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.

7 Reasons to Buy Your Homeschool Curriculum Early

Although your new school year may be months away, now is the best time to order next year's homeschool curriculum. Here are 7 reasons why we think earlier is better when it comes to getting your new homeschool curriculum purchases … Continue reading

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Learning to Weigh Conflicting Perspectives with Sonlight

My chief desire for Sonlight is to help you raise children prepared to do whatever God calls them to do. In order to do that well, Sonlight presents multiple views on various issues. Students in today's world quickly realize that … Continue reading

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5 Ways Literature-rich Learning Is Better than Memorization

Even if today’s math lesson may have felt like it lasted a thousand years, the truth is, we don’t have unlimited time with our kids at home. We must choose wisely how to spend our minutes as they become our … Continue reading

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A Homeschooler's Guide to Giving Grades

Grading can be a struggle as a homeschool parent! You're never quite sure what grade a child has earned or how to weigh grades. You don’t know how to tell what is A-quality work compared to other children. Maybe you've … Continue reading

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The Sonlight Approach to Teaching History: History as the Backbone

Have you ever wondered what you're doing here on the earth? Ever wondered how our country got to the state that it's in? Ever wondered why people in other countries live differently than you do? Well, I think the answers … Continue reading

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Is My Child Learning Enough?

Every homeschool parent occasionally wonders if their children are learning everything they need to know. Since a literature-based learning approach doesn't use traditional testing, it can be even harder to objectively assess what your children are learning.  If you are feeling … Continue reading

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Stories from New Homeschoolers: Teaching Multiple Children

In the Sonlight Connections group (membership for anyone with a free account on sonlight.com) and the Teacher Connection group (membership offered to qualified new Sonlighters), we asked brand new, unexpected homeschoolers how they are juggling the task of homeschooling multiple children. It's quite an adjustment … Continue reading

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