Sonlight P4/5: What I think so far

After I wrote this post , I did a lot of praying, thinking, re-googling and reading, and a lot more praying.

The next morning I woke up, and began purchasing what we need for Sonlight P4/5 for next year.  Between Sonlight, Amazon, and eBay I got everything we need, plus supplemental materials, for less than the package from SL.  This is important to our family; we try to live on a budget and I needed homeschool for this year to fit into that budget.

Sonlight P 4/5 review Part 1

I don’t know if we will go with SL in the future?  I don’t know if it will (mostly) fit what I want for my kids as they get older, but I do know after looking in the instructor’s guide for P4/5, it will fit us perfectly this year!

In the Instructor’s Guide, I am excited to see (and wasn’t expecting):

  • extra activities, cognitive and hands on, that we can add into our lessons and Max can be included
  • room to write in other activities- like our extra memory work, math lessons, etc
  • character traits to focus on that go with the week’s memory verse (LOVE character lessons in this house)

I went back and ordered the binder and tabs.  The tabs (which are weekly) can’t be found elsewhere up to week 36, and the binders have their own reputation for holding up well.  I also bought extra color-coding stickers for our book spines, because I plan to add more books into our reading.  (I may get their P3/4 sticker labels for our BFIAR books, so I can organize them as well for Max later.)  We read a lot.  But what I like about adding in our own selections is that we can read them as quickly or as slowly as we want, and it just adds more great literature.

There are a few titles that I am super excited about; the The Berenstain Bears’ Big Book of Science and Nature is one of them!  I think that will fit nicely with our Big Book of Play and Find Out Science Projects we will add in on our own, and nature studies.

Another title I think will be fun is the audio CD of American Tall Tales.  We love books on CD, and this looks like a great one.  We have the stories that go along with these in our book of Children’s fairytales and fables, A Treasury of Children’s Literature, though Sonlight doesn’t actually call for the physical books for them.

Now, I just have to structure out our extra memory work (poems), All About Reading, and Saxon math lessons into our schedule, and we will be ready to go!  Well, I also have to decide when we will begin, because with baby #3 coming in September, we will need to start early (probably August); but I also like the idea of just taking the month before baby to do nothing but spend time with the kids outside and hold the structure off until after baby comes.  Who know what we will do!  =)

Have you used Sonlight P4/5 in your homeschool?  Are you using something else?  Please share in the comments!

 

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7 comments

  1. Sara says:

    I’ve drooled over Sonlight for many years. It looks like a wonderful preschool program. My preschool tends to be bare bones with some read-alouds, phonics, coloring, and math. Thank you for the review.

    • Meghan says:

      Thanks for stopping by Sara. I think we are going to enjoy our year with it. Our preschool has been pretty bare bones. Lexie just craves the learning and reading- we read a lot. On days we don’t want to do it, we don’t. =) When you get ready to try SL, I bet you will like it, too!

  2. Ginny G says:

    I want to know more about your character lessons. What do you use to teach those? I’m looking for some but saw you mentioned it and want to know what you use!

  3. Jill says:

    SL sounds like a great preschool tool!
    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  4. Danielle says:

    I think my son would love the Big Book of Play and Find Out Science Projects. I will have to check it out!

    Are you doing All About Reading in lieu of the K readers from Sonlight? Would you mind sharing why you made that choice? (I am trying to finalize our curriculum choices for next year. I have picked our math and I am pretty sure that we will do Sonlight P4/5.)

    • Meghan says:

      Hi Danielle! I am sorry I just now saw your comment. The Big Book of Play and Find out Science is great! Everything is very simple, but super fun for those younger ones (and probably older ones, too!).

      I did not choose the Sonlight K Readers; they look a lot like Bob Books, and the Bob Book sets are significantly cheaper (they’re also highly recommended by TONS of homeschooling families). They are again, simple with simple pictures, but get the job done. Right now my daughter isn’t that interested in the Bob Books (or readers in general, I guess). So the AAR is doing GREAT building her confidence (because she can do it, but gets overwhelmed by it all-she is still very young!).

      To better answer your question- we are using the AAR as the method for teaching/learning to read-it is complete, teaches rules of reading, sight words, etc. It comes with nice readers that are introduced when the time is right and it is a very gentle method. We are taking our time, some lessons we split into two days and repeat others as needed. She loves the hands on learning and the activities in the workbook. When it comes time to introduce more readers, we will use our Bob Books for fun/practice (look just like the SL readers to me) and the AAR readers in our lessons, in lieu of SL. I just personally like the AAR approach and plan to use it for all my kids, just repurchasing the workbooks.

      Hope that helps some and isn’t too confusing! Maybe I should do a post on that! haha

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