Travel the globe on a thrilling ancient adventure
Sonlight B, the first half of a two-year overview of world history, begins with Creation and continues through the Fall of Rome. The story picks up and continues to the present day in Sonlight C. Overall, these courses tell of how we got from Adam and Eve to this fascinating world with billions of people living in vastly different cultures.
In this 36-week program, you'll start your year with an introduction to different peoples around the world. From there, you'll look at archaeology, and how we know about the past. Then begin your chronological journey through history, using the story-based Child's History of the World as the centerpiece of your studies.
Additionally, you'll also enjoy several illustrated history books, more than a dozen Read-Alouds to share with your children, and your choice of Readers packages, so your children gain fluency in reading. You'll meet heroes who followed God's call, enjoy more than 200 glorious poems, laugh at the classic literature, and learn more than you would have thought possible.
With Sonlight B, you'll discover the breathtaking, fascinating story of God's whole world, and have a marvelous time while doing so.
- Explore the story of the world from Creation through the fall of Rome with these world history books.
- Homeschool with confidence: you get the teaching tips, lesson plans and materials you need each day.
- Learn how people lived in ancient Egypt, Greece, Europe, Africa, India & China.
- Gain worthy heroes who followed God's call and shared His love with others.
- Purchase this package and you'll get free shipping (lower 48), a one-year guarantee and other perks.
Estimated daily time for Intro to World History, Year 1 of 2 plus your other subjects: Student 2-3 hrs | Parent: 1.5 -2 hrs
Prefer a condensed, one-year introduction to World History? See Sonlight B+C.
Overview of the History
To ease into the academic year (and the first year with chronological history all year), the schedule begins with a fascinating look at different houses and homes around the world.
Next up is a book that introduces what archaeologists do. As you read about ancient history, you may wonder, how does anyone today know how the ancients lived? This book helps answer that question: Archaeologists find clues like homes, tools, toys and pots. When paired with historical documents, these clues explain what life was like in ancient times.
Then you come to the centerpiece of the History program: V.M. Hillyer's story-based Child's History of the World. Hillyer writes the most readable history I've seen, in the tone of a wise, kind grandfather. He doesn't talk down to children – he meets them right at their level.
Hillyer's book, as delightful as it is, is not illustrated. To make history more understandable and memorable, the schedule assigns illustrated pages in The Usborne Book of World History. Either book on its own would be good, but the combination is outstanding.
Additionally, when Hillyer covers Egypt and Rome you get to examine these cultures in greater depth in the entertaining, highly illustrated Time Traveler book.
Overview of the Literature
This is the first year that literature interweaves with the history.
The Read-Alouds increase in difficulty a little every year. This year, most books include an illustration at least once per chapter, but the stories are more challenging than those in Sonlight A.
There are a few that loosely connect with the History reading: an age-appropriate look at Greek myths, and a mystery story set in ancient Rome.
But mostly this collection is an outstanding introduction to children's books.
As any collection should, this includes Charlotte's Web and the Beverly Cleary classic Henry Huggins. From the older favorite Homer Price, to the newer favorite Gooney Bird Greene (both by award-winning authors); from the funny wild-animal stories in Owls in the Family to the poignant farm-animal stories in Mountain Born; these are stories that will make your children laugh out loud, that might bring you to tears, and that you and your children will remember for a lifetime.
This program also includes a gorgeous book of animal poems. If you opt to do Sonlight Science B, there's a nice tie-in with the World of Animals book: so much beautiful animal photography in both! Even if you don't do Science B, this is a "don't miss it!" book.
Grade 1 Readers
Designed for children who know the 26 basic letter sounds (only short vowels), this program begins with consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words and moves on to long vowel sounds and sight words.
Much of the year is spent on the three I Can Read It! books. In the beginning, one day's reading has perhaps ten simple sentences with a few words in each. By the end, there are more sentences, and the sentences are far more complex.
When the students are done with this series, there are additional easy readers, including the 236-different words book The Cat in the Hat (using the rollicking poetic rhythm anapestic tetrameter, no less!) and Little Bear, with not only delightful illustrations but a text that is emotionally moving far beyond the few words it employs.
A delightful collection of early readers.
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