Category Archives: Elementary

Eating Your Curriculum: 3 Ways to Devour History and Geography

Lots of homeschooling families find that the dining table is an integral part of their learning experience. In many homes you’ll see a kitchen table covered with Instructor’s Guides, great literature, and math books for the bulk of the day. … Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A 4-Part Checklist for Your Play-Based Learning Toolbox

The other day, my five youngest children raided the chest of dress-up clothes, focusing on vests and flat woolen hats. Then they grabbed their tall farm boots, packed a small tea set in an old suitcase, and trekked the perimeter … Continue reading

Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Kitchen Chemistry: Testing pH Levels with Cabbage

Acids and bases are common knowledge in our culture, so much so that the term litmus test means not simply to test for pH level, but also to make a determination on whether or not something—or someone—is acceptable. It’s interesting … Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

4 Field Trips You Haven't Taken (& How To Tie Them to Sonlight)

We all know the best part of homeschooling is being able to open our front door use our community as a classroom. And we know that the best part of being a Sonlight family is the rich reading experiences we … Continue reading

Tagged , , | 3 Comments

5 Reasons to Love Explode the Code Phonics Workbooks

"My son works ahead in Explode the Code because he enjoys the fun way of learning phonics!" #sonlightstories from Emily P. of Burnsville, MN This year, I am working through the Explode the Code workbook series for the third time, … Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

5 Reasons Not to Advance a Child to a Higher Level

Your child is an advanced reader or otherwise shows being far beyond grade level. Wonderful, right? Because you homeschool, you can zoom that child ahead a grade or two, skipping the grades where your child has already mastered the material! … Continue reading

Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Grade Level Dilemma for Gifted Kids Just Starting School

Parents of young, gifted children frequently wonder about grade level when it comes time to start schooling—"What grade is my child?" This question seems all-important because grade level is often used to determine when to start formal schooling, what types … Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment