I mentioned last month that I dreamed about homeschooling even before I had children to homeschool! It took us a long time to successfully become pregnant, so there were a lot of years of daydreaming about maybe-someday and what I’d like to do.
Homeschooling appealed to me for many reasons, but one of the biggest is because of the ability it offered to customize their educational experience. I was so bored for much of my schooling, and I wanted to be able to make sure that any children I was able to have would be stretched, but would also be able to pursue their own interests (to a degree at least; I’ll never be a complete interest-led schooler).
Sonlight was what I wanted to do as soon as I came across it in my online searches pre-children. I loved the idea of it, and I loved all the books. Not just “all the books” as in they use a lot of them, but many of the specific titles. I’m a major bookworm and a former librarian, and I’ve read many to most of the titles in every core. I found myself nodding in agreement to the books listed – “oh, that’s a good book. Yeah, that one is great too. Love that one!”
Almost from as soon as I knew I was pregnant with my first I was eyeing Sonlight’s catalog and website with new intensity. When exactly could I get started on this adventure? It’s been hard holding myself back, but I don’t want to rush my son (who is 5 1/2) into more than he’s ready for. As it is, I got the P 3/4 core when he was 3, and then took as long as I could with it before ordering P 4/5. I’ve also tried to go as slow as possible with that one, and we finished it last week!
While I don’t really know what the future will hold, or what we’ll do in later years, I still find myself looking ahead at their book lists and thinking “oh, that’s a great book. And I loved that one, and that one, and that one…”
On Friday I’ll be posting about our plans now that we’ve wrapped up P 4/5. Yes, we’re moving on to Core A, but in an effort to s-t-r-e-t-c-h it out more, I’m adding to it also. Plus, all the other things for homeschooling beyond what’s included in a Core.