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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The IG: Schedule, Notes, and Love

Yesterday I mentioned our Instructor's Guides. And it turns out that our IGs are super important.

We've been asking for feedback from customers about how much they've enjoyed using Sonlight. So far the results are stellar: Homeschool families love being Sonlighters.

Which is awesome.

What's even more telling, however, is that there is over a 10 point difference between the satisfaction level of those who use our IGs and those who don't. Those who get the whole "Sonlight experience" with an IG--the schedule, notes, answer keys, activities--absolutely love using Sonlight. That's because Sonlight is so much more than a very large pile of books. It's an entire package.

Those who forgo the Instructor's Guide and only buy books and materials from us tend to be highly satisfied, but not nearly as much. With our current data it looks like they rate us 13 points lower than their friends who purchase an IG.

The message is clear: One of many incredible aspects of Sonlight is the Instructor's Guide. You just don't experience Sonlight without it.

We want families to be thrilled with their homeschool journey, and so we're trying to get the word out: You will have a better time if you get the completely Sonlight experience with an IG.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father


Unknown said...

I agree. The IGs are my favorite part.

Renee said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, 2 Peas in a Pod. Have a great rest of the week!


Wendy said...

I don't know how I'd survive without the IG. It's what will make tomorrow's school happen, even though I'm up late with kids after a busy night of ball games & karate class. Zero planning! I don't even utilize the IG in all the ways I could and I still would never do without it.

The Hibbard Family said...

Yes and yes again! I had Sonlight books with no IG handed down to me, and I struggled through the year. The next year we just bought it all ourselves and the difference was beyond words. I wouldn't go back to doing without the IG's for anything!

Sweet Woodruff said...

She's a Sonlight graduate, did you know (in 3 weeks)? We've been Sonlighting since 5th grade. It was the best thing to ever happen to us.

Annemarie said...

If anyone were to tell me that they "did" Sonlight without the IG, I would tell them that they have never done Sonlight! That's like saying you ate enchiladas without the tortillas. The IG is what wraps it all up into a comprehensive program.It causes the books to work together to bring out the richness of history, broadening your view to see events from different perspectives, examining sevaral angles and how they intersect.

Sonlight without the IG is not Sonlight.

ps. I think you already know that this family LOVES Sonlight!

Jill in Kentucky said...

Sonlight without the IG's?

Just a pile of books!

Unknown said...

I can't imagine trying to do Sonlight without an IG. The IG helps create the whole Sonlight experience.

Unknown said...

ditto. there is no possible way to do Sonlight without the IGs - it wouldn't be a Sonlight experience. Just a good book experience. I have no trouble at all believing these results.

Luke Holzmann said...

Becky, glad to hear it! <smile>

Renee, you are most welcome. Thanks for returning the favor <smile>.

Wendy, preach it! <laughing>

Ann, that is a great story. Thanks so much for sharing.

AllyJo, I didn't know that she was graduating in just 3 weeks. I hope you post about it so I'll remember to cheer with you <smile>.

Annemarie, I love that: enchiladas without the tortillas. Brilliant <smile>.

Jill, I completely agree <smile>.

Jenn, absolutely. <smile>

SaraJane, I believe them too. It's just been really nice to have numbers to prove it <smile>.

Thank you all for stopping by and sharing your love of Sonlight. It's very encouraging.


Sheri said...

What? Doing SL w/o the IG? Well, I for one love the IGs cuz without em, all I would be doing is spinning in a circle trying to figure out what do and when. Those puppies are most helpful in deed. You just wouldn't get the whole SL train without em.

se7en said...

I have known people who have "saved a fortune" by buying the pile of books from all sorts of sources and then they kind of end up wandering through the books aimlessly and battle their way through school... and their school lives are so stressed.... You know why they are battling... They are trying to drive a car without any wheels... We all love our books but I couldn't do a couple of cores without those fat files to keep my head straight!

Amico Dio said...

While I admit that I am not a fan of the way the IG is organized and I do take mine apart and completely reorganize it, I will also say that I could not function without it. I love Sonlight and I just can't imagine how reading all of the books could be called an equivalent to the Sonlight experience. It's not.

We get to start Core 3 next year with my youngest and frankly I can't wait to get my hands on the whole thing because we have heard so many great testimonies about it. The funny thing is that we read about 1/4 of the books on the list already but I know that with the IG it will be a much better experience.

Sonlight is just the best curriculum hands down and yes, I have tried many. Sonlight (and a reorganized IG) makes me happy! :)

Luke Holzmann said...

Sheri, I definitely want people to get the whole Sonlight train and not spin in circles. Love the imagery <smile>.

Se7en, I like that too: Trying to drive without wheels <smile>. Good stuff!

Amy, I know putting together the IG can be confusing and annoying, so I helped put together some videos to help. And we're always open to suggestions for how to make things better! If you haven't already, please include your ideas with your feedback form from the IG. I know every one of those is read. Thanks for helping us serve you better!


theheartofachild said...

IG's are great!!! The grid makes it easy for me to see and for my kids to know what is expected of them each day. Check out Sam's new found reading places this week! This is my child who before this year, didn't enjoy reading! Thank you Sonlight!

Luke Holzmann said...

I love that post, Jennifer. Great pictures!


Renee said...

I have to agree. I don't think we'd enjoy Sonlight as much (and I'd be LOST) without the Instructor Guides.

Luke Holzmann said...

Renee, thanks for adding your voice to the cheers <smile>.


Heather the Mama Duk said...

The reason we love Sonlight so much is because of the IG. Isn't doing Sonlight without the IG just reading a bunch of books? That's not truly doing Sonilight at all!

Luke Holzmann said...

Heather: Yes, without the IG Sonlight is just a bunch of books... really great books, but just books <smile>.



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