One of the best things about Sonlight’s US history curriculum is that it combines Bible and literature with its history lessons. It also includes some geography and poetry. Because Sonlight breaks out the lessons for you, you are covering a bit from each subject every day and it’s all organized simply. I have traditionally been an eclectic homeschooler, trying to piece together lessons from random materials. Using the Sonlight Instructional Guide that plans everything for me is such a treat.
I have also found in my own experience that anytime you can choose a homeschool curriculum that combines multiple subjects from one starting point it is very helpful. This curriculum uses History as a means of tying together other subjects.
A typical day’s lesson plan with Sonlight’s American history homeschool curriculum begins with a Bible reading, short discussion, and memorization work. Next, you’ll read a small chapter about a Native American tribe and pray for them. Then you’ll listen to a scripture song.
The next block in your lesson time is History & Geography. You’ll read from a textbook together, plotting key points on a map on the reusable map with wet erase markers. You’ll also add key events and people to the timeline book. Discussion questions listed for you (with answers) will help you make sure your kids are understanding the textbook reading.
Each week you’ll also read and learn about some poetry.
Finally, you’ll read a chapter from your Read Aloud book and your kids will read a chapter from their readers. There are discussion questions for these books as well.
You’ll find notes on new vocabulary and cultural references throughout the Instructional Guide. There is also an optional lap Book Project you can get to accompany this curriculum.
“I really appreciate the diverse perspectives in the Christian US History curriculum by Sonlight. My kids and I enjoyed learning about different cultures and seeing historical events through a new lens.” -pk1kids.com