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  1. Mary
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    I previously used SL. We switched to Tapestry of Grace and I love, love, love it. However, I love the Eastern Hemisphere Core, so next year TOG is going on the back burner while we spend a year on SL. I am sorry it didn't work out for you, I know how frustrating that can be.

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  2. Peterson Party
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    So happy to know that I am not alone on this one! I always wanted to use Sonlight too, but it isn't working for us either :( I'm not sending it back though because the girls like the majority of the books, so we just use them as a reading list. The schedule did not work for us either. We also do Classical Conversations :)

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  3. Joyful Learner
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    I would love to look into Sonlight but didn't want to spend $$ on a curriculum that might not fit. We need a pick and choose curriculum since K is asynchronous. I am wondering if Sonlight might be good for the older grades once we are done with SOTW which we love!

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  4. Teaching Stars
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    Thank you for your honest review!

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  5. AIMA
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    Thanks for this honest post. I always like to hear what is not working for a homeschooler as well as what is working.

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  6. Melinda J.
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    I totally hear you! I looked at it and liked it, but I knew that I would be using other curriculum for certain portions. I will definitely use their reading lists as a source for good living books, but I have another curriculum that incorporates Bible characters with history that will take 3 years to complete and it has a lot of the same books on their list. I also didn't get it b/c of it's price. Alot of the books you can get from the libary. Thanks for being honest with us! And yes, sometimes, curriculums are the wrong fit at a certain time. Maybe things will be different when J-Jo is that age.

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  7. Ticia
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    I've run into that with curriculum too. We've struggled with finding the right reading one and I was so glad when we did.

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  8. Alycia in Va.
    Alycia in Va. at |

    Definitely sounds like you were trying to mesh together way too many things!:). That must have been stressful.

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  9. Tereza Crump aka MyT
    Tereza Crump aka MyT at |

    We don't use a strict curriculum here at home. I would say we are unschoolers. BUT we do use Sonlight books without their schedule. I can't do schedules. I have a friend who does Sonlight (reads the books, follow the schedule and all) and she lends me the books when her oldest is done with them). Like most unschoolers I follow my children's interests. My oldest is 9 and my second one is 7 years old. We have covered American History, Ancient History, Science, biographies, geography, Asian History, Church history, martyrs and missionaries and so much more just by reading books, watching movies and having discussions. We have jumped around a lot. And that is ok. I glean a lot of information and good books from people like you and others that do a strict curriculum and we use those as we want to.People are all different and we need to do what feels right and fits in with our lives. After all a curriculum was developed by someone who feels that was the right thing for them.

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  10. Raising a Happy Chil
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    Your post amused me – in summary, you are using several different curriculums and therefore the one that is supposed to be "one in all" doesn't work. Hmm, I can see why :)

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  11. Amy Isham
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    thanks for this. I can tell I will be a lot like you – wanting something 'all in one' but always wanting extra bits because I just LOVE books!sounds like there is much delight, much learning and refining things a long the way :)my kids are not yet at school age so we get to benefit from your experience while I pour over catalogues.

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  12. Megan Zini
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    I came across this post while searching for some ideas to coordinate with Sonlight. I am so sorry to hear you didn't love it. Our family sure does. We listen to SOTW on audio while we do our errands and such. The wonderful thing about homeschooling is that we aren't limited to a standardized curriculum and it's refreshing to hear someone come "out of the box" and give reasons why something DOES'NT work for them.

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  13. Corrabelle
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    We absolutely love sonlight for history and geography, but I regret buying the whole core for the same reasons. We're already doing our own bible work through our church (similar to AWANA) and other read aloud books and readers. Once I gave myself to toss the instructor's guide and just enjoy the books, things went much more smoothly. We will be purchasing the history and geography for core d (part to of intro to world history) without all the other bells and whistles, and without the IG. We're also going to be using Story of the World. I think Between the two we'll have a good foundation. I think the sonlight core programs are good for those who don't want to have to pick and choose anything and want everything set up for them. (Including other subjects.) We're just too picky for that I guess! And I like to tailor our schooling for the kids, rather than tailor our kids to the curriculum!

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  14. Corrabelle
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    We absolutely love sonlight for history and geography, but I regret buying the whole core for the same reasons. We're already doing our own bible work through our church (similar to AWANA) and other read aloud books and readers. Once I gave myself to toss the instructor's guide and just enjoy the books, things went much more smoothly. We will be purchasing the history and geography for core d (part to of intro to world history) without all the other bells and whistles, and without the IG. We're also going to be using Story of the World. I think Between the two we'll have a good foundation. I think the sonlight core programs are good for those who don't want to have to pick and choose anything and want everything set up for them. (Including other subjects.) We're just too picky for that I guess! And I like to tailor our schooling for the kids, rather than tailor our kids to the curriculum!

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  15. Susana
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    OK, I got my answer and understand now :).

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