We get a lot of questions pertaining to our ministry. Read below you will learn more of our history, our current ministry, and our curriculum.
SonLight Education Ministry (SEM) was a full time ministry which provided training in true education, curriculum materials, a print shop, and book store. In the past decade, our bookstore has closed and we have sold our printing press. In recent years, it has been on the heart of the ministry to put our materials out for free, for personal use, as we feel time is short and we’d like as many to be able to use the materials as possible.
In 2015, the SonLight Education Ministry was handed down to Melissa Bull – The Adventist Home Educator ministry. Mrs. Cook, the original owner of SonLight Education Ministry, passed away in 2019, resting in the grave, waiting for Jesus to return.
Over the past several years, SEM has released many of our books by torrent files. We recently changed to hosting our files on Google Drive. We also offer DVD’s or USB Flash Drives of the material as well.
SonLight Education Ministry aims to share a curriculum that follows True Education. Many homeschoolers are trying to find a curriculum that follows God’s plan of education. SEM strives to help educate parents on the ways of True Education. We also share our curriculum free so that you have the ability to use the materials in your own home with as little cost as possible.
*SonLight Education Ministry no longer runs a bookstore. Here at SEM we have been praying about having printed books available for you. We have found an affordable way for us to offer our books to you. We are working to update our books and put them back into print.
We are working to upload our books to Amazon so you can obtain the books at a price lower than many have been able to find at local and online print shops. We do not have a print shop, but we have created an account and are updating books so that you may order them online through Amazon (not from our office). As they become available in print, links will added in our curriculum section of the website so you don’t have to try to search for them on your own.
We will still offer our materials for free in PDF file downloads. Please see our FAQ page for some suggestions for printing the materials or using on your tablet, computer, etc. We do offer our permission for you to print, for personal use only.
You will find SEM’s Homeschool Curriculum is laid out differently than the conventional program.
1. We focus on the child’s character which must be our first and highest aim in education!
2. The practical knowledge is in our school books but in a significantly different format from what you may be used to.
3. We use a different timetable than the world does. The counsel is to start a first grade child at the ages of 8-10. This does not mean he is not learning but rather is learning from the Bible, nature, work, and life’s experiences. See our Preschool–Kindergarten program.
4. The Bible was written for all ages. Our material is often developed with the whole family in mind.
5. We would recommend parents and teachers take the “Ten Principles of True Education” course. This will help you lay a foundation in Bible learning and teaching.
Thoughts to ponder…
We believe what the Bible says in Deuteronomy 6:7,
“And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
For many years we have studied from the Bible and other religious sources how to implement this kind of education into our SonLight homeschooling curriculum. We are endeavoring to follow this counsel and teach others what God’s Word tells us about true Christian education.
One writer tells us:
“Our ideas of education take too narrow and too low a range. There is need of a broader scope, a higher aim. True education means more than the perusal of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that now is. It has to do with the whole being, and with the whole period of existence possible to man. It is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual power. It prepares the student for the joy of wider service in the world to come.” (Education 13)
The ultimate aim of Christian Education is to restore in man the image of his Creator and bring him back to the perfection in which he was originally created.