Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sonlight 5 - Things we are adding

Original post:  1/08/09

I’m trying to put together a reasonable list of things I’ve added, or considered adding (see that list here), to the various Sonlight years that I have used.

We are currently using Sonlight 5, with 6th, 4th and 2nd graders.

The primary things I have added/changed this year:

I read the readers aloud, primarily to make SL5 more accessible for my 2nd grader (and the 4 year old)

We are adding a couple of Usborne books -- Stories from India, Introduction to Asia, and True Polar Adventures.  

We are using Voice of the Martyrs kids’ page 

We are adding the Heroes for Young Readers by Renee Meloche that go along with either people we are already reading about (Hudson Taylor, Eric Liddell, David Livingstone, Mary Slessor) or that ‘merely’ relate to the countries we are studying (Gladys Aylward, Jonathan Goforth, Lottie Moon, Adoniram Judson, Amy Carmichael, William Carey, Brother Andrew).  These books are short, and even for my older guys, it is nice for them to have a bit of an overview of the missionary before we read the whole story.

We are adding video.  I’ll make a separate post about that, one that I will update as we go.

We are adding music.  A couple weeks before we get to a country, I do a search at the library for “Australia music” or something similar, and see what I can find.

Updated 5/31/09 to add:

We added The Man Who Counted to our studies of the Middle East.

We added some computer games.  There is a fun 'match three' style game on Around the World in 80 Days.  There is a game called Herod's Lost Tomb that we added to the Middle East.  And the History Channel is doing Expedition Africa this summer, which my parents are recording for us, and they have a computer game available for free at their website.

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