Thanks in advance, a desperately behind teacher
  10. I think we are going to pick TOG up next year possibly with Year 2, Unit 3 since ds wants to do American history. We have been doing SL for the past 3 years. I love the books SL uses and would still like to integrate as many as I can into TOG. Is there a list or schedule out on a blog or site that might show which SL books could or have been integrated into TOG? I know TOG does use some of the same books, but I'm thinking beyond what's in TOG's IG. Clear as mud?!...
  11. I've started using the 3/4 and 4/5 preschool sets and maybe it's just me, but the books seem a little negative. I really, REALLY want to like this curriculum and so many people do, but I've been a little confused on some book choices. For instance, I opened the stories from Africa book and read it before doing our assigned reading, I just couldn't believe a Christian book choice would be about a bird getting his tail cut off, or the nursery rhyme book extending the jack and Jill poem about Jill hitting jack on the head...I don't know...several books I've opened to read to them just seem a little hard to read to such young children. I know there's lessons to learn in the end with the books...but the delivery just seems off. Again, I really want to use this curriculum and am about to purchase the K multi-core set but I'm hoping the books get better???
  12. Hi~ I'm needing recommendations for a trigonometry text to go along w/ my son's foray into trigonometry via Khan Academy. Any suggestions? Also, we are needing a condensed American History study for his last year. Sonlight is too expensive (even used) right now, though we both love it. He has done a couple of Notgrass curriculums, but would like to steer clear of them for this history course, if at all possible. Any words of wisdom from those who have been there and done that? Thank you, Desiree
  13. I have looked at so many already! The ones I am most drawn to are the Living Books Curriculum, Heart of Dakota and people have recommended Sonlight to me. I don't like the day-to-day scripting. I would be teaching my 7,5, and essentially 3 year old together and want to be able to sit down at the beginning of each week and plan what we are going to do. I do like something that sets me up by week, however, gives me the tools but allows me to decide when we're going to do it in the week. The trouble is finding something that will fit the needs of all my kids. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks
  14. I searched high and low for online resources about this great read-aloud book. There wasn't much, so I came up with a unit study of my own and wanted to share. This forum's been great inspiration to me in the past, and hopefully this will inspire some good Strawberry Girl read-aloud memories in other families. :) Chapter 1: Begin a Comparison/Contrast Chart Yankee | Cracker Boyer | Slater Birdie | Shoestring farming (strawberries/oranges) | Cattle-herding/hunting) feed their cows | eat off the land comb hair | leave it tangled “biggety†| “uncultured†(these contrasts came from throughout the book, as it’s the main theme throughout) Shoestring’s full name is Jefferson Davis Slater. Look up the history of Jefferson Davis. Is Jefferson Davis a good man? If not, why would someone choose to name their child after Jefferson Davis? [This would get into the discussion of Yankee/Cracker culture differences] Florida Geography (The Boyers came from the Carolinas, and lived in Marion County before moving two or three counties south to Polk County next door to the Slaters. Their horse is named Osceola (a nearby county), and their second mule will be named Kissimmee (a city in Osceola). Both Osceola and Kissimmee are Indian names. If you happen to be using a Florida County Map, perhaps point out that Dixie and Jefferson are also characters who are also county names. Note: This would be a good time to talk about the name of your family’s county and do some research on how the county or city got its name. Chapter 2: Stawberry Girl Vocabulary. Online there was a list of the vocab words for this book. The list included words like piney, wiry, genial, that I felt were not relevant to the overall story. When I read the book, I felt like it was the Farming Terms that were most important for a child to understand. Here's my list from the book. Farm Words orange trees, geraniums, amaryllis, palmetto, sweet potatoes, peanuts, sugar cane (for making molasses), cypress trees, mule (hybrid!), horse, cowboy, blacksnake, gopher tortoise, alligator, razorbacks, fodder, bream (a type of fish). Also, strawberries & peaches. (For visuals, maybe tie in states/colleges that use these as symbols – Florida Gators, Arizona Razorbacks, South Carolina’s flag has a Palmetto, “Florida Orangesâ€) Either this chapter or later: Marking Brands for Cows – the Slaters put a big S inside a circle, while Pa Boyer puts a BB, and Bunny will start using a B in a diamond. The Slaters’ hog mark is “a round hole by the ear.†With mature kids, discuss the ethical implications of burning an animal. Birdie expresses in the book that she doesn't like it. Chapter 3: “Strawberry Schools†(discussion before reading the chapter) Look up: when is the harvest time for most plants? When is the harvest time for strawberries? Most schools in the Northern Hemisphere run from August to May or September to June, dismissing for the summer months. This is due to the harvest calendar. Parents needed their children home to help with the harvest. If strawberries were harvested in January through March, when do you think the children would be in school and be on break? [They’re off in the winter time] These special-calendar Florida schools were nicknamed “Stawberry Schools.†Picture Analysis of a Cracker Home There’s a Florida website that has pictures of the Whedon house, an example of Florida Cracker architecture. Have your child analyze the pictures. There’s one picture of an outhouse (what a great reminder that bathrooms didn’t always exist!), and there’s a lot of photos of fences and farming mills. Do these photos look like they would belong more to Mr. Boyer or Mr. Slater? [The kids will figure out that Mr. Boyer loves fencing and farming advancements, whereas Mr. Slater is distrustful of them] Chapter 4 Discussion: Robert Frost once said “Good fences make good neighbors.†Do you agree or disagree? (At this point, children are likely to agree. They might change their mind in a few chapters!) Keeping A List: "Methods the Boyers Use to Keep the Animals Away" This will be an ongoing list of different attempts the Boyers make to keep the Slaters’ cows from trampling on the strawberries and eating the orange tree bark. Barbed wire fences, flour as a pretend “poisonâ€, etc. Conflict Management: Brainstorming A Solution By this point in the novel, the argument between the Boyers and Slaters has already been established. Have your child brainstorm: What are all the possible outcomes of this dispute? (Allow them to be silly/dramatic, like one neighbor shooting another, or burning their house down… oh wait, that last one did happen in the real story. J) Once they’ve generated a nice long list, ask them: -Which outcomes are worst? -Which outcome is the best? -For the outcome you selected as best, do you think both families would find it fair? [The child is probably thinking in a pro-Boyer perspective, so this question will help them realize that Mr. Slater will probably need convincing to follow the best solution] Chapter 5: The Boyers go shopping, the Slaters leave the town empty-handed because Mr. Slater spent all his money on alcohol and gambling. Materialism – A Matter of Perspective What do the Boyers buy in town? (a new stove, a hat for Birdie and mom) How are these items luxuries? (Shoestring’s mom’s never owned a hat, and you can cook over a fire) Are these purchases extravagant? (No, they have the money to buy them, and they’re only buying one thing a person) Health Lesson/Web Chart: The Negative Effects of Alcoholism -> In the story: (Shoestring can’t get his overalls, the family has no money to buy things, they’re embarrassed, Mr. Slater is drunk) -> In Real Life: (have child go on a medical website like WebMD and research the effects of alcoholism, with things like cirrhosis, DUIs, etc.) Chapter 6: Science Lessons how well water, artesian wells, & sinkholes work… “ice cold tooth ache†pg. 69 – Why do teeth hurt when they’re cold? locusts (black grasshoppers) Dental Care in Rural Communities (I’ve seen several good news articles in the past about how rural folks wait in long lines to get their teeth looked after, because they can’t afford dentistry)
  15. We have been using Sonlight as a family for 8 years. As our oldest heads to high school next year, I am wondering will Sonlight see us through? Anyone using Sonlight in HS? Any suggestions how to separate, grade, & record for purposes of transcripts?
  16. I went ahead and bought my core D & E instructor guides last night. I guess we are done with Sonlight at this point. I have to admit that I feel really sad. I remember reading my Sonlight catalog in the evenings when my oldest was just a toddler. It played a huge role in being able to envision myself as a homeschooler. I always knew I wouldn't be buying full cores from them once we got to core F, but I had imagined myself continuing to buy from them for the next decade or so. I have nothing useful to add to the Sonlight discussion. I just feel sad tonight. That is all.
  17. Those that use sonlight do you use something else beside their language arts and if so what do you substitute with. I've used along with it, Abeka grammar, Writing Strands, and Classical Roots Vocab. Do yall think this is enough. Thanks,
  18. I realize the new Core isn't available yet, but I think this is what I'm going to go with for my boys (8 and 12.5) this year. I think it's only appropriate given we live in Asia. Grade level wise, it's perfect for my elder, but I'm wondering how I can incorporate it for the little guy. Does anyone have a book list of 3rd grade readers in this subject matter? I'm hesitant to go with the Sonlight 3rd readers, since they don't deal with the same subject. My youngest is very bright when it comes to history and geography, but really struggles with his reading, so I need something for him. Any and all advice and suggestions is GREATLY appreciated. This will be my first time homeschooling both of them.
  19. Okay, I just read a 27 page thread about the changes to Sonlight this year, and the "old-timers" lamenting about how wonderful John was and how wonderful Sarita is not. Now I am dying to know, what happened to John? I did a brief Google search, and from what I can tell, he didn't die. Why did he leave his own company?
  20. I'm getting ready to make a big purchase and wanted to discuss this with all you sonlight users (those of you who both hate or love the program, please chime in!) I'll be purchasing 3 multi-core sets. The P3/4, P4/5 and the Kindergarten. Hefty chunk of change..which I don't mind as long as it will really be valuable for my homeschooling journey. I don't have much planning time right with a cranky 4 month old and a 2 year old who believes she is an amazing acrobat and olympic gold medalist at climbing and gymnastics (bless her heart...) I want grab and go, easy on my part but challenging and very educational for them. (selfish, yes...but between the nonstop cleaning, feeding, cooking, re-cleaning, burping....etc...not much free time around this neck of the woods). I have been using a few blogs with wonderful printables for lessons but by the time I figure out what to do for the week, print the lessons, cut out what needs cutting, laminate what needs laminating, and purchasing extra required materials in order to do the before mentioned lessons, it ends up being a 20 hour process for 3 hours of learning......a tad bit of overkill it seems. My husband wants cheap and feels I can grab from free resources all over the net...which is what I've been doing. I want it all laid out for me, whatever the cost, if it will make my life easier and my children get a wonderful education from it, sign me up! So...all you sonlight users, what are your thoughts?
  21. I have a gifted 4 1/2 year old son and a 2 year old daughter who is also showing signs of being ahead...and a clingy 4 month old baby boy who makes planning and preparing anything pretty much impossible. I'm considering Sonlight....how are the lessons laid out? How much prep and planning would be required from me? I need a "grab and go" challenging curriculum. Any suggestions?
  22. I hope this hasn't been posted yet. Sonlights first video is up... http://www.sonlight.com/whats-new.html :001_smile:
  23. I have been reading through some recent Sonlight threads and I am noticing some rather passionate opinions being expressed against them. Curiosity is getting the better of me. What is going on? If you are more comfortable please feel free to pm me. Is this a customer service issue? a content issue? or an identity issue? ...just not sure what is going on and I do not want to plunge us into something that would not work for my family. Thanks!
  24. OK - so I thought we were all set with sticking with Sonlight next year but I'm really turned-off by the changes that they are making & the way they're doing it. So now I'm looking into alternatives. What have you used & how teacher-intensive was it for planning/scheduling? Also, how religious is it? I'm Christian so don't mind it being religious but I don't need that to be the focus of every subject, KWIM? I don't want to be bothered by lots of theology that I don't agree with. We don't use SL's Bible. Curricula I've thought about so far: Rod & Staff (seems boring & I don't like the History but maybe good for certain subjects) Ambleside Online What can you suggest?
  25. Be real with me. I am looking at either cores B&F or cores B&G. Would one pair be more doable? I need your honest opinions. Thanks!
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