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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Three Eggs

As I've poured over homeschooling mom's blogs, I kept asking myself: Where does Sonlight fit in all this?

People are using all sorts of homeschooling options, swearing by some and decrying others. There seems to be an equal amount of passion for just about every provider or home-grown learning structure out there. Some like the flexibility of this option, the structure of that; the literature of this curriculum, the workbooks of that one. Someone loves the way this package covers a subject, yet someone else will hate it.

What? How is this possible?

Well, just like me and my siblings: People are very different. So no one thing is perfect for everyone.

In fact, that's the point of several of Sonlight's articles.

But knowing this doesn't really answer the question of: Where does Sonlight fit? Who is the "Sonlight mom"? What does a Sonlight user look like? And then, how do we find these people and tell them about Sonlight so they can enjoy the experience?

My latest idea:

The Three Eggs

Here we have the "workbook", Sonlight, and the "do it yourself/free web" versions of homeschooling. All have their place, their strengths, their weaknesses. Which is why we don't all raise chickens or buy cage free eggs.

I'm tweaking with the script now and thinking about producing a trial video.

We'll see.

I would love to hear your thoughts on analogies you've used to explain the different education options out there with your friends.

~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father


Gina Conroy said...

I'm not sure where I fit. I have several friends who love homeschool and I love the literature, but I was afraid of the structure. I'm more of an eclectic homeschooler, picking from here and there which probably isn't the best thing for my sanity, but there's so much good curriculum out there I want to do it all, and sometimes I try to do it all. I'm hoping to learn from my mistakes!

Luke Holzmann said...


As with all things in life: It's probably more complicated than a single little video can portray. <smile>

I've noticed that many homeschooling parents choose the eclectic approach, taking the things they like from every program out there. And if that is working for you: Awesome!

Sonlight's goal is to gather the best of the best and offer it as a fantastic package so those who don't have the chance to try everything on their own--due to time constraints, financial concerns, or otherwise--can rest assured they have everything they need (and more) to successfully educate their kids.

May we all learn from our mistakes and live in the grace offered us when we're slow to learn (as I am all to keenly aware in my own life).

Thanks so much for stopping by!



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