It's no secret that most homeschoolers love Sonlight. I have fallen in love with Sonlight myself. HOWEVER (and that is a big however), I do not like the Instructor's Guide. That huge thing is enough to give any newbie homeschooler a melt down (I am not a newbie--I am in my fourth year and I almost had a meltdown).
So how did I handle it? What have I been doing with it?
At first, I was very overwhelmed. I tried doing it like the guide suggested, but that just was not a good fit for our family. So I broke it down, pulled out the stuff we liked, and crossed out the things we did not like.
Here is what we have going on now:
~Friday is a free day. No structured curriculum on this day. We leave it open for Nature study, art, home -ec, field trips, woodworking with daddy, or whatever we would love to do on this day.
~Monday-Thursday: Bible, Math, History/Reading, Writing class, and Science. We also still have read aloud time (my kids like it)
I am trying this year to be more relaxed than ever when it comes to school. I am not doing a schedule much--we are doing a journal of what we get accomplished instead of fretting over what we have not gotten done.
Basically, all I am saying is this--instead of fretting on what is not working, find a way to make it work. You can take any curriculum and change it to meet what you are doing.
In the past, I have taken Bob Jones, read a section and then made a lapbook to study it further. Use what you have and make it work for you!