Sunday, May 26, 2013

Tweaking Sonlight Core F

I have finally finished our order list for Sonlight Core F, the Eastern Hemisphere Core.  This Core was not as easy to secularize as some of the earlier ones, because it uses missionary stories as the history base. In my research though, I found lots of people saying that some of these books were well worth reading, even in a secular homeschool. I should point out though, that we are not at all against religious content in our books. We do try to focus on respecting other people's beliefs and like our materials to support that. Of course, if you didn't want any missionary stories, you could just substitute other biographies for those books.  We are going to try it this way and see how it goes.

Here is a detailed look at what we are omitting, subbing, and adding to Core F. While I have waffled a bit in the past between four day and five day Sonlight, we will be doing the 5-day program for this Core. There are only two things added to the 5-day: the The China Kit and Best-Loved Folktales of the World, both of which I think we will enjoy.

*History & Geography*

  • 100 Gateway Cities-I am planning to use this, looks like some info will have to be omitted though.
  • Arabs in the Golden Age  
  • Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun
  • David Livingstone: Africa's Trailblazer
  • Mission to Cathay
  • Timeline Figures & Book of Time
  • Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?
  • William Carey: Obliged to Go-we will replace this with a Gandhi biography
  • World Book on CD
  • The China Kit  

(using the list as written, including the two missionary stories) 
  •  A Long Walk to Water
  • All the Small Poems
  • Call it Courage
  • Daughter of the Mountains
  • The Horse and His Boy
  • I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade
  • Jourey to Jo'burg
  • The Land I Lost
  • Mary Slessor: Forward into Calabatar
  • The Master Puppeteer
  • Seven Daughters and Seven Sons
  • Shadow Spinner
  • Teresa of Calcutta
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
  • Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
  • Best Loved Folktales of the World 
  • Ali and The Golden Eagle
  • Around the World in Eighty Days
  • The Big Wave
  • Born in the Year of Courage
  • Breaking Stalin's Nose
  • The Cat Who Went to Heaven
  • God's Adventurer: Hudson Taylor-we will replace this with White Fang-totally off-topic but a good read!
  • Habibi
  • Henry Reed
  • The Hobbit
  • Homesick
  • The House of Sixty Fathers
  • Just So Stories
  • King of the Wind
  • The Kite Fighters
  • Li Lun, Lad of Courage
  • Listening for Lions
  • Red Sand, Blue Sky
  • Rickshaw Girl
  • Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
  • The Sherlock Files 1: The 100 Year-Old Secret
  • Silkworms
  • Star of Light-we will replace this with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle
  • Water Sky 
    *Language Arts*
    • Sonlight Language Arts F 
    • Sequential Spelling-both kids are strong spellers, so we will skip this
    We will add in some of the optional language arts resources for this level:
    • Wordly Wise 3000 Book 5-using Caesar's English instead
    • Keys to Good Language
    • Grammar 5
    • Writer's Inc.
    *Science-Sonlight Science E*

    Using it just as written!
    • Book of Astronomy & Space
    • The Story of Inventions
    • Diary of an Early American Boy
    • Energy
    • Bell & the Science of the Telephone
    • Discover & Do Level 4 DVD
    • Mysteries and Marvels of Science
    • Electricity & Magnetism
    • Tops Electricity & Magnetism books
    • Usborne Complete Book of the Microscope
    • Light & Color
    There was some discussion in the catalog and website about using a handheld microscope or even a real microscope for this level. A real microscope isn't really in the budget right now, but we do have a Brock Magiscope which I am hoping will work just as well for this unit.

    *Electives, etc.*
    We will use some of the Electives F suggestions....
    • Typing Instructor Platinum
    • Classics for Kids
    • Instead of the recommended critical thinking books, the kids will be using Dr. Funsters

    Links and more information here.


    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and especially the link to the Ghandi book, it looks fabulous. We're also doing Core F this year and I think I'll make that same swap!


    2. I am glad you found it helpful:). Thanks for stopping by!


    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!