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Part II, Intro
The Early Years
Because using literature as a basis for learning served us so well in The Early Years, I searched for a curriculum that would allow the boys to learn similarly during their grade school years. That is why I chose Sonlight.
There were several resources I found through Sonlight that I loved and still do. Some we even still use, like Geography Songs (Troxel), Window on the World (Spraggett), and Sing the Bible A to Z (Harrow). Sonlight pulls together a number of interesting resources and reading material. We did a lot of reading, singing, and discussing that year. All of which the boys and I thoroughly enjoyed.
However, I did not like the teacher's guide and found myself often reworking things, feeling like I was doing my own lessons and most of the planning. I think there is one main reason this was true for me. I like hands-on learning. Sonlight does not include much, if any, and seems to consider it "fluff".
However, for me and mine, hands-on is wanted and needed. After reading and discussing, I wanted the boys to do something with the information. I found myself constantly reworking the teacher's guide. I added in several activities each week, reorganized the teaching schedule, pre-read books in order to prepare activities to accompany, etc.
By the end of the year, I decided to continue to look to Sonlight for ideas but I would not purchase the teacher's guides since they were not helping me. The next school year I "built my own" curriculum using resources from Sonlight and others I found at the library or online.
The summer after our DIY year, I found Veritas Press....
Happy Curriculum Hunting!
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