What’s New About Sonlight Science
Sonlight Science is still the literature-based program you know and love! It still includes uber-fun hands-on activities, complete with a supplies kit and step-by-step directions in both written and video format.
Here’s what’s newly updated in Sonlight Science:
1. New Books
The product development team looked at each book in Sonlight Science to make sure every title is up-to-date. Some books were replaced with fresh titles and some old favorites were kept.
Sonlight added multiple new books to the programs, including more engineering titles. But every book selected still passes the Sonlight test:
- gorgeously illustrated
- filled with easy-to-understand illustrations and diagrams
As before, every Sonlight Science program includes a biography of an influential scientist. For example, Level C includes a biography of Nikola Tesla.
The books beg to be read and re-read. These are titles you’ll cherish in your home library for as long as you have children (and maybe even when they are grown!).
2. New STEM Integration
The new, 2021 Sonlight Science levels K-E were designed to follow the classic Sonlight model of learning (reading, discussing, and doing) while also adhering to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)¹. These research-based, up-to-date science standards are simply good instructional practice.
Dozens of scientists, esteemed scientific institutions, and science-based businesses have put their support behind these standards. Now you have even more assurance that Sonlight Science provides an outstanding science education—at home.
You’ll see the NGSS at work in Sonlight Science with a greater emphasis on thinking like an engineer and the 5th day reading assignments that emphasize engineering.
3. Activities Now Correlate with Experiments
Sonlight Science has always been the ideal combination of reading and doing. But the weekly activities didn’t always connect to the weekly reading passages. Now they do!
With the new Sonlight Science, the weekly experiment you do on day 4 directly correlates to what you read on days 1, 2, and 3. The literature provides the context, while the experiments allow your children to experience the scientific process for themselves.
New in 2021, Sonlight Science levels K-E now include Discover & Do: Science Experiments. With Discover & Do, children will not just memorize the steps of the scientific process. Rather, they will conduct simple, engaging, hands-on experiments at home and actually use the scientific method to explore their world in an enjoyable and interactive way.
Additionally, Sonlight Science includes the all new Discover & Do: Science Experiment Videos. These videos provide reinforcement of the concepts observed during the experiment and heard in the weekly reading passages. The highly entertaining videos reenact all of the experiments your students perform, providing review, additional factoids, and excitement to truly enhance your entire science experience.
1 NGSS is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Standards were involved in the production of this product, and do not endorse it.
Sonlight is a complete, literature-based, Christian homeschool curriculum with every subject for students from Preschool through high school. Our curriculum uses a variety of materials to deliver an engaging and complete education that extends beyond textbooks and memorization: literary fiction and nonfiction, biographies, illustrations, and hands-on experiments. These resources come with thorough lesson plans and notes, so that you can enjoy successful homeschooling. Customers who buy from Sonlight enjoy a liberal arts education that produces critical thinkers who are ambassadors for Christ with a heart for the world. Visit us online and request a FREE catalog today!