Category Archives: Homeschool Basics

Homeschool 101, getting started, and articles for those new to homeschooling. Here are the basics every homeschool parent wonders about and needs to have clarity on.

5 Tricks to Memorize Scripture, Poetry, Songs, and Great Speeches

Odelia (6) reviews her memory verse for the week. "[My children] have grown to love memorizing Bible verses. Sonlight is great for our kids because they love listening to stories. They have tons of questions as we read, and their … Continue reading

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Bible Time: The Most Important Part of Your Homeschool Day

It was Bible time, a part of every homeschool day and scheduled in our Instructor's Guide. Bible was one of the subjects that our whole family did together before going separate ways to tackle our own subjects. Mom would read … Continue reading

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Being a Homeschool Curriculum Junkie—How & Why to Just Say No

Do any of these descriptors apply to you in relation to homeschool curriculum? You sell curriculum and still have shelves brimming with books and resources? You frequently loan your not-in-use curriculum to friends? You often switch curriculum? And then switch … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Know Your Kids are Retaining Their Homeschool Lessons

You’re convinced that the state-mandated, fill-in-the-bubble tests are not terribly helpful. Instead, you're certain that sitting with your child one-on-one day in and day out gives you a much better gauge of his skill mastery. But you’ve got a niggling … Continue reading

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Bigger Than Goals: Why You Need a Homeschool Mission Statement

"Our Sonlight books get so much use! Elijah loves to look at the illustration-rich books during his free time. So grateful for Sonlight's amazing book choices that make learning so fun for our children!" Tracy M. of Germantown, MD What … Continue reading

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7 Keys for an Extraordinary Education at Home

Parents choose to homeschool precisely because they want their children to excel and to make a place for themselves in the world. But many parents copy what the public school is doing, buying desks and a stack of workbooks. This … Continue reading

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How to Use Copywork and Dictation to Teach Language Arts

"Sonlight's LA program has boosted my girls' reading, spelling, and writing."Erin H. of Franklin, TN Copywork and dictation practices have been around for ages. We can even see examples of its importance in the Bible when men dedicated their lives … Continue reading

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