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Exploring American History

History / Bible / Literature K

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Title: Exploring God's World
Age Range: 5-6
Grade Range: K-1
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NEW for 2020!
The History / Bible / Literature program Sonlighters have been wishing for—a delightful, age-appropriate Kindergarten American History program, done in Sonlight’s signature style.

Young adventurers: Discover America’s history

In this 36-week program, you’ll give your students their first taste of American history.

Sonlight K shares the stories of key events and important people in American history. You’ll encounter key statesmen and meet the four presidents on Mount Rushmore. You’ll cover the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, “The Star-Spangled Banner” (the song and the flag itself), and much more.

You won’t find another program like this on the market. It’s unique. And fascinating and fun!

In Sonlight K, you’ll:

  • Inspire a love of learning as you explore America’s unique history.
  • Read stories of the men and women, artists and presidents, plus a computer programmer, an enslaved potter, a determined dog, a joyful puppeteer—more than three score short biographies. .
  • Feast on more than two dozen of the best children’s books on the planet, carefully selected from the tens of thousands published each year. .
  • Guide your children confidently each day: you get lesson plans, teaching tips and materials for the entire year. .
  • Purchase this History / Bible / Literature package and you'll get free shipping (lower 48), a one-year guarantee and other perks. .

Estimated daily time for Exploring American History plus your other subjects: Student: 1.5-2 hrs | Parent: 1-1.5 hrs

Overview of the Bible

The Bible portion of the program includes an album of memory songs and The One Year Bible for Children, an excellent overview of the stories of the Scriptures.

The included Sing the Word CD helps you hide God's Word in your heart with memorization exercises. This CD (also includes the digital version), scheduled in the Sonlight K Instructor's Guide, wonderfully complements the rest of the Bible curriculum included in Exploring American History.

Overview of the History

In Sonlight K, our new History spine ties the year's studies together. The sixty chapters in the two-volume Heroes and Happenings introduces children to a wide range of people and events from American History. Some of them are well known, like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Some are far more obscure, like Dave the Potter, an enslaved African American who inscribed rhymes on his pots at a time when the enslaved were forbidden from learning to read, or Temple Grandin, the autistic professor who transformed how people manage cattle.

Besides this foundational two-volume text, the 4-Day History program includes timeline figures and seven additional books (and the 5-Day program adds three more!). Enjoy a deeper dive into the Revolutionary War, Westward Expansion, the time of the Pilgrims, and more.

You’ll learn the stories of key events and important people in American history. In these enthralling books, lavish with illustrations and maps, you’ll read a bit from the four big wars (Revolutionary, Civil, WWI, WWII), and the four presidents on Mount Rushmore. You’ll cover the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the American flag, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and the Statue of Liberty.

You’ll learn about events in almost every one of the 50 states. You’ll learn about people from a range of religions and ethnicities, with diverse skin colors and contributions.

As a complete program, this history program is stunning.

Overview of the Literature

You’ll enjoy more than a dozen of the best children’s books on the planet, books carefully selected from the tens of the thousands published each year.

The Read-Alouds in History / Bible / Literature K are a tremendous treat! Seventeen marvelous books in the 4-Day program, plus four additional titles in 5-Day (which are truly most excellent; even if you opt for the 4-Day program, these four are well worth adding to your order).

Enjoy animal books and adventure books, and books about life in interesting places. Beautifully written, age appropriate, appealing illustrations, humorous plots—this is a program to celebrate, with books the team has carefully curated over many years. (Early elementary is one of the hardest ages to find good books—children still have limited vocabulary and prefer short chapters).

Grade 1 Readers

Designed for children who know the 26 basic letter sounds (only short vowels), 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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Instructor's Guides

Grade 1 Readers Schedule/Study Guide - 5 Day (1RG)

Includes the daily schedule and Study Guide.

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Sonlight K Instructor's Guide (KCG)

Give your students their first taste of American History. When you order History / Bible / Literature K: Exploring American History, your young adventurers will set out to explore key events and important people in American History.

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Bible

One Year Bible for Children (KB01)

A wonderful devotional by best-selling author Gilbert Beers. Each day's reading includes a three-part discussion section: "Remember" (to recall factual information); "Discover" (to learn a lesson that relates to today); and "Apply" (to apply to the student's own situation). Highlighted with beautiful four-color illustrations.

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Sing the Word! Teach Me Your Paths (KB02)

A great mnemonic aid: the entire set of 28 Scripture verses in the Bible K Memory program (plus a bonus track!) set to diverse musical styles.

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History & Geography

Timeline Figures - K (KH07)

All the Timeline Figures needed for Sonlight K on self-adhesive heavy card stock. Just cut them out, color and stick them in your Timeline Book.

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$10.00
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History / Bible / Literature

Heroes and Happenings Vol. 1 (KH02)

Introduce your kindergarten student to American History with this age-appropriate, richly illustrated spine. Sixty chapters, across two volumes, introduce children to a wide range of people and events. Some of them are well known, like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Some are far more obscure like Dave the Potter, an enslaved African American who inscribed rhymes on his pots at a time when the enslaved were forbidden from learning to read.

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Heroes and Happenings Vol. 2 (KH03)

Introduce your kindergarten student to American History with this age-appropriate, richly illustrated spine. Sixty chapters, across two volumes, introduce children to a wide range of people and events. Some of them are well known, like Thomas Edison and Theodore Roosevelt. Some are far more obscure like Temple Grandin, the autistic professor who transformed how people manage cattle.

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Abandoned on the Wild Frontier (KH06)

Part of the Trailblazer Books series ... young Peter Cartwright Gilbert Hamilton is left alone on the frontier when his father is killed and his mother is kidnapped. The story of his life with a Methodist circuit-rider evangelist and his on-going search for his mother.

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You Wouldn't Want to be an American Pioneer (KH08)

An interactive look at a struggling farm who leaves the east coat to head west. How would you do with little to eat and only your wagon for shelter? Humorous illustrations depict the dark and difficult side of this time period in history.

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Maps and Globes (KH10)

An excellent introduction to maps and map reading. Large, full-color illustrations. Includes practical activities.

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$7.99
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George vs. George (KH11)

There are two sides to every story! This wonderfully illustrated book shows both sides of the American Revolution through the eyes of George Washington and King George III. A timeless lesson in seeing history from different points of view.

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$6.95
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How We Crossed the West: The Adventures of Lewis and Clark (KH12)

Beautifully rendered folk-style illustrations help bring to life the story of this famous duo. Descriptive text is taken from the actual journals of Lewis and Clark. The tale focuses on the first 1 1/2 years of the Corps of Discovery's journey to the Pacific Ocean.

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The Very First Americans (KH14)

Learn all about the very first Americans, long before Columbus landed. Watercolor paintings depict the clothing, dwellings, art, tools, and other Native American artifacts.

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If You Lived At The Time of the Civil War (KH16)

This historical non-fiction title tells children what life was like during the years of America's Civil War. If you had lived then, would you have seen a battle? Would you have continued to go to school? An interactive book that lets readers step into the past with a question-and-answer format.

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If You Lived in Colonial Times (KH17)

Another title in the "If You" series. A Q&A format that tells children what it was like to live in the New England colonies from 1565 to 1776.

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The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal (KH18)

The story of DeWitt Clinton, a young politician who has a dream to build a canal to connect the Hudson River with the Great Lakes. From the groundbreaking ceremony on July 4, 1817 to a triumphant journey down America's first superhighway. You won't want to miss this trip!

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Three Young Pilgrims (KH19)

Based on the true story of Remember, Mary and Bartholomew Allerton. Experience long days at sea aboard the Mayflower followed by the first winter in the New World. Richly detailed paintings bring the pilgrim's first months to life, culminating with the original Thanksgiving feast.

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Read Alouds

The Llama Who Had No Pajama (AA05)

From silly to contemplative, a satisfying collection of 100 favorite poems. Young readers of all levels will eat this up, and come back for more. Delightfully illustrated.

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Richard Scarry's Please and Thank You Book (AA06)

A series of stories featuring Huckle, Lowly, Pig Will, Pig Won't, and other characters who demonstrate the good will generated by nice manners. Zany pictures and stories help reinforce manners lessons.

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My Father's Dragon (AA09)

A delightful story about a boy who rescues a sweet young dragon from her enemies through the judicious use of the unlikely items he has stored in his knapsack.

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Dolphin Adventure (AA10)

Eighty feet below the ocean's surface, Wayne Grover encounters three dolphins, one with a large fish hook stuck in his back.

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A Grain of Rice (AA14)

A humble farmer wants to marry the Emperor's daughter . . . and succeeds because of his wisdom.

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The Boxcar Children (AA17)

The classic Gertrude Chandler Warner book about four orphans who have to fend for themselves. Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny are orphans. Determined to make it on their own, they set out to find a safe place to live. They discover an old, red boxcar that provides shelter from a storm.

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Dolphin Treasure (AA22)

Sequel to Dolphin Adventure. Wayne is searching for buried treasure that sunk with a Spanish galleon off the Florida coast when a storm arises and his dolphin friend comes to his rescue.

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Little House in the Big Woods (AA29)

In the late 1870's, wolves, panthers and bears roam the deep Wisconsin woods. In those same woods, Laura lives with Pa and Ma, and her sisters, Mary and Baby Carrie, in a snug little house built of logs. Pa hunts and traps. Ma makes her own cheese and butter. At night, Pa's fiddle-playing brings the family together around the cozy fire.

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Love From Anna Hibiscus (KA02)

Another book in the Anna Hibiscus series. A wonderful look at daily life in modern Africa. Anna and her grandfather are determined to help a boy who is all alone.

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The Terrible Two (KA03)

Miles Murphy, the town prankster, is forced to move to a sleepy village that's famous for one thing only: cows. He quickly discovers that his new home already has a prankster. A wonderful story of joining forces and making a new friend.

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Adventures of a South Pole Pig (KA04)

Flora the pig is an adventurer! Join her as she sets her heart on becoming a sled dog (well, a sled pig) and takes an exhilarating--and dangerous--trip aboard a ship to Antartica.

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Lulu and the Dog from the Sea (KA05)

A wonderful story for animal lovers. Lulu goes on vacation and discovers a stray dog living on the beach. While others think the dog is trouble, Lulu is convinced he just needs a friend.

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Travels with my Family (KA06)

A unique look at what makes the perfect family vacation. An amusing tale of family life on the road. Comical and sometimes suspenseful stories told by the older brother who is responsible for keeping his little brother out of trouble.

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The Silver Balloon (KA08)

A captivating story about a young boy who acquires a pen pal in an unusual way. On a whim, Gregory decides to release a helium balloon with his name and address attached. The end result is a great relationship between shy Gregory and farmer Pete Mayfield.

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26 Fairmount Avenue (KA09)

A Newbery Honor book ... an entertaining and charming story about the childhood experiences of author Tomie dePaola.

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The World According to Humphrey (KA11)

Experience the world through the eyes of a young hampster who learns about families and cultures and friendship and kindness. Humphrey spends the week in a classroom, and each weekend travels to the home of a different student. A great story about encouraging others.

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Just Dance (KA13)

A memorable tale about a young girl facing a seemingly boring summer on her family's farm. A wonderful opportunity comes her way and in the process she learns more about her family than she ever knew. An intriguing look at small town life.

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Roxie and the Hooligans (KA14)

The story of Roxie, a little girl with a big imagination. She knows how to handle all situations from reading her books, but has to put her wits and adventurous spirit to work to outsmart some school bullies. Charming!

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Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot (KA15)

The story of a seven-year-old with a knack for appreciating the smallest things in life. A good lesson in thinking outside the box.

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Feelings (PA37)

A classic picture book that is a great way to explore feelings with kids. Sometimes it's hard for children to understand or explain their feelings. This book encourages dialogue about emotions.

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Readers / Literature

Put Me in the Zoo (1R02)

Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire is an "I Can Read It Myself" book about an animal full of amazing tricks who wants to join the zoo.

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Little Bear (1R03)

Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik is a modern classic about a loving bear cub.

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One Fish, Two Fish... (1R04)

What can we say about this book? One of the master's best!

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A Fly Went By (1R05)

A boy watches a fly flee from a frog, but the frog isn't chasing the fly; rather, the frog flees from the cat... and so it goes.

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The Cat in the Hat (1R06)

The book that made Seuss famous.

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Green Eggs and Ham (1R10)

"Try it . . . you might like it" is the theme of this delightful Dr. Seuss classic.

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$9.99
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A Big Ball of String (1R12)

Imagine all the amazing things you could do if only you had a huge ball of string!

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The Best Trick (1R13)

A Sonlight exclusive, beginning chapter book developed by a homeschooling mom.

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The Bravest Dog Ever (1R14)

"The Bravest Dog Ever" is the true story of Balto and the dog sled team that delivered diphtheria medication to Nome, Alaska, through a blizzard in 1925.

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Required Items

History & Geography

Markable Map and Markers (MAP)

Includes two big full-color maps in one plus a four-color set of fine-tip water-based markers!

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Resources

3" Binder with Tabs (B050)

Organize all your homeschool papers in one sturdy and convenient binder. With tabs that match your Sonlight® History, Language Arts, and Science Instructor's Guides, you'll always know where to find each week's schedule, notes and study guides.

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Student Resources

The Timeline Book (RR120)

A blank timeline from 5,000 B.C. to the Present!

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$26.99
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Consumable Items

History & Geography

Timeline Figures - K (KH07)

All the Timeline Figures needed for Sonlight K on self-adhesive heavy card stock. Just cut them out, color and stick them in your Timeline Book.

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Optional Language Arts Items

Consumables

Explode the Code 1, 2, 3 (1L02)

Consumable, Optional. The "Explode the Code" package is comprised of attractive educational workbooks illustrated by children to teach phonetic and spelling rules. Scheduled as optional in Language Arts for Grade 1 Readers.

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