The question is not, how much does the youth know when he has finished his education, but how much does he care? And about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? And, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?
— CHARLOTTE M. MASON —
SonLight Academy is a 3-day-per-week Christian school serving the Montgomery, Texas community.
Here your child is seen as a complete person, created by God with an innate desire to learn. Our literature-rich curriculum will awaken their wonder and our highly experienced teachers will gently lead them in the formation of excellent academic skills and Christian character.
Let learning be a delight for your child.
For all things in heaven and on earth were created by Him– all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers– all things were created through Him and for Him.
We believe that all truth is God's truth and that all learning begins with this foundation. Whether we study math, phonics, art, music, nature, or any other subject, we do with the intention of knowing Him more.
"We don’t rightly understand anything until we understand its connection with Jesus Christ."
Family Time is Honored
Our families are, more than ever, starved for time. We are overscheduled and under-connected. With 35 to 45 hours of school and extracurricular activities and oftentimes loads of homework in what little time remains, we have all but eliminated what is of priceless value to our children: time together. At Sonlight Academy we will always respect the importance of family time. Homework, when given, will usually look more like playing outside, reading together, and an occasional optional enrichment exercise.
"The most Christian way to think about our households is that the are little "schools of love," places where we have on vocation, one calling to from all who live here into lovers of God and neighbor." -Justin Whitmel Earley, Habits of the Household
15001 Walden Rd. STE 108
Living books cultivate wonder and help children form the relationships that make up a true education. Using a vast array of exceptional living books to ignite in our students an excitement for learning and a love of great stories is at the heart of everything we do. As they engage with these great stories they will be prompted to ask themselves what story God is writing with their life and they will see that He can be trusted to do so!
"In concentrating exclusively on teaching the child how to read, we have forgotten to teach him to want to read. Somehow we lost sight of the teaching precept: What you make a child love and desire is more important than what you make him learn."
Jim Trelease, The Read-Aloud Handbook
Not Screen Based
At Sonlight Academy we believe screentime should be limited and children should be given the atmosphere to delight in learning. We want to eliminate, as much as possible, distractions that are detrimental to their developing minds.
"In the bright buzzing room
There was an iPad
And a kid playing Doom
And a screensaver of-
A bird launching over the moon."
“In a culture undergoing what's been called 'the big disconnect', many of us are grappling with the effects of screens and devices, machines that enhance our lives and at the same time make it harder to concentrate and to retain what we've seen and read and alarmingly easy to be only half present even with the people we love most. In this distracted age, we need to change our understanding of what reading aloud is, and what it can do. It is not just a simple, cozy, nostalgic pastime that can be taken up or dropped
without consequence. It needs to be recognized as the dazzlingly transformative and even countercultural act that it is…
… listening to stories while looking at pictures stimulates children's deep brain networks, fostering their optimal cognitive development… The evidence has become so overwhelming that social scientists now consider read-aloud time one of the most important indicators of a child's prospects in life.”
~ Meghan Cox Gurdon, The Enchanted Hour