Posts made in December, 2014

Using Sonlight to homeschool multiple children

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Homeschooling, Kid Stuff | 0 comments

When I first started homeschooling, I had just quit my job and gone into private practice, and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on homeschooling because #1, I wasn’t sure what to get, and #2, I *had* just quit my job and it takes a while to build up a business. Homeschooling and keeping my work hours to part time were my priorities, so money took the back seat to my kids (and always will). Sonlight was a bit confusing for me when I first looked at it. They sell packages by grade level, but I knew that I didn’t want that because I prefer different math programs. I also unschool quite well in science and social studies. I looked at many language arts curricula but I couldn’t find anything that fit the level that my son was at. I’m also not a fan of textbooks or traditional style teaching. Since I taught elementary school for 7 years and also specifically taught first grade, and my oldest was in first grade at the time, I decided to wing it last year. That worked out fine. We used a lot of Robinson Curriculum stuff, but I let him read a lot of books that I consider to be modern classics, and not only the books that are listed in the Robinson Curriculum. That also worked out fine. This year he’s in second grade, and unschooling has been much harder. I feel like it takes a lot, I mean a LOT of work to unschool and do it right. I also feel like unschooling went much better when at least twice per week I went to work and my younger children went to my mom’s house, and my oldest stayed at home with dad and worked quietly next to him. (Now, of course, I say we “unschooled,” but we used a math curriculum, he always had Chinese homework to study and was tested at Chinese school, and I provided work to be done. I mean unschooling to be that I really didn’t force anything and I didn’t do much of what people think of as “teaching”) I have been busy with work, and my mom can’t watch my younger children very often right now, and to top it off I signed up for way too many “extra curricular” activities like music, gym, and homeschool co-op. Our schedule has been off and I cannot stand the inconsistency. I took another look at Sonlight and realized that you do not have to buy an entire grade level package. You can order a “Core” and include Language Arts and Bible, but you don’t have to get their math, science, or social studies. Their language arts is flexible – meaning that you can order one “Core” with different levels of Language Arts. You can even order one Core and get TWO Language Arts packages with it. I had read about people using Sonlight with two or three children at different levesls, and they described hunting down alternative books. Look, I am not paying $$$$ to make my life more complicated. If I wanted to hunt everything down, I could do that for free. Because I could get different Language Arts sub-packages with Sonlight, I don’t have to hunt down anything. We can do our Core activities and then I can get the kids through their separate Language Arts, and all we have to do is follow the schedule. I chanced upon the sub-packages on the website, I didn’t think it was easy to find at all, and when I chatted with the...

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