This past Friday morning, I dropped Joy off at her summer homeschooling Botany co-op class, which has been wonderful by the way! I realized, when I did, that I had forgotten something I needed in order to run an errand, so I had to make a quick run back home. When I pulled in the drive, I saw THE BOX on our front porch. I know it's hard to believe that THE BOX can be so exciting, but I tell you it is! It was our core curriculum for our homeschooling year.....our beloved Sonlight! It's like Christmas when we bring THE BOX into our home. I wouldn't dare open it without Joy. I don't think she would ever forgive me! I did bring it into the house and left it sitting by the front door. I then waited until we got home, pulling in the driveway, to tell her that there was a surprise waiting for her inside! She guessed it before we made it in the back door. I ran to get my camera and by the time I got it out and ready to go, she already had the box opened and books were coming out.....the very first one she pulled out already had her drawn in!
Honestly, it is so fun and exciting to see what adventures we'll take through the pages of these books. This year we are completing our American adventures as we journey through the second half of American History. THE BOX contains so many living books....History, Geography, Literature, Bible and just readers for her mere enjoyment as well. We browsed through the many wonderful books just waiting for us!
I love the fact that we have REAL living books to read, share, and discuss, and I still have my schedule to use as a guideline to keep us on track....although we read ahead many times because we just can't stop when we get into a good book.
And I tell you that if our cat, Bambi, could talk, she could probably tell you so much. She is always very curious and as usual she checked out the books too! Everyday when we read and are engrossed in our books, Bambi comes and lies at our feet or beside Joy or in her lap and listens and looks so interested! She just might be the smartest cat around when it comes to History, Geography, Bible, and Literature......! Hmmm...I wonder!
As far as the rest of our school books, we will use Math-U-See (Epsilon), Easy Grammar/Daily Grams, and Elementary Apologia (Science), Rosetta Stone Spanish, Handwriting Without Tears, and Sequential Spelling. This makes for a full schedule, but we're looking forward to getting started next week (hopefully) after my parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration.
Sharing the bond of a great book and the many adventures on which it takes us, is a beautiful way to spend time with my family, so it really is a beautiful Sonlight Day when our new books arrive and everyday that we share these stories together! Reading aloud or reading together as a family is my single most favorite part of homeschooling. If you don't do this on a regular basis, give it a try! You'll love it!
And if you've never looked at a Sonlight catalog, you don't know what you're missing. I LOVE when my new catalog arrives! (And there was a new one tucked inside with all of our books)! Yay! Thank you, Sonlight!
And if you'd like to read last year's Sonlight arrival day post, click here for O Happy Sonlight Day! Those books from last year became dear friends to us. They have a new home this year with Mandy of A Mayberry State of Mind . She will be enjoying those wonderful books with her precious children, Zach and Leah Kate. I hope you all love them just as much as we did, Mandy! We enjoyed remembering each one as we packed them up to send them your way! Enjoy!
~ Tammy ~