KONOS vs. Sonlight practical question

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KONOS vs. Sonlight practical question

Postby cafemama » Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:10 pm

We have four children at home that we are homeschooling. They are ages 3 1/2, 5, 9 and 11. Our 3 1/2 and 5 year olds are very advanced. Our 9 and 11 year olds are very behind in school and just joined our family through international adoption. We have a lot of "special needs" going on at home that limit the amount and quality of time I can spend preparing for school. I love KONOS, but it has been overwhelming this year to do as good a job as I want to with it. Also, with all of the children's different special needs (either being super advanced or super delayed) I am finding that I have a mess on my hands trying to coordinate all the different subject/content areas and keep them straight. With KONOS all the planning (picking and choosing activities and books falls to me).

A mom-friend from our homeschool co-op recently recommended Sonlight and I am very interested in learning more about how this might help streamline my planning time or how I might be able to make things work better for our family.

Does anyone have experience with Sonlight or with both Sonlight and KONOS to be able to compare the two? Since I have no experience with Sonlight I am still pretty confused how the curriculum works. What does it actually look like when you are teaching, say, your 1st grader?

Thanks for any advice!

Meg

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Re: KONOS vs. Sonlight practical question

Postby elliemaejune » Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:23 pm

Well, they're not very much alike, you know, since KONOS is a unit study and Sonlight...isn't.

My recommendation on KONOS would have been to plan activities for the oldest dc and let the youngers come along, rather than trying to coordinate anything and keep things straight. (You're doing English and math skills separately for each child, of course.) Also, KONOS worked best for me if I did two KONOS days a week--only KONOS, no English or math stuff--and English and math the other days--no KONOS. Some people manage to do some KONOS activities daily, but not me.
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Postby JerbysMom » Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:39 pm

I think maybe you should just go to their website and request a catalog, they explain it pretty well in there. http://www.sonlight.com I'm considering using it myself this coming schoolyear.

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Postby cafemama » Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:03 pm

Thanks for the replies. I have actually read the entire Sonlight catalog cover to cover.

I, too, have found that I need to dedicate more time to KONOS a few days a week. However, this doesn't work as well for my special needs children who need a LOT of structure to their day and don't do so well on the days when we spend more time on KONOS. It sounds odd, but sitting time working on tasks helps them stay calm and reduces anxiety. In this way, KONOS works great for two of my kiddos (who would thrive academically regardless) and is overwhelming for two of my kiddos.

We already read aloud together a lot using KONOS, it is just the prep and planning time that is difficult for me.


With Sonlight, the reading aloud together (seated together in close proximity or even being held) would be very good for all of my children. Eliminating planning and going with a preset lesson plan would help me, too. Maybe I'll try to borrow it for next year and try it out. It can't hurt to try.

Thanks.

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Re: KONOS vs. Sonlight practical question

Postby Jill » Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:16 am

elliemaejune wrote:
My recommendation on KONOS would have been to plan activities for the oldest dc and let the youngers come along, rather than trying to coordinate anything and keep things straight. (You're doing English and math skills separately for each child, of course.)


I think this is good advice for most programs. However, I have one friend with 4 children in a similar situation to you and she teaches the older two together (on EVERYTHING ~ even math) and the younger two together and that works for them.

I tried KONOS and it was too much for me. My kids loved the reading/read aloud stuff we did, but weren't really interested in all the hands on type projects I put so much time into planning/preparing. So, I figured I'd put my time and effort into other things.

Now we use Sonlight (Core and Science.) I discovered the books were their favorite part of KONOS ~ Sonlight seemed like a perfect fit. I was a strict IG follower at first. Now, it is very modified to fit our family. We read alot more than is assigned for each day and bring in some other books, and they will combine several days of writing/workbook assignments into one rather than doing 3-4 questions a day over the week. We get it all finished in about the same amount of time that the IG covers, it's just on a much different "day to day" schedule than they suggest.

Best wishes!
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