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So it’s been a while since I’ve updated you all on my Sonlight experience. So far, so good…but we’ve made a few tweaks here and there.

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**Update July 2014: Please watch “Why I’m Not Using Sonlight Next year”-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m15qcH1-l4o&list=UUupFpfLB9SKBPSqTqcqkOyg

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First of all, I’m finding that with Core F (World Cultures) there are so many possibilities for activities, in addition to the books we’re reading, and we can never read them fast enough. That said, SL is one of those programs that’s worth every penny, but you’ve got to be very confident in your own homeschooling endeavors when you embark on the journey because you might just need to do some tweaking.

In our case, we’ve decided to slow down our progress so that we’ll finish up with Core F the middle of next year- maybe.  My goal is to have us finish up one week’s worth of material within two weeks which doubles up our time to spend on the books and not need to rush through anything.  Also, the writing assignments are pretty good and since we’re on a 4 day school schedule it’s just not enough time to focus on each writing assignment weekly.  We’ve skipped quite a few already and I really don’t like skipping.  We need all the writing practice we can get. So, we’re doubling up our weeks in between to give us more time to really focus on getting through our books and writing assignments at a more reasonable pace.

I talk more about it on this video.

A few weeks back I went with a friend to a homeschool sale, and I came back with a boatload of materials- including some Sonlight instructor’s guides!  Can we just say I was pretty excited to run into that gold mine! Here’s a video about it.

If you’re an experienced Sonlight user I’d love to hear more about how you manage different cores and schedule them out.

Do you stick with the  schedule or tweak it?

About Demetria Zinga

Demetria is a homeschooling mom and mompreneur who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, two daughters, and a dog. She currently runs two podcasts for homeschool moms and moms in business, writes songs, and spends lots of time at coffee shops. Her goal is to be an encourager and motivator of women, helping them to find success and joy in homeschooling, business, and motherhood.

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